Inching towards mediocrity.


Silver Sluggers. (Now with 88% less Robinson Cano!)

Aaron Hill and Adam Lind

Well.

Quick baseball related interlude here, and then we’ll return you to your regularly scheduled “24-centric” programming.

The MLB handed out their annual Golden Glove and Silver Slugger awards, and while the Blue Jays were shut out in defense, they made a big impact in offense.

Only three teams in the entire MLB had multiple recipients of Silver Slugger awards – The New York Yankees (World Series Champions), the LA Dodgers (National League West Champions) and the Toronto Blue Jays (American League East Fourth Place Champions.)

Aaron Hill, our All-Star second basemen, and Adam Lind our All-Star-in-our-hearts designated hitter, each brought home the award.

Congratulations, boys, and hopefully these two will remain the faces of the franchise for a long time – something we’ll definitely need after we inevitably trade Halladay.

Edit:

Huh. It seems that this just happens to be my 32nd blog post.

Roy Halladay’s number.

GUESS HE’S STAYING AFTER ALL, FOLKS.

Please don’t quote me on that.



I’m totally not that bitter. (Now with 81% more bitterness!)
November 5, 2009, 5:03 pm
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Well.

I guess money does buy happiness.

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Escape from New York. (Now with slightly less of a chance of the Angels not making it to the World Series!)

american league championship seriesWell.

It seems that reports of the Angel’s loss were greatly exaggerated.

My god, what a game THAT was!

The Angels managed to battle their way back from the brink at the last moment, toppling the Yankees 7-6 last night in Los Angeles. It was an epic battle, with the Angels leading for most of the game until the sixth inning – when ace John Lackey loaded the bases, and then the Yankees hammered the bullpen for six runs, giving them a 6-4 lead.

Luckily, the Angels rallied in their half of the seventh inning, chasing away Yankee ace (and former Blue Jay) A.J. Burnett, to seal the game at 7-6.

Now it’s on to Game 6 in the Bronx…if the Yankees win this game, they’ll be heading to the World Series – and celebrating this accomplishment on their own turf.

If not, it’s on to a final showdown for the American League in Game 7. Even disregarding my hatred for the Yankees, I still hope it makes it that far. I want to see the Angels win, sure, but I’d REALLY like to see some exciting baseball.

Let’s go Angels!



Angels in the outfield. (Now with 84% more runs scored against the Yankees! I hope.)

american league championship series

Well.

Here we are.

Another quick baseball related post, as we reach Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. This is it. This is for all the marbles. (In the American League, anyways.)

Game 1 of the National League Championship Series was last night, and it was a nailbiter. The Phillies edged the Dodgers in the end, but it’s far from over. My dream of an Angels/Dodgers World Series is FAR from over.

But that’s the National League. Big whoop.

The real fun begins when the two leading teams in the American League go head-to-head for the first time, post-season. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. the much-hated (by me, anyways) New York Yankees.

Here’s the projected lineups for both teams:

LA Angels:

  1. 3B Chone Figgins (.298, 5 HR, 54 RBI, 42 SB, .395 OBP)
  2. RF Bobby Abreu (.293, 16 HR, 103 RBI, 30 SB)
  3. CF Torii Hunter (.299, 22 HR, 90 RBI, 18 SB)
  4. DH Vladimir Guerrero (.295, 15 HR, 50 RBI)
  5. 1B Kendry Morales (.306, 34 HR, 108 RBI)
  6. LF Juan Rivera (.287, 25 HR, 88 RBI)
  7. 2B Howie Kendrick (.291, 10 HR, 61 RBI)
  8. C Mike Napoli (.272, 20 HR, 56 RBI)
  9. SS Erick Aybar (.312, 5 HR, 58 RBI)

RHP John Lackey (11-8, 3.83 ERA)

LHP Joe Saunders (16-7, 4.60 ERA)

RHP Jared Weaver (16-8, 3.75 ERA)

LHP Scott Kazmir (10-9, 4.89 ERA combined Rays and Angels)

New York Yankees

  1. SS Derek Jeter (.334, 18 HR, 66 RBI, 30 SB)
  2. LF Johnny Damon (.282, 24, 82 RBI)
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira (.292, 39 HR, 122 RBI)
  4. 3B Alex Rodriguez (.286, 30 HR, 100 RBI)
  5. DH Hideki Matsui (.274, 28 HR, 90 RBI)
  6. C Jorge Posada (.285, 22 HR, 81 RBI)
  7. 2B Robinson Cano (.320, 25 HR, 85 RBI)
  8. RF Nick Swisher (.249, 29 HR, 82 RBI)
  9. CF Melky Cabrera (.274, 13 HR, 68 RBI)

LHP CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37 ERA)

RHP A.J. Burnett (13-9, 4.04 ERA)

LHP Andy Pettitte (14-8, 4.16 ERA)

It’s gonna be a helluva barnbuster, as they say. Or would say, 72 years ago. Alex Rodriquez’s usual post season slumping seems to have lifted…and that worries me to no end. The fact that they’re starting the series at Yankee Stadium also worries me. But I have faith in the venerable Angels. The Yankees need to be stopped…FOR GOOD.

Go Angels.



Oh, Doctor! (Now with 100% more David Ortiz plunking!)

roy halladayThis one’s for you, Big Papi.

Well.

I didn’t think he’d do it. I said he should, I wanted him to, but it just didn’t seem like the Doc’s style.

Guess I was wrong.

It’s wonderful to know that the Doc is still a team player…despite the trade rumors, a veritable cluster-you-know-what of a season…and yet there he was – nailing David Ortiz on one pitch in the bottom of the second, in EXACTLY the same spot Papelbon plunked Adam Lind on Tuesday night. He of course followed this un-Docly indiscretion by almost completely shutting down the Red Sox, throwing his second complete game shut-out in a row, allowing only three hits the entire night, and striking out nine.

Roy Halladay is the greatest human being to have ever lived.

FACT.

And I’m gonna miss the hell out of him. Thanks for everything, Roy.