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Written by Matthew Geer (Contact & Archive) on April 01, 2009
So now our â€śdreamâ€ť rotation has been whittled down to Joe Saunders, Jered Weaver and Kelvim Escobar.Â Escobar got the injury bug ahead of time and missed last season after shoulder surgery and is expected to return to the team after a month.Â I have to admit that I have more faith in Escobar returning in the expected time rather than Lackey or Santana.Â The only problem with Escobar is that, well, he hasnâ€™t pitched a big-league game since October of â€™07. Now Iâ€™m not saying that Escobar will be totally dysfunctional in his return to the majors. Iâ€™m just reminding us all of how difficult it is to start pitching again after missing a year due to a bad shoulder.Â
April is now looking like Joe Saunders, and Jered Weaver.Â Joe Saunders seems like a great guy to have on opening day. I canâ€™t really say anything bad about him; the injury bug hasnâ€™t bitten himâ€¦ yet.Â Jered Weaver is definitely not a No. 2 man, unless he goes back to his 2006 stats, which doesnâ€™t seem likely with a 7.94 ERA so far this spring.
What does all of this mean though?Â The Angels can possibly return to that ideal rotation in about a month, and we will forget all of this while the Angels rack up another 100 wins.Â It could also mean a delayed start to the Angelsâ€™ season, which could cost them a division title due to the increased activity of the Oakland Aâ€™s.Â
In the end, I personally have the Angels winning the division because of their strengthened bats (which is leading all other teams this spring) and because of two young pitchers, Dustin Moseley, and Nick Adenhart.Â Both Moseley and Adenhart have earned a low ERA around 3.10 this spring, and maybe a month on the starting rotation will earn them a permanent spot on the team, and maybe even turn into one of those surprises in the pitching staff.