The Evil Empire is cruising along, up 2-0 in the Divisional series with the Twins. Sure they toyed with the Twins on Friday, but unless there is some magic in those old Homer Hankies this series is as good as over. On the other hand, much to my surprise, the Angels are up 2-0 on the Red Sox. In this space just a few days ago I suggested that the Angels would fall to the Red Sox, just as they seemingly have every postseason for the past few years. But John Lackey delivered a masterpiece in Game 1, which Jered Weaver followed up on in Game 2. The Sawx and their bandwagon hopping fans are now in a deep hole as they head back to Boston. The series is far from over, but the Angels are in a great position. The Angels are our only hope for a non-MFY and non-Sawx series. That makes me a huge Angel fan this week.
Lackey’s Game 1 performance guaranteed him a huge free agency payday. After a 5 game postseason losing streak Lackey showed that he could come up big in a big game. He’d sure look good in Orange and Black to me. Not that it will happen. If the Orioles were ever going to sign a big time free agent pitcher it would have been AJ Burnett last offseason. There’s a better chance that Peter Angelos starts on Opening Day than John Lackey.
On another Oriole note, Brewers GM Doug Melvin announced this week that he would not deal 1b Prince Fielder or LF Ryan Braun this offseason. He did say that he would deal young slugger Mat Gamel for pitching. Gamel played 3rd in the minors but made 7 errors in 61 chances at 3rd for the Brewers this season and lost the 3rd base job to Casey McGehee. Gamel doesn’t project as an OFer, so his best chance for big league at bats is at 1st or DH. Gamel is just the type of young 1st Basemen that the Orioles should be targeting. Melvin wants pitching and the Orioles have a veteran in Jeremy Guthrie, or youngsters like Hernandez, Bergeson and Arrieta who could fit the Brewers need. My preference would be to offer Guthrie for Gamel and save Arrieta as the centerpiece of a package to make a run at the Marlins Josh Johnson.