Many were surprised when the 2012 MLB postseason began and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were not a part of them. Manager Mike Scioscia and the Angel pitching staff was given a much needed arm on November 30th in Tommy Hanson. Now, talks at the Winter Meetings in Nashville still circulate that the Angels are after just one more starting pitcher. In my mind, this rotation looks impressive nonetheless.
Last season, the addition of former Texas Rangers ace C.J Wilson was supposed to propel this team to an AL West crown. It did not happen. Insufficient performances at the backend of the rotation haunted the Angels and the division slipped away. Now, no one is calling the Tommy Hanson a Cy Young Caliber pitcher, but consistency from Hanson will put the Angels on a fast track to 90 plus wins.
Upon looking at the Angels starting rotation, the production does not seem so lacking. Thus, when reports are that the Angels are looking for even more pitching I was a little surprised. Four Angels starters started in more than 30 games last season! Jered Weaver, Hanson and Ervin Santana, and Wilson all give the term workhouse new meaning. While Santana’s production did not cut it, the fact this club has three starters that can work and work deep into games will only help them in 2013.
With Albert Pujols entering his second season in Los Angeles I expect the offense not to be an issue either. This Angels team will be the threat in 2013 that they were expected to be in 2012. In order to win the AL West however, the pitching staff must continue to eat innings but pitch more effectively.