The Angels continued to nurse their wounds from a troubling homestand by beating up on the second-place Seattle Mariners. Tuesday, Angels ace Jered Weaver (8-4) pitched a complete-game shutout, giving up only five hits and a walk, and striking out six.
Stoppers. The reason you wouldn't expect the Angels to continue to struggle so badly just happened. When you have Dan Haren and Jered Weaver on your staff, losing streaks have a way of drying up ... provided, of course, they get at least some run support. The Angels handed Weaver four runs before he ever touched the rubber, an exceedingly rare position for him to be in this year. He made it seem too grand a gesture by shutting the Mariners down for nine innings.
Balance. The bane of this offense has been a lack of depth. When the bottom of the lineup was hitting, the top wasn't -- and vice versa. Tuesday night, every hitter who played, aside from Vernon Wells, had a hit.
The West. The Angels' division hasn't exactly been acquitting itself well against the rest of the league. That's generally good news for the Angels, who find themselves right in the thick of things even below .500, but it doesn't do much for the division's profile nationally.
Aybar's midsummer plans. A few weeks ago, Erick Aybar didn't really want to talk about the possibility of playing in his first All-Star game. Now, we see why. Since then, the start of the Yankees series, his batting average has shed more than 20 points, from .313.
Whatever happened to ... Remember when Chone Figgins was such a dynamic force for the Angels five or six years ago though he batted ninth? Well, Figgins is back at the rear, but for entirely different reasons. That signing hasn't quite worked out up north. Figgins is a No. 9 hitter, mostly because you can't bat him 10th, his average stuck under .200.
Scott Kazmir. It looks as if the end is near. The Angels must decide by June 22 whether they'll activate Scott Kazmir or cut him free, along with more than $14 million they still owe him. Things are trending toward the latter. In another rehab start at Triple-A (the clock ticking down on the 30-day limit), Kazmir couldn't get out of the second inning. He gave up six runs, five hits and three walks with a hit batter. Kind of a typical outing for him these days, believe it or not.