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Last time the Angels were in the playoffs, they had Mathis.
They didn't have Pujols, Hamilton, or Wilson.
Then again, they also had Chone Figgins.
It's a weird game.
The funniest thing today was the Royals having two all-stars! I giggled at that joke so hard my milk came out of my nose. (that was a joke, right? )
Ramon is immortal to me, he is only one of four pitchers for the Angels who have a "W" in a World Series game. He started only one WS game and is a perfect 1-0. (never mind his WS ERA (7.20) or his WHIP (1.8)).
He is also a perfect 1-0 in the ALCS in his only game started. Again, nevermind the peripheries.
Happy birthday Ramon!
Hallelujah for ASU!
Thank you for this perspective.
John Blue Moon.
And to make this article more palatable to those who call themselves 'Sandy Alomar', Sr posted some decent #s in the early 1970s when he made the All Star team, and followed that up with a 5.2 WAR season in 1971 in which he didn't, further crumbling the Cookie.
Professor, what about humidity? It is widely suggested that humid air increases drag, but humid air is less viscous and should promote a ball's carry.
Temperature also has an effect on the air's viscosity and warmer weather it is widely acknowledged to help a ball's carry.
But I think there is a common misperception; air "heavy" or "thick" with humidity should actually help a ball's flight due to lower viscosity (drag), when it is widely said it doesn't.
Unless of course a ball picks up the moisture as added weight.
So can you comment on that?
Pitchers and Catchers should report today!
I'd like to see this column added into Bill James pitcher's Game Score, because Catfish Hunter's perfect game included him going 3-4 with a double and 3 of the A's 4 RBIs.
Factor in his hitting, and Catfish had the best day ever by a pitcher, despite his lower Game Score.
I think we can predict more or less how Kendrys and Vargas will do, so to judge DiPoto on this, it will depend on how well Bourjos and Trumbo hit, because it basically looks like a square deal.
with all the AL debate on MVP, POY, etc, we can now add some more categories, so who is the MV LH batter in each league?
1968 - day time World Series games couldn't be too bad, they would let you watch TV during school. I rooted for the under dog Tigers, even though my mothers family was from St. Louis and was aware they had won the Series the year before so I thought the Cards were cool too.
I'm glad some one on BP's staff was young enough for 2002! Thanks Hudson!
The value of Mathis is appreciated but is trivial, what's his final CERA?
i really enjoyed this column this year, especially it was a critical source of solace for the Angels season.
The line "The Most Interesting Man in the World wears Mike Trout pajamas" was brilliant.
Of course I'm disappointed but I'm likely in the minority of fans and am not griping (too much). In comparison with the other 50 seasons, this season was one of our best (it wasn't "a very bad season" as the headline implies).
It's debatable which season was more enjoayle for instance, this one, or 2004 when they went 0-3 and out in the first round with an AL West flag.
Mike Trout made this season. And we were alive into October.
I'm worried about next season though, if as the rumors are true and we do in fact sign Greinke and let Haren/Sanatana go. Does that mean our 4/5 is Richards/Williams? That doesn't look as promising as the current rotation.
On a final note, what was most disappointing to me is that, while we all know Pujols had a solid season after April and put up good numbers, but I can't recall a clutch moment when he won a game by himself. And while the team excelled in the last month, Albert couldn't get us over the A's/O's the past month, and those two team's September's themselves caused the biggest heartburn.
Anyways, I can't wait for them to show back up in February in Tempe.
the Angels and Torii won it in the bottom of the 9th, not the 11th.
Nice read Jason - thanks for bringing the book and conversation to our attention.
I freely use the word "we" for an additional reason that wasn't pointed out - I am 51 yrs old and followed the team since i can remember, about 5 or 7 yrs old. So I was a 'we" before everyone else in the organization was. One additional bragging right is I was born the exact same day as my team arguably was: Dec 14, 1960 - the day the first time in MLB history players could call themselves "Angels".
The Angels have annoyed me to no great end. They have had a habit of being tootblanned all year, especially this month.
An intersting look, especially since these aren't household names but should be.
Padre and Red Sox fans may diasagree at this time of year, but I'd love to see one focused exclusively on those relievers who'll play in October. Looking at usage patterns up & down of each teams bullpen. Thanks Sam!
Good article Sam - thanks!
The aggravating part is that it sounds so simple and Santana has had these wild inconsistencies through out out his career.
And even if Santana is pitching better than most of the rotation, out of the five, he's the best one suited for a BP role where he's had success in the playoffs before.
To me, the playoffs have already started for the Angels and the last half of September is already one big elimination round.
Anyways, I look forward to your commentary as we head into the home stretch.