Saturday, April 18, 2009

Keeps getting worse

There are a lot of question about what the Angels did wrong last night, but for me the biggest one is walking Justin Morneau to set up the grand slam by Jason Kubel off Jason Bulger. Putting the go ahead run on base makes little sense, because Kubel can now put the Twins on top with any extra base hit, while Morneau would have had to homer. Last season, Morneau hit 23 homeruns in 623 AB. Kubel hit 47 extra base hits in 463 AB.

Also, both are lefties. This would have been a perfect time to ask lefty closer Brian Fuentes to get 4 outs. If Scot Shields continues his complete inability to throw strikes though, it's not going to matter. There are a ton of holes in this bullpen right now.

The Angels came into the year with what looks like a decent lineup. The bullpen appeared strong, and the big question mark was the starting pitching as Lackey, Santana, and Escobar were all out.

According to the Hardball Times Team page, the Angel bats have been worth 0.11 wins (it was negative before yesterday's 9 run outburst). The bullpen has cost -1.55 wins, and the only saving grace has been +0.44 wins from starting pitching (4th best in league).

With those three still out, the #6 starter leaving early yesterday due to elbow troble, and the #7 starter dead, Darren Oliver steps into the rotation tonight. And we'll still need another starter from AAA if Moseley can't pitch. Can we sign Pedro Martinez already?

Now with Guerrero out at least a month, this is looking like a lost season. Like 1983, 1996, or 1999, when everyone gets hurt. Even in the AL west it's going to take a miracle or three to stay on top.

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At 6:35 PM, Blogger Aaron B said...

About time to pull that 8-for-Gonzalez/Peavy trade with the Padres?

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger Chone Smith said...

Peavy won't fix the bullpen.

Angels might be better off going in the other direction, pick a few veterans and trade for something that can help next year.

I hate the Red Sox and would have a hard time seeing a player I like go to their team, but they are desperate for a SS right now and a Maicer Izturis for pitching help would make sense.

If the Angels continue their suckitude Bobby Abreu's cheap one year contract should be a very attractive trade commodity to a contender.

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger Chone Smith said...

Hate to say it since obviously I have my projection system named after him, and I was able to snag his B-ref sponsership page, but Figgins is in the last year of his contract, and could be very attractive on the trade market.

If the Angels are out of it in June (and if either Lackey or Santana's injury keeps them out longer, or if Vlad can't come back in a month, they will be) then the rest of 2009 should feature watching guys like Brandon Wood, Sean Rodriguez, and Matt Brown play everyday at the big league level.

And keep cycling through the relievers until you find a group that can actually get some hitters out.

 
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