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09-28-2012, 12:44 AM
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: southern cal
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Looking back, we really, really needed to get a split in the 4 game series against Oakland a couple weeks ago, but too bad that didn't happen.
There's still a chance, but I don't think it's going to happen. I'm looking forward to 2013, as I think it will be a great year. We'll almost certainly have a better bullpen, a full year of Trout (and maybe Greinke), and maybe some of the guys who struggled this year (DH/CJW/ES, Trumbo, Wells, Bourjos, etc.) will have better years next year if they're still on the team.
And there's no chance Pujols has another terrible start, so I think we might have a bit better April.
There were many chances for the Angels to make up. Both Pujols and Greinke took some time to adjust to southern cal. We came out of the All-Star break with a somewhat dud except for Trumbo. Then he became a dud.
The Angels have a chance. They're within striking distance, but need to win out. It would seem highly improbable to go 15 straight wins, but with the loss today hopefully the Angels recharge. It would seem inevitable to lose one of the last seven games.
The A's have Seattle and Texas. The O's have Boston and Tampa Bay. All the Angels can do is win out and see where the dust settles.
As for next season, the Angels definitely need help in the bullpen due to how many blown saves this year. As of today, the Angels lead the AL in blown saves with 22. Frieri was on fire before All-Star break. Not so much after. Hawkins, Williams, Isringhausen, Richards, Walden, Downs, and Jepsen have all been inconsistent. Last year we had 25 blown saves all year. So we need a huge improvement in that area. FA is all we have because our pitching prospects are somewhat depleted. Trumbo or Wells need to be gone. Greinke needs to be re-signed. Keep Irvin, buh bye Haren. (But better to keep both considering what may not be available in FA.) Torii needs to be re-signed, albeit at a much better rate for the Angels.
It will be interesting indeed to see what happens during the off-season, but I hope we keep that idea for after we win the World Series this year.
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