Cause for Optimism (It’s not as bad as you think) 2013

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Cause for Optimism (It’s not as bad as you think) 2013

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2013 2013 2013 <div style="text-align: justify;"><img height="279" src="http://www.trbimg.com/img-5191ae5c/turbine/la-sp-0514-angels-notes-20130514-001/600/600x419" width="400" /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-size: x-small;">By Jason Sinner, AngelsWin.com Contributor -&nbsp;</span></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><i>*Warning – this article is optimistic and does not necessarily reflect the views of AngelsWin.com or its members. &nbsp;In fact, it is likely to be met with ridicule and suggestions that the author be committed to a mental institution. &nbsp;At the writer’s request, AngelsWin.com has been asked to inform its members that if they don’t like it, they can go suck it! (happy face emoticon to make it seem like a joke).&nbsp;</i></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Everyone remember the movie ‘Brewster’s Millions’? Remember when Monty Brewster earns back a bunch of the money he had worked so hard to spend? &nbsp;He get’s really pissed and proclaims ‘GDammit, I’m right back where I started!!!’ &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Yeah, that movie sucked, but it had a happy ending. &nbsp;Except that in real life both the main characters are dead. &nbsp;Anyway….</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Although the Angels aren't getting any of their money back any time soon, they are damn close to where they started before the 2013 season. &nbsp;After an 89 win campaign in 2012 that saw some successful upgrades prior to the season (yes, that’s right, successful upgrades), yet even still, they were left needing 3 starters and a spanky new bullpen. &nbsp;Or at least most of one. &nbsp;And here we sit at the end of this season. &nbsp;Needing three starting pitchers and a spanky new bullpen.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">So why did we go from almost 90 wins to what will likely be near 90 losses when we essentially have the same needs? &nbsp;Well, when you replace poor production with catastrophic failure, some good production with catastrophic failure, and you add some injuries to good producers being replaced by bad producers, you get failure.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">But here’s the good news. &nbsp;Horrendous disasters are easy to upgrade. &nbsp;Example: No offense to teams like the Twins, Padres, and Brewers, but as a whole, they have a bunch of players who really aren't that good. &nbsp;The Halos? &nbsp;They have a bunch of really good players and a few that really suck or have performed poorly yet usually do better.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">So let’s fire up the flux capacitor, cross the streams, and combine the last two off seasons to get us where we are now. &nbsp;Coming off an 89 win season (wink wink, cough cough)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>Year 1</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u>Moves made</u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Pujols – left two OF spots open to Trumbo, Wells, Abreu, and Bourjos. &nbsp;Trumbo essentially took one of them and Trout eventually took the other. &nbsp;So Albert essentially took what would have been at bats to Bourjos and Wells.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Iantetta – replaced Mathis and Wilson</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Wilson – took the spot vacated by Joel Piniero and minor leaguers</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Izzy – took innings from Cassevah, Thompson, and Bell</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Hawkins – essentially replaced Fernando Rodney</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Frieri – Move everyone down a notch</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Greinke – replaced innings from Williams and Richards</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>- Expected Production &nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>- Actual Production&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>- Production they replaced (estimates)</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">.300/900ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.280/.860ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.240/.700ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">.240/.750ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.230/.740ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.200/.600ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.00era/200ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.80era/200ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">5.00era/200ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.00era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.10era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.50era/50ip (gross estimate)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.5era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.6era/42ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.5era/40+ip&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">2.8era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">2.3era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.0era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.3era/100ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.5era/90ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">5.0era/90ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Added a lot of long term payroll and weakened the farm system long term but let’s assume Arte’s goal was to win a championship now (and minimize eye contact with the staff). &nbsp;Don’t want to get into who the ringleader was. The moves worked. &nbsp;Everything that was supposed to be an upgrade turned out to be. &nbsp;The existing players failed, and the off season moves weren't enough to offset that.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>Yr 2</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Madson – supposed to be the closer or 8th inning guy. &nbsp;Replacing innings from Izzy, Hawk and moving everyone down a slot.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Burnett – same as above</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Hanson – obtained for Walden. &nbsp;Replacing Haren</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Blanton – replacing Santana</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Hamilton – replaced Torii</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Vargas – for morales. &nbsp;Replacing production from Greinke, Richards, Williams&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">De La Rosa – pen depth. &nbsp;Not much expectation here.