The Angels, fresh off a three game sweep of the Tigers, a series in which they outscored the defending American League champs 22 to four, tonight face their biggest nemesis in their fight to extend that streak to four games. No, not the oppositon Texas Rangers; I’m referring to an Angel, the guy in the middle of the diamond, with the ball.
Right, tonight an Angels’ fourth straight win would have to come despite the start, for the Angels, going to Joe Blanton. Blanton, who came into the game with an 8.59 ERA, is only 0-3, but that’s only because he’s only been in three games. At the point that I’m writing this, ole’ Joe gave up single runs in each of the first two innings, and the team came back to score three in the fourth, and amazingly, ole’ Joe has blanked the Rangers three straight innings, preserving that one-run lead into the Angels’ have of the fifth. Will wonders ever cease? Neverfear – I have faith in ole’ Joe, he’ll get it done, and hopefully the Angels’ offense will continue to overcome that, and make it four straight.
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|One final Joe note – though he has only given up two runs in five innings, he is not exactly overpowering Texas, having given up nine hits and a walk in those five, while striking out none.
As to more important Angels’ news, Albert Pujols so far tonight is o-3 with two strikeouts, after revealing the his plantar fasciitis is causing him severe pain, and that he has been having trouble running. He’s still playing and apparently has no plans of coming out of the lineup, but he is limited to the designated hitter role, likely for quite awhile.
Angels’ injuries are mounting, with some key players on the disabled list. The DL now includes regular third baseman Alberto Alberto Callaspo, regular shortstop Erick Aybar, ace starter Jered Weaver, anticipated closer Ryan Madson, and important bullpenners Kevin Jepsen and Mark Lowe.
With news that Tommy Hanson will miss his next start due to a personal matter, the Angels’ staff is looking almost as thin as that of the “other” Los Angeles team.
Oh-oh, Texas just tied up the game against ole’ Joe. Time to get back to it.