The following are recaps on area athletes who played
COME UP SHORT
Whether as an occasional starting pitcher or go-to right arm out of the bullpen that could throw multiple innings, Estrada was a serviceable piece of the Brewers'
Estrada went 4-8 with a 4.08 earned-run average in the regular season, during which he made 43 total appearances, including seven starts. But by the time the postseason rolled around, he was firmly entrenched in the Brewers' bullpen.
Estrada pitched well in his two NLDS appearances, although they came during the two games the Brewers lost at Arizona, 8-1, on Oct. 4 and 10-6 on Oct. 5. Estrada tossed a total of two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out five. Milwaukee would go on to close out the series with a dramatic walk-off 3-2 win in 10 innings on Oct. 7 to reach the LCS for the first time since 1982, when the Brewers were in the
In the NLCS, Estrada wasn't nearly as effective, allowing two earned runs on three hits in two innings of a 12-3 loss to St. Louis on Oct. 10 that evened the series at 1 before allowing another two runs on a hit and two walks in one inning of a 7-1 loss on Oct. 14 that gave the Cardinals a commanding 3-2 series lead. St. Louis would go on to close out the series with a 12-6 win two days later before beating the
Estrada's best stretch of the season came during a string of three consecutive starts he made from Aug. 13 to Aug. 23. Estrada beat the
With a near identical lineup to the one that captured the franchise's first World Series title in 56 years last season, the Giants looked to recapture the magic of the 2010 season of destiny.
With one of the most meager run-scoring offense in the majors (29th out of 30 teams), the pitching-strong Giants' title defense never made it into the postseason, as the Arizona Diamondbacks won the
Sanchez' season was over much earlier, however, as the former Burbank High and Glendale college standout dislocated his right shoulder in a 3-2 win over the
Sanchez, who had surgery on the shoulder on Aug. 1, is expected to be healthy in time for 2012
In 60 games of the 2011 season, Sanchez, a former National League batting titlist, batted .289 with three home runs, 24 runs batted in, 21 runs scored and 15 doubles.
In his first season in an Oakland Athletics uniform, right-handed starting pitcher
For the first time in his pro career, the Glendale native, who previously played for the
McCarthy, injury-prone throughout most of his career, also managed to stay healthy for most of the 2011 season. Despite missing the last week of May and all of June with a shoulder injury, McCarthy still started a career-high 25 games and logged a career-high 170 2/3 innings.
The A's could rely on McCarthy do go deep in games — he went eight innings or more eight times — and he finished the season on a particularly torrid streak with six consecutive quality starts from Aug. 23 to Sept. 21, a span which included his lone complete game of the year, a three-hit shutout of the
BELL GOES BACK
AND FORTH AGAIN
While not without some promising moments on the big-league stage, much of Crescenta Valley graduate
Although he made his 2009 Major League debut with the Angels as a starting pitcher and started a handful of games for Salt Lake in 2011, Bell was used exclusively in relief, both short and long, by the Angels this season. He finished with a big league stat line of 1-1 with a 3.41 ERA in 34 1/3 innings over 19 appearances. After getting called back up in September, Bell would have been eligible to appear in the postseason, but the Angels (86-76) ended up finishing second in the American League West behind the Rangers.
Like Bell, Glendale college alum
Prior to being placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 4, Slaten had posted a solid 2.19 ERA with an 0-1 record and two holds in 12 1/3 innings pitched after beginning the season with a streak of 14 appearances without a run allowed.