Josh Hamilton Will Prove to be a Waste for Angels Due to Lack of Pitching
Hamilton will help give the Angels to have one of the best Opening Day lineups in modern history next April, but Los Angeles didn't have any trouble scoring runs last season.
They finished 2012 ranked third in the American League in runs scored. The Angels also ranked second in hits, seventh in home runs, third in RBI, thirrd in slugging and third in OPS.
Los Angeles doesn't need more offense to win the AL West division next season. The biggest weaknesses on this team are the lack of quality and depth in the starting rotation.
Jered Weaver is the only reliable starter on the team. He's a true No. 1 starter and a star player who can be depended on to win important games late in the season.
After signing a huge contract with the Angels last winter, C.J. Wilson went 13-10 in 2012 and his ERA increased by almost a full run.
The Angels did make an interesting move this winter by trading relief pitcher Jordan Walden to the Atlanta Braves for young starter Tommy Hanson. Though Hanson is a good player, his ERA has risen in each of the last three seasons.
Ryan Madson will likely close out games for the Angels in 2013, but he didn't even pitch last season after tearing a ligament in his right elbow. There's no guarantee that he will save 30-plus games like he did in 2011 for the Philadelphia Phillies.
As you can see from the chart below, the Angels' pitching has to improve next season for the team to make the playoffs again.
|AL Rank (14 teams)||8th||10th||10th||3rd||9th|
Spending $125 million over five seasons to sign Hamilton does not address the Angels' biggest needs, all of which involve pitching.
We know that it takes great pitching to win in October, and this has been proven in two of the last three postseasons thanks to the San Francisco Giants. But right now, Los Angeles doesn't have enough pitching to win the American League or the World Series.
Signing Hamilton was a mistake, and when the Angels' pitching fails to help them win the World Series in 2013, the team will realize that pitching should have been a top priority this winter.
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