Sunday, July 19, 2009

Angels' pitching should improve in 2nd half

This is related to something I wrote about when I had first started this blog, from about a month ago. It was about Brian Fuentes and the Angels resurgence. At the time, Fuentes had started to rebound from a bad start and the Angels were playing better.

Over his last 16 appearances, he has 15 saves and a 0.00 ERA. That followed right after he allowed a 9th-inning, 3-run homer to Jose Lopez that really seemed to deflate the Angels at the time. His ERA has dropped from 5.30 to 3.03 and leads the Majors in saves.

Interestingly, the Angels are 10-5 in July and have the worst team ERA in baseball in July, while also scoring the most runs. They had a good sign today, with John Lackey pitching 9 scoreless innings, in their 10 inning 1-0 victory over the A's. He can be one of the best pitchers in baseball, and he can help lead their pitching back to health.
Their pitching is too good to be this bad, and I expect it to turn around. Joe Saunders and Ervin Santana (his 8-inning, 1-run performance against Oakland on Thursday might be a good start) should turn it around as well. They both pitched really well last year: 16 wins (Santana) and 17 wins (Saunders).

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