The Brewers make their way to the ballpark that is across the street from the home of Mickey Mouse and Disneyland. The Brewers AGAIN are not able to beat a good pitching staff. After beating up on Rich Harden, in game #1. The Brewers would struggle against last years 17 game winner Scott Feldman and 1st round pick in 2002, Colby Lewis. With 2 more "L" the Brewers in 2010 against pitching staffs that are ranked 6th or better. The Brewers have a record of 5-16.
The last time the Brewers played in the land of Mickey was on June 10th 2004. The Brewers played a 3 series against the Halos. The Brewers in that series, would send Ben Sheets, Victor Santos and Wes Obermueller to the mound. The Angels counter with Kelvin Escobar, Jarrod Washburn and Aaron Sele. The Brewers even though they finish in last place in 2004. The Crew would take 2 out of 3 of those games.
Game #1 the Crew in the top of the 17th with 2 outs, Craig Counsell walks and scores on Scott Podsednik double to right, off pitcher Ramon Ortiz. Its gives the Crew 1-0 lead and Matt Kinney gets the W in the bottom that 17th. Game #2, the Brewers get 2 run double by Lyle Overbay and rbi single by Bill Hall in the top of the 1st. The Brewers beat up on the former Wisconsin Oskhosh pitcher Washburn, for 6 runs in 5 innings. Santos throws 6 innings, gives up 13 hits, but only 2 runs. Dave Burba earns a 3 inning save. Brewers win 12-2. In the final game, in the 3rd inning, Junior Spivey gets an rbi single and then a 3 run homerun by Geoff Jenkins. Wes Obermueller gives up 3 run in 6 1/3. In the 8th inning, Jeff Bennett gives up 2 runs, without registering an out, its puts the Angels up 5-4, for good. Kevin Gregg gets the W and K-Rod earns the save.
The same manager that was in the Angels home dugout in 2004, is still there today. That manager is former Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Sicoscia. Sicoscia has been the skipper for the Angels since he took over Terry Collins/Joe Maddon in 2000. Michael Lorri Scioscia was born in Upper Darby Pa. He played his high school at Springfield High school in Springfield Pa, the home of the Cougars. He is the Dodgers #1 pick and 19th overall in 1976. Sicoscia and his Angels have won the American League West 5 of the last 6 seasons.
The Angels coaching staff
Mickey Hatcher - Hitting coach -Michael Vaughn Hatcher would be Sicoscia teammate while with the Dodgers. He has been the hitting coach with Sicoscia since 2000. Born in Cleveland Ohio and play his high school baseball in Mesa Arizona. Played his college baseball in Norman Oklahoma, for the University of Oklahoma, the home of the Sooners. Before he was with the Dodgers, he was on Kevin Kennedy's staff in 1993 and 1994 in Texas.
Mike Butcher - Pitching Coach -Michael Dana Butcher played 115 games with the Angels. Butcher who was born in Davenport Iowa and played his high school baseball in East Moline Illinois, became the Angels pitching coach in 2007, after Bud Black who was the pitching coach until he is named manager of the Padres. Butcher was the pitching coach for manager Joe Maddon in Tampa in 2006
Alfredo Griffin - 1st base -Alfredo Claudino Griffin would be the 1st base coach for the Halos since 2000. Griffin from the DR, would be the american league rookie of the year in 1979. Griffin 1st coaching job would be with the Jays and Cito Gaston in 1996 and 1997
Dino Ebel - 3rd base - Dino never played in the majors. Born in Barstow California, who become the 3rd base coach in 2006. He replaced Ron Roenicke, who promoted to bench Coach, when bench coach Joe Maddon was name the manager of the Rays.
Ron Roenicke - bench coach -Ronald Jon Roenicke who is a former Dodger outfielder. He was born in Covina California, he has been on the staff since the start in 2000. He first started coaching in 1992 and 1993, for manageer Tommy LaSorda and the Dodgers.
Orlando Mercado -has been the bullpen coach since 2004 - the former major league catcher from Arecibo Puerto Rico, play in the majors for 8 seasons. 3 years with the Seattle Mariners, 1 seasons with the Rangers, Tigers, Dodgers, A's, Twins, Mets and Expos.
