Found September 27, 2012 on
Monkey with a Halo:
I could say that I've had cold fingers, but I've been writing about other things as needed. Sometimes there are things I just can't say. The last several weeks nothing seems to come off my fingers about the Angels. Not here or anywhere: not on message boards or doodles on my calendar, It could be that my fingers are struggling between messages from my head and my heart. Sorrow and joy, if you will.
After everything that's gone wrong, the Angels still have a chance to make the playoffs. My head says no way that a team that on paper is at worst fourth in the league stands around six or seven as I write this can suddenly become championship caliber when it counts, after 153 games. Hard to believe it's come to this. How could this team fail, I keep asking myself. Then my heart kicks in: surely there is a happy ending. A season for the ages with Weaver winning 20, Trout jumping, and Torii rejuvenated. The Angels win 11 of the last 12, end up in a playoff to a wildcard playoff, win that, win the wildcard playoff and saunter off to the World Series. It can happen.
Because I haven't been writing, it doesn't mean I haven't been reading, following, listening and watching. Rooting even. Some smart poster somewhere pointed out if the Angels win the rest of their games they're in, and it's still possible that Texas does not make the playoffs. My heart still beats.
Of course King Felix stands clearly in front of any charge the Angels make, two times most likely. Talk about playing games that count at season's end when you're not in the race, Seattle will determine the race and unless they suddenly decide to change their rotation because they dislike the Rangers more than the Angels (where did the Figgins guy come from?) it will take the very best Angels performance to have a chance. There's nothing like a group of veterans playing for pride mixed well with the need to maintain their careers to push any playoff team to the limit.
But this is what it comes down to. This is the cost of not taking care of Oakland when the chance was there. This is where we find out if pasta beats sushi, and if the Angels have the heart and management fans expected in April.
BEST OF MAXIM
FIGHT THE POWER
Dan Haren is upset with the timing and content of a recent media report that talked about his potential future with the Angels.
There is no debate about the American League's Rookie of the Year this season. That award will go to Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout. However, the Angels have players involved in the debates surrounding the AL's other major awards -- MVP and Cy Young. Trout has been the leading MVP candidate for most of the second half, bidding to join Fred Lynn (1975) and...
Mathematically, the Angels still have a chance. Realistically, they have no illusions about the difficulty of advancing to the playoffs with only a handful of games left.
But there's still life, if only just a little. If they play as well as they did Friday night in Arlington, Texas, they'll have no reason to mourn their finish should they fall short.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Torii Hunter's RBI singles tied it in the seventh inning and ended it in the ninth, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied to keep pace in the AL wild-card race with their fifth consecutive victory, 4-3 over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
Erick Aybar had an early two-run double before Hunter ended it for the Angels (86-69), who remained two games...
With the Los Angeles Angels needing every win they can get to stay in the playoff hunt, their ace pitcher came up with another clutch start.
Jered Weaver became the American League's first 20-game winner, Mike Trout hit a leadoff homer and the Angels beat Texas 7-4 Friday night to prevent the Rangers from clinching a playoff berth.
Los Angeles began the day two games behind...
Torii Hunter's RBI singles tied it in the seventh inning and ended it in the ninth, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied to keep pace in the AL wild-card race with their fifth consecutive victory, 4-3 over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
Erick Aybar had an early two-run double before Hunter ended it for the Angels (86-69), who remained two games behind Oakland (88-67...
Baseball at this time of the year is an exhausting experience. Outside of the emotional investment that comes with rooting on your favorite team as the cling to their playoff lives like so much cooked spaghetti, there's the added outpouring of emotion into games that can affect the playoff situaiton. Never have I cared more for teams to evicerate the Orioles and Athletics...
There's only seven games left in the season, right? Good, because I don't think my heart can take much more of this and that is before we even try and factor in the cardiac arrest-inducing tightrope walk that is a standard C.J. Wilson.
Leave it to the Angels to mix in some drama in what was almost a must-win game considering that the Orioles and Athletics (and the...
No pitcher’s starts leave me with more questions than Zack Greinke‘s. Everybody knows he can be great — see his dominant 2009, the second half of 2011 — but he doesn’t always live up to the hype or the peripherals — 2010, the first half of 2011. When he’s on, he’s nearly impossible to hit; when he’s off, it’s nearly impossible to tell why. Consider his 2011:May...
John Jaso hit a two-run homer and an RBI double for Seattle, and the Los Angeles Angels wasted a golden chance to get within one game of an AL wild-card spot with a 9-4 loss to the Mariners on Thursday.
Vernon Wells and Alberto Callaspo drove in early runs for the Angels (86-70), who had won five straight and an AL-best 16 of 23 in September before stumbling in their regular-season...
Receiver Torii Hunter Jr. of Prosper (Texas) High committed to Notre Dame on Saturday, and FOX Sports caught up with his father, Torii Sr., of the Anaheim Angels for comment on the decision.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- John Jaso hit a two-run homer and an RBI double for Seattle, and the Los Angeles Angels wasted a golden chance to get within one game of an AL wild-card spot with a 9-4 loss to the Mariners on Thursday.
Vernon Wells and Alberto Callaspo drove in early runs for the Angels (86-70), who had won five straight and an AL-best 16 of 23 in September before stumbling...
Scott Kazmir’s final start of the season wasn’t run to write home about about; 4.2 innings, two earned runs, three hits, six walks, three strikeouts. But considering this is the final start of his comeback season, the fact that he is on the mound getting professional hitters out is something to write home about.
Last year, after only one start with the Los Angeles Angels...
Bats come alive in series finale
The Headline: John Jaso leads the way as the Mariners dominate on all sides of the field, avoid sweep.
Seattle Mariners 9, Los Angeles Angels 4
When: 3:35 ET, Thursday, September 27, 2012
Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim
Temperature: 81 degrees
Umpires: Home — Lance Barksdale, 1B — Field Culbreth, 2B — Adrian Johnson, 3B — Gary Cederstrom...
Ryan Dempster does not enjoy facing the Angels. In his first appearance as a Ranger, he gave up eight runs in 4.2 innings to LAA. In his second round with the Angels, he only lasted 3.1 innings, giving up five runs in that time.
At least he lasted a little longer tonight, but his luck really wasn’t any better.
Dempster pitched just 5.2 innings, and gave up four runs on seven...