Monday, August 20, 2012

The Angels Staff & Their Scary Numbers

What happened to the Angles rotation? Is it time to sit their entire SP for the remainder of the season? Even when a powerhouse offense, like the Halo’s have, puts up 5 runs a game it can help a beleaguered rotation put up Wins or counting Fantasy stats.

Here is a sample of what is going on for the AL’s Southern California team’s once elite starting rotation.

Dan Haren, who I have owned all season, is now 0-2 in August with a 7.62 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. They have decided to skip his next start. His back issues are obviously a reason for concern.  I do not think I will start him for the rest of the year and try to conserve my innings limit down the stretch. Owned in 87% of leagues and dropping fast.

CJ Wilson is even worse than Haren. He has posted an August line of 0-2 with an 8.31 ERA and a WHIP of 1.98. He hasn’t posted a win in two months.  His last start he blew an 8 run lead. He went from dominating to serviceable to killing your staff in 2 month increments. Still owned in 95% of leagues…hopefully not on your team.

Ervin Santana has a helpful August brewing but his July soured any owner that started him in Fantasy. His July line might have been the worst in baseball with a 12.21 ERA and a WHIP of 2.29. Hard to believe he is still owned in 44% of leagues.

Then comes Greinke. I predicted he would finish 8-2 down the stretch after the trade. I was wrong. His July/August numbers look horrifying. For the last 8 weeks he is 1-3 with a 6.28 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. If he has been anchoring your staff you have lost ground since the All-Star break.

The moral here is do not fall in love with your ace pitchers. If they are struggling sit them down, check the waiver wire and conserve your innings limit if need be. Only 40 games left folks. Your top pitchers have 5 starts left which include playoffs. Continue to monitor recent trends and get ready for some of the September call-ups on the mound. Also I predict their Pitching Coach gets canned this week.

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