Monday, September 6, 2010

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By Jeff Flinn - AngelsWin.com Contributor

Raves:

Jepsen had back-to-back solid 8th innings, albeit one batter reached base tonight.

Hunter went deep again tonight, now can you please actually produce a hit with RISP?

Haren pitched great tonight except for the Rodney improv in the 6th inning (3 straight walks).

Bourjos continues to give some hope tonight with a triple and a run scored tonight, doing more than most of the vets did against Carrasco.

Sunday was a good day all around, as everyone reached base except for Willits.

Abreu breaks his 5-52 (with 21 Ks) tailspin with a 2 run homer Sunday, and Napoli joins in the fun with his own 2 run homer.

Napoli does go into some decent sized funks, but when hot he can carry a team.

Matsui had 3 hits Sunday, and is improving after struggling for the most part except for June.

Good to see hitters 3 through 6 all drive in runs Sunday, now Halos fans want to see much more of that from them.

The bullpen threw strikes for the most part Sunday (only 16 out of 54 pitches out of the zone).

Walden continued to blow away hitters with his upper 90s/100mph fastball on Sunday, and now has 10 Ks in his first 5 MLB innings.

Rodney actually threw strikes Sunday (only 8 out of 22 pitches out of the zone).

Santana got through 6 innings Sunday despite some wildness.

Aybar stole his 19th base Sunday, and has a 70% success rate, better than the 60% or so that he had in the minors.


Rants:

Aybar committed his 19th error Sunday, already more than in 2009.

Hey Rodney, nice back-to-back 9th innings. I'm starting to side with the people wanting you traded after 2010, as your pitching I.Q. leaves something to be desired.

Outside of Hunter's homer tonight, the veteran hitters reverted to their terrible selves. Every freaking time they have a good hitting game, they stink it up the next several games. What? Are they afraid to hurt the pitchers' feelings by hitting in more than 1 game in a row????? Kendrick, Abreu, Matsui, Napoli, and Rivera....all incapable of building on anything!!!!

I'm ready to blow this team up by letting go/trading 7-8 veterans after 2010!!!!! Get people in here who don't shrink under adversity!!!! One freaking win when trailing after 8 innings?????????

Get the kids up here, even if a couple have to be added to the 40 man. Why is Ryan Budde still on the 40 man roster?????? What has he done to deserve being on it for so long?????  Play Trumbo every day and start Conger more than Mathis for the rest of the season. We already know what to expect from Mathis. Little to nothing.

One of these decades, maybe this team will actually have back-to-back solid hitting seasons!!!!!!

Only this team would lose SEVEN straight combined to the terrible O's and awful Indians, including 4 straight at home. Pathetic!!!!!!

Are the Halos the worst hitting team in MLB history against unknown pitchers????? I'm sick and tired, I'm sick and tired, I'm sick and tired of mediocre unknowns dominating the Halos EVERY SEASON!!!!!
Love to hear what you think!

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