Purgatory Online

Monday, March 31, 2003

Okay, so the Angels drop the opener, 6-3. Everyone's referring to this one as "lackluster," or "uninteresting" or some variant thereof, I guess because they need to wake up to the fact that not every game is Game 7. It was a loss, plain and simple. There will be others. A couple of well-timed hits would have made it a win, and in fact it seemed a couple of times that they were getting ready to kick it into gear, only to stall out. Those things happen.

Lackey seemed off, of course, but I remember watching Washburn get shelled on ESPN on opening day 2002 and thinking that it was going to be a long, long year. And there were signs of encouragement - Glaus had two hits despite his wrist injury, and Salmon had two hits despite the fact that it isn't June yet. If Salmon reverses his career-long trend of hitting poorly in the first month or two of the season, a whole lot of things will have to go wrong to wreck the Angels' ship.

The Angels are off today, and continue their series with the Rangers tomorrow.