Hey everybody, what a wild week on Angels Radio AM 830. The halos have gone from being seemingly out of the race to on the verge of the Wild Card. Haren dominated the Jay's Wednesday night. He picked up his 16th win of the season (matching a career high), and helped build momentum that was smacking the ball out of the Rogers Centre.
Then a loss Thursday evening in the 12th inning to an Edwin Encarnacion walk-off doused the red hot Angel bats. Now the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers represent the final two series match-ups in 2011. The Angels bullpen was strong with Scott Downs and Jordan Walden pitching multiple innings. Garrett Richards retired two strong batters including Jose Bautista but gave up the winning run to Encarnacion ending the game.
Boston is playing the Yankees this weekend as the Blue Jays visit the Rays (2 GB of Boston). No more room to wiggle, its time for the Angels to win for the best chance to control their own destiny.
Tried and tested Jered Weaver (18-7, 2.41 ERA) will take the mound at home for the Angels Friday night to face off against Gio Gonzalez (14-12, 3.33 ERA) for Oakland. Gonzalez is 2-1 in his last three starts with 14 punch outs. Weaver is outstanding lately, 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA and the same 14 strikeouts in his last three starting appearances. The door is open for Weaver to grab his first 20 win season against Oakland and Texas.
What to listen for: Home support. The Angels return from a road trip and need to hear the home crowd motivation. These next six games are the playoffs until proven otherwise. Listen for big game atmosphere as the chips fall for the 2011 MLB postseason.
Seattle enters Texas but the Rangers need only two more wins to remove the Angels from the American League West pennant race. The Angels now need to continue their winning ways, forget about Thursday's loss, and do as much as possible to make a play for the AL Wild Card.
Distinguished Rookie: Mark Trumbo has his own proving grounds in the remaining games. If he can outshine historical records of Tim Salmon and current birlliance of Ivan nova he may be able to garner enough respect to earn the AL Rookie of the Year Award.
Friday night's broadcast begins at 5:00 PM PST with Jose Mota and Jason Brennan for Angels Today on AM 830 and www.am830.net streaming.
Terry Smith takes over for Angel Warm-Up at 6:00. First pitch scheduled for 7:05 from Angel Stadium, on Angels Radio AM 830 KLAA.
Posted by Danny Hauger
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Wild Card Teams W L PCT WCGB WCE # L10 STRK LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Boston 88 68 .564 - - 3-7 L2 9/21 vs BAL, L 4-6 9/23 @ NYY, 7:05 PM
Tampa Bay 86 70 .551 2.0 5 4-6 W1 9/22 @ NYY, W 15-8 9/23 vs TOR, 7:10 PM
LA Angels 85 71 .545 3.0 4 5-5 L1 9/22 @ TOR, L 3-4 9/23 vs OAK, 10:05 PM
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