Well, the boys pulled out another win against the underpaid, hard-working Oakland A’s. It staved off the inevitable, a playoff-less off season. The A’s need just one more win to clinch the Division title.
One good thing that came of it, is the gutty performances by several rookies. Jered Weaver showed some great stuff and we can look for him to be a solid performer for many years to come. Howie Kendrick is someone to watch as is the fabulous Mike Napoli. Napoli was quite a presence behind the plate and will settle down as a hitter.
Juan Rivera has proven to be a solid asset to the team and we’ll have to wait and see if the Angels can find a permanent position for him. Speaking of permanent positions, the team must solidify their position players. There are too many unknowns. We are not solid at 3rd or 1st and the outfield has been scheduled according to who is or is not injured. The incredible, hard-working Darin Erstad has been plagued by injury all season and with that we lost more than a golden glove fielder (first to earn this honor in both the infield and outfield); we lost a team leader on the field and the clubhouse.
According to reports in the newspaper, look for the Angels to get a powerful bat in the offseason. At this point I don’t care who it is, although I hope it isn’t a trouble-maker (if you have questions about that comment think back to Jose Guillen).
My unsolicited advice is that the Angels should settle the lineup and be consistent. This season, their downfall has been the inconsistency. Some of it, due to injuries… In any case, the management needs to make some tough decisions or we’ll have another year like this one. This season was fraught with errors– the highest in the entire American League.
Tomorrow is another day, the Angels have one more- they’re day-to-day, but look for the A’s to go deep into the playoffs.