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>- Expected production</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>- Actual Production</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>- What they were supposed to replace</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>- What we got instead&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">2.8era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Nothing</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Innings from the bottom of the pen (4.5era/50ip)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">The above innings</div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.0era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Almost nothing</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Innings from the bottom of the pen (5.0era/50ip)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">The above innings</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.3era/180ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">5.6era/67ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.3era/180ip (Dan Haren the previous year)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">5.0era/110ip (from guys like williams, buckner, enright, roth)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.75era/200ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">5.7era/120ip (as a starter)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">5.2era/180ip (Ervin from the previous year)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">5.0era/80ip (from guys like williams, buckner, enright, roth)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">.280avg/.875ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.235avg/.715ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.313avg/.820ops (Hunter)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.0era/200ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.25era/200ip (innings from Greinke, Williams, Richards the previous year)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.5era/150ip (on pace)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.2era/50ip (from Richards)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.5era/30ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.5era/40ip (Jordan Walden)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.4era/70ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Also, Morales being replaced by Bourjos&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.250avg/.720ops + Trout over Trumbo’s defense in LF</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.280avg/.780ops&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.290avg/.715ops (Bourjos and Shuck - without the improved defense or much of it)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">So where are we now relative to where we were at the end of the very very recent 89 win season:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><u><span style="font-size: large;">Rotation</span></u></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>2012</b> – Weaver (2.8era 190ip), Wilson (3.8era 200ip), Greinke/Richards/Williams (4.25era 200ip), Haren (4.3era 180ip), Santana (5.2era 180ip)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Like Caddyshack II, Hanson and Blanton did not exist. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>2014</b> – Weaver (3.2era 190ip), Wilson (3.5era 200ip), Re-sign Vargas? (3.7era 200ip), Richards (4.3era 180ip), New Guy? (3.5-4.5era, 200ip)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">So we need 2 maybe one starter to be better than that season depending on Vargas? &nbsp;Hmm. &nbsp;Not bad</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><u><span style="font-size: large;">Bullpen</span></u></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><u><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></u></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>2012</b> - &nbsp;Frieri (2.3era, 50ip), Jepsen (3.0era, 45ip), Downs (3.2era, 45ip), Hawkins (3.6era, 42ip), Izzy (4.2era, 50ip), &nbsp;Walden (3.5era, 40ip), Williams (4.0era, 45ip). &nbsp;The rest included Richards, Taka, Carp and a few other (5.5era, 125ip)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>2014</b> – New Closer (2.7era, 50ip), Frieri (3.2era, 50ip), Burnett (3.0era, 50ip), DDLR (3.5era, 50ip), (3.0era, 50ip), Kohn (3.5era, 50ip), Williams (4.5era, 50ip), and the rest including Rasmus, Coello, Bosher, Jepsen, Maronde and maybe Morin and Alvarez.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">By era, the 2012 pen look ok, but the problem was that the ‘other’ category that comprised a boat load of innings to the tune of a 5+era saw a large number of high leverage situations. &nbsp; Why? &nbsp;Because really no one was to be trusted. &nbsp;A new closer and good high leverage reliever as well as the bottom of the pen performing more capably would make it all better like a cherry otter pop and hello kitty band aid. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">(Frieri will be fine – I heard he’s working on a knuckleball. )</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><u><span style="font-size: large;">Offense</span></u></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>2012</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">C- Iannetta/Wilson/Hester</div><div style="text-align: justify;">1B – Pujols</div><div style="text-align: justify;">2B – Kendrick</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3B – Callaspo</div><div style="text-align: justify;">SS – Aybar</div><div style="text-align: justify;">LF - Trumbo</div><div style="text-align: justify;">CF – Trout</div><div style="text-align: justify;">RF – Hunter</div><div style="text-align: justify;">DH – Morales</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Bench – Izturis, Wells,&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>2014</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">C – Conger/Iannetta</div><div style="text-align: justify;">1B – Pujols</div><div style="text-align: justify;">2B – Kendrick or Green</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3B – Green/Nelson/Jimenez/FA</div><div style="text-align: justify;">SS – Aybar</div><div style="text-align: justify;">LF – Trout/Hamilton</div><div style="text-align: justify;">CF – Bourjos/Trout</div><div style="text-align: justify;">RF – Hamilton/Calhoun</div><div style="text-align: justify;">DH – Trumbo/Shuck/Calhoun</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Can Hamilton, Calhoun, Green, and Bourjos replace the production of Hunter, Morales and Callaspo? Can 2014 Pujols be 2012 Pujols? &nbsp;Sprinkle a little amnesia, a dash of defense, and a pinch of faith on there and sure.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Does the team have a bunch of financial commitments? Yes</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Is the farm system still pretty bad? &nbsp;Yes. &nbsp;But it’s better than it was at the end of 2012.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Are there some front office and coaching issues? &nbsp;LALALALALA!!! I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!! Winning make the heart grow fonder.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Will some additional moves potentially make the team even better? &nbsp;You bet!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A couple of trades, a juicer, a few scouts, some first class seats to Asia, a rabbits foot and there you have it, 94 wins. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Thank you and please try the veal.