Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Last night, Phys and Hud were talking about how the Angels were winning by doing the little things. You know, like Garret Anderson turning around a ball in as little time as possible, Dallas McPherson hitting the ball a little bit up the grass behind center field, Vlad hitting the ball a little short of the upper deck. Get off the talking points, guys, this was bashball!

Tonight, against Ace Washburn, the Rangers present something called Kameron Loe.

GAME 2                                                     

Park Adjusted
Washburn 145.3 4.46 .138 .062 .243 .032 4.53
Loe 2.7 0.00 .250 .000 .125 .000 0.00
So that's useless. But I've been doing that for the series, and I'm not breaking routine right now.

I have never, in my life, heard of Kameron Loe. Behold his minor league numbers for yourself here.

Loe stands at 6'8''-225 pounds, is 23 years old, is from Chatsworth, my home town, and was a 20th-round pick out of CSUN ("That's not college, that's the thirteenth grade." -- Howard Stern) (he went to Granada Hills High, which also produced the great John Elway, Champion Forever). As you can see for yourself, he has pitched very well in the minors, and has earned a shot at the big leagues. He strikes out a decent number of guys, and walks very few.

It's always tricky to face a pitcher no one has ever seen; of course, it's also to start a rookie for the first time in the middle of a pennant race. So I have no idea what to expect tonight/this afternoon. The Lads just have to keep doing what they have been.

UPDATE: Sean was there last night and gives an account.

EVEN MORE OF AN UPDATE: Rob links to a Ranger blogger describing Loe as a finesse pitcher. You're telling me that a 23-year-old 6'8'' righthander that struck out 8.09 men per nine innings in the minors is a finesse pitcher? This both scares me (we often suck against finesse pitchers) and excites me (his finesse may not be good enough to face major league pitching).

I say we lead off Vlad to scare the guy out of his pants. (Okay, not really ...)

This guy scares the crap out of me. They always get shut down by these punks that they should just destroy.

That said, the high strikeouts, low walks thing doesn't bother me. The Angels don't walk as it is. Bobby Witt is the type of pitcher who probably would have shut this team out every time, but these guys that throw strikes can be hit.
You know, to me it wasn't so much the suspension itself, but the way the team responded to his being out of the lineup on Sunday. There was just something electric that this team has missed at times this year.
You know you're an idiot when: you post a comment to the wrong entry and it's your own damn blog. That above was about my entry below this one.
But the comment is still a valid one, Oh Chronicler sir. I've seen it happen over and over in sports--a team loses a critical guy and the others take it up a notch to compensate. The outfield-by-committe approach seems to be working, though as much as I like Jeff DaVanon, it's painful to see him hit right-handed.

Great game tonight, though Rodriguez had me really nervous for a while. That's usually Percival's job! :-) I think the contrast with why Guillen isn't there is telling: he got booted for anti-team behavior but the Angels are playing in an incredibly unified way now. Guys like Amezaga, who might only play 2 innings as a defensive replacement, come ready to play and contribute.

I'm cautiously optimistic about the Angels chances of winning the division--I can't ever smoke enough dope or drink enough beer to forget 1982, 1986 and 1995--but I think today's game is huge.
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