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Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Comment On The Angels' Rough Start

Big A Baseball:
K-Rod IS missed. More than I thought he'd be. I was not that bothered by his departure. For one, K-Rod was open about chasing personal records. And there was the way Ortiz and Manny manhandled him in the playoffs.

But he did provide a security blanket for Shields. When Shields was all over the place or grooving pitches, K-Rod was there to bail him out. K-Rod was lights out when he needed to be.

Fuentes is not. He feels like he's just a tad better than average. I wonder if Shields is feeling the same thing. There's more pressure on him now. More pressure on everyone. And they're showing it. I've always felt that Shields was over-rated. When he's good, he's very good. But he goes bad - very bad - far too often. We're not talking an occasional missed pitch. We're talking serious slumps that cost games.

I wonder that Fuentes' relative ineptness is a blessing in disguise, though, because it pushes him into lower-leverage situations in the ninth most of the time. Right now, the Angels' bullpen needs to get better, and soon.



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