August 6, 1995 |
Comparing the offense of the California Angels to the 1927 New York Yankees is not a stretch. It's a fact. Featuring a lineup including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bill Dickey and Tony Lazzeri, the Yankees of 68 years ago scored 974 runs--an average of 6.32 per game--in terrorizing opponents and putting together a 110-44 record. As July turned into August, the Angels were averaging 6.29 runs per game, having scored 548 runs in compiling a 54-33 record and a 10-game lead in the American League West.
August 18, 1985 |
An Anaheim Stadium crowd of 48,545 witnessed a couple of rarities Saturday night: a grand slam by Dave Collins, the first in his major league career, and a save by Jim Slaton, his first since 1983. Those fans also got to take in a few familiar sights, such as: --Reggie Jackson hitting a home run. Jackson's solo shot in the fourth inning was No. 522 of his career, moving him past Ted Williams and Willie McCovey into eighth place on the all-time list.
December 20, 1987 |
Be careful what you wish for: The Raiders, who insist that their offense is more than a cast of supporting actors for the great you-know-whom, will get a chance to prove it. Bo Jackson was placed on the inactive list Saturday and won't play in today's game against the Cleveland Browns at the Coliseum. What difference does that make? Try 1 1/2 points in the betting line. The Browns opened as a one-point favorite and are now up to 2 1/2.
August 30, 1988 |
During their last series in Yankee Stadium, the Angels scored 29 runs in three games. Then they went south to Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, and their offense did the same. The Angels lost two of three to the Orioles, scoring just six runs. This weekend, the Angels scored 32 runs during a three-game sweep of New York. Monday night, the Orioles came to town, and the Angel offense was again on vacation.
August 23, 2009 |
Bobby Abreu had an off day Saturday, going 0 for 5 with three strikeouts, but the veteran right fielder's impact this season has been far-reaching in terms of plate discipline and patience. In the previous five seasons, the Angels averaged 3.65 pitches per plate appearance, ranking 12th, 13th or last in the American League in that category each year. This season, the Angels rank fourth in the AL with an average of 3.88 pitches per plate appearance, and they have had their most productive offense in years, leading the major leagues in average, runs and hits and ranking second in the AL in on-base percentage.
June 9, 1999 |
Third base coach Larry Bowa could file desertion charges against the Angels. Game after game, Bowa stands in the coaching box, his hands in his back pockets or on his hips, or his arms folded across his chest. He has been abandoned by the players he is supposed to serve, the ones he is paid to guide home. If not for the third base umpire or the opposing third baseman, Bowa would have no one to talk to most of the time.
June 29, 2001 |
The Rapp sheet was incriminating, the guilty parties obvious. No indictment could be brought against Angel pitcher Pat Rapp, who again pitched well enough to win . . . or at least get a no-decision. Blame resided elsewhere for the Angels' 6-3 loss to the Texas Rangers in front of 17,951 Thursday. Darin Erstad, Troy Glaus, Garret Anderson and Tim Salmon--the heart of the order--did hard time at the plate. Each stranded a runner in scoring position. Erstad and Anderson were two-time losers.
September 2, 2001 |
The slumbering Angel offense did not merely awaken Saturday night, it leaped out of bed and hit the floor running, amassing a season-high 18 hits and providing flashbacks of the team that churned out hits and runs last season the way the New York Yankees crank out World Series championships.
September 16, 2004 |
The Angels managed all of two hits and four baserunners against a pitcher who was 0-11 with a 6.35 earned-run average in his previous 15 starts, and for the second consecutive night, they could not beat the team with the third-worst record in baseball. Is this any way to run a pennant race?
September 20, 2004 |
The way things are going, the Oakland Athletics might be best served not to go with a pitcher named Zito, Mulder or Hudson this weekend against the Angels. Anyone with substandard credentials could help the A's move closer to a third consecutive American League West title if the Angel hitters continue to sputter as they have recently against an assortment of pedestrian pitchers.