Sunday, September 14, 2008

Angels Win, Matt Cassel Doesn't Suck

In the last few days, the Angels have finally started to play like they should. Why? Well, they've been playing the Mariners. With today's 4-3 win, the Halos swept a 4-game series with hapless Seattle, moving to a .617 winning percentage on the season. Tampa Bay is at .599 in the race for home field advantage in the AL, but plays a substantially harder schedule through the next two weeks.

Today's win had a couple firsts for some Angel rookies. Freddy Sandoval, up in Anaheim from Double-A Arkansas, played third base and collected his first major league hit with a squibber that stayed fair down the third base line. Kendry Morales made his first start in the outfield and collected two RBI's with 2 hits. Also, Chone Figgins collected his first two hits after spending a few days off the field with pain in his elbow. He drove in the winning run, Sean Rodriguez from third, with his second hit in the bottom of the ninth. This was the second walk-off of the series, with Mike Napoli hitting his first-ever walk-off with a two-run homer Friday night.

LAA of A has an off day tomorrow before starting a series with the also-hapless Oakland Athletics. The AL West has been baseball's second worst division this year behind the usual NL West.

Patriots 19, Jets 10

Matt Cassel made his first start since he played at Chatsworth High in 1999. He looked fine, completing 16 of 23 passes without turning the ball over and without throwing a touchdown. His stats are eerily similar to Tom Brady's first start in 2001, but like Cassel said, he doesn't need to be Tom Brady. The Pats are a good team, and they just need simple, league-average production from under center and they'll easily win the weak AFC East.

Ellis Hobbs also had a great game, the offseason criticism of his play possibly elevating his overall defense. He batted down a couple passes, including one in the endzone, preventing a TD.

Also, Brett Favre sucks and anyone who didn't see his first Jet interception coming in this game wasn't thinking clearly.

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