If you're an Angels fan, my condolences. Your team is cooked.
Unlike Game 1, the Angels actually made a cameo appearance in Game 2. But it's but a lousy consolation prize after a 7-5 loss that puts the Angels' season on life support. But with Josh Beckett slated to pitch Sunday, the prognosis is dire.
The 1993 Giants aside, has reaching 100 wins ever looked so worthless?
J.D. Drew will go down as the hero, as he should. Despite having only a handful of at-bats for the month of September, he smacked the go-ahead homer off this season's most dominant closer, Francisco Rodriguez. Yet the real culprit was the Angels offense, which masterminded this epic choke job
The Angels gave out thundersticks before the game. But after watching them butcher scoring chances all night long, perhaps a more appropriate giveaway would have been noseplugs.
L.A. was one hit away from multiple runs in the first, third, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth innings. But the Angels never came up with the big hit, even after the bullpen did an admirable job keeping the Red Sox from pulling away.
The biggest crime was allowing Daisuke Matsuzaka to get away with murder, failing to make him pay the price for making the basepaths look like the line to the Matterhorn. Watching the game only reinforced it for me: You can take his 19 wins. Matsuzaka's a fraud.
(I'd elaborate, but I'll defer to my esteemed colleague, Tom Heleba.)
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