1-5 the Angels have one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball. It all starts at the top with 28-year old righty Jered Weaver. Weaver started 34 games for the Angels last season and he was 13-12 with a 3.01 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP as he led the American League with 233 whiffs. Weaver has now started in 144 games for the Angels in his first five years and he is 64-39 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. If the Angels get Weaver more wins in 2011, he could make a serious run at winning the Cy Young Award.
30-year old righty Dan Haren is a very solid #2 starter who would be the ace on quite a few pitching staffs. Haren started 14 games for the Angels last season after coming over in a deal with the D-Backs and he was 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He started 35 games overall last season for the Angels & D-Backs and he was 12-12 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Haren has now pitched in 231 games (222 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 91-74 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Weaver & Haren give the Angels a huge advantage when they are on the bump on most nights but they need help from the bats in 2011.
28-year old Ervin Santana had another good season for the Angels but you never really know what you’re going to get out of him from year to year. That being said, Santana has some of the best pure stuff on the Angels’ pitching staff. He started 33 games for the Angels last season and he was 17-10 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Santana has now pitched in 173 games (170 starts) in his first six years with the Angels and he is 76-55 with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. The Angels are hoping for another big year out of Santana in 2011.
32-year old righty Joel Pineiro gets by on pitching know how as his stuff isn’t that great. He also pounds the strike zone while getting a lot of groundballs. Pineiro started 23 games for the Angels last season and he was 10-7 with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has now pitched in 308 games (239 starts) in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 97-86 with 2 saves, a 4.34 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. The Angels are hoping for another solid season out of Pineiro, who is one of the better #4 starters in all of baseball.
27-year old lefty Scott Kazmir still has good stuff but he was simply awful for the Angels last season. Kazmir started 28 games for the Angels last season and he was 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. He has now pitched in 34 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 11-17 with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Kazmir is a much better pitcher than he showed last season and if he can pitch well the Angels are going to have a downright nasty starting rotation.
24-year old righty Trevor Bell will likely be the first starter to join the rotation if one of the top five get injured. Bell pitched in 25 games (7 starts) for the Angels last season and he was 2-5 with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. He has now pitched in 33 games (11 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 3-7 with a 5.98 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP. Bell showed some signs of improvement for the Angels last season.
31-year old righty Matt Palmer will likely be the Angels’ long man in the pen in 2011 but he could also help out in the rotation if needed. Palmer pitched in 14 games (1 start) for the Angels last season and he was 1-2 with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP. He has now pitched in 54 games (14 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 12-4 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Palmer is likely a lot better than he showed last year.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ANGELS STARTING ROTATION IN 2011: A