Monday Morning Manager…Desert Days
So it may be safe to say that Angels manager Mike Scioscia went all in for this one. That’s the only way to interpret it after he went with both Ervin Santana and Jeff Weaver on three days rest for their series against the Rangers.
Who knew. Certainly they did. ESPN brought what looked like an atomic powered air conditioner to the Ballpark in Arlington on Sunday night and sealed off the local TV booth that normally houses Tom Grieve and Dave Barnett.
Apparently ESPN has turned to cyrogenics or was trying to keep the talent out of the heat, leaving all first-hand observations to the sideline reporters. Tough work here in the desert.
“Those fields of daisies we landed on, and dusty fields and desert stretches. Memories of many skies and earths beneath us – many days, many nights of stars.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
But anyway, the Angels took their best shot and the Rangers took two of three, improving their lead to three games in a division that still threatens to go down to that last three-game series in Anaheim at the end.
By then maybe the Rangers will have a lineup that includes both Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre, and maybe their starting pitchers will no longer be answering questions about fatigue, which only Matt Harrison has admitted to at this point.
Maybe also the weather will have broken by then and October baseball will be played in October weather. When did 105 become the norm around here?
Certainly September has to be better. They are fixing their roofs on the East Coast after Irene paid a visit while in Texas we’re all worried about the foundations.
And the pitching.
1. Did Mike Scioscia do the right then in moving Weaver and Santana up on three days rest?
2. Are the Rangers doing the right thing by going with C.J. Wilson every fifth day to the end.
3. Is Harrison your biggest concern about the rotation?
4. What is your take on Nelson Cruz?
5. How much of a setback was it in retrospect not having Adrian Beltre?