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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Shoebacca!

Angels, pitching
Matt Shoemaker, aka Shoebacca, just locked down the most wins ever by an Angels Wookie rookie at 15.  Shoemaker is the dude that went un-drafted and ended up being scouted out of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League by the Los Angeles Angels.  At 27 years old, Shoemaker is a rookie and only making league minimum despite a run at a Cy Young award (especially if you look at post All Star stats) and a run at rookie of the year were it not for the likes of Jose Abreu, and all the while only making league minimum.  Talk about a bargain! Shoemaker has been playing in the minors since 2008 with average numbers.  His minors career ERA is 4.52, WHIP 1.356, 7.4 SO/9, 2 shutouts, and a 50-40 record.  Shoemaker made…
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Angels 5th Pitcher and who starts Game 1?

Angels, pitching
Some lingering questions remain regarding the Angels current rotation like, who the heck is going to pitch on Saturday??  Who is their ace now that Richards is out?  You know, that go to man who you throw in and know you are going to win the game unless something crazy happens or the offense doesn't show up? Since the Angels didn't heed my advice and call up a minor league starter for last night, that takes Santiago out of the mix for the A's series unless he pitches on 4 days rest Sunday which is unlikely.  However, he did only throw 93 pitches so stranger things have happened. First question - who is going to pitch Sunday?  Bartolo Colon?  RA Dickey? Scott Feldman?  None of these waiver wire pitchers come…
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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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