Sunday, May 25, 2014

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By Toby Hunt, Columnist - 

So we all know that the Angels' starting pitching has been surprisingly decent so far this year. But here are a few things you might not have known that may cause some movement in your pants:
  • The Angels have the 3rd best SP ERA in the AL, just 0.03 points behind Detroit who's at number 2.
  • The Angels have the most innings pitched among any starters in the AL.
  • Angels' starters have the 3rd most strikeouts in the AL.
  • Their BAA is 2nd in the AL, as well as the majors.
  • Angels' starters have allowed the lowest OPS in the majors.
  • They are also in the bottom 5 in hits and HR allowed.
  • Currently the Angels have the second best WHIP in the AL
Just a few bullet points I wanted to make about the starting rotation. Now I know what you are all thinking: "Yeah but the bullpen is still awful". And you are correct. HOWEVER, I just wanted to point out that the bullpen has been better than average at BAA and strikeouts, and are only middle of the pack when it comes to walks (seriously, I almost shit my pants when I saw that). So basically, yes the pen needs to improve, but it isn't quite as horrible as most of us think it is. The ERA is a little misleading. They are basically a middle of the pack bullpen with potential to improve.

Anywho, the point is that the pitching staff this year has been excellent all things considered. Once the bullpen sees improvement this is a seriously dangerous team.

Lastly, a word from Jered Weaver on the Angels' starting staff's performance thus far. 

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