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03-27-2013, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Theridion View Post
I was all excited about this season, until i realized what this starting pitching staff was.

Depending on how are starters fair, we are more than likely having to make a move for another top starter before the season is too old.

I dont see this rotation being great for the playoffs... a 7 game series...

We are going to need some pitchers to step up, but i guess there is no rush. There is enough hitting to keep this team above .500.l for the first month while the rotation takes form.
In a seven game series, we only need three competent starters. We have one ace in Weaver. CJ will hopefully round into form after getting that bone spur shaved off. We simple need one pitcher out of Vargas, Blanton, Hanson, or Richards to show consistency.

Vargas has posted great numbers when playing at the Big A. Essentially, he has the potential to perform similar to Weaver as they are pitching in a pitcher's park at the Big A.

But all the pitchers we have as a starting five have one thing in common: pop up specialists. I know it makes no sense, but since the Big A is a pitcher's park, most players won't hit as many HRs as the ball will still be in play. The Angels have two of the most dynamic outfielders in the league with Trout playing LF and Bourjos playing CF. (Btw, Trout was amazing in CF, but Bourjos is the better defensive CF.) Also, Hamilton will convert from playing CF to RF.

The Angels outfield was designed in such a way to complement the type of pitchers we have on the roster. But don't look at our starting pitching. We've had mediocre starting pitching for a couple of years now. It's our bullpen that blew 25 saves two years ago and 22 saves last year, IIRC. We have to focus on how our bullpen does this year. We picked up a couple of arms this off-season for the bullpen in Burnett and Madson, who we probably won't see until the middle of the season or earlier depending on his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Also note, Garrett Richards and Jerome Williams will not be part of the starting five. Both now belong to the bullpen. Richards may go down to AAA to hone on being a starter instead. Then there's youngster Maronde, who had his cup of coffee last season.

So don't worry about our starting pitching as it wasn't them that couldn't close out games (25 and 22 blown saves, respectively) and get the Angels to the playoffs. But with acquiring Hamilton, we have just added scoring insurance; making Bourjos the starting CF, moves Trout to LF and keeps Hamilton to RF, improves the outfield defense tremendously as well as may help keep Hamilton healthy throughout the year.

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