In the upcoming months, few things in sport will be as closely watched and precisely dissected as the projections for the Los Angeles Angels' five-man rotation in 2014.
Maybe the The Olympic judges, the Super Bowl, the Super Bowl commercials, the Super Bowl halftime show and the interesting attempt to put an outdoor ice rink in Los Angeles...and that's it.
Last offseason, the Angels were the hot topic—so hot—because of a lineup that was created to smash the baseball Gods into a mortal state, leaving the AL West in its wake, stopping only in late October to admire the World Series Trophy they just won.
It put the organization in a national spotlight.
Only one problem: With the millions and millions and millions spent, the Angels forgot to really address their starting rotation. And, unfortunately, Mike Trout doesn't pitch—though he would probably lead the AL in no-hitters.
Subsequently, when health issues hampered guys like Jered Weaver, Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas, the team was left playing "Fill-in" on its way to a fourth straight missed playoffs.
And this year? Well, don't think the same disappointed people from 2013 aren't watching. Waiting.
The Angels have done a decent job revamping the rotation, though—with little money to spend, a lack a trade-worthy pieces and the other 29 MLB teams looking for starters, I would say they have done a great job actually.
But revamping is one thing; how the those arms perform is another, way more important scenario. And it starts with setting the rotation—which starts the guessing and dissection for guys (and gals) like me, too.
Lineup card, please...
Based on what the Angels currently have—or should have sooner than later—here is my projection for the five-man rotation in 2014 (for the first week, anyway).