Sunday, May 15, 2011

Weekly Rundown 3- Angels Summary 5/9-5/15

Well it'll be an abbreviated rundown this week. The Angels won 2 games but dropped 4 between the home stand and beginning of a long road trip.

The Angels lost 2 of 3 to the Chicago White Sox, who ended the struggles they had coming into the series by thoroughly thumping the Angels twice. Edwin Jackson started the series with a 8-0 win. Joel Pineiro continued his successful 2011 campaign picking up the win over John Danks who continues to be a tough luck loser with his record now 0-6. The bullpen was put into action yet again taking another loss after Fernando Rodney and Jordan Walden combined to blow a 3 run lead in the 8th and 9th.

The blown save was Walden's second but the rookie continues to hold a solid lock on the closer position especially with Rodney continuing to be ineffective.

The Angels began a long road trip in Texas and lost 2 of 3 games to the Rangers. Jered Weaver took a shelling from the Rangers giving up 4 runs over 6 innings taking his 3rd consecutive loss. Over this time Weaver has a 5.50 ERA and 12 K's against 20 hits in 18 innings. Weaver's fastball is just failing to get the movement it needs and he is unable to use his secondary offerings. Dan Haren is also continuing his woes and sits at 4-2 still unable to get his 5th victory, not winning a game since April 17th.

The Angels also lost off season acquisition outfielder Vernon Wells to a groin strain. Wells is batting only .183 with 13 RBI's so the time on the DL could prove to give him the time he needs to find his swing. Losing wells has caused the Angels to move Howie Kendrick into left field on occasion and given a slight influx of playing time to the Angel infielders Macier Izturis and Alberto Callaspo. The return of outfielder Reggie Willits has given the Angels a solid defensive replacement for Wells though his bat has yet to register a hit.

The Angels play two games in Oakland followed by two in Seattle before returning home for the start of inter-league play against Atlanta. With a 22-19 record and tied with the Rangers for first following the two losses in Arlington the Angels will need to take advantage of the National League Braves and hope their lack of an ordinary DH will help them retake the sole lead of the AL West.

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