Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
 
Tag:Nick Adenhart
Posted on: May 12, 2008 6:40 pm
 

Scuffling

No sooner did I hit the "enter" key on a previous blog post singing the praises of the Angels success on the road then they go and get swept in Tampa Bay by the Rays. Timing, as they say, is everything. The Halos have now lost four straight, and to say they have been offensively inept is an understatement of colossal proportions. James Shields, Scott Kazmir and few of the Rays bullpeners, including ex-Angel Troy Percival, held them scoreless for the first two games of the series, and really, the Angels didn't even come close to anything resembling a rally. This, along with the two Lakers losses in Utah (home to more white people than anywhere in the world) made my "sports weekend" less than enjoyable. Throw in the fact that both my fantasy teams got utterly destroyed, and I found myself looking for excuses not to watch television or use the computer -- two of my favorite pastimes. Not my favorite weekend ever.

Well, hopefully some home cooking can get the boys right. We have four games against the Pale Hose starting tonight and then the Trolley Dodgers head South to renew the Freeway Series rivalry over the weekend. The team needs youngster Nick Adenhart to step up big time in his third big league start tonight and play the role of stopper, as in losing streak stopper. Good news, Lackey is back and will make a start Wednesday, I believe. Other youngsters that need to step up include Brandon Wood and Sean Rodriguez.

Here's hoping for more than 3 or 4 hits...

Posted on: May 7, 2008 1:53 pm
 

Halos finding the road 'heavenly'

After last night's 5-3 win over the Royals in Kansas City, the Angels record away from the Big A stands at a league-best 12-5. Very impressive, considering the team did most of its damage in the friendly confines of Angels Stadium last season and played roughly .500 ball on the road. If we can start dominating like we have at home, and keep up a better pace on the road, the Angels are easily capable of surpassing last season's win total, which would hopefully mean another AL West title.

Nick Adenhart, the sequel. A little better than the original, but still not quite there. 4 1/3 innings with five walks against a fairly young and punchless Kansas City team. I think he walked 9-hitter Tony Pena twice and he's hitting like a buck-fifty. You gotta be able to lay one or two down the middle to hacks like that and Nick just couldn't. Good, live arm, and he did improve from his first outing. Got to within two outs of having a chance at his first big league win, but after walking consecutive batters in the 5th, had to hit the showers. He might get one more shot at that first win four or five days from now.

There was a Garret Anderson sighting last night. Finally. GA singlehandedly carried the offense knocking in five runs, including a 3-run shot, his second homer in two days. Hopefully GA gets it going.

Vlad had a triple-double last night. Make that a triple and a double, and he was robbed on a laser up the middle by Royals second baseman Mark Grudzasomethingorother. All those were hard hit balls to the right side. When Vlad's going good, he hits a lot of balls hard to right field. Watch out.

Howie Kendrick went 3-3 with 2 HR in a rehab start in single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He should be back soon, maybe tonight.

Uh, Casey Kotchman is pretty good. Kotch is batting .333 with 6 HR and 21 RBI and is leading the majors with a .545 average off of lefties....545. That's pretty good.

Posted on: May 2, 2008 12:53 pm
 

Angels - A's Series Wrap

Well, the Angels and A’s just split a four game series that was, uh, odd. To say the least. Games one and four were blowouts with the A’s putting up 14 and 15 runs en route to easy wins. The middle games were dominated by Angels pitching with Joe Saunders and Ervin Santana each going to 5-0 on the season. To say this wasn’t your average Angels vs. A’s series is definitely an understatement.

In the two blowouts, it didn’t seem like the A’s were scorching the ball. They hit some balls hard and others just found holes. They did hit three bombs in the first game, but they strung together a bunch of hits to do the damage, in game four.

Nick Adenhart made his Angels debut and struggled with his fastball control, walking five batters in two-plus innings and surrendering five earned runs…ouch. He was only working on three day’s rest so it wasn’t exactly the best of circumstances for the kid. I suspect he’ll get a chance at redemption, maybe two, as John Lackey makes a couple more rehab starts.

So, we were tied with the A’s atop the West when the series started and we’re still tied with the A’s. The Orioles are in town starting tonight and then off to Kansas City. Bottom line, we gotta play better.

 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com