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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Pitching down the Stretch

Angels, pitching
Yesterday, Tyler Skaggs had Tommy John surgery which ended his 2014 and 2015 seasons.  He was likely to be a key man in the Angels rotation going down the stretch with perhaps Santiago moving to the bullpen.  The Angels don't visible have the strongest starting rotation among AL contenders, especially given the recent trades by the Tigers and A's.  They don't have a Price or a Lester.  But there is a relatively new ace in Richards, a mostly consistent Weaver, a wildly unpredictable Wilson, an inconsistent but improving Santiago, and surprising decent rookie Shoemaker.  Do the Angels need to land an Ace for the stretch - if there is even a way to make a deal happen and player to make it happen with?  Is there anyone in the organization…
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