July 21, 2013 |
Two well-pitched, crisply played victories Friday and Saturday night yielded to an unsightly Sunday for the Angels, who put together an all-around clunker in a 6-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The Angels didn't pitch well. Jerome Williams (5-6) was tagged for six runs, four earned, and eight hits in five innings and has given up 21 earned runs and 26 hits in 13 innings of his last four starts. They didn't hit much of anything. Bartolo Colon, the Athletics' rotund right-hander who won an American League Cy Young Award with the Angels in 2005, threw his third shutout this season, giving up four hits, striking out five and walking one, to improve to 13-3 with a 2.52 earned-run average.
June 4, 2013 |
The Angels held Josh Hamilton out of their starting lineup Monday, the second time in 16 days they have given the struggling outfielder what Manager Mike Scioscia calls "a recharge day. " Hamilton is batting .216, the lowest average of any regular in the American League West. The Houston Astros started left-hander Erik Bedard on Monday; Hamilton is batting .169 against left-handers, with no home runs and 24 strikeouts in 59 at-bats. "This is a half-step back that maybe gets him to take two steps forward," Scioscia said.
September 26, 2012 |
It seems almost blasphemous for the Angels to root for a division rival, one that seized the American League West title from them in 2010 and hasn't let go, but that's an unsavory byproduct of the wild-card system. The Angels began play Tuesday seven games behind Texas in the AL West with nine to play. They were two games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot. The Rangers and Athletics were playing in Texas. Do the math. "If it comes down to simply numbers, I'm rooting for Texas, because we're closer to Oakland," Angels left fielder Mark Trumbo said.
September 16, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Angels Manager Mike Scioscia will keep both Jered Weaver and Zack Greinke on regular rest for the remainder of the season, putting the right-handers in line to pitch in both of the remaining three-game series against the American League West-leading Texas Rangers. Weaver will start Tuesday night against Texas in Anaheim. Scioscia said left-hander C.J. Wilson, who has had a problem with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, is "penciled in" for Wednesday, and Greinke will start Thursday.
September 2, 2012 |
SEATTLE -- The addition of a second wild-card team may improve the odds of the Angels' reaching the playoffs, but it won't ease their degree of difficulty getting there. The Angels lost to the Seattle Mariners, 2-1, in Safeco Field on Sunday, their winning streak ending at five games when Jered Weaver gave up home runs to Jesus Montero in the fourth inning and .143-hitting Carlos Peguero in the fifth. Though they have won nine of 12 games since Aug. 21, the Angels are 81/2 games behind first-place Texas in the American League West, 51/2 games behind Oakland for the wild-card lead and 31/2 games behind Baltimore for the second wild-card spot.
August 23, 2012 |
BOSTON — Jerry Dipoto dismissed growing speculation that Mike Scioscia's job is in jeopardy, the Angels' general manager refusing to lay blame for what has been a disappointing season so far at the feet of baseball's longest-tenured manager. "We're 3 1/2 games out in the wild-card race, but you'd think we were in last place," Dipoto said before Thursday night's game. "Quite frankly, it's a distraction. Mike has been the manager of this team for a long time. He has a very long track record that suggests he's qualified.