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Postby johnsamo » Wed Jul 19, 2006 7:55 am

Especially since ESPN goes to bed way before the West coast games are done, but the Angels are the best team in baseball the past two weeks. The last 4 series: 2 of 3 against the Dodgers, swept all three in Seattle, took 3 of 4 in Oakland and one bloop error prevented a likely sweep there, and back in Anaheim, we've taken the first 2 games of a 3 game series against Cleveland starting rookie pitchers in both games and we've got John Lackey closing out the series, making a sweep a virtual lock. Then on to KC for a great chance at another sweep.

A bad injury could change it all, but you can say that about any team.

First off, Pitching. It’s pretty clear we have 6 quality starters. No other team in the league can say that. Two of them are totally dominating every team lately. Weaver can’t seem to lose a game and nobody who’s watched Lackey pitch lately will be surprised by a no-hitter from him any time this season. With the exception of very good slap-hitting lefties, he’s making major leaguers hitters look like amateurs lately. Colon was last year’s Cy Young winner who's been out till last month and is getting better each start, and Santana has been consistently giving us 7 or 8 innings and giving up around 2 runs each start. On most any other team, that’s your #1 or #2 starter, for us, he’s our #4. Escobar, by comparison, seems almost mediocre, but in terms of the average #5 starter, he’s superior. He’s almost always good for 6 or 7 quality innings, and even on his bad days, he goes 6 and keeps us in the game. And Saunder proved tonight his minor league #s were no fluke. He was up against a good hitting team and gave 1 earned run (in the first inning when he wasn’t that sharp) but after that, he was a groundball enducing machine out there.

Shield and K-Rod are probably the best setup/closer team in the league.

Middle relief has been shaky, but Carrasco has looked good lately, and I suspect Joe Saunders is going to be in this mix soon. Plus, since our starters average around 7 innings a start, we don’t have to go to the pen as often as most teams. And having Saunders allows us to spot start to once in a while to keep our SPs fresh for the playoffs.

In the playoffs, it’s even brighter, we’ll probably go with a 4 man rotation and have Escobar in the pen as well.

Catcher – Other than Mauer, there isn’t any catcher I’d trade Napolli for. Good with pitchers, good glove, fantastic eye, patient and takes walks like no rookie I’ve seen in ages, and has serious homerun power. He’s no Jason Kendall, but he can motor around the bases real well for a big guy. Jose Molina is solid and probably the best backup catcher in baseball… And this makes prospect Joe Mathis great trade bait.

First base – Probably our weakest spot, but I suspect Morales is only going to get better, and Quinlan can fill in at times to face lefties.

Second base – Kendrick just earned a platoon role with Kennedy. Two things are likely to happen, either good for us. (1) Kennedy takes his game up a notch to hold on to his at bats, or (2) Kendrick takes over the position more and more and becomes the full time starter. I’ve seen a lot of experts say Kendrick will be one of the elite if not the best 2b in baseball in a few years. If they’re wrong at all, I suspect it might be he’s going to be that sooner than they expect.

Shortstop – OC, enough said

Third base – Izzy and Quinlan have been good platooning here, and if McPherson can come back and help, it only gets better, as it would allow Izzy to spell OC (who’s playing every single game it seems) either with spot starts at short or to come in for OC when the game is well in hand.

Left field – Juan Rivera, a notorious 2nd half player who’s off to a red-hot start.

Center – Figgy fulltime. Bad news eventually for all the fantasy baseball owners, but good news for Figgy. Just play one position and get on base. After a slow start, he’s starting to hit like he was the past few seasons.

Right field – Vladdy, nuf said.

DH – GA against all the righties. DHing will allow him the rest he needs to stay fresh and focus all his energy on hitting, which he can still do when he’s healthy, and staying out of left will facilitate more healthy days for him. And versus the lefties, Salmon, maybe Vladdy when he needs a break, Nappy on and off day, Izzy, lots of guys can help out here.

In short, this is a good team that played awful the first half but the last two weeks has them a half game out of first, and with our young guys getting better, and Figgy and Rivera heating up, this is a team that can take on anybody.
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Postby garf112 » Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:51 am

How many threads are you going to start about the Angels being the greatest?
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Re: East Coasters may not be aware of this

Postby rozzz5 » Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:30 am

johnsamo wrote:Especially since ESPN goes to bed way before the West coast games are done, but the Angels are the best team in baseball the past two weeks. The last 4 series: 2 of 3 against the Dodgers, swept all three in Seattle, took 3 of 4 in Oakland and one bloop error prevented a likely sweep there, and back in Anaheim, we've taken the first 2 games of a 3 game series against Cleveland starting rookie pitchers in both games and we've got John Lackey closing out the series, making a sweep a virtual lock. Then on to KC for a great chance at another sweep.



Actually I believe the hottest team in baseball over the past 2 weeks would be those New York Yankees. They have won 9 of their last 10 including a sweep of the world champs!
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:32 am

No, before the bad streak recently it was the Royals. If you define hot as being winning percentage over a streach vs. winning percentage in the season :-D
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Postby ukjohn » Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:12 am

actually the hottest team would be the Braves
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Postby J.C.Fighter » Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:16 am

Ummm... the Angels this the Angels that
and even if they make the playoffs they're pretty much a 1st roundo exit anyways
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Postby teddy ballgame » Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:21 am

J.C.Fighter wrote:Ummm... the Angels this the Angels that
and even if they make the playoffs they're pretty much a 1st roundo exit anyways

Like last year when they beat NY in the first round and were a call away from having a very good shot in the LCS?
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Postby J.C.Fighter » Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:34 am

teddy ballgame wrote:
J.C.Fighter wrote:Ummm... the Angels this the Angels that
and even if they make the playoffs they're pretty much a 1st roundo exit anyways

Like last year when they beat NY in the first round and were a call away from having a very good shot in the LCS?


Umm.. last season=/= this season :-°
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Postby teddy ballgame » Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:36 am

J.C.Fighter wrote:
teddy ballgame wrote:
J.C.Fighter wrote:Ummm... the Angels this the Angels that
and even if they make the playoffs they're pretty much a 1st roundo exit anyways

Like last year when they beat NY in the first round and were a call away from having a very good shot in the LCS?


Umm.. last season=/= this season :-°

But why do they have no chance this year compared to last is my point. :-°
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Re: East Coasters may not be aware of this

Postby Krunk City King$ » Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:55 am

johnsamo wrote:Especially since ESPN goes to bed way before the West coast games are done.


1. ESPiN does not sign off.

2. ESPiN's 2:00 AM show caters to the west coast 11:00 PM (night cast) audience....and it airs on the east coast. I watch it. :-D

3. There is always ESPiN news which is on 24-7.
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