Yanks Blast Shields, Must-Win Series in Texas. Halolinks.

Tomorrow's my birthday. Is it too early to make a birthday wish?

Angels-Rangers Preview - 7/22/10 - FOX Sports on MSN
Matchups with staff aces don't seem to faze Jered Weaver, who is set to try and keep pace with Cliff Lee. At Texas, though, Weaver has had trouble regardless of who is pitching for the Rangers. Weaver will take part in a matchup of All-Star pitchers, with Lee (8-4, 2.59) making his third start for Texas (55-40) since being acquired in a trade with Seattle. Weaver outdueled Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in his last start, allowing two runs in seven innings of a 3-2 victory Friday night. Weaver has matched up with Hernandez three times this year, going 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA. "I take the same approach no matter who I'm facing," Weaver said. "I trust my game and I trust what I'm throwing up there." But Los Angeles has lost the last six games that Weaver has started at Texas. The right-hander has a 6.17 ERA during that stretch, surrendering seven runs in two of his last three outings. Lee, meanwhile, has won four straight starts versus the Angels, posting a 1.91 ERA, and is 6-3 with a 3.18 ERA in nine outings against them all-time. Lee is facing an Angels team that is hitting .329 while averaging 5.8 runs over its last six games. Los Angeles had 15 hits against New York on Wednesday, but still lost 10-6.

This is it.  This is the season.  There are five possible outcomes from this series, three of which, without some sort of miraculous event, would end the Angels chances of reaching the post season.  The five outcomes are:

  • Angels win all four games and move within 1 game of first place - If the Angels sweep Texas in Texas it's a whole new season.
  • Angels win 3 of four and move within 3 games of first place - The Angels would still have a chance to catch the Rangers, but would need the Rangers to either suffer some injuries or go into a slump, or the Halos would need to add a bat and bullpen help.  Although the Rangers have gone just 8-10 in July, the Angels have gone 7-10 while being outscored 65-76. Winning 3 games in Arlington would be great, but might not have an impact unless the Angels improve their team via trade.
  • Angels split the series and remain 5 games behind the Rangers - 5 games behind is huge, especially when you consider the way both teams have been playing and Angels inability to improve their club.
  • Angels lose 3 of four, leave Texas 7 games behind - Season over.
  • Angels get swept, are 9 games behind - Season REALLY over.

 

Angels caught with Scot Shields down, 10-6 - latimes.com
Scot Shields was just beginning to regain the confidence of Manager Mike Scioscia, the veteran reliever rebounding from a rocky two months to give up one earned run in 11 innings of eight appearances from June 15 to Tuesday. Then came the seventh inning in Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.  Shields replaced starter Joel Pineiro in the seventh and struck out New York's Robinson Cano to open the inning. The next four batters went homer (Juan Miranda), single (Curtis Granderson), single (Francisco Cervelli), three-run homer (Colin Curtis), the Yankees pulling away for a 10-6 victory.  Pineiro (10-7) had won seven consecutive decisions entering the game, posting a 2.51 ERA during the stretch, but he was roughed up for six runs and 11 hits in six innings and suffered his first loss since June 1.  "Everything was up in the zone, the changeup, the curveball, and even the sinker," said Pineiro, who gave up one run and five hits in seven innings of a 5-3 win in Yankee Stadium on April 14. "I had to find a way to get the ball down. I was able to do that later in the game, but it was a little too late."

Sure, Scot Shields' outing yesterday was awful, and Pineiro's wasn't much better, but surprisingly the Angels did make the game interesting for a couple innings.  Highlight videos:  Wilson hits a two-run homer to left field - Bobby Wilson trims the Angels' deficit with a two-run homer to left field in the fifth inning, Ballboy makes a nice catch in the fifth - The ballboy makes a nice catch in the top of the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium, Matsui's two-run shot draws Angels closer - Hideki Matsui hits a two-run homer to right field, his 12th of the season.

Trade deadline buyer: Los Angeles Angels - CBSSports.com
The Angels will find a way to get one of the big bats and add at least one reliever. Reagins is going to have to gut what's left of his farm system to do it, so he'd better hope it works.

I think Reagins will wait until after the 4-games series in Arlington before pulling the trigger on any trades.  If the Angels win at least 3 of 4 against the Rangers, the Halo GM should look into making a deal to improve their chances this season.  If the Angels manage to split the series (or worse), trading away young players for a shot at a division title in 2010 would be a waste.

