Sunday, April 19, 2009
"Fan Strong": Twins 3, Angels 1
Despite the loss, there was a decent amount of good news about the pitching: Shane Loux held it together for an unexpected and wholly satisfying three runs over seven innings, the longest start of his major league career. Dan Davidson didn't implode in his major league debut. Heck, the Angels even managed to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth against Joe Nathan. At this point, I'll take the victories where I can get them, even if they're not in victories.
I've said it before, but the Angels have had a few years of uninspiring drafts and I think it might be beginning to catch up. This upcoming draft might be a make or break kind of draft.
Reading these comments, though, I think we should cut the org some slack. I feel like the fan blogs are headhunting right now, trying to blame the bad start on poor drafts and lack of depth, etc. I mean, really? Can we just put this in very clear terms?
We've lost FIVE starting pitchers, one to a tragic accidental death, plus the team's best hitter. That after letting the anchor of the bullpen walk in the offseason...a decision the majority of fans were cool with. The fact that we can even field a four-man rotation is a testament to the team's depth, not an indictment of its lack.
This is more to call out Miles' comment and others like it, which I'm seeing quite a bit of. I really don't think the Angels entered this season lacking depth, and certainly not in the OF. If GMJ is the team's fifth or sixth outfielder, that's actually pretty good, especially when you still have Willits, Coon, Pettit and Evans behind him.