Baseball Note 6/1/15: Angels’ Pitching

In looking at the Angels pitching today with two months of the season completed, two things stand out to me: Though the overall performance of their bullpen has been a bit disappointing, it is the pen that the Dodgers wish they had, and second, the consistency between the Angels starting pitchers through the end of May is startling. Here are the won-lost records of their five starters:

  • 4-4: Jered Weaver
  • 4-3: Garrett Richards
  • 4-3: Hector Santiago
  • 3-3: C.J. Wilson
  • 3-4: Matt Shoemaker
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Overall, the Angels' start has been disappointing with the team a distant second to the remarkable Houston Astros, but their four-game sweep of the Tigers has put them at three-over .500 for the first time and given them their best record of the young season at 27-24. They also set some weird records in Saturday's game, hitting five home runs in the first two innings, with Detroit's Shane Greene becoming the first pitcher in the "live ball" era to allow that many homers in less than two full innings.

Yesterday I mentioned Fernando Rodney’s 2015 plight. At the opposite end of the closer spectrum is the Angels’ Huston Street who collected his 17th save of the season in yesterday’s finale of the Tigers’ series. On the year, Street has a 0.86 WHIP, having allowed only 14 hits in 22 innings over 22 appearances. In two/thirds of an inning more, Street has allowed less hits than Rodney has allowed runs.

A comment from a friend of mine who is a big Mariners’ fan regarding what I said about Rodney reminded me of a similar closer from years ago, Don Stackhouse, who was called “Full-Pack” because he gave up so many hits and walks and high pitch counts, driving fans and his manager crazy before finally nailing most saves, that his manager (in days long ago) would smoke a full pack of cigarettes in the course of a typical Stanhouse ninth inning.

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