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2009 AL Previews: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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Team Name: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2008 W-L Record: 100-62
Place In Division: 1st

 

Projected Lineup

Player

Pos

Mike Napoli

C

Kendry Morales

1B

Howie Kendrick

2B

Erick Aybar

SS

Chone Figgins

3B

Juan Rivera

LF

Torii Hunter

CF

Vlad Guerrero

RF

Gary Matthews

DH

Key Bench Players

Player

Pos

Brandon Wood

IF

Reggie Willits

OF

Jeff Mathis

C

2009 Projected Rotation

Player

Pos

John Lackey

SP1

Ervin Santana

SP2

John Saunders

SP3

Jered Weaver

SP4

Dustin Moseley

SP5

Key Relievers

Player

Pos

Brian Fuentes

Closer

Scot Shields

Setup

Jose Arredondo

Setup

Darren Oliver

Specialist

2009 Outlook: The Angels are coming off a season in which they outperformed their projected records based on run differential. That means regression is going to be very unkind to the American League West champions. If you ever want to remind yourself what a weak outfield defense is, watch the Angels next season, over the last three years their projected starting outfielders have combined to average roughly -20 runs. That's...um, awful. The Angels should have a good bullpen with Brian Fuentes, Scot Shields, Jose Arredondo, and the guy you'll know about soon enough, Jason Bulger. The fifth starters slot is going to be an open competition between Dustin Moseley, Shane Loux, and top prospect Nick Adenhart. When you combine an overrated rotation (only Ervin Santana had a FIP sub 3.9, and only one other starter had one below 4.35) and seemingly average offensive team, and what do you get? A 80-something win team unless luck strikes twice.