The Angels’ opposing starter tonight entered the 2013 season with a 4.71 earned-run average and a 39-29 record. Derek Holland is three games into a new season and he’s already talking about winning a Cy Young Award.
So far he’s backing up the talk: Holland is 1-1 with a 1.64 earned-run average. His first win of the season came at the hands of the Angels back on April 5.
Holland may have bragging rights, but he may be the only Rangers starter who’s in a position to boast. Their pitching staff is experiencing a “crisis,” according to the Dallas Morning News.
So maybe it’s a good time for the Angels to be facing the Rangers, the current first-place team in the American League West. The Halos’ hole is deep enough that they will still be in third place in the division even if they manage a three-game sweep – following a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers.
First pitch is at 7:05.
Onto some bullet points:
• Courtesy of Stats LLC (with thanks to Angels PR man Eric Kay): Mark Trumbo‘s four walk-off home runs — his latest came in the 13th inning Sunday — are already tied for third in team history. Tim Salmon hit six, and Brian Downing five, in an Angels uniform.
• Tomorrow night, the Inland Empire 66ers, the Angels’ Single-A affiliate, return from a day off to host the the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino. If you’re in the area, it’s a good chance to see left-hander Kramer Sneed, whom the Angels acquired from the New York Yankees in the Vernon Wells trade. Coming off an 0-7 season, Sneed has a 2.20 ERA in his first three starts for the Sixers with 19 strikeouts in 16 ⅓ innings. Your scouting reports are welcome here.
• Not a baseball story, but if you’ve ever wanted to strangle a broadcaster for being a homer, you will appreciate this: An NHL general manager got the broadcaster of an opposing team to apologize for comparing one of his players to Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated Robert Kennedy in 1968.
• Ghostly International is one of my favorite Indie record labels. It’s not for everyone, but if you dig instrumental hip hop, here’s a representative sample of their work, Pistol Whip by Lord Raja: