Thursday, August 18, 2005
Blue Jays - Bogy Team
The Angels lose the rubber game to the Blue Jays and it wasn't the bullpen this time.
Fortunately, the Halos got some unexpected help from the O's, who swept the A's at home and even the Devil Rays took two out of three from the Yankees to keep the Angels lead in the wild card at 3.5 games. But on the horizon, the Indians are closing in, only 5 games behind now (and the Blue Jays are within 6).
In the next series, the Angels really must take advantage of the recently pretty mediocre pitching from Boston and win 3 of the 4 games with the Red Sox, because the A's are not going to lose in Kansas City, where the Royals are working on a an all time record losing streak (How about a new manager?). They stand at 18 straight loses and the A's will gladly help them make that 22, one shy of the record.
The keys against Boston will be to avoid making mistakes on defense, because if you give this offense extra opportunities, they will make you pay, and for the pitcher to stay away from the long ball. If they can do that, I like the Angels chances against Wakefield (I can't see Vlad miss to many knucklers), Arroyo, Clement and Noname Runfaerie. There's no name that scares you particularly, not even Closer-By-Misery Curt Schilling, who is hit hard and hit often. Also, a series win against the Red Sox will be a confidence booster for a likely division series matchup.