Los Angeles of Anaheim Angels
If you hadn't heard, the Angels had a really good bullpen. Everyone knows about Francisco Rodriguez, everyone will know about Jose Arredondo, and everyone is going to be amused by Darren O'Day's throwing style, a bit side-armish. Darren Oliver and Scot Shields were extremely solid as well. Only two of the Angels starters were above average; Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver. Joe Saunders and John Lackey were just touches below average though. A quick way to find out which general manager should be fired: whoever gives Jon Garland a big contract. Justin Speier was abysmal, in part to an extraordinarily high homerun rate, look for that to regress.
Generally speaking, it's never a good sign when only one of your pitchers tops 180 innings and only two actually log more than 150. Gregory Smith was a nice surprise, although it will be interesting to see how his poor K/BB rate plays moving forward, same with Dana Eveland. Joey Devine, Jerry Blevins, Brad Ziegler, and Santiago Casilla were extremely solid in relief. Alan Embree and Andrew Brown weren't awful either. Gio Gonzalez should be good one day, that day was not last season.
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Arthur Rhodes was shockingly good and sold high for a pretty decent young arm. Sean Green, Roy Corcoran, Cesar Jimenez, and J.J. Putz were the bright spots on the Mariner staff along with Felix Hernandez. Erik Bedard cannot be fairly assessed at this point, but Carlos Silva was pretty awful regardless of the defense behind him. I'm still unsure why the Minnesota Twins wanted Jarrod Washburn.
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Frankly speaking, the Franks German and Francisco were solid for the Rangers. Kameron Loe has seemingly been around forever. Jamey Wright and Sidney Ponson weren't awful but Vincente Padilla and Jason Jennings were. There's a ton of room for improvement here, especially considering more than half of the pitchers were below average.