After promising an off-season of big changes, either by trades or free agent signees, the Angels took a called 3rd strike. Carl Crawford, Cliff Lee and now Adrian Beltre will not be wearing a Halo uniform in 2011. The Angels made competitive offers to 2 of the 3, but in ended up losing out to 3 different teams.
The Angels now get to watch Beltre for the next 5, or maybe 6, years. Yes, Angel fan’s, Beltre is now part of the Rangers. I think they way overpaid at, reportedly 96 million, for possibly 6 years. I can only hope Beltre hits more like he did in Seattle, than Boston, where he hit .268 from 2005-2009. Let’s see how the Angels match up with the Rangers:
Angels Edge Rangers
C Jeff Mathis TX Y.Torrealba
1B Kendry Morales LAA Chris Davis
2B H. Kendrick Even Ian Kinsler
SS Erick Aybar LAA-By a hair Elvis Andrus
3B Woocalaysturisd TX Beltre
LF Abreu/Rivera TX Josh Hamilton
CF Julio Borbon TX Peter Burjos
RF Nelson Cruz TX Torii Hunter
SP Jered Weaver LAA Colby Lewis
SP Dan Haren LAA C.J. Wilson
SP Ervin Santana LAA B. Webb
SP Joel Pineiro LAA Matt Harrison
SP Scott Kazmir Even Scott Feldman
CL Fernando Rodney TX Neftali Feliz
Bullpen Even Bullpen
Scott Downs Arthur Rhodes
Hisanori Takahashi Darren Oliver
Kevin Jepsen Omar Beltre
Jordan Walden Darren O’day
Trevor Bell Mark Lowe
As the Giants proved in October, good pitching beats good hitting. The Angels have the pitching covered, but they have way too many question marks offensively. I don’t live in a, ‘What if” world, so as of right now the Angels look no better than a 2nd or 3rd place team in the AL West—–even if they do sign either/both Johnny Damon or Scott Podsednik.
Now I love the MLB writers. Knowing a few, I can tell you they work hard every day and night. When we are sleeping, they are trying to break stories. With that in mind, I do have to take exception to Lyle Spencer’s claim that Jeff Mathis might have made the all-star team if he didn’t hurt his wrist. If hell would have frozen over, that would have happened. With close to 1000 AB’s, Mathis is hitting .199. I guess if he had 500 more at-bats he’d be at the 250 level.
Spring training starts in just over a month, so we’ll see first hand, what the new/old Angels look like.
About the Author
Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.