Nice pitching by Beckett.
Nice pitching by Beckett.
"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world." ~C.S. Lewis
As for the Angels / Boston nobody here needs to feel the need to remind me. I know the stats and I know them going back a good 25 years. I never said the Angels would get past Boston because I don't think that they can in a 5 game series.
My point about reminding you that the Angels started out 6-14 in 2002 was to let you know that the Angels didn't simply get hot in late September like Philadelphia and Colorado did this season. Unless you want to say that the Angels had been hot since the 3rd week of April and kept it rolling another 6 months then sure...they were simply hot and not better.
What pissed me off about the Angels this season is that they floundered a bit at the end. They had a chance at the best record in baseball which would have ensured home field advantage through all round but most importantly a home field advantage in the first round against the Yankees. Instead they had their asses handed to them by Texas in a 3 game sweep and blew games a few other games. Had they managed to take 2 in Texas and one other game any other time in September we would not have to deal with John "I Suck Ass In Boston" Lackey trying to pull a win out of ass. In a 7 game series you Escobar and Weaver would have a shot to get you 3 wins on their own and Saunders would be able to win a game provided he pitched in Anaheim.
I know Zambrano is a good hitter but I still think it was stupid to not have him bunt Theriot over to third in that last inning.
But the reason I felt we could finish the Red Sox better in a 5 game series was that they got power and could get hot.
At this rate, it's easier to just get 3 wins and move on to an easier team like the Yankees/Indians instead of having to get 4 wins.
It's definitely disappointed how the Angels tanked after they clinched. By not playing Vlad and GA. (Well, GA really cooled off the past 10 days though before the season ended.) I understand that rest needs to be given and it was also the "right" time.
But Mike Scioscia seriously put out a bunch of junk players and we realistically had no chance of winning ball games the last week of the season.
By the way, I want to say that Scioscia is retarded for benching Kendry Morales. He was RED HOT in AAA, and he even showed it when he got recalled up in early September or so. But Scioscia benched him and literally cooled him off himself.
Willits, I like him a lot. But he can not play CF. He needs to play in LF or RF. Yeah, I know GA won't play DH because he knows he can play in LF, and I have no problem with that. But with Vlad hurt now, you gotta play Willits in RF. Figgins has played CF last year and he has done a much better job than Willits in that position.
Oh well, we all have our own gripes. I just hope Kelvim's injury towards the end of the season isn't an excuse when he's starting on Friday. He should be ready to go... and lets kill Dice-K. It's a must win game, otherwise we're looking at an early pathetic elimination.
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What the hell was that guy behind home plate flashing in the Cubs-D'Backs game?
Boy oh boy did Beckett pitch a hell of a game or what?
Again, I'm not saying they weren't a good team that year. They started off slow and played well after that. I'm sure OAK, MIN, and NYY all had their own slumps as well, every team does. 162 games is a large enough sample size to show that the Angels weren't the best team in 02. The "hands down best team in baseball" doesn't finish 2nd in their division and doesn't lose the season series against every AL team with a winning record. The Angels were the best team in 11 of the 16 playoff games they had that year. That was enough to win a WS so good for them.My point about reminding you that the Angels started out 6-14 in 2002 was to let you know that the Angels didn't simply get hot in late September like Philadelphia and Colorado did this season. Unless you want to say that the Angels had been hot since the 3rd week of April and kept it rolling another 6 months then sure...they were simply hot and not better.
It hurts that Vlad isn't 100% but I think they can beat the other Boston pitchers........Beckett was awesome last night (as he has proven to be in the post season). Hopefully we get to the rest of the guys now for three straight wins