The Los Angeles Angels had a good game last night in Seattle against the last-place Mariners:
Mike Trout has four hits, drove in three runs, scored two runs, three behind the American League rookie record set by Joe DiMaggio (yes, the 56-game hitting streak, former husband of Marilyn Monroe guy), and fell one home run short of the cycle.
Howie Kendrick had four hits of his own, including a double and two RBIs.
C.J. Wilson had one of his better games on the mound in scattering three hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings on the way to an 8-4 win.
And none of it meant a damn thing as sometime during the middle of the game, the Texas Rangers’ Mike Napoli ended the Rangers’ game against the Oakland A’s by striking out, which eliminated the Angels from playoff contention.
As I saw the post-game handshake on TV, I never saw a team so unhappy after a win in my life, and I’ve been following baseball for a long time.
It just goes to show that the games in April count just as much as the games in September; what happened to Mike Scioscia’s team proves that once and for all.
An 18-25 start and a 5-13 swoon in August is what ultimately did the Angels in, and I know that Angel fans don’t want to hear this right now, but…
In a sun-will-come-out-tomorrow spin, next year looks extremely bright in Anaheim as 2013 will pose the best chance for a Freeway World Series, what with the Dodgers having stars like Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford for an entire year.
As for the Angels? The will merely have the likely unanimous Rookie of the Year, Mike Trout, in Angel red for an entire season.
The 21-year old kid did nothing more than bat .325 and be the first rookie in baseball history to join the 30-30 club – at least 30 homers and 30 steals – and this while being in the minors for the first few weeks as Trout didn’t get called up until the end of April!
Along with Albert Puljols, Mark Trumbo and Torii Hunter (who the Angels absolutely must resign), plus 20-game winner Jered Weaver, who should be the A.L. Cy Young Award winner or at least come close, I expect these Halos from Anaheim to come out with a vengance.
In the meantime, there will be mourning among the Angel fans, but when they think about it, I’m sure they will cheer up at the prospects for next year.