Forgive me for posting a new thread as a new member -- I used to post here occasionally before the website changed formats -- but I believe that our starters' splits suggest that we have every reason to expect a big upswing once Lackey, Santana, and either Moseley or Escobar return to the rotation.
In eight games, Weaver and Saunders -- are 4-2 with a 2.98 ERA, lasting an average of 6.1+ innings per start. The Angels are 5-3 in those games.
In Moseley's two healthy starts, he is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA, lasting an average of 5.2+ innings. The Angels are 1-1 in those games.
In all of the other games (not counting the one started by Adenhart), Angels starters are 1-3 with a 6.03 ERA, lasting an average of only 4.2+ innings. The Angels are 1-6 in those games.
Perhaps it is obvious to expect significant improvement once our starting rotation returns to health, but I think it bears emphasizing given how trying the past few weeks have been. After all, we are 2 games above .500 in games pitched by Weaver, Saunders, and a healthy Moseley, and our bullpen has been way less taxed in those games as well. I think this bodes well for the rest of the season ... especially if the offense continues to score over 7 runs per game, as it did the past two series!