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Another loss for the Angels

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Jan 5 2011 @ 7:27 pm In LA Angels Of Anaheim | 4 Comments

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.

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