Friday, May 20, 2011
By Jeff Flinn - Contributor

Thumbs Up

*Weaver and Haren only allowed 4 runs in 14 innings, although each was a little wild.

*Downs made one bad pitch to start the 9th inning, but otherwise made all of his pitches and only got beaten by a high sky. Takahashi pitched 2 solid innings on Wednesday night.   The Halos need a lot more of that out of him.

*Hitting wise, only Kendrick is again deserving of any real praise as he had the team's ONLY run scored and RBI in the series plus three other hits on Thursday. Conger did have a hit and a walk on Thursday too. 

*The defense was really solid on Thursday, until the last play. Callaspo made a great snag of a ground ball and also a long running catch on a foul ball. Amarista made another great snag of a ground ball. Hunter made a great catch today at the wall.

Thumbs Down

*The defense continues to slump some, with 2 errors on Wednesday night and Hunter's lost in the sun fly-ball that won the game for Seattle on Thursday.
*RISP spots for this series yielded a 1-9 result, and the team ended up 5-47 on this road trip with RISP. Even Timmy Lupus, Oglivie, and Rudy Stein think that's bad.

*Hunter is 1-30, Bourjos is 1-29, Aybar is 0-15, and even Izturis' BA is sliding down. Trumbo has K'd 15 times in his past 28 at bats.

*This road trip was a joke, as they went just 1-6 after playing well on the road the first month of the season.   

*I refuse to say anything else, because this team's offense makes me sick to my stomach right now! Except one thing. Is the problem with the Angels hitting with RISP hitting a mental thing now that has gotten into their collective heads that in those spots they try a bit too hard, press a bit? Many of the Angels hitters are swinging at some pitches that are a foot outside and taking others with two strikes right down the middle.
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