Was it a surprise to anyone last night that Lackey would beat the Angels? Certainly not me. With the benefit of an awfully liberal strike zone, a couple of really bad calls from the umpire crew including a botched call on fair/foul ball that would have and a base runner early in the game and the triple play that was, but wasn't you could see the Angels would have their hands full in Boston.
But Here is why I think losing last night was a good thing.The worst part of the game wasn't the terrible officiating, it was the Angels play. From Fuentes giving up an unnecessary jack that gave me flash backs to the ALCS, to Brandon Wood hitting his home run on at bat too late, there wasn't much positive to talk about.
I'm convinced that the only thing the Angels didn't address last year in the off-season was a Heart Transplant. I think Pinero was a great pick up. Rodney's been one of the few good things about our bullpen. Matsui has cooled off a bit, but already looks like the right decision. But where is the heart?
One thing about the Angels in the past 20 years, whether they've been the lovable losers or the 2002 World Series Champions they went out every night and played hard. I don't feel like the Angels are playing hard! But maybe that isn't the worse thing in the World.
I firmly believe a good ass kicking can do wonders for a teams chemistry. Not necessarily giving one, but receiving one. A lot of us Halo Faithful accepted the fact that this team was slightly better than last years and that the rest of the division got better. That it wouldn't be an easy trek to the ALDS, that the Angels would have to fight for it. And for the better part of 29 games, the Angels have only managed to win 12 fights. And even if the Angels win tonight in Boston, they still got their ass handed to them courtesy of the BoSox.
With all that being said the Halos meet up in Seattle tomorrow night, with a Mariner team that is having just has many issues on the field as the Angels are. And I can only wonder, did this miserable road trip toughen up the Angels or do they still need a few more beat downs. They say winning cures everything.
Do you think the Angels are going to be able to turn the page on this road trip?