In what seems like a bit of wishful thinking, John McGrath of the Tacoma News-Tribune suggests that the Angels have peaked, and are now reminiscent of the ’02 Mariners.
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Tagged as Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
It’s not clear to me that this is entirely wishful thinking. The outfield needs walkers to a man, there are no obvious quality replacements, and the pitching depth that was such a problem for the Halos in 2006-7 (in the “where are we going to find room for Jered Weaver/Joe Saunders in the rotation” kind of way) is long past. The bad drafts post-2004 are coming back to bite the team. The Angels have a smarter FO than Seattle, but only just; they still seem to believe in their clutchy juju, and while the Bobby Abreu acquisition was a nod in the direction of empirical evidence, there’s still a lot of cleaning to do.
The Angels’ do indeed have weaknesses, but the rest of the division seems awful. The Angels and A’s both played very well in ’02; it would be shocking if the West were to have two teams (not named ‘Angels’) with more than 90 wins this year.
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