Sunday, June 17, 2012
Thoughts From The Last Two Weeks
My absence from posting the last few weeks hasn't gone unnoticed, and I'd like to preface by saying: I HAVE been watching the games (or most of them at least), and they have still been winning, so that's a relief.
So, what do I think of the last two weeks, including today? Well, brace yourselves, I have the answer to that question no one wants to know the answer to.
Regarding the Angels:
- Watching Ernesto Frieri right now is what I remember watching Francisco Rodriguez in 2002 was like. He came into the game, and you knew two things: no one was getting a hit, and more importantly, you were going to see one or more strikeouts (usually more). He is dominant in a way that I would have never expected. I'm really glad the club has the rights to him for the next few years.
- Garrett Richards is the real deal, and is ready to make a permanent impact on this team NOW. If we spend the next few months (probably the rest of the season) yanking him back and fourth between Anaheim and Salt Lake, trying to decide if we really trust Ervin Santana to look like June 16th Ervin or The Rest of 2012 Ervin, its only going to blow his confidence and then we have another Brandon Wood/Dallas McPherson/Kevin Jepsen on our hands. No one wants that. Either trade Santana or send him to the bullpen.
- Mike Trout deserves all the love he gets, from me and from anyone else giving it to him. His numbers make him an All-Star (should be a starter, but missing April will probably kill that chance), and god forbid he goes on another stretch like he did in May. He could be an MVP candidate at the end of the season. Oh yeah, and he will win a Silver Slugger and Rookie of the Year too, just because he can. When the Angels slim their salary this offseason (by either trading away/releasing Vernon Wells and Ervin Santana, plus re-signing Hunter at a huge discount), they need to focus on two things: giving Frieri support in the Bullpen (assuming Downs leaves as well), and saving up to give Trout the huge Evan Longorian contract extension he already deserves.
- On a more somber note, I want to see Peter Bourjos play everyday in a Major League lineup. If that has to be in Washington, or Houston, or wherever it has to be, he deserves to play. Sitting on the bench 85% of the time isn't going to warm up his bat. We can get some of that bullpen help now, or even a more capable defensive 3rd baseman than Alberto Callaspo. I know Callaspo doesn't commit errors, but I think that is more because of his lack of range and athleticism than his skilled defensive prowess.
Regarding the Rest of Baseball:
- The Washington Nationals are the real deal, people. They are going to make some deal at the deadline and run away with this division. The Phillies are dead in the water and neither the Mets nor Marlins are talented enough to make a serious run, in my opinion. The Braves could give them a scare, but they will likely choke it away.
Regarding the Rest of the Sports World:
- I'm happy for the Los Angeles Kings, and their devoted (read: not bandwagon) fans, but I'm still a bitter Ducks fan who won't be happy until their "dynasty" has dissolved and they are back in the draft lottery with us. That being said, its only two months until Training Camps! The Ducks have made a number of positive moves this offseason, I hope that can equate to the 3-4 extra wins they would have needed to be the 8 seed in the West (the seed the Kings were, and rode to the Stanley Cup).
- It looks like the NBA Finals isn't going to be as good as we all hoped. Lebron and the Heat seem to be running away with things (now up 2-1 after winning Game 3 in Miami about 15 minutes ago). Oh, and the next two games are in Miami too. With the way Kevin Durant and the Thunder have been choking away opportunities, I'm guessing its going to be a 5 game series and Lebron will finally get his ring.