</div><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><div style="text-align: justify;"><img height="279" src="http://www.trbimg.com/img-5191ae5c/turbine/la-sp-0514-angels-notes-20130514-001/600/600x419" width="400" /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-size: x-small;">By Jason Sinner, AngelsWin.com Contributor -&nbsp;</span></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><i>*Warning – this article is optimistic and does not necessarily reflect the views of AngelsWin.com or its members. &nbsp;In fact, it is likely to be met with ridicule and suggestions that the author be committed to a mental institution. &nbsp;At the writer’s request, AngelsWin.com has been asked to inform its members that if they don’t like it, they can go suck it! (happy face emoticon to make it seem like a joke).&nbsp;</i></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Everyone remember the movie ‘Brewster’s Millions’? Remember when Monty Brewster earns back a bunch of the money he had worked so hard to spend? &nbsp;He get’s really pissed and proclaims ‘GDammit, I’m right back where I started!!!’ &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Yeah, that movie sucked, but it had a happy ending. &nbsp;Except that in real life both the main characters are dead. &nbsp;Anyway….</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Although the Angels aren't getting any of their money back any time soon, they are damn close to where they started before the 2013 season. &nbsp;After an 89 win campaign in 2012 that saw some successful upgrades prior to the season (yes, that’s right, successful upgrades), yet even still, they were left needing 3 starters and a spanky new bullpen. &nbsp;Or at least most of one. &nbsp;And here we sit at the end of this season. &nbsp;Needing three starting pitchers and a spanky new bullpen.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">So why did we go from almost 90 wins to what will likely be near 90 losses when we essentially have the same needs? &nbsp;Well, when you replace poor production with catastrophic failure, some good production with catastrophic failure, and you add some injuries to good producers being replaced by bad producers, you get failure.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">But here’s the good news. &nbsp;Horrendous disasters are easy to upgrade. &nbsp;Example: No offense to teams like the Twins, Padres, and Brewers, but as a whole, they have a bunch of players who really aren't that good. &nbsp;The Halos? &nbsp;They have a bunch of really good players and a few that really suck or have performed poorly yet usually do better.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">So let’s fire up the flux capacitor, cross the streams, and combine the last two off seasons to get us where we are now. &nbsp;Coming off an 89 win season (wink wink, cough cough)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>Year 1</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u>Moves made</u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Pujols – left two OF spots open to Trumbo, Wells, Abreu, and Bourjos. &nbsp;Trumbo essentially took one of them and Trout eventually took the other. &nbsp;So Albert essentially took what would have been at bats to Bourjos and Wells.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Iantetta – replaced Mathis and Wilson</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Wilson – took the spot vacated by Joel Piniero and minor leaguers</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Izzy – took innings from Cassevah, Thompson, and Bell</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Hawkins – essentially replaced Fernando Rodney</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Frieri – Move everyone down a notch</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Greinke – replaced innings from Williams and Richards</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>- Expected Production &nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>- Actual Production&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>- Production they replaced (estimates)</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">.300/900ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.280/.860ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.240/.700ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">.240/.750ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.230/.740ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.200/.600ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.00era/200ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.80era/200ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">5.00era/200ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.00era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.10era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.50era/50ip (gross estimate)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.5era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.6era/42ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.5era/40+ip&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">2.8era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">2.3era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.0era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.3era/100ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.5era/90ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">5.0era/90ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Added a lot of long term payroll and weakened the farm system long term but let’s assume Arte’s goal was to win a championship now (and minimize eye contact with the staff). &nbsp;Don’t want to get into who the ringleader was. The moves worked. &nbsp;Everything that was supposed to be an upgrade turned out to be. &nbsp;The existing players failed, and the off season moves weren't enough to offset that.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>Yr 2</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Madson – supposed to be the closer or 8th inning guy. &nbsp;Replacing innings from Izzy, Hawk and moving everyone down a slot.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Burnett – same as above</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Hanson – obtained for Walden. &nbsp;Replacing Haren</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Blanton – replacing Santana</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Hamilton – replaced Torii</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Vargas – for morales. &nbsp;Replacing production from Greinke, Richards, Williams&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">De La Rosa – pen depth. &nbsp;Not much expectation here.