THE GAME: Angels vs Mariners
Felix Hernandez taking on the Angels on a Saturday night? Hell yes, I'll stay in and watch that one.
I was talking to one of my best friends a couple of weeks ago about McDonald's. (There was a commercial on TV at the moment.) She said that, while she doesn't eat there very much, there is a particular breakfast item that she loves.
I confessed that while I also do not think much of the place, I love their McDouble. Something about the flavors just works together for me.
"I think it's the rehydrated onions," I told her. "I've been using them myself on burgers I cook at home lately."
"You should try to recreate the McDouble with the beef from that butcher you love," she suggested.
That seemed like a good idea: make my own version of the McDouble - similar to what I did with the Big Boy in February.
NOTES ON THE FOOD:
- I made a thinner patty than I usually do when making burgers, as the McDouble does not contain very much beef.
- Georgia's Gourmet Tomato Ketchup is probably the best tasting ketchup I have ever had, so I used a smear of that.
- I took one tablespoon of dried onions, mixed it with one tablespoon of water, heated it in the microwave for 20 seconds, and let it rest for 15 minutes.
- I also enjoy the pickles that McDonald's uses, but of course I like Bubbies better.
- This was a fantastic burger. I never would have guessed that what I love most about the McDouble is actually the room-temperature ketchup and rehydrated onions. Now I know.
NOTES ON THE GAME:
- This is King Felix's 51st start against the Angels - more than he's faced any other team. (Although he's faced Texas 50 times.) Only Jim Kaat ever faced the Angels more times (57). Felix is 16-16 against the Angels, though he has been much better against them in the last three or four seasons than he was earlier in his career.
- Mike Trout has faced King Felix more than any other pitcher in baseball, and Trout has hit him hard: in 76 at-bats, he has a .382 average with 13 extra-base hits, including 7 home runs. (Though Felix has struck out Trout 24 times, more than any other hitter.)
- Albert Pujols in his prime was one of the greatest right-handed hitters to ever play the game of baseball. But his prime was a long time ago. The Angels are paying him 26 million dollars this season and he is currently batting .050.
- Vin Scully used to tell an anecdote that he would watch Sandy Koufax throw one pitch and think Wow, he might throw a no-hitter today. I saw Nolasco's first pitch and thought Wow, he looks like shit tonight.
- I swear on my mother's life, I was in the middle of writing that last sentence when Nolasco gave up a home run on his ninth pitch of the game. 2-0 Seattle... and there hasn't been an out recorded yet.
- Felix struck out Trout looking on the 14th pitch of the at-bat, which was definitely fun as hell to watch, but that 14th pitch was right there for the taking. You fight through 13 pitches only to take that meatball, Mike?
- Turns out that was a little bit o' history: In Felix's fantastic career, he has never thrown 14 pitches in an at-bat before. In Trout's already-legendary career, he's never seen 14 pitches in an at-bat before.
- When the Angels traded for Andrelton Simmons, I thought it was a bad move. I was spectacularly wrong. Almost every game he does something that takes my breath away. He might be the best defensive shortstop I have ever seen. This was just awesome.
- With two outs in the 4th inning, the Angels chubby catcher decided to steal second base on a 2-0 count. Predictably, it failed. I have no idea what the hell that play was.
- Nolasco gave up two runs after only 9 pitches, but here he is now at 75 pitches and he hasn't given up any additional runs. He's been much better than my first impression.
- Trout is 0-3; Pujols is 2-3 with a single and a double. You can never predict baseball.
- Nolasco has made it through six innings - the first Angels starter to do that this season.
- Mike Trout comes through with a two-run homer in the bottom of the 7th.
- Cam Bedrosian picks up a 5-out save for the Angels. After watching Trout, and Simmons's defense, watching Bedrosian blossom over the last 12 months has been the biggest joy of being an Angels fan.
- Well, now that I think about it, those three things have been the only joys over the last 12 months. Whatever. The Angels have a legitimate closer now for the first time in almost a decade, since K-Rod was in his prime.
- Seattle is now 1-5. I wonder if Jerry Dipoto is considering quitting on this team, too.