Angels Tighten AL West Race

July 20, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Autograph seekers before the game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Weave comes through! An analysis...

Some more thoughts on a game that really seems like a greater victory the more it is pondered...

  • There was no carryover from losing two straight in Detroit. Could the nicer weather here have had a reviving effect?
  • Jered Weaver threw way too many pitches too often and was over 110 in the seventh inning. Does this catch up with him and affect us down the road or is this all within his comfort zone?
  • What alien body-snatched Kevin Jepsen and returned an actual major league relief pitcher? What do they have these kids drinking up there in Salt Lake?
  • Going into Friday's game, Mark Trumbo led the league in Slugging with a .622 Slugging percentage. He now has 27 homeruns in 85 games. He is two behind his total from last year. He was tied with Howie Kendrick with 55 HRs as an Angel going into Friday's game. Howie hit those in 2,975 Plate Appearances. Trumbo did it in 931 PAs.
  • Speaking of Howie, talk about not being able to catch a break, he hits a double to drive in a run only to see the rally snuffed when Pujols gets easily tagged out at home plate. He then gets another RBI on a fielder's choice. Beggars cannot be choosers...
  • Mike Trout may have hit the more impressive homerun than Trumbo on Friday night, as any opposite field power shot makes every pitcher get weak-kneed in the video room when they are sizing up the opponent. That homer of any he has hit will put a high-presure thought bubble into every hurler in the league.

Get ready for a lame national afternoon game followed by a lame Sunday night game. At least there is an overflow of interesting Angels players to talk about and you can bet they will. The chance that Bryce Harper gets mentioned more than any Angels player in relationship to Trout is something one could bet on.

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