Watching Jeff DaVanon

Watching Jeff DaVanon

A weblog devoted to #55 of the Anaheim Angels, Jeff DaVanon. How is he doing? Is he getting his due respect yet? Let's watch and see...

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Why? Why? Why?

Why was he back in the lineup again for the fourth straight day? Why is Erstad still hitting behind Vlad? Why wasn't Byrd pulled in the ninth immediately after the first person reached base?

Apparently, I misspoke, (um - wrote), when I said the Angel bats had come alive. They have returned to their dormant status as the Angels lost another one-run game. Byrd pitched another gem - 8.0 innings, 2 runs, 1 earned. But that second run came in the ninth inning with our alleged rubber arm pitcher - Scott Shields on the mound. Shields and company have looked especially weary of late, so it should surprise no one that Saunders will make the spot-start tomorrow - enabling Escobar to remain in the pen. Joel Peralta has also been called back up to add an additional arm for the stretch run. - But I'm sure he'll be used strictly for mop-up duty.

It almost seems like, since they won the coin-toss, Scioscia and the Angels want to play that tie-breaker game on October 3 at Angel Stadium - instead of winning the division outright. Luckily, the Indians are playing as if they want to win, and they beat the A's 2-5 tonight. If you caught any of that game or of the Indians' thrashing of the Twins on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, you can see the difference in the intensity of play.

Our guys definitely need to step it up in order to maintain that slim one game lead over the Athletics. But first, before he can pop out to end another rally, Finley needs to reclaim his rightful place on the bench, that lineup needs to be re-addressed (perhaps put Vlad back in the 3-slot and Garret behind him), and Scioscia or the players need to call one of those "let's do this" team meetings.

The Angels' Magic Number is now 18.


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