Game #118: Angels at Jays pregame

Los Angeles (69-47) at Toronto (59-58)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

Today’s lineups:

ANGELS
Chone Figgins, 3B
Reggie Willits, DH
Vladimir Guerrero, RF
Garret Anderson, LF
Gary Matthews Jr., CF
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Maicer Izturis, 2B
Jeff Mathis, C
Erick Aybar, SS

PITCHING: LHP Joe Saunders (6-0, 3.46 ERA)

BLUE JAYS
Reed Johnson, LF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Frank Thomas, DH
Aaron Hill, 2B
Gregg Zaun, C
Hector Luna, 3B
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: RHP Roy Halladay (13-5, 4.17 ERA)

GLAUS OUT AGAIN: 3B Troy Glaus was out of the lineup for the second straight day, but it isn’t just his left heel that’s causing the latest problem. For the last few days, Glaus has been bothered by a wonky left ankle, and he was getting the foot examined by a doctor on Tuesday. It’s not clear whether or not a DL stint is in Glaus’ future, but maybe something can be done in the offseason. Glaus has been troubled on and off all season by a bone spur in his left heel as well.

Said GM J.P. Ricciardi: "The doctors are looking at his ankle and we’ll have a better idea of what can be done and what can’t be done. It might be a surgery in the off-season, just to clear it out."

OTHER TIDBITS: Since the All-Star break, Toronto has gone 7-11 on the road, averaging 2.7 runs per game. At home since the break, the Jays have gone 9-3 with an average of 6.7 runs per game. … The Angels come to the Rogers Centre ranked first in the American League with 107 stolen bases. Toronto ranked last in the league with a caught-stealing percentage of roughly 13. Advantage: Angels. … The Blue Jays rank last in the AL with a .226 batting average with runners on scoring position and two outs. To put that in perspective, the Tigers rank first with a .298 mark. … Since July 16, when he was batting .296, the injured Glaus has hit just .140 (12-for-86). Toronto manager John Gibbons wasn’t ready to blame the foot injury. … Angels reliever Justin Speier enjoyed a warm welcome from his former teammates. During Gibbons’ pregame meeting with the media, Speier ran into the dugout, mimicked holding out a microphone and asked Gibby: "So, what do you think of your new setup man Casey Janssen?"

AL EAST STANDINGS
entering Tuesday
1. Boston 71-47 (–)
2. New York 67-51 (4)
3. Toronto 59-58 (11.5)
4. Baltimore 54-63 (16.5)
5. Tampa Bay 45-73 (26)

AL WILD CARD RACE
entering Tuesday
1. Seattle 66-50 (–)
2. New York 67-51 (–)
3. Cleveland 65-53 (2)
4. Detroit 65-53 (2)
5. Toronto 59-58 (7.5)
6. Minnesota 58-60 (9)

SIDEBAR: After rewatching the Bourne Identity and the Bourne Surpemacy back-to-back on Sunday night, I ventured out and caught a matinee of the Bourne Ultimatum on Monday. I thought the new movie was pretty sweet, but I’ve got to say that Supremacy, to me, is the best in the trilogy. I still thought the camera moved a little too much during some of the action scenes in Ultimatum, and while the car chase scene in New York in the new movie was outstanding, it felt more like a demolition derby than a pure chase. Anyway, the movie was great, and the trilogy ranks up there as one of the best three-part series out there, if you ask me. Of course, if you ask me, you’d be asking a big-time action movie fan. –JB

10 Comments

Well at least Glaus has an excuse for his struggles this season. Though the way he’s been hitting lately, i was beginning to think he was more of a detriment to the team rather then helping.

As for the bourne trilogy I actually have you to thank Jordan. You indirectly brought my attention to it so I went out and saw the latest, (ultimatum) thoroughly enjoyed and watched the first 2 as a result. I too think it’s one of the best trilogies i’ve seen, though I disagree with you in that I believe ultimatum is the best one, followed closely by supremecy and identity. My favourite fight scene was the one that Nikki was involved in, (pretty cool how he used that hard cover book to pound his neck/face) Not a dull moment in either movie.

surprise, surprise, Zaun gives up another stolen base.

Nice to see Zaun finally get someone at second — you know he was probably extremely frustrated with his bad numbers….

I love the makeup of this Angels team — lots of speed, some scrappy guys, some good young arm, and the big bat with Guerrero.

One of their major weaknesses, though, has already been shown tonight — their defense definitely needs some work.

Great game by Doc, but really, what’s with this Jays’ offense? They had a couple of opportunities to really break the game open early, but they just couldn’t get it done.

I guess I can’t really complain — in this one game they’ve already almost scored half the runs they scored in four games in Kansas City.

And, come on, the pies in the face are really getting old for a team that’s barely at .500….

hem.gold

I agree with you on the pies issue. Nice outing from Halliday-but do the bats need to go to sleep after the first inning?

These guys seem to consistently play only as much as the have to. Maybe just my perception-your thoughts?

gsumner,

Did you hear, the Orioles went for the 2 point conversion and failed. Clemens gets suspended and costs his team big-time tonight.

Angels D is definetely not there strength and there about a bat or 2 short. When they get on base they look to create alot of havoc out there. They play a brand of baseball that not many teams play anymore. Of course this is the hitter’s era ( steroid era or whatever you want to call it ) To me it is refreshing to watch a team play like that, fun to watch. There pen is very good as well.

If Glaus is going to miss any more time, I hope we see Stairs at third. They had him taking fielding practice at third in case of emergency, and when your alternative is putting Hector Luna in your lineup for three consecutive days, I’d call that an emergency. He may end up being a butcher defensively, but the bat should make up for it. If it doesn’t work out after one game we can always go back.

bosox

2-point conversion????

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