Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Quite A Day For The Halos!

Today certainly has to be one of the more memorable days for the Angels, first they make what may well turn out to be the trade of the year with talented 1B Casey Kotchman and minor league pitcher Stephen Marek going to Atlanta for Mark Teixeira, then as they hunker in to play the Boston Red Sox in Fenway for the second of a three game series, John Lackey pitches 9 1/3 innings of a no-hitter, only to come away with a 6-2 complete game victory to raise his record to 9-2.

The Angels have the best record in baseball (and have for almost a week now), and have the largest lead in club history. Yet, they're STILL not playing their best baseball! They don't have a single player in any of the offensive league leaders (the closest would be Figgy ranking 11th in SBs). That all changes when you switch to Pitching stats though. The Halos have the #2 Strikout leader (Santana with 135), #5 ERA leader (Saunders at 3.10) and two guys on the Wins leaderboard (Saunders at T-#2 with 13 & Santana at T-#8 with 11). In fact the Angels rotation should have at least three 10 game winners this season, and could possibly have as many as FIVE! Lackey, Weaver and Garland all have NINE victories right now.

Onto the trade, I've said earlier that I feel strange about the trade, since I really liked Casey Kotchman and am very sad to see him go, but at the same time I'm really happy about getting that fabled big-bat that it seems every radio personality and ESPN talking head said that they needed to get. Let's hope they all shut up now.

Not surprisingly there are already 14 listings on eBay for Teixeira cards with the keyword "Angels" in the title. If you're really interested in acquiring the new Angel's best RCs you'd be looking at 2001 cards, one from Donruss Elite and the other from UD Premier. Both are autos, the UD serial #ed to 250, the Donruss to 19.

Welcome to the Angels Mark, let's see what you can do.

Team Trading Update

The following teams are no longer available:

New York Yankees.
Oakland A's
Washington Nationals

If you've got Angels cards and you want some of your favorite team, let's trade! Send me an Email to WMNOE@YAHOO.COM and we'll talk!

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