Thursday, April 13, 2006

Angels in April

My Angels are looking pretty good so far, in this very early, practically meaningless part of the season. They stuck it to the Yankees two out of three, which is always a wonderful thing, but there are some warning signs that the pitching, which will carry them through to the post-season if it follows form, needs to air itself out a little. Their last two losses were blow-outs, in which the starters (Escobar and Colon) were hit mighty hard. They are the Angel's rocks, but both pitchers had health problems last year. I'm hoping we're just seeing early issues that will be fixed once their mechanics are straightened out. This is a very competitive division, the AL West, and I think even the Mariners could create headaches. The Angels staff needs to be sound top to bottom to make it into October.

The good news: Casey Kotchman is starting to look like a big league player. He's not flailing horribly at the plate as he did in the first few games (shades of Dallas McPherson - the flailing, that is) and we're seeing flashes of the player that tore it up in the minor leagues.

But it's an interminable season, as we all know. One must wait, and watch.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love the Angels!

wassupjohjoh said...

It's all about the injuries with you guys. Keep your fellas healthy, and perhaps you'll get ANOTHER playoff spot.

I'm an M's man, myself. I live about 15 minutes where they throw it around, and am looking forward to my five game pack--one of which is against your crew.

The real difficulty will be with the former soft center. The Twins, Indians, White Sox, Tigers...Don't count on a wild card spot appearing in the West this season.

Every man for himself! I like the Angels okay, but ICHIRO, baby.

Go M's. See you on the diamond.

John

MW said...

waaupjohjoh,

l flipping love ichiro! hes my fave player who isnt an angel! i think you guys are going to suprise a lot of folks this year - lets make the al west competitive!
cheers
mw

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