Halo fans, for the 2nd consecutive night, the Angels were beaten by an overrated starter. Also, the team’s defense, which is normally solid, played a huge role in this loss. After Joba Chamberlain kept them in check for 4 innings the night before (and if anyone feels the need to argue with me the fact that he isn’t overrated, please tell me someone else in recent baseball history who has gotten so much attention and done virtually nothing), Daisuke Matsuzaka did the trick tonight, keeping the Angels bat’s silent, as the Red Sox won, 4-1.
The matchup Tuesday definitely had a playoff type feel to it. But that’s not a good thing Angel fans. This playoff feel was really just a reminder of how much the Angels choke when it comes to the Red Sox. What Donnie Moore and the club back in 1986 experienced is still happening 23 years later. From the beginning, the Angels acted like their offense, which, what feels like ages ago was almost a guarantee of scoring 10 runs a game, was going to be as lethargic as Oprah Winfrey after a hot fudge sundae. You could just see that unless a small miracle happened, it would be hard to scratch even one run across the board. The only Angel who deserves no fault is John Lackey. He pitched his heart out for 7 2/3 innings only to get absolutely no backing by the offense. Angels, if this is the same song and dance against the Red Sox we are going to see in the first round, just tell me now so I can save myself from the mulitiple ulcers this will cause and the years I will lose on my life. Tell me now.
The Angels should be thanking their lucky stars that the Texas Rangers too have forgotten how to score runs. Having lost the first 2 games in pathetic fashion on this most important trip, the Rangers have also dropped their last 2 games to keep the Angels lead in the division at 6 games.
As a die hard Angel fan, I am starting to develop that ever so familiar pit in my stomach feeling that comes around this time of year. When is this team going to play to it’s full potential when it matters most? Maybe I just expect too much. I mean, they can barely manage to get through their own division – at times it amazes me how they have the record that they do, seeing as they generally don’t show up for the big games.
Let it be known, the Red Sox beat the Angels rather easily without Kevin Youkilis and Victor Martinez in the lineup – 2 guys you know we will see in the first round. Oh yeah, and instead of getting Daisuke, we will get an all you can eat buffet of Josh Beckett and Jon Lester… Just food for thought Angel fans.
Now, I drink some beers and try to relax until tomorrow night’s game. Wherever you are Angel fans, have one with me.
Until next time Angel fans.