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Record-setting day for Joe Smith


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Joe Smith set an Angels record today with his 10th consecutive appearance of at least an inning without allowing a hit. He is 1-0 with eight saves in July.

Scioscia wouldn't commit to Smith being Los Angeles' closer.

''I still believe it's important for us to deepen the pool of guys to hold leads for us,'' he said.
 

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/trout-4-rbis-angels-beat-001627206--mlb.html

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This is where Scioscia and I differ.  I would like to see the team add another starting pitcher, and try to rest the bullpen for the stretch run.  If we could add Price or Kennedy, and turn Santiago and/or Shoemaker into long relievers, or spot starters, I think we could stay on this roll.

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I would like to see Skip take more risks. The safe and simple approach is played.

 

For example, rotate the closing roles to guys like Grilli and Smith. Let them both have a shot, and compete for the role.

 

Nothing like a little competition for the closer position to get guys to push harder.

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This is where Scioscia and I differ.  I would like to see the team add another starting pitcher, and try to rest the bullpen for the stretch run.  If we could add Price or Kennedy, and turn Santiago and/or Shoemaker into long relievers, or spot starters, I think we could stay on this roll.

 

David Price would be an instant ticket to a deep run in the playoffs.

 

Weaver, Richards, Price (not necessarily in that order), with CJ as your 4th starter if he gets his act back together.

 

No team would have a better postseason rotation.

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Love scioscia. What a great manager. I agree, Smith shouldn't be the closer. Why would we want someone closing games who doesn't (1) give up hits, (2) walk guys, (3) give up runs, or (4) blow leads.

Scioscia should give Salas a chance to close.

 

And then there's Jeppy's fastball!

 

So many choices...

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David Price would be an instant ticket to a deep run in the playoffs.

Weaver, Richards, Price (not necessarily in that order), with CJ as your 4th starter if he gets his act back together.

No team would have a better postseason rotation.

Yep. And I think Arte and Jerry want him. I bet Jerry makes an aggressive offer for him.

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Joe Smith is not a closer because he doesn't have the stuff.

 

Love scioscia. What a great manager. I agree, Smith shouldn't be the closer. Why would we want someone closing games who doesn't (1) give up hits, (2) walk guys, (3) give up runs, or (4) blow leads.

Scioscia should give Salas a chance to close.

Well, Smith does have 4 BLSVs

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I think you guys are reading too much into what he said. He means he wants one more reliever. If it's Huston Street, I think Smith goes to the 8th. I don't believe there's anyone else out there the Angels are interested in who would pitch the 9th over the Smith.

Any other reliever they get ( and I don't think they're going to get one) goes into the 7th or 8th.

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I think you guys are reading too much into what he said. He means he wants one more reliever. If it's Huston Street, I think Smith goes to the 8th. I don't believe there's anyone else out there the Angels are interested in who would pitch the 9th over the Smith.

Any other reliever they get ( and I don't think they're going to get one) goes into the 7th or 8th.

agreed. Sosh is saying he would like to add another plus arm to the pen...I think we all would.

Weve all bitched about the pen the last few years...im sure sosh (and dipoto) have some of the same reservations about some of these guys as we do.

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Yep. And I think Arte and Jerry want him. I bet Jerry makes an aggressive offer for him.

maybe, but I very much doubt we can land him. Seattle is in (which I think is wrong for them), and it sounds like they have a bit more to trade. That said, we have offense pieces we can trade.....as much as the game has morphed into pitching and defense, theres a lack of available bats. There will be teams out There who are looking for one (just might not be tb)
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I was there when the question was asked.

Based on my knowledge of what Scioscia and Dipoto have said on the topic recently, I am pretty confident Huston Street is the only guy from outside they have a chance to get who would immediately unseat Smith.

Obviously if Smith starts to pitch poorly, things change. But for now, as long as he's doing the job, and as long as Street doesn't show up, he's the closer.

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David Price would be an instant ticket to a deep run in the playoffs.

 

Weaver, Richards, Price (not necessarily in that order), with CJ as your 4th starter if he gets his act back together.

 

No team would have a better postseason rotation.

 

 

yeah, no. 

 

the angels would have a very nice rotation, but no.

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