Calling Angel #5

Angels, pitching
Angels pitchers and catchers report tomorrow.  Finally!  It's the start of the 2015 baseball season and I am ready for it.  There certainly are a few question marks in a mostly unchanged Angels lineup, including: Will Josh Hamilton be anywhere NEAR his prediction of a .300/30HR/100 RBI season? (nope) Who will play second base? (more on that soon) Who will win the 5th spot in the Angels rotation? Today, let's look at the third unknown on this list - who will win that 5th rotation spot? The Angels rotation will likely look like: Jered Weaver Garrett Richards CJ Wilson Matt Shoemaker Hector Santiago, Nick Tropeano, or Sean Andrew Heaney Questions about Richards recovery aside (he is doing great so far), and which version of CJ Wilson will we get in…
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Wade LeBlanc to replace Richards

Angels, pitching
It's official.  Garrett Richards will be out 6-9 months with a torn patellar tendon.  He will undergo surgery next week.  BEST case scenario is he could get a start at the end of spring training 2015.  Worst case is he'll return just after All Star Break. Brennan Boesch was sent down to AAA Wednesday in anticipation of pitching moves.  Today it was announced that Cam Bedrosian would rejoin the Angels and Left hander Wade LeBlanc would be called up to replace Richards in the rotation. As previously mentioned here and here, I hate noted LeBlanc as a possible call up for the Halos.  LeBlanc is expected to start Monday against the Marlins.
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Angels Lose an Ace

Angels, pitching
Everyone knows an Ace in your hand makes your odds go up.  An Ace in your hand is more likely to beat a ten.  However, it's not just one card that makes the hand - it takes 5.  In this case it takes 9 (at a given time) on the field to a win a baseball game. If you are like me, you cringed when you saw the Angels Ace go down last night in the second inning.  Seeing Richards lay there on the ground in pain made me a bit sick to my stomach.  Having had a knee injury myself and seeing many around me, I know that even a minor injury takes you out a few week.  Being in that much pain most likely equals an ending to…
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Freeway Series: Winners and Losers

Angels, Dodgers
Well, that didn't go as we had hoped!  This year's freeway series is over and the result is that the Angels now sit 3 games behind the Oakland A's in the AL West.  Who were the winners and losers of this 4 game series?  See my thoughts below.   The Losers: Los Angeles Angels: The Angels lost the series 3-1 and at the very least should have split it.  Lack of offensive showing and errors proved to be part of the reason for the series loss.  The Angels were outscored 14-10, but more so they only scored 1 run in the last two games (AT HOME) with a combined 7 hits.  The Angels have been great at the Big A this year but apparently the Dodgers didn't get that memo.…
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Masterful Richards

Angels, pitching
Richards was brilliant last night.  There is a reason I moved him up in the power rankings last week.  Despite what looked like not so great pitching - this kid still has his stuff, and now he has his first career shutout.  I have to admit, I thought he was finished after the 8th inning and during the commercial break I was contemplating who would pitch the 9th.  It was pretty excited to see him go back out on the mound, even if Street was in the pen "just in case". The Dodgers are not a weak hitting team and they even loaded the bases early on Richards.  A tough situation that he pitched his way out of.  Giving up only 3 hits though 7 innings, Richards ended the game…
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Richards vs. Scherzer

Angels
Tonight at the Big A could very well be quite the pitching battle.  A possible playoff preview.  Weaver has been pitching well (only 6 earned runs in his last 4 starts with 18 Ks and 5 walks in 23 innings), Wilson will be back soon (and hopefully in fine form), but the Angels Ace spot still lies with Richards who matched up tonight with the reigning Cy Young Award winner. Below is a traditional stat comparison. Record ERA IP SO WHIP Scherzer 11-3 3.34 132 150 1.20 Richards 11-2 2.47 131 134 1.03 Two things immediately jump out - Scherzer has a much higher strikeout rate and Richards gives up less walks and hits in general. The Angels are right in the middle when it comes to team strike out…
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