Fun with Wins Above Replacement - American League Edition - The Baseball Analysts
Nothing against Fregosi or Erstad but for a proud franchise like the Angels with a particularly strong recent history of success, one would just think that names with more zing than Fregosi or Erstad might sit atop their best ever list.

Angels " Win Probability " Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - FanGraphs Baseball

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July 22 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on July 22.
1983 - Angels OF Brian Downing misplays Chet Lemon's line drive in the 6th inning of a 13 - 11 loss to Detroit, ending his American League-record consecutive errorless game streak at 244.
1857 - Jack Glasscock, infielder, manager (d. 1947)  I think it's rumored Glasscock was the reason they invented protective cups.
Happy b-day:
1975 - Scot Shields, pitcher

6 runs on 15 hits and still not able to win:

Los Angeles Angels
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Erick Aybar, SS 5 0 3 0 0 1 2 .285
Howard Kendrick, 2B 5 0 1 0 0 0 5 .277
    Jeff Mathis, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .233
Bobby Abreu, DH 5 0 1 1 0 1 1 .259
Torii Hunter, CF 5 1 2 0 0 1 3 .293
Hideki Matsui, LF 5 1 1 2 0 1 2 .248
Mike Napoli, 1B 4 0 0 0 1 1 1 .257
Juan Rivera, RF 4 1 2 0 1 1 0 .259
Kevin Frandsen, 3B 4 1 2 1 0 0 3 .296
Bobby Wilson, C 3 1 2 2 0 1 2 .220
   a- Maicer Izturis, PH-2B 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .250
Totals 41 6 15 6 2 7    
a-singled for Wilson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Howard Kendrick (26, Chamberlain), Bobby Abreu (22, Vazquez), Torii Hunter (25, Vazquez), Juan Rivera (15, Vazquez)
HR - Hideki Matsui (12, Vazquez), Bobby Wilson (2, Vazquez)
RBI - Bobby Abreu (52), Hideki Matsui 2 (51), Kevin Frandsen (13), Bobby Wilson 2 (6)
SB - Torii Hunter (8, 2nd base off Chamberlain/Cervelli)
CS - Erick Aybar (7, 3rd base by Vazquez/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Joel Pineiro (1, Throwing)
New York Yankees
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Derek Jeter, SS 5 3 3 0 0 1 1 .272
Nick Swisher, RF 5 1 2 0 0 2 1 .302
Mark Teixeira, 1B 5 1 3 3 0 0 0 .256
Alex Rodriguez, 3B 5 0 0 1 0 0 3 .270
Robinson Cano, 2B 3 1 1 2 2 1 0 .333
Juan Miranda, DH 4 1 1 1 0 0 5 .228
Curtis Granderson, CF 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .238
Francisco Cervelli, C 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 .273
Brett Gardner, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .299
   a- Colin Curtis, PH-LF 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 .259
Totals 39 10 15 10 2 6    
a-homered for Gardner in the 7th
Batting
2B - Nick Swisher (22, Pineiro), Mark Teixeira 2 (23, Pineiro, Pineiro), Francisco Cervelli (7, Pineiro)
HR - Robinson Cano (18, Pineiro), Juan Miranda (3, Shields), Colin Curtis (1, Shields)
RBI - Mark Teixeira 3 (65), Alex Rodriguez (74), Robinson Cano 2 (63), Juan Miranda (8), Colin Curtis 3 (7)
Team LOB - 7
 
Los Angeles Angels
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Joel Pineiro (L,10-7) 6 11 6 6 2 5 1 4.18
Scot Shields 1 4 4 4 0 1 2 5.68
Rich Thompson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.45
IBB - Cano by Joel Pineiro, by Cano
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 107-68, Scot Shields 27-18, Rich Thompson 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 9-4, Scot Shields 2-0
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 31, Scot Shields 7, Rich Thompson 3
New York Yankees
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Javier Vazquez (W,8-7) 5 9 5 5 0 1 2 4.68
David Robertson (H,7) 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 4.86
Boone Logan (H,5) 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.92
Joba Chamberlain (H,19) 1.1 3 1 1 1 2 0 5.80
Mariano Rivera 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.98
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 80-59, David Robertson 24-13, Boone Logan 13-9, Joba Chamberlain 20-16, Mariano Rivera 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 5-8, Joba Chamberlain 2-0, Mariano Rivera 1-1
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 23, David Robertson 6, Boone Logan 3, Joba Chamberlain 8, Mariano Rivera 3
 
Game Information
Attendance - 47521
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman
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