Final Score in Anaheim: Mariners 8, Angels 2
The Angels got swept in Anaheim by the Mariners to start the season.
The third game of the series was close close close AHHHH and then it wasn't. Hector Santiago made his Angels debut and was pretty good, not bad, I can't complain... well actually Mike Scioscia showed no faith in him and with two on and no out in the sixth inning of a 2-0 game the manager brought in relief pitcher Fernando Salas.
Putting Out The Fire With Gasoline.
Meanwhile, Mariners starter James Paxton allowed no runs, two hits over seven inning, striking out nine, walking two and making the Angels look helpless in 99 shut-out laden pitches. No Angel reached base from the fourth inning when it mattered until the ninth inning when it didn't.
But Angels telecaster Mark Gubicza has a clever pregame spot where he picks a semi-known rock song to underscore his "Keys to the Game" and instead of GIMME SHELTER which would have been appropriate. Tonight he picked RAINBOW IN THE DARK. Now, while I loves me some '80s Dio they will never be Sababath it isn't like Ronnie James got traded to Winger or the Red Sox or Warrant. So always a cool pick... except...
(wow does that still rock but look hilariously pervy AND dated)
But has Mark Gubicza actually read the lyrics?
When there's lightning
You know it always brings me down
Cause it's free and I see that it's me
Who's lost and never found
No sign of the morning coming
You've been left on your own
Like a Rainbow in the Dark
Sound like a mocking of season ticket holders?
Yes this team is flat and analyzing heavy metal lyrics actually does them more justice than if the stats were to be embarrassingly scrutinized.
Only one thing can make any of this okay. What could that be? Well maybe just maybe the Mariners are the best team in baseball. You know in 2006 they beat the Angels 14 times and played .500 ball against the Athletics so there could be a power shakeup in the American League West. Let's consult Ronnie James Dio:
Feel the magic
I feel it floating in the air
But it's fear
and you'll hear
it calling you beware
Yes, who needs Bill James when you got DIO - I too am afraid that is not the case, that the M's are at best a .500 team and the Angels will need to alter the composition of the team to get anything accomplished.