Series Comment: I saw and heard most of the games during this 4 gamer with the Halos and am left with the feeling that we were lucky to come out with any wins. The Angels lost the two games more than we won them. I never thought I'd see a Mike Scioscia team commit that many errors in a game let alone an inning.
Rasner: With a 5-8 record and an ERA approaching 6, I think we can all safely assume that Rasner's time has past and we'll be seeing Ian Kennedy in 5 days to take the hill at the start of the Angels rematch. A designation for assignment is highly likely for my one time Cy Young candidate.
A-Rod - is it me, or does it seem a little soon for a Yankeeography? I love this program series, just think it is better when they wait until the player is entirely retired. Two MVPs OK fine. What else are they going to cover - Strippers in Canada, tagging Madonna, failing in the post season, opting out during the World Series?? I mean, good idea, he'll earn it soon enough - just not yet! . . . Continuing on A-Rod for a moment, the guy just does not come through when we have RISP. I saw four instances this series with at least one runner on second, sometimes with others on base, he K'd three times, and bounced a double play ball to the third that was booted. We are back to the '06 version of A-Rod - and that's not a good.
Trade Deadline Report Card: At first glance, other than the Tigers with Farney blowing a lead vs. the Rays, looks like everyone came out a winner during the trade deadline. X-Man's numbers aside for moment - CC Sabathia has been on fire for the Brewers. Rich Harden is dealing for the Cubs. Jeff Karstens throws a 6 innings shutout for the Pirates. Alberto Gonzalez is hitting .571 for The Nationals. Manny is hitting over .600 with a pair HRs after three games, and Jay Bay seems to be adjusting to life in Chowderville. There are two sides to every deal, so if someone is gaining there has to be a loser right? So who got the short end of the stick with all the deals that took place?
Next Series Prediction: Look, the Rangers have been an over performing team all season and are well overdue to be reminded that they are, well, The Rangers. I'm thinking Nady gets moved to cleanup, and Yanks take the series 3-1 averaging 12 runs per game.
Post Script: Glad to see Willie at the Stadium for Old Timer's.