July 20, 2011 |
It's hard to imagine where the Angels would be without closer Jordan Walden , who began Wednesday with a 2.77 earned-run average and 21 saves, and setup man Scott Downs , who was 5-2 with a 1.45 ERA. "What Downs and Walden have done has been a season-saver up to this point," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "We wouldn't be talking about getting into a pennant race if it wasn't for those guys. " They might be talking about sliding out of a pennant race if the rest of the bullpen doesn't shape up. The Angels expected Fernando Rodney , Kevin Jepsen and Michael Kohn to be key relievers, but Rodney (upper back strain)
June 22, 2011 |
Reporting from Miami — Not only does Jered Weaver appear to be a lock for the July 12 All-Star Game in Phoenix, the Angels right-hander could be in line to start for the American League. Weaver (9-4) is tied for the AL lead in wins, ranks second in earned-run average (2.01), innings (1161/3 ) and shutouts (two), third in opponents' average (.193) and fourth in strikeouts (102). The right-hander's stiffest competition to start appears to be Detroit ace Justin Verlander , who is 9-3 with a 2.54 ERA, a league-leading 110 strikeouts and 1202/3 innings, two shutouts, including a no-hitter, and a .181 opponents' average.
May 17, 2011 |
Reporting from Oakland — Angels Manager Mike Scioscia says he knows what has caused Fernando Rodney's recent struggles. And he even thinks he knows how to fix it. So the challenge now becomes making that happen. "It's definitely a mechanical thing," Scioscia said. "I don't think it has anything to do with focus. Sometimes you get out of sync in your delivery and he's tried to compensate with some things that are taking him in the wrong direction. "He just needs to get simple again.
May 11, 2011 |
The bullpen failed to protect a three-run, eighth-inning lead Wednesday night, and then things got really ugly for the Angels in extra innings. Reliever Kevin Jepsen, on the first pitch of an intentional walk to Paul Konerko with runners on second and third in the top of the 10th, threw a ball over the head of catcher Hank Conger and to the backstop, allowing the go-ahead run to score. The Chicago White Sox tacked on another run on Brent Lillibridge's sacrifice fly to center for a 6-4 victory in Angel Stadium and closed the game with a remarkable defensive play in the bottom of the 10th.
May 1, 2011 |
No team in the American League played more extra-inning games in the season's first month than the Angels. Which is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your point of view. "It's pretty simple," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "When you're pitching really well and not hitting, you're going to play tight games. When you play tight games, that increases the chance that you're going to go extra innings. " And the Angels have lost in extra innings more than any other team in the league after dropping a 10-inning decision Saturday to the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1. The winning run scored when Fernando Rodney bounced a two-out, two-strike pitch in the dirt, marking the first time in franchise history the Rays have won on a walk-off wild pitch.
April 9, 2011 |
One bright spot in Friday night's 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays was a fairly clean inning by demoted Angels closer Fernando Rodney , who gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth. Of the right-hander's 14 pitches, eight were strikes. In his previous outing, in Kansas City last Sunday, Rodney blew a save by walking three batters and allowing two runs in the Angels' 12-9, 13-inning loss to the Royals. Scioscia announced on Tuesday that Jordan Walden would be the new closer. "For the first time in a while, he looked real comfortable on the mound," Manager Mike Scioscia said of Rodney.