Lefty C.J. Wilson rose to the occasion Friday night for the Los Angeles Angels limiting the New York Yankees to two runs and five hits in seven innings of work as the Halos emerged victorious over the Bronx Bombers by a score of 5-2.You need to start somewhere, right?
Never mind the fact that the Yankees are arguably the most injured team in baseball, taking the field without Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez or Curtis Granderson, perhaps the three most feared bats in the team’s lineup.
At this point, the Angels will take what they can get, and what they got from Wilson on Friday was good enough.
Wilson’s performance raises an important question for the Halos going into July’s trade deadline: with the stagnation of an offense that was supposed to be the league’s best heading into the season, will it be possible to acquire solid pitching, given the team’s paucity of tradable assets?
Let’s hope so.
Owner Arte Moreno clearly hoped to render this question irrelevant last offseason when he added Josh Hamilton‘s slugging potential to the lineup.
Even though there’s still time for Hamilton to turn things around, we know how he’s done so far.
Moreno is perhaps a little gun-shy after his acquisition last year of former American League Cy Young winner Zack Greinke failed to land the Halos a playoff berth.
Nevertheless, the Angels need arms, but they have very few avenues available to get those arms.
They would likely have to part with Howie Kendrick to acquire a hurler of consequence, though they would have to be brain-dead to do so; Kendrick’s .328 batting average leads the team and the second baseman has been one of the Angels’ few silver linings in an otherwise gloomy season.
Unable to make the moves necessary to bolster their rotation, the Halos will have to continue hoping that their offense shakes itself from its torpor and makes some noise in the American League.
Tony Baker is a Los Angeles Angels blogger for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @tonloc_baker.