July 24, 2013 |
The Angels have removed Joe Blanton from their starting rotation, moving the pitcher who leads the major leagues in losses into their bullpen. Garrett Richards will replace Blanton in the rotation, starting with Saturday's game against the first-place Oakland Athletics. Richards has started four games this season -- the last one a 10-6 loss to Oakland on April 30 -- and has been in the Angels' bullpen since then. Blanton, 32, is 2-13 with a 5.66 earned-run average. No major league pitcher has given up more hits, runs or home runs.
April 30, 2012 |
The early returns on most everything the 16-6 Dodgers have done this April has been couched by, "Yeah, but they've been beating up the dregs of the National League. " OK, so mostly true. Still, the Dodgers just completed a six-game homestand against two other teams off to hot 2012 starts - - Atlanta and Washington - - and the early returns on one team's uncertainty were only encouraging. The rotation was excellent. Entering the season, the starting five consisted of an ace and four questions marks.
September 25, 2012 |
The Angels could have started Ervin Santana and Dan Haren on regular rest against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday night and Thursday. Or, they could have started C.J. Wilson and Santana against the Mariners. Manager Mike Scioscia chose to go with Wilson and Haren because of their success against the Mariners this season and because Santana, the most effective of those three starters right now, probably gives them a better chance of beating the Rangers in Texas on Saturday. Wilson allowed one earned run and two hits in six innings of a 4-2 win over Seattle on May 27 and has a 10-5 career record and 3.88 earned run average against the Mariners.
December 31, 2012 |
Antawn Jamison has fallen out of the Lakers rotation, a source of frustration for the veteran, but one he says he's willing to endure for the opportunity to win a championship. Certainly the Lakers haven't shown they're quite at that level, but the team has performed better with Jamison sitting out (although that may have more to do with the returns of Pau Gasol and Steve Nash than the absence of Jamison). "He didn't do anything to get out of the rotation, I just went a little different way," said Coach Mike D'Antoni. "I thought Metta [World Peace]
March 23, 2012 |
Coach Mike Brown doesn't plan to use rookie guard Andrew Goudelock in the regular rotation much anymore. He appeared only in garbage time in the Lakers' 109-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday and didn't play in the Lakers' loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Brown said the reason has less to do with Ramon Sessions' arrival to the Lakers' backcourt and more to do with the postseason awaiting in a little more than a month. "We're shrinking it a little bit," Brown said of his rotation. Because of that, Brown in recent games has paired Sessions with multiple guards, including Kobe Bryant and Steve Blake.
April 6, 2012 |
Jerome Williams and Garrett Richards are doing a good job of making the decision of who to award the fifth rotation spot very difficult for the Angels, who will need an additional starter for an April 15 game in New York's Yankee Stadium. Williams, slowed this spring by a left hamstring strain, threw five innings and 76 pitches for Class-A Inland Empire Thursday night, allowing two runs and five hits (including a solo home run to Dodgers prospect Nick Akins), striking out four and walking two. With one more minor-league start Tuesday, Williams, who is on the disabled list, should get to six innings and 90 pitches, the range most managers deem necessary to be ready to start a season.