The Angels began the season with a makeshift starting staff as 4/5 of the rotation were injured. I always felt they could still win the West, if for no other reason than there was little real competition in the division. Little did I realize that the re-built Rangers were for real, and would not go away.
But, behind baseball’s first half MVP Torri Hunter, the team withstood the injury plague, stayed close to Texas, and as the starters began to filter back, they re-took first place and never really faltered in their quest to meet the Red Sox once again in the playoffs. Despite the total absence of Kelvim Escobar, by the end of the season, the starting staff, bolstered by the acquisition of Scott Kazmir, had once again become baseball’s best, as the BoSox saw over the past few days.
With healthy starters, a resurgent Vlad, the streaking Kendrys Morales, the solid play of Figgins, Isturis, and Aybar, and a bullpen hopefully just good enough, bring on the scumstripes!