Well, that was certainly one way to start the season.
Some positives to start off:
+ Carlos Perez looked like he belonged behind the plate at a big league level. He called a good game, was always cool under pressure and blocked the plate like a champ. For a team that likes to build it's pitching around a great catcher, Carlos Perez could be that next guy, and it's exciting to watch. Also, he was one of only three guys to get on base against Jake Arrieta last night.
+ At least we aren't the San Diego Padres right now...
....And the Negatives... I'll try to keep this to just three:
- Four Total Bases... FOUR. I know Arrieta is the reigning NL Cy Young.. but FOUR total bases? The Cubs managed three in the first inning. The equipment manager should probably check the bats to make sure their aren't any baseball-sized holes comically drilled into them.
- Garrett Richards' consistency. He was either striking guys out or putting them on base last night. Only 3 came around to score on his watch, but nine guys reached base safely... His stuff can be nasty, but he needs to be able to locate it over and over again.
- The Bullpen looked ROUGH. I know they were coming out in mostly a losing effort, but that's no excuse for six runs over four innings. My least favorite Angels tradition is crappy bullpens, so this is a bad start to 2016.
All that being said, we are less than 1% into the 2016 season and the Angels were facing one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Sorry San Diego, but I'll say it again... at least it wasn't 15-0...
|You can actually pinpoint the second when his heart rips in half.|
Tonight sees Jon Lester and Andrew "Babyface" Heaney on the mound... there is pretty much nowhere to go but up from here.