Game Preview 9/22/11: Easy As Pie – Angels @ Blue Jays

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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim   (85-70) @ Toronto Blue Jays  (78-77)

Pitching Probables: LAA – Ervin Santana (11-12, 3.40 ERA)  TOR –Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.62 ERA)

Game Info: 4:07 PM PT; TV – Fox Sports West; Radio – KLAA 830 AM

Today’s game is pretty much a replica of yesterday’s game, except for a few small facts. Henderson Alvarez may not have as much ML experience as McGowan, but he certainly has proved to a be a more reliable starter, at least for this season. He is only 21 however, and we’ve seen what happens to a stellar young pitcher down the line with Tyler Chatwood. Alvarez hasn’t lost a game in nearly a month, which is as pretty a streak as any for a pitcher as young as himself. Santana, on the other hand, has given up 5 runs in his past 2 starts. What an ugly streak, lucky for us all streaks have to come to an end sometime, and too bad for the Blue Jays.

Yesterday we saw a struggling yet dominant pitcher regain his form after a string of bad starts, today would as good of a day as any to see Santana replicate Haren’s performance. A win here would get us an inch closer to the wildcard, which shouldn’t put too much pressure on Santana since it’s only half a game. Then again, being an inch closer to the wildcard is a lot better then being an inch farther.