Purgatory Online

Thursday, September 15, 2005

For Christ's sake, does nobody want to win this godforsaken division?

For the second straight game, the Angels lost a walk-off to Seattle, the worst team in the division, on a day in which the A's lost to the Indians. And, for the second straight day, the A's blew a winnable game on a day in which they had an opportunity to tie the Angels in the standings. You know, the Rangers aren't eliminated yet...

I suppose the good news for the Angels is that they actually seemed to show a little bit of sack yesterday, coming back from 6-0 early and 9-7 late, before finally boning themselves in the ear enough times to hand a series sweep to the Mariners. I wasn't able to watch this game until the very end - I saw Frankie intentionally walk Dobbs and then give up the game-winning single - but from all accounts the game turned on Maicer Izturis inexplicably being sent home on an attempt to score from first on a botched throw following a bunt. Ron Roenicke isn't exactly known for screwing up that kind of call, so I guess this one gets chalked up to simple bad luck and failed execution.

The other silver lining, I suppose, is that no one on the team can now possibly believe that they have the division won. I mentioned at the start of the roadtrip that these three games with the Mariners were dangerous, since the Angels might have a little letdown effect following their games with the Red Sox and White Sox, and maybe that's just what happened, serving as a stark reminder that they can lose to anyone, anytime.

We'll see tonight, I suppose, when noted burly individual and putative staff ace Bartolo Colon takes the mound looking for his 20th win, which would make him the Angels' first 20-game winner since God wore short pants. It would also solidify Colon's Cy Young campaign, a consideration that I suspect may keep him pitching regardless of how his back is feeling.

Meanwhile, the A's start a four-game series in Boston, and the Rangers host Seattle. I fully expect a Texas sweep of that series, adding the maximum amount of insult to injury.