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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Inside The Numbers - Most Valuable Angels Pitchers

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By Andre Castillo - AngelsWin.com Columnist

Most Valuable Angels: Pitchers

Welcome back everyone to Inside the Numbers. This week we’ll look at the most valuable pitchers on the Angels staff, using Fangraphs.com’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) metric.

Name   -  WAR

1.    Jered Weaver: 1.8
2.    Dan Haren: 1.8
3.    C.J. Wilson: 1.2
4.    Jerome Williams: 0.8
5.    Scott Downs: 0.6
6.    Ernesto Frieri: 0.4
7.    David Carpenter: 0.3
8.    Jordan Walden: 0.2
9.    LaTroy Hawkins: 0.1
13. David Pauley: 0.0
14. Rich Thompson: -0.1
15. Kevin Jepsen: -0.1
16. Bobby Cassevah: -0.2
17. Ervin Santana: -0.3

At the top of the list we have no surprises. Jered Weaver and Dan Haren have been one of baseball’s best duos since Tony Reagins fleeced the Arizona Diamondbacks back in 2010, and are still packing quite the punch for opposing hitters. Behind them we have C.J. Wilson making the argument that he may be the Angels’ best off-season signing since Torii Hunter -- at least so far anyway. Jerome Williams continues to be a very pleasant surprise at the fourth spot and is well on his way to acquiring the kind of WAR that one would expect of a solid #3 starter, let alone a #5.

Just past the top four we see how the Angels bullpen has really turned itself around. Mike Scioscia has deservedly been giving Scott Downs the top bill for high leverage situations over Jordan Walden and for good reason. Downs has acquired 0.6 WAR in only about 6 weeks of actual game time -- an astounding pace for a reliever not named Mariano Rivera. Frieri has quickly shown himself to have been an awesome acquisition by new GM Jerry Dipoto, filling a key need and racking up WAR at an even faster pace than the pertinacious Scott Downs. Downs and Frieri have been the driving force behind the Angels’ bullpen overcoming the train wreck that it had been at the start of the season.

The biggest surprise, and disappointment, is naturally at the bottom. Ervin Santana has been a disaster for most of the early season. Typically we would expect him to be at or above 1 WAR at this point of the season. Instead, he has been worse than useless. Ervin Santana’s early season struggles have alone cost the Angels 1 or 2 wins.