OK, guys and gals, a new baseball season is upon us! Let your voices be heard. How has your team improved, not improved? Predictions? Run wild in the fullness of your joy (unless you are in Detroit, Tampa Bay, Montreal, Pittsburgh or Kansas City…then just try not to kill yourself).
The Anaheim Angels are the defending World Series champs. Predictably, Stoneman didn’t make any moves to really improve the team. But he won us a trophy, so I suppose I can’t level him with the full fury of my wrath for a few more years.
Anyway, I’m not really worried about how the Angels will do in the playoffs, I’m worried about them making the playoffs. Once again, the AL West is ridiculous…although, Seattle is one year older and Oakland is one year closer to not being able to resign their key players. Of course, since Beane seems able to pull good players out of his ass at will, that isn’t much of a consolation.
Some key questions for my boys in red:
Does Spiezio get resigned after this year with Kotchman waiting in the wings? I think no. I love Spiezio, but if he has another great season, he will be too expensive if Kotchman is ready and if he has a not so great season, there’s no reason not to replace him with Kotchman. Hopefully he has a good season and gets a big contract with another team.
Two more seasons of Sele and Appier. Sigh. I get so nervous watching them pitch - it looks like they are just going to fall apart. Obviously, they don’t get resigned after the end of their contracts what with Jenks and Calloway sitting around. The real question is if the opportunity to trade them comes along, should the Angels take it? I say yes. Even for a mediocre prospect, the ability to get 7-10 million dollars off the payroll is worth it.
Will Washburn ever develop a good outpitch like a slider or a changeup? I’m not holding my breath, but I really, really wish he would. He’s keeping a sub-4.00 ERA with smoke and mirrors and teams are just bound start focusing on him now.
Will Ortiz suffer a panic attack on the mound and need to be hospitalized this year? I swear, he’s like a hamster thrown into a roomful of ravenous cats out there. Not good times.
Does Glaus get his numbers back up? I think he does.
Do they repeat? I’m not so sure. I think injuries will be a problem on the pitching staff this year if they aren’t careful. I’m also wary of the bullpen…was last year’s performance by Donnelly a fluke? And would you trust Schoeneweis with anything except a 5 run lead against Detroit? Ick. Thank god for K-Rod and Percy.
I now open up the floor for discussion, analysis and rants about other teams, death threats to Selig, etc. I’m particularly interested in hearing about White Lightning’s desire to have Epstein’s love child.