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1. rotation - we have six guys ...santiago can go the distance as far as ip ...angels are 6-2 in his last 8 gp and he has been mostly effective since being demoted ...skaggs prior career high ip is 38.2 and shoemaker is a rookie ...how far can they go? ...or do we follow suit with our rivals and make the trade for another top tier starter? ...there are question marks around everyone else except richards ...weaver included ...i would LIKE to win the division and not have to be subjected to the one game playoff sham ...richards, weaver, wilson, shoemaker, santiago/skaggs??? ...if we have one more move we can make ...for me ...this is it ...and has been it from the start ...richards, price/lester/lee, weaver, wilson, shoemaker/santiago ...

 

2. bullpen - while i believe mike is starting to push the right buttons ...i also believe j. smith is not a closer ...grilli is ...and hey ...why not jepsen? ...imo he has the best closer stuff in the pen!! ...plus fastball and very effective off-speed pitches ...he could be the most improved player we have!!...and so what about the texas game!! ...move smith back to the 7th & 8th w/ thatcher to set up ...IN CLOSE GAMES it should be one of these four guys in the 8th and beyond and NO ONE ELSE ...i think we could be a lot wiser than to trade for ANOTHER closer like h. street ...resources wasted ...our pen has the personnel ...we just need to line them up correctly ...and consistently

 

3. position players - the #1 offense in mlb has been to the postseason in every year except 3 since 2000 (cubs '00, rangers '08, red sox '11) ...and it has won the world series 3 times over that span (red sox '04 & '13, Yankees '09) ...6 of 11yrs in a lcs ...time to face the facts ...we're in this thing ...big ...maybe just one pitcher away ...and just maybe the cupboard isn't so bare after all ...we have DEPTH here ...can you let cron go? ...he has to be our top chip ...cowart, alvarez, rondon, etc ...there are others but we know how this goes ...how long does tampa wanna ride with a weak hitting 1b like loney??? the red sox want youth ...etc GO HALOS!!!

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i don't see why joe smith is not a closer, but grilli and jepsen are. grilli has a strong yet brief history, but not this year. jepsen has anything but a strong history. joe smith has been lights out since being given the job, that's all i care about. 

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i don't see why joe smith is not a closer, but grilli and jepsen are. grilli has a strong yet brief history, but not this year. jepsen has anything but a strong history. joe smith has been lights out since being given the job, that's all i care about. 

 

Yeah, I guess it's because he doesn't "look" like a closer.

 

He's basically done the kind of things we expected him to do when he signed: Groundball rate just below 60%, has been death on RHBs while holding lefties down fine. Has limited the HRs.

 

But he's also managed to cut down his walk rate to 2 per 9 and seen his Ks jump up to over 1 per inning.

 

Statistically he's done basically everything you could have asked for and expected. I see no reason to pull him from that role unless there's a clear cut better pitcher in the bullpen they trade for. Because that doesn't exist in this current one.

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I must be the only Angel fan on the planet that didn't think it was a bad pitch to Arod. Granted I think their were two strikes on Arod, but man that pitch was high and outside, its not like it was out over the middle of the plate. Arod just went out and drove it to right. At least that is how I saw it.

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I must be the only Angel fan on the planet that didn't think it was a bad pitch to Arod. Granted I think their were two strikes on Arod, but man that pitch was high and outside, its not like it was out over the middle of the plate. Arod just went out and drove it to right. At least that is how I saw it.

right before that pitch the color commentator says the one place you don't want to pitch A-Rod right now is high and outside because he loves taking that pitch to right field.

That pitch was ****ing stupid.

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right before that pitch the color commentator says the one place you don't want to pitch A-Rod right now is high and outside because he loves taking that pitch to right field.

That pitch was ****ing stupid.

Good point. Similar situation to throwing a pitch somewhat away and below the strike zone to Trout. 

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I like seeing jepsen in the higher leverage situations ...last night was good ...and I do believe in j. smith ...i think our bullpen is panning out just fine ...we need rotation help ...it was certainly an alarm going into the season with 4 of our 6 guys not having exceeded 150 ip in a season ...i think if we can do what it takes to land price ...or a dominant lefty (and there is more than one out there) ...we almost HAVE to at this point right? ...it just doesn't make sense for the halos to be in this position and NOT pull the trigger ...yes there was some '86 in the title of this thread ...i remember watching as a 13yr old

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