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Four Angels pitchers to compete for fifth starter role

 Who will be the Angels’ fifth starter in 2016?  It’s been well established that the Angels have a lot of starting pitching depth. In fact, if the season started today they would have eight pitchers capable of starting in C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver, Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, Hector Santiago, Matt Shoemaker, Nick Tropeano and Tyler Skaggs. It’s extremely likely that veterans Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson will be in the starting rotation regardless of the fact that both have regressed in recent years. Weaver, a three time All-Star from 2010 to 2012, has never been a hard thrower and in […]

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Angels rotation has depth, but no clear ace

Do the Los Angels Angels have a true ace? The Angels have a long list of starting pitchers from which to choose for their 2016 rotation. Los Angeles has eight capable starters in Garrett Richards, C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver, Andrew Heaney, Hector Santiago, Matt Shoemaker, Nick Tropeano and Tyler Skaggs, but not one of them can be called a true ace. Overall, their starting pitching has plenty of depth, but not much strength at the top. Their starters’ look like a handful of number-threes with guys coming off of rookie seasons and players coming off of injury. The team does not appear […]

2015 postseason holds no hope for Angels

With a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Angels now find themselves four games back in the American League West behind the first-place Texas Rangers. They find themselves in a much better position when it comes to the race for the second AL wild card spot. After winning Wednesday afternoon, the Angels are only one and a half games behind the Astros the race for the AL wild card. The Minnesota Twins are also in the mix, tied with Los Angeles, so anything can still happen. Any one of those three teams could end up in the postseason. […]

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Is the Angels’ Championship window closing? 1

Every team has had a window to win a World Series Championship at some point during their history. By window, I mean having the right collection of great players at the right time. For the most part, a team needs a superstar along with a good collection of supporting players, a solid pitching staff and a bullpen that won’t blow the game in the late innings. This is also most often combined with having a strong farm system in case of an emergency, and young players to bring up to replace aging ones. Windows can stay open for a few […]

Should it be Matt Shoemaker or Nick Tropeano for Angels?

It seems the Los Angeles Angels are confused about who to use as the fifth member of their starting rotation. They’ve had a fairly stable rotation throughout the season with 24-year-old rookie left-hander Andrew Heaney stepping up in the month-long absence of three-time All-Star Jered Weaver, who was out with a hip injury and now taking the place of C.J. Wilson, who recently had season-ending elbow surgery. However, with Heaney in the rotation full-time alongside Garrett Richards, All-Star Hector Santiago and Weaver, it’s the inconsistency of 28-year-old right-hander Matt Shoemaker that the Angels are having misgivings about. Shoemaker was sent […]

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Angels demote Matt Shoemaker, now what?

The Los Angeles Angels are likely currently praying that they can stop their 6-16 game skid tonight against the Kansas City Royals or at the very least, when they begin a four-game series against the 55-60 Chicago White Sox on Monday night. They currently sit three games, three and a half should they lose tonight, behind the Houston Astros in the American League West. The Rangers are creeping up on them in the West sitting only a game (or potentially a half-game) behind them and the Angels are clinging to a Wild Card spot tied, just above the Rangers and […]