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Postby wrveres » Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:04 am

Colon
Washburn
Lackey
Byrd
Escobar

Scioscia, as expected, tabbed Bartolo Colon to start the April 5 season opener against Texas. The right-hander will be followed in the rotation by Washburn, John Lackey, Paul Byrd and Kelvim Escobar. …

since there are generally alot of days off early in the season, this might not bode well for Escobar owners, especially since he has been used out of the pen before. Something to keep an eye on.
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Postby nikku88 » Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:05 am

Poor Escobar. No matter where he goes, he never has a set positon.
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Postby CubsFan7724 » Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:15 am

Ridiculous. You put easily your 2nd best starter as 5th in the rotation? And this comes after putting Chone in the 9 hole despite how good he was in the 2 hole last year. Is Scosia on drugs this year?
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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:25 am

arent they just pushing him back to #5 because he got off to slow start with the shoulder thing? i wouldnt be worried if i owned him.
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Postby wrveres » Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:28 am

Ahh, a little more information from a different LA paper.

Starting rotation set: As anticipated, the Angels will open the season with Colon, followed by Jarrod Washburn, John Lackey, Paul Byrd and Escobar, who folds in fifth because of a tight shoulder.



and a great article on Escobar too.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Angels raised eyebrows in November 2003 when they gave Kelvim Escobar, then an unproven starting pitching commodity, a three-year, $18.75 million contract. After one solid season and one wild winter of spending, the paradigm has shifted. Suddenly, Escobar looks like a bargain.
"You look at guys like Jaret Wright and Matt Clement and think, 'Wow!' But that's the way it is. That stuff happens," Escobar said. "I'm very happy. And I'm happy for those guys."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Sunday that Bartolo Colon would be the Angels' Opening Day starter, a title fitting his average annual salary of $12.7 million. But Escobar threw the ball better than any Angels starter most of last season, and his statistics stack up roughly equal to or better than those who got rich this past winter.

Boston's Clement and Eric Milton (Cincinnati) each signed three-year, $25 million deals. Kris Benson got three years and $22 million from the Mets, and Wright (three years, $21 million) and Carl Pavano (four years, $40 million) cashed in with the Yankees.

Escobar pitched 208 innings, posted a 3.93 ERA and held opposing batters to a .244 average.

Poor run support limited him to an 11-12 record, but his 193 strikeouts trailed only Cy Young winner Johan Santana, Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez in the American League.

Clement had a better ERA (3.68) and opponent batting average (.229), but threw just 181 innings. Benson had a 4.31 ERA. Wright pitched just 186 innings. And Pavano struck out just 139.

But Escobar isn't complaining. He's still grateful the Angels had faith to make him a starter.

"They signed me for three years when no one believed I could be a consistent starter," he said. "They gave me the chance and I proved it to them."

If he improves his focus and relies more on his fastball, the Angels could have a steal.

"We feel we have a guy who could be one of the top pitchers in the league, based on talent and durability," pitching coach Bud Black said. "His secondary pitches are outstanding."
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Postby Jer19G » Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:29 am

j_d_mcnugent wrote:arent they just pushing him back to #5 because he got off to slow start with the shoulder thing? i wouldnt be worried if i owned him.


I am pretty sure that j_d_ is right about that one. They are just being cautious with him for now. Not a big worry.
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Postby kev921 » Mon Mar 28, 2005 12:24 pm

Man, I'd love to get Escobar off the waiver wire from an owner who lets him go if (thinking he'd miss more starts)
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Postby Bobby Baseball » Mon Mar 28, 2005 1:30 pm

CubsFan7724 wrote:Ridiculous. You put easily your 2nd best starter as 5th in the rotation? And this comes after putting Chone in the 9 hole despite how good he was in the 2 hole last year. Is Scosia on drugs this year?


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Postby Woolly » Mon Mar 28, 2005 3:06 pm

Escobar should be solid this year. I would make sure that he is on my team.
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Postby Phatferd » Mon Mar 28, 2005 4:20 pm

Escobars biggest concern is his Wins. If he is number 5 he will face a lot of other teams 4 and 5's and the Angels offense should do pretty well against his counterparts. This raises his value a little bit. I also would assume that in the 2nd half they re-arrange their rotation to get him towards the top.
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