By @Inside Pitch, AngelsWin.com Contributor
Everyone who would have guessed Quintana had the best FIP among the SPs, raise your hand?
The Babip numbers for some of these guys are what you'd expect for small sample sizes -- all over the place. As a team they have been totally normal for what you'd expect over a full 162 games (.301) -- but that ranks as the 10th highest in MLB which means compared to the rest of MLB they have been a tad unlucky early on. The HR/FB rates sort of indicate some bad luck or rather, fluke outcomes given what the HR/9 is. The team K/9 rates are great, the BB/9 rate have been league average, the team GB rate has been elite. Basically the early indications are that for the most part the pitching is likely to improve and if there is any truth to the thinking that inducing GBs and piling up K totals = future success the pitching staff has a lot going for it. That HR/FB has basically been the issue. Im guessing that figure will come down as they face less Astros, Jays and CWS hitters.
Offensively... A lot to like there. K rates are low, walk rates are too but again -- the level of competition has been good. Defensively -- despite the spurt of ugly errors for a couple games there the Angels have 3 defensive runs saved, behind only the Tigers with 5. (3 teams tied with 3).
Basically, there really hasn't been anything flukey good early on and there are indications things will get better in some key areas.
It's been a fun first 7 games.