Tag Archives: Mike Scioscia

Six-Man Rotation Here Now, at Least in Anaheim

Due to “skillful” use of the disabled list and a deep group of starting pitchers that included seven who started nine or more times, the 2017 National League champ LA Dodgers effectively used a six-man starting rotation last season. No … Continue reading

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Is Shohei Ohtani The Ghost of Willie Smith?

On April 28, 1964, the Los Angeles Angels traded right-handed relief pitcher Julio Navarro to the Detroit Tigers. Navarro, 28, was coming off a fine first full season in the majors in which he compiled a 2.89 ERA over 57 … Continue reading

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Angels’ Pitching, Always an Issue

Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker, Andrew Haney, Tyler Skaggs and Nick Tropeano. Nice sounding rotation. Solid guys with a track record in Richards and Shoemaker, top-of-rotation talent in the phenom Heaney, and solid young prospects in Skaggs and Tropeano. Well, as … Continue reading

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Angels in 2017, Likely More of the Same

After a bitterly disappointing 2016 season featuring injury after injury to one pitcher after another and a fourth-place finish 14 games under .500 despite a potent offense and sparkling defense, it unfortunately looks like 2017 may well end with a … Continue reading

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Team of the Tommy John Surgery Finds a Survivor

I had great hopes for the Angels this season, and while their offense had a miserable start to the season, it has been dynamite for weeks now, and the consistent defense has lived up to its reputation. But, the Angels … Continue reading

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Angels’ Open Spring With Spotty Performances

The Angels began their spring schedule with a 4-1 loss Wednesday against the Giants, but yesterday put together a great overall team outing against Oakland, collecting 17 hits on the way to an 8-2 win. They hit, they pitched, and … Continue reading

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Could Ji-Man Choi Be the Angels’ Answer in Left Field?

As the Angles approach the 2016 season without a viable option to play left field, and having struck out in attempts to acquire a couple of less than bone fide alternatives with first the unsuccessful consummation of a trade for … Continue reading

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Dodgers Good, Angels No So Much, in Key Areas

The Dodgers and Angels each went into the off season with key infielders becoming free agents, and with several other needs that could be filled through a great farm system. As the 2016 season approaches, regarding these two areas, the … Continue reading

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Pitching and Catching and the Angels Slow Start

The Angels’ slow start this season can be directly traced to two vital elements of the team, pitching and catching, but within those elements, the specific individuals who have failed to produce are significant surprises. While the Angels began the … Continue reading

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