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Maldonado probably deserves more credit

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The guy has consistently called great games from behind the plate which has probably contributed to the solid pitching we've seen. I would have never thought that nalasco, shoemaker, Chavez, JC Ramirez, and Meyer would lead to a top 12 team ERA. Sure pitching in Angel stadium helps, but that's a rag tag group. I think Maldonado was a great pick up.

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There are a lot of contributing factors here. 

1. Chavez and Nolasco were both better than their overall numbers last year and Meyer was due to breakout.

2. Maldonado has a great rapport with the pitchers and with Scioscia. He's also a great defensive catcher.

3. The Angels are a pretty solid defensive unit with Espinosa and Simmons up the middle and a very rangy outfield. Run prevention.

4. Starters aren't being required to go as far in the games because Eppler built a great bullpen.

5. Angel Stadium at night is fairly effective at suppressing the long ball. 

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