Okay so, yeah, I haven’t been making posts. I’ve been dealing with some things that made me not want to do anything for a good while. But I kept watching our Halos. I always watch these damn idiots. At the end of the Tampa series, I was losing it. They were looking more and more like the 2011 squad that somehow won 86 games last year, but that record doesn’t tell just how awful the team really was. Since then, the Angels are 6-4 and look like a team that’s starting to figure things out while their vaunted starting pitching carries them through the slump (thank you for staying home Jered Weaver!).
Enter Albert Pujols.
But not so fast, that’s not the end of the story. Remember, Albert Pujols was benched by manager Mike Scioscia on Saturday. His decision, not Albert’s. For a man that was outcoached early on, Mike has had a great week or so in terms of managerial moves. This was another brilliant stroke, as Pujols really seemed to need a day off to clear his head. Though, to be fair, it didn’t look like it helped early on. In his first AB, Pujols chased quite the nasty fastball with ridiculous movement that was always destined to hit the low and away corner of the strike zone. Then, he came up and ground to 3rd, like we’ve seen so many times, chasing a pitch low and somewhat inside. That was Blue Jays’ starter Drew Hutchison’s mistake. He tried to go to the well one too many times with that low inside breaker, because Albert reached down and lifted it into the visiting bullpen on his third attempt in the 5th inning. His first home run. It feels like Angel fans have been waiting longer than a month for his first blast.
Albert’s 2 run home run became the winning runs in the ballgame, as the Angels were able to (painfully) close it out 4-3, splitting the series with Toronto. Now, as they gear up to visit Texas next weekend, the hope is that Albert can build off today’s accomplishment. With a three game set in Minnesota coming up, we may not see another home run out of him just yet. In the meantime, enjoy this one Halo fans, and of course, you too Albert. You always said you weren’t a machine.