Saturday, February 17, 2007
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim open up training camp with 3 injuries to SP's (Jered Weaver, Kelvim Escobar, and Bartolo Colon) but still have huge hopes for the upcoming season. After Arturo Moreno guaranteed that the Angels would acquire a huge bat this off season, the team failed to accomplish this goal, but still got 2 good to very good hitters to bolster the offense. Gary Matthews Jr., who I guarantee will not have a slouch season like some people say, and Shea Hillenbrand, a player who I adore very much because of his combination of contact and power. But just as Matthews stated "you can score all the runs you want, but without pitching and defense, you will be sitting at home in October", and the Angels sure do have some great pitching. Already considered by many by having the best bullpen, the angels signed 32- year old Justin Spier, who had a commanding season last year for the Blue Jays, and Darren Oliver, the LHP who also had a great season for the NYM last year. These acquisitions give the Angels the best 7-8-9 punch in baseball by a far margin. Once Colon returns to the rotation, in late April, the Angels will be the AL West leading team. I say this because both OAK and TEX lost huge pieces in Barry Zito, Frank Thomas, and Carlos Lee. In my eyes, the Angels should win the AL West and move up to even the American League Championship. But this is just a prediction, just like anything that people write about this time of year.