Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Finally! We can put to rest all of those "Well, Scioscia is 0-5 in post-season game ones" references.
With Bartolo off of the ALCS roster, the Angel starters need to get the job done to ensure Colon's roster replacement never takes the mound. Byrd stepped up and pitched the Angels to a game one victory. There are pitchers who throw and there are those who pitch. Byrd and his old-timey wind-up falls into the latter category. That ability is why he was signed in the previous off-season, and that's exactly why he should be re-signed during this off-season.
Tomorrow, another free agent will toe the slab for the Halos (hopefully). The southpaw hasn't pitched in quite a while, so hopefully, the extended rest won't hamper his ability to pitch. Like Bernie Williams, every appearance may be his last, but he needs to pitch deep into the game to give the bullpen a little rest. Of the Angels 168 games thus far, Shields has appeared in nearly half of those (83), including 7 of the last 8. Frankie has been in 6 of the last 8. And Escobar needed minor medical attention a few nights ago after an outing in New York.
Wash will be opposing Buehrle, so he'll have a slightly different defense than tonight. Quinlan will be to his right at third and Figgins behind him in center. Mike gave Vlad the night off (defensively) and Rivera looked so good in the outfield, even the no-talent assclown Fox announcers took notice. Let's hope Mike saw what everyone else saw and decides to rest Garret defensively to keep Juan in the outfield.
Like the mayors of the two cities, Los Angeles-based Watching Jeff DaVanon has agreed to a friendly wager with a couple of Chicagoland friends. I shudder to think what may happen if the rally monkey falls into the hands of those in the city by the lake.
Good night...and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. (And we mean that in the non-death way.)
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