So, despite yet another victory over the M’s, the Angels post season hopes were dashed tonight when the A’s beat the Rangers, clinching at least the Wild Card spot. I must admit to a bit of schadenfreude, especially with the 3 Halos fans sitting directly behind me. It’s one thing to have fans of the opposing team around when it’s a packed house with both teams fighting for something – that’s good fun. It’s quite another in a nearly empty stadium with nothing but pride on the line … that’s just kind of depressing and very annoying.
Good on the A’s! I was rooting for them – always nice to have some new blood.
As for our game..
What is it about the Angels? They are Felix’s nemesis….
In his last 6 starts, he had 4 losses (2 to the Angels) and 2 no decisions (one to the Angels)
Ironically, one of the few Mariners who was flying high for most of the season, finished with more than a bit of a thud.
Larry Stone tweeted “After shutting out MIN on aug 27 –his 9th straight win — Felix finished 0-4, 6.62 in last six starts. Had been Cy Young favorite”
Shannon Drayer tweeted “Felix’s ERA without the Angels starts this year 2.56. They did some damage.”
Hernandez said the one good thing coming out of his finale was that he finished the season healthy, having thrown 232 innings, his fifth straight season of 200-plus innings.Asked to assess his season, he said: “It was fine. It was OK. I need to get better. That’s it.”
What exactly would The King like to improve on?
“I need to pitch better against the Angels,” he said.
|Elaine Thompson | AP|
* NINE hits – including THREE doubles and ONE home run
* FIVE walks
* Wells apparently becoming CJ’s daddy (TWO homers and ONE double in SIX career AB’s)
* Wells also w/an OF assist (doesn’t rhyme like “don’t go on Ichiro”, but the “new” RF’er can throw and this time it was to get the speedy Mike Trout trying to stretch a single into a double
* Smoak on base THREE times tonight
* nice DP – Ackley-to-Ryan-to-Smoak
besides Felix’s outing … TWO errors