A Tale of Two Angels Teams…Again?

It was the best of games, it was the worst of games. (Well, okay, not really even close to the worst of games, but go with it. She’s rolling.) A large offense ably supported a fair haired pitcher’s strong milestone outing on the mound for Monday’s game. That same large offense plainly failed to support a dark haired pitcher’s equally strong start for Tuesday’s game… and the comparisons to 2010 and ’11 could only be meet with invective.

It was a game where, despite a few defensive gaffes there at the end, a plucky bullpen came through in style. It was a game where a nightmare bullpen self-destructed becoming, once again, a bogeyman fit for frightening children into good behavior. “Eat all of your peas and go to bed on time, dear, or we’ll have to call in the Angel’s bullpen!” “No, Mommy. No, Daddy! Not the Angels bullpen!”…

Okay, now we’re starting to veer into Fraser Crane’s rousing ATOTC/It/Rambo mash up territory and, quite frankly, I can’t hope to compete with that level of awesome, so we’ll just stop right here. But you get the general idea. There are two Angels teams here and that’s nothing new. I seem to find myself writing this same thought every April about this time on this blog or in other forums, in good Angels years and bad. Both teams have good starting pitching most of the time. The difference lies in how they support that pitching. And any time the bullpen, the offense or the fielding from that other Angels team appears, victory becomes a lot trickier. Any time more than one of these components appear together, look out.

All indications are that we should see far more of Monday’s Angels team – you know, the good one – than Tuesday’s “other” Angels team this season, especially as our starting pitchers stretch deeper into the game and tack on their usual high number of complete games. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t greet last night’s 2011 homage of a bullpen meltdown on top of a measly 2-1 lead with some invective of my own. I mean, come on, Kevin Jepsen has always been reliable for about two out of three outings – which did lead me to conclude loudly that Kevin Jepsen is How I Met Your Mother’s naked man. And even I can tell you which Jepsen it’s going be by the second batter. Butcher and Scioscia certainly should have been able to tell this was time one out of three and relieved him with that day’s more effective arm.

And, no worries, I’m still not panicking. In fact, I’m busily scooping up the crazy ticket deals being offered by those who are panicking. Second row, Club level seats to C.J. Wilson’s Angels stadium debut for a mere $10 a piece? *snatches tickets quickly* Oh. Yes. Please. I’ll take two. But I am asking if the powers that be can start keeping each member of the bullpen on a very short leash when the game is close, especially on those evenings when it seems like it’s that other Angels team’s offense who showed up, not our good one. Seriously, even if it means paying face value for my tickets. Pretty please with bittersweet chocolate and salted caramel drizzle on top? (Sugar is for amateurs. ;) )

10 Comments

I know what you mean about two teams. Who is that Dodger bullpen that went to Milwaukee? Who is that team? Oh I like bittersweet chocolate and salted caramel drizzle on top! Yum. a little bit of that would make the bitter loss taste better.
-emma

LOL! My sister and I have a belief, Emma, that having two teams in the clubhouse, one you cheer and one you shake your fist over, is the very definition of So Cal baseball.

– Kristen

$10 for club level seats? Do I need to come down there and sell some land I got in Florida? Good grief! Has the Hollyweird soaked into the OC? Yikes!
–Jeff

I got nothin’ Jeff…except some very good seats real cheap. Granted, they looked terrible last night and the season isn’t exactly off to a rollicking start but still.

– Kristen

Dang those are some cheap tickets. I wish they were always that cheap
-David
http://bleacherboy.wordpress.com/

It’s definitely fun to find such cheap seats, David…though I do wish it wasn’t because the team started out so slow.

– Kristen

Inconsistancy early on and Bullpen seems to be the Problem with the Angels right now. It’s early on but Losses like those can’t be good. Im sure they can fix them. Club Level $10 Thats crazy

I think you nailed it Matthew and they still have time to right the ship…but you never know how much time you really had until you’re looking at elimination numbers and magic numbers in mid September. Here’s hoping they right the ship but quick.

– Kristen

The Tigers are the same way right now, unfortunately. I’m hoping that they can get hot against the Rangers and help your Angels out a bit.
–Mike

I sure wouldn’t mind that right now, Mike! I think the Tigers will be fine though. They just had a tough schedule right out of the gate but I think things will even out soon.

– Kristen

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