There is no duty we so much underrate as... being happy. -Robert Louis Stevenson
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Domaine Perdu
re: MLB: ONE WEEK!
Don't want to upset Dub but I'm just very skeptical of the Angels' pitching in general (Weaver is a real ace but every other guy in the rotation at least has a sizable question mark, though one would hope that C.J. Wilson will be significantly better coming off his elbow surgery and Vargas should be consistent), but especially their bullpen. Like he keeps saying, it was their bullpen that was the real story of woes last year.
Not sure how many of those babe-like youthful A's pitchers will regress or actually improve, but based on what they did, coupled to the strength of their 'pen vs. the Angels, it makes things very interesting in spite of that freakish-on-paper lineup the Angels boast.
Tigers should have a significantly deeper, scarier lineup with Torii Hunter batting second and Victor Martinez back in the #5 hole behind Cabrera and Fielder. Right field was a massive hole for Detroit pretty much all last year, and if the admittedly old Hunter can offer anything close to what he was delivering for the Angels, they should be in much better shape. However, I'm a little bit unconvinced that Scherzer can deliver a 2012-like 2013 for them, particularly with his right shoulder history. And their bullpen still seems thin to me. Nevertheless, they're probably going to be an all-around better team this year. At least that is what you would think with the Hunter acquisition and Martinez making his return.
Credit to TAR for bringing this .gif to my attention.