The Angels offense woke up in Texas, but Jered Weaver was the story as he became only the second ANGELS pitcher in 35 years to win 20 games in a season.
Sabermetric Acne Case: Wins aren't important.
Baseball Gods: Look at the standings.
SAC: I meant pitchin wins
Baseball Gods: Call me when you have taken ALL of the fun out of the game and I will tell you how to get a real girl to go out on a date with you.
It ain't the greatest benchmark, but Weave's 20 is in the books.
- Mark Trumbo was 3 for 4 with 2 Doubles and 3 RBI. It was his first three-hit game since July 15
- Mike Trout led off the game with a solo homerun and also had a triple
- Chris Iannetta hit a solo homerun
- Ernesto Frieri got his 22nd Save
In the postgame show, Michael Eaves and Jose Mota were breathlessly talking about the fact that Weaver has the highest winning percentage for a pitcher in Angels history at .831 and Jose is using pitching wins as the end-all be-all stat of stats so, forget it, yeah big whoop, Weave had a quality start over seven innings in Arlington, allowing only two runs on five hits, walking a pair and striking out five. Mike Scioscia beat the Cy Young drum to the boors with press-access on the postgame show.
Kevin Jepsen pitched an inning where he gave up two runs and the third out of that inning was actually a magic assist form Torii Hunter, perfectly playing a carom off the Right field wall on a Nelson Cruz hit. The throw was precise to Erick Aybar who slapped the thigh of Mister Headfirst before he could finger the bag. Actually, Cruz was idiotically admiring his homerun that quickly turned into a double that quickly turned into a choking gulf alá last October. Once a fool, always a fool.
But who is more foolish, the fool or the fool who roots for him in the cheap seats? The Texas bandwagon is almost full again and there isn't a person in that stadium who is less than ten pounds overweight.
Mark Trumbo's bat was a key component of the game but he made an amazing running catch on a Mike Napoli drive to deep left to end the second inning, stranding two runners in a 1-0 game. Actually the catch was only amazing because Trumbo is not that good of an outfielder, not that fast, not that smart, but tonight he was that lucky and the Rangers went on a WIN diet that their food-faced fans could never go on. The fat sabermetric Rangers fans would just say "Ah heck, JimBob, Wins ain't important, let's go to the buffet..."