Sorry for not being around to blog over the weekend, after Friday night’s bullpen implosion, it was hard enough for me to write something about that game.
Then the bullpen stays true to form Saturday night, allowing 8 runs in 5 innings in a 9-2 loss. Darren Oliver (a bullpen guy) had to take the start for the Halos after yet another Halo pitcher hit the DL, this time it was Dustin Moseley.
Oliver hadn’t made a start since the 2004 season, but went 4 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits. Oliver did what he could in his spot start, you can’t really ask much more out of a guy who normally goes an inning or two.
Then the bullpen decided that enough was enough, and decided that not only did they not want to lead in the game, they also decided that they were going to get blown out.
It was 2-1 after Oliver left, and then Kevin Jepsen came in. Kevin freaking Jepsen. He faced 8 batters in 2/3 of an inning. He walked 3 batters and 3 batters got hits. He retired they other 2, but you can probably see what happened in his glorious outing. He gave up 5 runs, pushing his ERA up to 19.29. Yes, you’re reading that correctly. Jepsen’s given up 2 runs or more in 4 of his 5 outings, and hasn’t gone more than 1 1/3 innings in any of those outings! Excuse my language hear but… hey Mike Scioscia! WHY THE F*** ARE YOU STILL BRINGING HIM IN!?!!!????! Let’s not forget to mention that the Angels have lost 4 of the 5 games he’s appeared in. Oh boy, this has been a terrible start to the season.
Shane Loux got the start Sunday, going 7 innings while giving up 3 runs on 10 hits. The Angels mustered up 1 run on an RBI groundout. They had 4 hits the entire game. Big whoopy.
The Halos lost 3-1 on Sunday, dropping them to 4-8 on the year, and losing 5 of their last 6. This is the Angels’ worst start since 2002, the same year they won the World Series over the San Francisco Giants.
Let’s hope they can turn it around, but the way it’s going now, I wouldn’t be so sure.
Let’s look at what the Angels are working with right now.
#1- Pitching staff = decimated. The way I see it, these would be the Angels’ top 7 starters coming in to the 2009 season if all were healthy. 1- John Lackey. 2- Ervin Santana. 3- Joe Saunders. 4- Kelvim Escobar. 5- Nick Adenhart. 6- Jered Weaver. 7- Dustin Moseley.
Now, let’s take a look at where the Angels’ staff is now. #1- injured. #2- injured. #3- healthy, 2-1 on the year, 2.18 ERA. 4- injured. 5- I still can’t quite grasp what happened to this young man. May he rest in peace. 6- healthy, 1-1 on the year, 3.09 ERA. 7- injured, 1-0 on the year, 4.30 ERA. What this equates to is that you’re currently without your #1, 2, 4, 5, 7 starters. You’re missing 80% of your normal rotation! This forces you to go to a 4-man rotation, with one of those starters being Darren Oliver, a regular relief guy. Talk about adversity. It starts here, but the starters have responded quite well. They aren’t the problem, they’ve held up to their end of the bargain for the most part.
#2- Vladdy went on the DL over the weekend, and is expected to miss at least a month, maybe 2… oh s***.
#3- Horrific offense. The only competent hitters so far are Torii Hunter (.308 avg., 4 HR, 8 RBI) and Bobby Abreu (.362 avg., 6 RBI, as well as 7 stolen bases). Morales (.227) has been slipping, Aybar (.226) has been awful, Kendrick (.213) has been worse, don’t even get me started on Matthews (.176) and Izturis (.143).
Through 12 games, the Angels as a team are 2nd to last in the AL in batting average and on-base percentage, and also own the 2nd worst slugging percentage. They also have scored the 2nd fewest runs in the American League (48). The only team with less is Oakland (47). They also have the 3rd lowest hit total in the AL as well with 102 through 12 games.
#4- I don’t even want to look up bullpen statistics, I’d rather just spare myself the agony.
The Angels are now traveling back to Anaheim to host the Detroit Tigers in a 3-game set, with tomorrow’s game scheduled for 7:05 Pacific time.
Maybe some home cooking will do the trick. But who knows. Things are looking awfully bleak right now for the Halo faithful, but there are still 150 more games to be played. The season isn’t even 8% over yet. Plenty of ball to be played.
Also, a Halo of the Game Update
Chone Figgins broke the 1-game hit streak on Saturday, but Bobby Abreu got it back on track.
Current Halo of the Game Hit Streak: 1
Halo of the Game Season Hitting Statistics
12 games-.313 avg. (15-48), 1 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 8 K, 4 BB, 3 SB
Tomorrow’s Halo of the Game Pick: Torii Hunter