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>- Expected production</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>- Actual Production</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>- What they were supposed to replace</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>- What we got instead&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">2.8era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Nothing</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Innings from the bottom of the pen (4.5era/50ip)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">The above innings</div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.0era/50ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Almost nothing</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Innings from the bottom of the pen (5.0era/50ip)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">The above innings</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.3era/180ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">5.6era/67ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.3era/180ip (Dan Haren the previous year)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">5.0era/110ip (from guys like williams, buckner, enright, roth)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.75era/200ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">5.7era/120ip (as a starter)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">5.2era/180ip (Ervin from the previous year)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">5.0era/80ip (from guys like williams, buckner, enright, roth)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">.280avg/.875ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.235avg/.715ops</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.313avg/.820ops (Hunter)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.0era/200ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.25era/200ip (innings from Greinke, Williams, Richards the previous year)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.5era/150ip (on pace)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.2era/50ip (from Richards)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">4.5era/30ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.5era/40ip (Jordan Walden)</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3.4era/70ip</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Also, Morales being replaced by Bourjos&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.250avg/.720ops + Trout over Trumbo’s defense in LF</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.280avg/.780ops&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">.290avg/.715ops (Bourjos and Shuck - without the improved defense or much of it)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">So where are we now relative to where we were at the end of the very very recent 89 win season:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><u><span style="font-size: large;">Rotation</span></u></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>2012</b> – Weaver (2.8era 190ip), Wilson (3.8era 200ip), Greinke/Richards/Williams (4.25era 200ip), Haren (4.3era 180ip), Santana (5.2era 180ip)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Like Caddyshack II, Hanson and Blanton did not exist. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>2014</b> – Weaver (3.2era 190ip), Wilson (3.5era 200ip), Re-sign Vargas? (3.7era 200ip), Richards (4.3era 180ip), New Guy? (3.5-4.5era, 200ip)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">So we need 2 maybe one starter to be better than that season depending on Vargas? &nbsp;Hmm. &nbsp;Not bad</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><u><span style="font-size: large;">Bullpen</span></u></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><u><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></u></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>2012</b> - &nbsp;Frieri (2.3era, 50ip), Jepsen (3.0era, 45ip), Downs (3.2era, 45ip), Hawkins (3.6era, 42ip), Izzy (4.2era, 50ip), &nbsp;Walden (3.5era, 40ip), Williams (4.0era, 45ip). &nbsp;The rest included Richards, Taka, Carp and a few other (5.5era, 125ip)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>2014</b> – New Closer (2.7era, 50ip), Frieri (3.2era, 50ip), Burnett (3.0era, 50ip), DDLR (3.5era, 50ip), (3.0era, 50ip), Kohn (3.5era, 50ip), Williams (4.5era, 50ip), and the rest including Rasmus, Coello, Bosher, Jepsen, Maronde and maybe Morin and Alvarez.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">By era, the 2012 pen look ok, but the problem was that the ‘other’ category that comprised a boat load of innings to the tune of a 5+era saw a large number of high leverage situations. &nbsp; Why? &nbsp;Because really no one was to be trusted. &nbsp;A new closer and good high leverage reliever as well as the bottom of the pen performing more capably would make it all better like a cherry otter pop and hello kitty band aid. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">(Frieri will be fine – I heard he’s working on a knuckleball. )</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><u><span style="font-size: large;">Offense</span></u></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>2012</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">C- Iannetta/Wilson/Hester</div><div style="text-align: justify;">1B – Pujols</div><div style="text-align: justify;">2B – Kendrick</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3B – Callaspo</div><div style="text-align: justify;">SS – Aybar</div><div style="text-align: justify;">LF - Trumbo</div><div style="text-align: justify;">CF – Trout</div><div style="text-align: justify;">RF – Hunter</div><div style="text-align: justify;">DH – Morales</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Bench – Izturis, Wells,&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>2014</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">C – Conger/Iannetta</div><div style="text-align: justify;">1B – Pujols</div><div style="text-align: justify;">2B – Kendrick or Green</div><div style="text-align: justify;">3B – Green/Nelson/Jimenez/FA</div><div style="text-align: justify;">SS – Aybar</div><div style="text-align: justify;">LF – Trout/Hamilton</div><div style="text-align: justify;">CF – Bourjos/Trout</div><div style="text-align: justify;">RF – Hamilton/Calhoun</div><div style="text-align: justify;">DH – Trumbo/Shuck/Calhoun</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Can Hamilton, Calhoun, Green, and Bourjos replace the production of Hunter, Morales and Callaspo? Can 2014 Pujols be 2012 Pujols? &nbsp;Sprinkle a little amnesia, a dash of defense, and a pinch of faith on there and sure.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Does the team have a bunch of financial commitments? Yes</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Is the farm system still pretty bad? &nbsp;Yes. &nbsp;But it’s better than it was at the end of 2012.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Are there some front office and coaching issues? &nbsp;LALALALALA!!! I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!! Winning make the heart grow fonder.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Will some additional moves potentially make the team even better? &nbsp;You bet!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A couple of trades, a juicer, a few scouts, some first class seats to Asia, a rabbits foot and there you have it, 94 wins. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Thank you and please try the veal.</div><br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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