Saturday, October 04, 2014

Halos woes

I'm not going to lie, I think the Angels might have played their last home game - after being down 2-0 in the American League Division Series to the upstart Kansas City Royals.

I think the Angels' pitching has been admirable - I can't stress enough how well the team has pitched and so be it, when Fernando Salas had to be tagged by the clutch home run hit Mike Moustakas in Game 1 and Kevin Jepsen gave up Eric Hosmer's clutch dinger in Game 2.

I may be no baseball player, but it seems pretty damn tough to pitch when the Angels offense has been non-existent - can't Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Howie Kendrick, et al string together something of significance? The Royals have a pretty good pitching staff, but I can't imagine them shutting down the Angels hitters, who do seem overmatched at the moment.

I was comparing the teams at the start of the series and I thought having Mike Trout trumps any comparisons that tilts things in the Royals' favor - but is he bound to be another Barry Bonds, despite playing in his first playoff series?

Trout is in a rut and for all the talk about being best player, WAR and all the superlatives piled upon him as a 23-year old - he isn't a baseball immortal yet.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Hamilton is absolutely and utterly lost at the plate. Swings at everything.

But the Royals pitchers are dealing.