What do the Angels bring to the table -the Angels are coming off a great 2009 season. They would lose to the Yankees in the ALCS in 6 games, after they defeated the Boston Red Sox in 3 games in the divisional series.
The Angels last season were about the same at home and on the road. The Angels had a record of 49-32 at Angels Stadium and 48-33 on the road. They gave their pitchers 444 runs of runs support at home and 439 on the road.
In 2010, they have a record of 36-30. In 2010, they are 16-13 at home and 20-17 on the road. They played .500 play in the month of April going 12-12 and May 1 game below .500 at 14-15. In the month of June, they have come out hot, with a record of 10-3.
Runs scored - 4.74 per game - which is 6th in the AL, in 10th in major league baseball. The Yankees are the best with 5.66. The Brewers are at 4.78, which is 8th best in baseball and 4th in the NL
Homeruns -69 -lead by Hunter, Napoli and Rivera with 10. They are 5th in the AL and 8th in MLB. The Jays are #1 with 99. The Brewers have 78, tie with the D-Backs, 2nd in the NL and 4th in baseball
Steals - 43 -leading the team is Erick Aybar with 11 and Abreu with 10. The Angels are 6th in the AL and tie with Washington for 9th in baseball.
Batting Average - the Angels bat .260 as a team -which is 17th in baseball and 9th in the AL - The Crew average has dropped to .257, which is 22nd in baseball.
OB % -.323 for the Angels - the Angels are 24th when coming to draw a walk. 12th in baseball when it comes to striking out. Their ob% is ranked 24th with Oakland in baseball
ERA - Angels team era is 4.40 which is 10th in the AL and 23rd in baseball. The Brewers era is 5.59, which is 31st in baseball. ONLY the D-Backs era of 5.78 is Worst
Homeruns allowed - Angels have given up 63 gopher balls - which is 10th most in baseball. The D-Backs are #1 with 94 and the Crew are 5th with 69
Strikeouts -Angels staff has 470 k's. 6th best in baseball. The Crew is 3rd with 491
Whip -The Angels whip is 1.454, which is the 8th worst in all of baseball. The team with the worst whip in baseball at 1.601, is our Milwaukee Brewers.
The starting 9 usually
1b - Rob Quinlan - playing the injured Morales -former Minnesota Gopher and Angels 10th round pick in 1999
2b - Howie Kendrick -from the Jacksonville Florida area. Played at St. John's Rivers Community College. 10th round pick of the Angels in 2002
3B -Maicer Izturis - again Brandon Wood struggle at the big league level and is back in Salt Lake City. The 30 year old from Venezuela was signed as 18 year old amateur by the Indians in 1998. He came to the Angels with Juan Rivera from the Nationals for outfielder Jose Guillen in 2004
SS -Erick Aybar -the 26 year old from Bani Dominican Republic was sign as amateur free agent by the Angels in 2002.
C - Mike Napoli -Napoli is a Hollywood Florida native and play his high school baseball at the home of the Falcons, Pembrooke Pines. The 29 year old was the Angels 17th round pick in 2000
RF -Bobby Abreu -the 36 year old lefty from Argua Venezuela was first signed as amateur free agent by the Houston Astros in 1990. Sign a 2 year 19 million contract as a free agent in 2009 to become an Angel
LF - Juan Rivera -the 31 year old righty from Guarenas Miranda Venezuela. First sign as amateur free agent by the Yankees in 1996. Came in the trade mention before from the Nationals in 04 for outfielder Jose Guillen
CF - Tori Hunter -the 35 year old righty from Pine Bluff Arkansas. Plays at Pine Bluff High School, the home of the Zebras. He was the Twins #1 pick and 20th overall in 1993. Sign 5 year 90 million free agent contract in 2007 with the Angels
DH - Hideki Matsui - better know as Godzilla. The 36 year old lefty from Ishikawa Japan. Signed as amateur free agent by the Yankees in 2002. Signed 1 year 6 million dollar contract with the Angels for 2010
The match-ups for the 3 game series
Monday night -Randy Wolf vs Joe Saunders -Wolf has only won 1 game in his last 6 outings and posting an era of 6.43 in those starts. Not what the Brewers were expecting when they sign him as free agent in 2010. Could he be the next Jeff Suppan ??? The 34 year old Canoga Park California native will be pitching Angels Park for the 1st time in his career. Just 52 miles from his home. He has faced the Angels twice in his career, his record is 0-1 with an era of 6.35. Wolf faced the Angels last season as a Los Angeles Dodger at Dodger Stadium. He gave up 10 hits and 4 runs in 6 1/3
