ALDS Game 3: Adios Angels

Angels, Royals
I've been thinking about what to write in this post since the game ended yesterday.  Don't expect a lot of praises for the Kansas City Royals because this is an Angels blog after all!  But to be fair, the Royals DID just outplay the Angels and now they move on while Scioscia and company watch the rest of the season on TV. I think the bite stings a lot more given the fact that the Angels had the best record in baseball going in to the post season and they hadn't been swept in back to back series ALL SEASON.  In fact, they were barely swept at all and the Angels ended their regular and post seasons by being swept.  It's almost as if  they were a completely different team…
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ALDS Game 2: Three Strikes your trOUT

Angels, Royals
For much of the game last night at Angels Stadium it was loud.  Real loud.  Even when the Angels spent much of the game down 1-0. Matt Shoemaker was back on the mound (thankfully) and pitched a gem of a game. Kole Calhoun led off the Angels with a single then Mike Trout swapped placed with him on a fielder's choice.  I'm sure many did not expect Trout to run with Pujols at the plate but run he did.  His jump was slow and he was out by a mile.  Que Pujols ground out and suddenly the promising start was a 1-2-3 inning. A rare error by Kole Calhoun in the second inning led to Eric Hosmer taking second base instead of staying on first.  Shortly there after he scored…
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ALDS Game 1: Underwhelming Offense

Angels, Royals
That was a tough one last night and there is a lot of say about it.  Let me start with 0 for 18.  No I'm not talking about John McDonald's batting stats for September, but rather the combined at bats of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick ,and Josh Hamilton.  If that offense wasn't underwhelming then I don't know what is.  You simply can't win a game if you don't score runs.  You can't score runs if you don't get on base. Note that the picture above is after Weaver pitched his no hitter earlier this year.  He was in disbelief.  Sort of like how he was when they lost this game despite his great pitching.  So it fits.   Take your pick for which of the following played the…
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AL Wildcard Game Recap: All Your Bases Belong to Us

A's, Recaps, Royals
In perhaps what was one of the most exciting wildcard games ever, the Royals topped the Athletics in 12 innings last night in Kansas City. Below is my recap of the game, though I will admit I missed innings 7-10 (approximately) since I had the unfortunate timing of softball game last night. Innings 1-5: Pitch Off Post season games are generally regarded as pitching games and the start of the AL Wildcard game was no exception.  While both pitchers did give up runs in the first inning (including one of two Brandon Moss homeruns), the score remained relatively low early on.  James shields was a little shaky the first two innings, throwing 45 pitches and 27 strikes.  However, he got pretty dialed in and only needed 35 pitches over the…
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