Game 25: Twins-Angels …
Pitching: RH Liam Hendriks (0-1, 6.89 ERA)
Pitching: RH Jered Weaver (3-0, 2.02 ERA)
Some pregame notes …
- Not the ideal lineup in terms of on-base percentage in front of Pujols today. Aybar and Wells have a combined (meaning, adding the two numbers up) OBP of .486. Pretty good for one player. Not so much for two. For Wells, it’s his first start in the 2-hole since 2007. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he’s trying to get more power at the top, saying: “We’re kind of going caveman on this lineup, just trying to go big.”
- Scioscia, on the confidence of winning back-to-back wins: “There was a little bit of frustration to our start, but that points to a team with confidence because I don’t think you’d have any frustration if you weren’t confident. But these guys know they can play better. It’s good to get a couple of wins, and hopefully we can carry that momentum moving forward.
- Mike Trout ran a 3.53 from home to first base on a bunt single yesterday. Scioscia and third-base coach Dino Ebel each said that’s the fastest they’ve ever seen.
- Bobby Cassevah, activated off the DL and optioned to Salt Lake recently, has given up five runs in nine Minor League innings, good for a 5.00 ERA, including three runs in Triple-A on April 21. Asked if Cassevah is close to rejoining the Angels, Scioscia said: “I think his game is close. We’ll see how things pans out, but I think his game is more in line with what we saw when he was up here. He had a ways to go. He was really set back and it takes guys time to work their way back into their stuff and their command and everything.”
Some Angels links from Tuesday …
- Jerome Williams comes full circle in shutout
- Pujols, Mickey Hatcher get past ‘misunderstanding’
- Slumping Bourjos again not in lineup
- Ideally, Jordan Walden eventually returns to closing
- Question of the Day, on Garrett Richards
- Weaver looks to keep surging
Some AL West links …
- Matt Harrison struggled as the Rangers lost to the Blue Jays (and the Angels gained a game in the division)
- Mariners can’t do much against the Rays’ Matt Moore
- Jarrod Parker cools off Red Sox in A’s win
And former Dolphins, and prominent Chargers, linebacker Junior Seau died today. Tragic news.