April 5, 2012 |
Of the many statistics that indicate the potential strength of the Angels' pitching rotation, most prominent are the 61-37 record, 2.97 earned-run average and 774 strikeouts that Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana and C.J. Wilson combined for last season. But the number 926 is what jumps out at General Manager Jerry Dipoto entering Friday night's season opener against the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium. That's how many innings Weaver, Haren, Santana and Wilson combined to throw in 2011, a figure that, if repeated, would require the Angels get only 74 innings from their fifth starter — Jerome Williams or Garrett Richards — to reach what Dipoto considers a magic number for five-man rotations: 1,000.
March 24, 2012 |
Reporting from Surprise, Ariz. -- Angels right-hander Ervin Santana continued to show no ill effects from a comebacker that hit him in the throwing shoulder earlier this month. He gave up only one run and five hits in five innings of a 3-2 exhibition victory over the Texas Rangers in Surprise Stadium Saturday. Santana, who has 2.19 earned-run average in 12 1/3 spring innings, struck out two and walked two against a lineup of Rangers regulars, his only blemish Ian Kinsler's solo home run to lead off the fifth inning.
March 23, 2012 |
Ervin Santana will take his regular turn in the Angels rotation and start Saturday's exhibition game against Texas in Surprise, Ariz., but left-hander C.J. Wilson will not pitch against his former club when the American League West division-rival Rangers come to Tempe Diablo Stadium on Sunday. Manager Mike Scioscia announced Friday morning that Wilson, the former Texas ace who signed a five-year, $77.5-million deal with the Angels in December, will start a triple-A game against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, with a target of six innings and 90 pitches.
March 19, 2012 |
Ervin Santana lounged back in the padded backseat of a golf cart and munched an apple. Comfortable place, comfortable outing. "My arm feels good," Santana said. "I'm good. " Five days after being struck on the right shoulder by a line drive, Santana threw four scoreless innings Monday against a Colorado Rockies lineup that included Carlos Gonzalez , Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton . He struck out four and gave up two hits and one walk. "That I feel good, that was the best thing ever," Santana said of the outing.
March 14, 2012 |
Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana was forced from Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Chicago White Sox after being struck on the front of his right shoulder by an Alexei Ramirez line drive. Santana fielded the ball that gave him a right shoulder contusion and threw to first baseman Albert Pujols for the out, but clearly was in discomfort after being hit by the liner. Santana walked back to the mound area and bent over, placing his hands on his knees, then stretched as an Angels trainer and Manager Mike Scioscia came to attend to him. Seconds later, Scioscia was escorting Santana to the dugout and reliever Eddie McKiernan was summoned.
February 16, 2012 |
No wonder C.J. Wilson struggles occasionally with insomnia. Who can sleep when your mind is racing like the Porsche GT3 RS the new Angels left-hander says he once cranked up to 165 mph at the Fontana raceway? "I get up and I have 10 things I want to do every day," Wilson says during a recent interview over breakfast in West Hollywood. "I've had teammates who sleep for 10 or 12 hours a night. I don't know how people do that. " It seems 24 hours a day isn't enough for Wilson, the former Texas Rangers ace who signed a five-year, $77.5-million deal with the Angels in December and will join pitchers and catchers for their first spring-training workout Monday in Tempe, Ariz.
September 18, 2011 |
The Orioles' Mark Reynolds on Sunday accused Angels pitcher Ervin Santana of intentionally hitting him in the head with a fastball the night before. And a couple of hours later Baltimore pitcher Alfredo Simon stood up for his teammate by throwing at two Angels in the first inning, actions that will likely earn him a fine and suspension. "We just got hit yesterday and I've got to defend my players," said Simon, who threw up and in to Torii Hunter before hitting rookie Mark Trumbo , the next hitter, with his first pitch.
September 17, 2011 |
The Angels have been saying all season that they'll only go as far as their starting pitchers can carry them. If that's true, then they probably won't go much further. On Saturday, the Baltimore Orioles pounded right-hander Ervin Santana for two home runs in a five-run first inning, then cruised to a 6-2 win. The loss, the Angels' fourth in six games, combined with Texas' 7-6 win in Seattle, extended the Rangers' lead in the American League West to 4½ games with 10 days left in the season.
September 15, 2011 |
Reporting from Oakland -- Mike Butcher, the Angels' pitching coach, said he would take Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana "over anybody's top three starters in the game. " That would include the Philadelphia Phillies, who have the best record in baseball and a rotation led by Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, who have three Cy Young Awards between them, and Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt. "Absolutely," Butcher said. "We're not pitching to a pitcher. I obviously respect what they do in Philadelphia.
September 1, 2011 |
Time is running out on the Angels. A week ago they left town a season-high 12 games over .500 and in second place, 21/2 games behind the Texas Rangers, in the American League West. Yet despite the fact they closed out their brief trip with a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, by the time the Angels' charter flight landed in Southern California in the wee hours Friday, that deficit had grown to 31/2 games. Only now they have seven fewer games in which to make up the deficit.