Angels Starting Rotation Yields One Question and Four Strong Answers

Two more days until Spring Training games begin and I can’t wait. I am loving the news coming out of Tempe so far, especially about the starting rotation. Jered Weaver, getting down to business, ready to pick up where he left off and joking around with the new and younger guys before throwing batting practice. Dan Haren, excited to begin his first full season as an Angel and confident we can contend. Ervin Santana, scoffing at the idea that he always follows up a good year with a bad year. Okay Ervin, I like the sound of that, so make this year a good year too! Joel Pinero, fully recovered from his injury and ready to prove himself again this season. And not a whole lot of news about Scott Kazmir. Don’t think I haven’t noticed that. I am anxious to see him pitch during the Spring Training games just to get a clue where things stand.

Kazmir question aside, no this isn’t the Phillies four aces (and Blanton) but it is a very strong starting rotation, potentially one of the strongest of the coming season. Remembering the number of games the Angels lost last season by just one or two runs, I think that if these guys can just get some run support this season, the Angels are back in business. Oh, and everyone has to stay healthy. No more random injuries, please. I think we over filled our random injury and unexpected calamity quotas so thoroughly last season that we’ve already met them for several seasons to come.

As to which pitcher is going to start on Opening Day (Jered Weaver)? Of course, Mike Scioscia has not announced it yet (Jered Weaver). Notorious for waiting until the last possible minute to announce each season’s starter (Jered Weaver), I doubt we’ll hear anything official from Scioscia until the last week before the season starts (Jered Weaver). I laugh but only because I find this quirky Scioscia trait oddly endearing. So, do we at least know who the starting pitcher will be in this weekend’s Spring Training opener against the Dodgers? Apparently Scioscia wants to look at one more workout and gauge everyone’s recovery before he makes that decision. Ladies and gentlemen, and I say this with complete affection, we are all shocked. ;)

6 Comments

Congratulations on being featured this month!!! I’m excited about the spring training almost here. I think it’s cool that Mike’s keeping secret the starter.

—Mark Gauthier
http://cubden.mlblogs.com/

Santana has been very frustrating over the years. I remember when he first came up and they were comparing him to Pedro. He has Pedro stuff, the biggest difference is Pedro could throw strikes, Ervin doesn’t have that kind of control.
http://wrigleyregular.mlblogs.com/

Sounds like Weaver has the start locked up – at least on this blog! lol.

http://www.janeheller.com/confessionsblog

Mark – Thank you! And thanks for dropping by my blog. It is cool. Like I said I find it kind of endearing…it’s just a funny quirk when the answer is as obvious as it has been the last three seasons.
Russel – That he has been. When he’s having a good game, he can throw all that nasty stuff for strikes but when he’s not, no control.
Jane – Oh, did I somehow manage to indicate my prediction? ;)
Kristen
This is a very simple game…

For some reason I think Weaver should start Opening Day. Sounds like a good desicion to me…
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

Mike – I think that’s a capital idea! However did you think of it? ;)
Kristen
http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

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