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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2014 Dodger Yasiel Puig posing with Superman, I mean the Angels’ Mike Trout, with a fan at Dodger Stadium.

 

MY ONE AND HALF CENT ON HOW SOCAL’S TWO BASEBALL TEAMS ARE DOING THESE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF THE SEASON

 

LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 26-19, tied for second place in the National League West, two games behind the Colorado Rockies

Leading Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw (who else?), 7-2, 2.15 ERA

Leading Hitter: Cody Bellinger – .299 average, 9 home runs, 24 RBI

 

LOS ANGELES ANGELS: 23-23, third place in the American League West, seven games behind the Houston Astros

Leading Pitcher: Bud Norris (closer), 2.82 ERA, 8 saves

Leading Hitter: Mike Trout – .350 average, 14 home runs, 34 RBIs

 

A FEW VERY BRIEF WORDS:

I’ll make this simple, short, and sweet…

The Dodgers are doing quite okay, but in my view haven’t done as well as I thought so far.

The Angels? Despite their unrelenting pitching concerns – namely keeping their hurlers healthy – they’ve done better than I expected.

Both teams have well over 100 games to be played, so it’s much too early for me to proclaim final assessments on either of them.

In the meantime, I’ve posted some videos of some of the Dodgers’ and Angels’ biggest highlights of 2017 to this point, courtesy of YouTube.

So enjoy, starting with those blue-clad guys from Chavez Ravine:

 

 

Highlights from the Dodgers’ most recent game, a 6-2 win over the Miami Marlins (They SO need to go back to being called the Florida Marlins if you ask me!)

 

 

The best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw, doing his thing…

 

 

MY CHOICE FOR THE TOP DODGER HIGHLIGHT OF THE SEASON TO DATE: L.A. hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs in the 9th inning to tie the Philadelphia Phillies and eventually beat them on April 29th…

 

 

All right, here are some highlight clips from those red-clad Halos from Orange County:

 

The Angels’ most recent outing; riding four home runs, including a grand slam by C. J. Cron, to beat the New York Mets 12-5…

 

 

Another Angel highlight clip from their May 12th win over the Detroit Tigers – watch for the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, hitting a home run near the end…

 

 

MY CHOICE FOR THE TOP ANGEL HIGHLIGHT OF THE SEASON TO DATE: Those Halos scoring seven runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Seattle Mariners, 10-9, on April 9th at Angel Stadium…

 

 

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2014 The Angels’ future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols exchanging pleasantries with Dodger veteran Adrian Gonzalez.

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