well, that’s Haloball

Last night’s game was a perfect example of Mike Scioscia’s 2006 Angels. It was well-pitched (though Saunders looked very shaky the first couple of innings, he managed 0 ER for his 5.2 innings). There was lots of running (they pulled off that double-steal so nonchalantly I wasn’t sure anything had happened). There was poor defense even from people who are fine defenders (GA, OCab, etc). They did not score a lot of runs, but their pitching (and a few good defensive plays) were enough to win. But not before the bullpen scared you (the normally superb Scot Shields had yet another of his recent meltdowns), and K-Rod always seems to flirt with disaster before giving you exactly what you want. That flyout by Manny had me holding my breath. I don’t get why Scioscia pulled Donnelly for Shields in order to pitch to Ortiz in the bottom of the 7th; they’re both righties, and Donnelly was whizzing right through. In all, it was an exciting ballgame for an Angels fan, as we desperately needed to take advantage of Oakland’s loss to trim their lead to 4.

As for the Red Sox, man did they look tired, which I can’t say I blame them for. Their starting pitcher looked scared, and rattled by the baserunners. Half the guys at the plate looked like they were nursing a hangover, which I guess they were.

I think the Red Sox missed an opportunity — so many LOB — but I’m not complaining. If they want to beat the Angels, the secret is to get to the back half of their bullpen, who are good for at least one run per inning pitched. By far the weakest players on the team are Hector Carrasco, JC Romero, Kevin Gregg, and whoever else they’ve got taking up space in there. None of those guys can keep it close if the Angels are down by a couple of runs. Shields and K-Rod about as good an 8-9 combo as they come, and Brendan Donnelly has mysteriously been throwing fine 7th-inning ball recently. Run up the pitch counts and get the starters out of there early, and you’ve got a good shot. However, be prepared for the Halos to score big in at least one of the next two games. I can feel it coming.

12 comments… add one
  • AF’s rockin the blog. We’re gonna need AngelsFan t-shirts before long.

    YF August 23, 2006, 4:54 pm
  • oh god. another night of rex the blunderdog and fissiac. i’ll be watching the game without sound.

    doug eddings August 23, 2006, 5:17 pm
  • As a current Orange County resident let me explain why I hate the f’ing Angels.
    1.) Angel fans at finding out I love the Yanks saying, “We own the Yankees!!” “You’re a bandwagoner!!”, etc, and this is probably coming from some asshole who never saw Steve Finley pitch while w/the Halos, let alone watched Wally Joyner.
    2.) Rex Hudler; go have a bong hit dude.
    3.) The Rally Monkey, need I say more.
    4.) The wholeseome family atmosphere at Angel Stadium that frowns at the type of rooting us Soxfans and Yankfans are used to at Fenway and Yankee Stadium.
    5.) The newly found cockiness of the fanbase after 2002 and some play-off appearances.
    6.) Frankie’s cocky little dance after he gets his save. (Everytime he does that I think of the Oakland game last year when the idiot let Molina’s throw back to the mound go by him, allowing the go-ahead run by the A’s in the bottom of the 9th.)
    7.) Loudmouth surfrats from San Clemente patrolling around the concession areas at Angel Stadium, w/all of them wearing Angel caps w/flat brims.
    8.) Chone Figgins; great ballplayer, but annoying little rat on the basepaths if you are rooting for the other team.
    I’m gonna cut this short because I can go for hours. Now this is totally out of my character and goes against everything I believe but; GO SOX!! Stomp this Angel squad into the dirt, and leave’m flattened. Then, this weekend, while I’m at the Stadium I want to see the Yanks smash them, wreck their starters and abuse the Halo bullpen. I want to wake up Monday and see the stupid Halos 9 games out behind Oakland, and enjoy a nice October w/out listening to the stupid local sports personalities spouting off about this “Exciting Angels team!”. Sorry about the rant but that’s my $0.02
    LET’S-GO-YANKEES!!!!!!!!!

    bloodyank78 August 23, 2006, 5:24 pm
  • You missed one, BY: Rally sticks. Hate those frickin’ things. If your fans can’t scream loud enough on their own, hard plastic balloon contraptions aren’t going to help.

    Paul SF August 23, 2006, 5:32 pm
  • Sorry, Noise sticks. had “rally monkey” (equally despised) in my head I guess…

    Paul SF August 23, 2006, 5:36 pm
  • by78- good stuff. you know i couldn’t agree with you more. remember when no one went to angel games. granted this was 5 years ago but… even in the year they won the series, they weren’t selling out games till the post season started. now it’s like the orange county fair out there. the angels lost all respect in my book when they started uping the ticket prices for yankee and sox series.
    i put the line at 14 on how many times rex will mention he was a former yankee tonite.

    sf rod/doug eddings August 23, 2006, 5:45 pm
  • Don’t get me started again Paul, I’m a seconds away from getting fired up again. I had a 6 or 7 year old on an a mega sugar high w/those things sitting behind me during the Dodger/Angels series this season. I tell, you living out here has its benefits, but living among Angel fans (several of whom I’m friends with), isn’t one of them.

    bloodyank78 August 23, 2006, 5:45 pm
  • yes it must be infuriating to encounter an opposing fanbase that consists of loudmouths who are too cocky and have annoying ingame rituals.
    coughcoughcough
    (i kid)

    airk August 23, 2006, 5:48 pm
  • Wouldn’t a visible indication of the flaws of the Angels be that they could barely beat a Manny-less Red Sox team who just made a cross-country trip after getting swept by the Yankees in a game started by Kyle Snyder where the lineup included Gabe Kapler, Doug Mirabelli, a shortstop in his first start ever, while Coco Crisp led off?

    SF August 23, 2006, 7:01 pm
  • And don’t forget about Vlad’s nasty-ass helmet. Maybe they could spend a bit of that Yanks/Sox revenue on some Formula 409? Seriously. Not hygienic.

    YF August 23, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • That’s the best thing about Vlad. He’s like some 50 year old guy from a bygone era, transplanted into modern day baseball. He even moves like an old man.
    I can’t wait until he is 50 and the Yankees buy him for DH!!!

    walein August 23, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Gimme a break. We’ll have him by his 46th birthday.

    YF August 23, 2006, 8:47 pm

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