Joseph Francis Saunders - Saunders is 6-3 210 lefty from the Northern Virginia area. Born in Falls Church outside of DC. He plays his high school baseball for the Spartans for West Springfield High School. Saunders after high school, plays his college baseball for the Hokies of Virginia Tech. In 2002, he is a 1st round and 12th overall pick. He gets a 1.825 million signing bonus. Saunders coming off 17 and 16 game winning seasons. Saunders who only lose 7 games the last seasons, is sitting with a record of 5-6 in 2010. He will be making his 14th start of the 2010 season. It will be his 109 of his career tonight. His career record is 53-28 with an era of 4.24. Saunders is coming off a complete game in his last start against the A's in Oakland, giving up 1 run. He has given up 2 runs in 15 innings. Saunders will be facing the Brewers for the 1st time in his career.
Tuesday night - David Bush vs Ervin Santana -Bush return to the rotation and gave about what is has done all season. 4 runs in 6 innings. He did not get a decision in the game. He enters the game with a record of 1-5 an era of 5.06. Bush has 2 career starts against the Angels, he is 0-1 with an era of 3.21. He has pitched in Anaheim one time his career, he was nailed for 4 runs in 5 1/3 innings. That start would be back in 2004, in a Blue Jays uniform
Ervin Ramon Santana -the 27 year old right is 6-2 160 from La Ramona Dominican Republic. He is signed as amateur free agent by the Angels in 2000. Last February he agree to 4 year 30 million contract, Club option for 2013. 13 million buyout. Santana is making his 14 start for the 2010. His record is 6-4 with an era of 3.52. Santana is making his 151 career start against the Brewers. His career record is 65-49 with an era of 4.43. Santana is 2-1 with an era of 4.28 at home. He is 4-3 with an era of 3.04 in 2010. So far in his career is home record is 36-29 with an era of 4.61. Santana has never faced the Brewers
Wednesday afternoon - Chris Narveson vs Joel Pineiro...Narveson is coming off his best start as a Brewer against the Texas Rangers, throwing 7 innings of 2 run baseball. Narveson has pitched better on the road. He is 4-1 with era of 5.19, compare to 5.81 at Miller Park. He will be facing and pitching for the first time against the Angels
Joel Alberto Pineiro - the 32 year old is 6-1 200 righty from Rio Piedras Puerto Rico. He plays his high school baseball at Colonial High School in Orlando Florida, the home of the Grenadiers. He plays his college baseball at Edison State College, in Fort Myers Florida. He would be drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 12th round in 1997. He was signed by the Halos in 2010 for 2 years for 16 million. Joel is 5-6 with an era of 4.77 in his 13 starts in 2010. Pineiro will be making his 230 career start against the Brewers. His career record of 92-85 with an era of 4.41. Pineiro is coming off a complete game 5 hitter/1 run completed game against the Dodgers. Pineiro career record at home is 48-36 an era of 3.76. Compare than to 44-49 an era of 5.05 on the road. Pineiro faced the Brewers 3 times in 2009, while with the St. Louis Cardinals. His record was 2-0 an era of 3.43. He threw 21 innings and allowing 8 earned runs. He has faced the Brewers 6 times, with a record of 3-0 an era of 3.35.
Its going to be another test for the Crew. Brewers fans that have to work in the morning, maybe I should suggest that you go to bed early on Monday and Tuesday, instead of watching the Brewers. You just might be quite unhappy, with the results if you stay up. The Brewers have a tough task the next 9 games. 3 at Anaheim, 3 at Coors and then the Twins come to Miller Park. I predicted the 11 games below .500 Brewers, will be over 14 games below .500 after these next 9 games. On their pace to finish with the 2nd WORST record in franchise history !!!!
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