Angels Aim to Sweep Oakland Athletics to Catch Texas

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September 12, 2011  

Hello from Oakland everyone! Danny Hauger here with your Monday Angels AM 830 Blog!

Down and Out in Oakland: Sunday night the Oakland Athletics were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by the Texas Rangers. They sit 16 1/2 games out with only 16 remaining games to play. Don't count on the A's rolling over any time soon though. The Mariners were evidence of that splitting the last four game series with the Angels. The A's are 44-60 since their May hot streak ended.

Pineiro Needed Down the Stretch: Joel Pineiro's 6-6 record has been a mixture if success and let downs. His ERA sits at 5.11. When Joel keeps his breaking pitches down his efficiency is at an optimum level. The fourth and fifth startes in the rotation will likely determine the likelihood of tracking down the American League West leading Texas Rangers, still ahead 2 1/2 games as of Monday afternoon.

Who's Stepping to the Plate: Peter Bourjos added a two run home run yesterday, while Jeff Mathis and Maicer Izturis was clutch against New York. Role player contributions from Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar, and Hank Conger will all need to produce to help gain ground to Texas.

What to Listen for: Yesterday's crowd was roaring for the conclusion of the Yankees series. Listen closely tonight for the sounds of silence at the ballpark in Oakland. The Angels will need to motivate each other and focus on fundamentals to gain a win or a sweep against the Athletics.

Tune in to Angels Radio AM 830 at 5:00 for Angels Today with Steve Carroll (and streaming at www.am830.net) Following Steve is Terry Smith with Angels Warm-Up at 6:00. Then its game time with Terry Smith and Jose Mota at 7:05. Call us after the game for Angel Talk at 877-8-830-830. All season long, Angels Radio, AM 830 KLAA.

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