Game 142: Athletics-Angels …

Game 2 of this critical four-game set, on the 11th anniversary of the devastating Sept. 11 attacks …

Athletics (80-60)

Coco Crisp, CF
Seth Smith, LF
Josh Reddick, RF
Yoenis Cespdes, DH
Brandon Moss, 1B
Josh Donaldson, 3B
George Kottaras, C
Stephen Drew, SS
Cliff Pennington, 2B

Pitching: RH Dan Straily (1-0, 3.18 ERA)

Angels (77-64)

Mike Trout, CF
Torii Hunter, RF
Albert Pujols, DH
Kendrys Morales, 1B
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Erick Aybar, SS
Vernon Wells, LF
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Chris Iannetta, C

Pitching: RH Jerome Williams (6-7, 4.59 ERA)

  • Jered Weaver threw a “touch-and-feel” bullpen today, and pitching coach Mike Butcher said he came out of it just fine.
  • X-rays on Maicer Izturis‘ strained rib cage came up negative, but he’s still not back to baseball activities. He’s hoping he’ll get there in a couple days.
  • In case you hadn’t noticed, Mark Trumbo (2-for-24 with 12 strikeouts this month) is once again out of the lineup, in favor of Wells. It’s not really about giving Trumbo a mental day off at this point. Mike Scioscia just needs to put his best lineup on the field. And right now, it doesn’t include Trumbo. “He’s trying to balance finding that feel in the batter’s box again with the right amount of work on some fundamentals and mechanics to getting away from that and just clearing his mind. He’s feeling a little bit better. It’s obviously been a little bit of a downturn, but he’s working hard to find himself.”
  • Williams said yesterday he feels he can “easily” throw 100 pitches tonight. Scioscia? “100 pitches might be a stretch, but I think he’ll have enough pitches to pitch to a certain point in the game if he’s effective. And you really worry about the bounceback more than you worry about tonight.”
  • Scioscia was asked today how much of an impact new hitting coach Jim Eppard has had on the offense, compared to the previously dismissed Mickey Hatcher. In 37 games under Hatcher, the Angels posted a .250/.301/.379 slash line. In 104 games since, it’s .282/.341/.455. Here’s what Scioscia said: “Jim’s philosophies and Mickey’s are really very closely aligned. There’s no doubt that when Mickey was working with some hitters, he brought guys along in a big way. Eppy, I think, certainly has his finger prints on some guys and what they’re doing. If you’re looking at a lot of guys in our lineup, the thing that got them going wasn’t anything a hitting coach did or didn’t do. It was just getting into the flow of a season. I think that probably was the biggest turnaround.”

Alden

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