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By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer For the Angels starting rotation, 2019 was not a kind year. Unfortunately, the Halos starters were last out of all 30 MLB teams in total Wins Above Replacement (WAR) with a measly 3.3 WAR. Other peripheral indicators support the poor performance. For reference, the Nationals led all of baseball with a total 21.4 WAR. So what do the Angels do to fix this situation? For reference, the table below shows a leader board of qualified starters, sorted by Wins Above Replacement on a per G (WAR/G) basis, over the last three seasons:
Going into the season and shortly thereafter they lost Darvish (their ace), Holland their #2 and Harrison their #3/4 starters in the rotation. They battled through a miserable first half, then turned it on in the second half with solid offense, a great bullpen and below average SP, before they traded for Cole Hamels. Arte will undoubtedly have to fix this mess if we're hanging in there like a hair in a biscuit come June/July, and acquire a top arm like Hamels. In the meantime, we just need to stick around and battle. Have a little optimism, even though the outlook looks aw