"I'm too blessed to be stressed about how terrible Halos Heaven has me doing next year." - Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
Nobody on the Angels has a last name succeeding the letter W, so...yeah.
'Tis the end of this series. The final installment, the final four players to be revealed, and we have three pitchers and an albatross to cover.
Now, after this installment, I'm going to be working on a spreadsheet that contains not only all of THIS data, but some collective team data as well, and a couple of frivolities that I saw some out-loud thinking for, such as fringe players' projections.
To begin, let's start with a man robbed three times over of the Cy Young Award, Jered Weaver!
JERED WEAVER, STARTING PITCHER
Good, quality ace season. Could FINALLY be good enough for a Cy Young Award if there isn't another flash-in-the-pan season to jump in front of him. The strikeout total rises by 50 from his 2012 campaign, while still keeping his WHIP and H/9 low enough to pace the league once again, quite possibly. It won't be his BEST season, I don't think--the past three all have a convincing argument--but it shows remarkable consistency and dependence from our ace.
Next comes our big splash, Vernon Wells.
VERNON WELLS, OUTFIELDER
Ugh. At least he figures to get less playing time with Trout, Bourjos and Hamilton firmly entrenched, and Calhoun likely taking at least half the playing time in right field. The less he plays, the more bearable his lineup presence seems. Of course, even I'm not too confident in this projection. Scioscia will find some way to get his precious Vern at least 250 ABs. Let's hope my math plays a bit on Scioscia's mind, at least.
Next up is the pink-gloved, puka-shelled Hawaiian hurler, Jerome Williams!
JEROME WILLIAMS, RELIEF PITCHER
This is certainly...intriguing. An outstanding BB/9 and WHIP, an average ERA, certainly an interesting total of innings pitched over 51 games...seems to suggest his chief duty this season will be mopping up. Not a terrible line, but with no place for him in the rotation, it's what I'll come to expect of him. Maybe he'll spot-start if any of our starting five get injured. I guess we'll see--but as it stands right now, Jerome will...well, be doing quite a lot.
Last but not least, our own straight-edge racer, C.J. Wilson.
C.J. WILSON, STARTING PITCHER
If we get this from our number-two starter, I'll be thrilled, especially with his second-half collapse last season. Lowest HR total of any starter on the team, although the walk rate is somewhat bothersome. Aside from that, the other numbers all are quite encouraging, and if this is what his second season in an Angels uniform looks like, I'll be happy.
And THAT concludes the series. When I have the spreadsheet finished, I'll post that as well, in an article that also includes the summation of these projections. Hope these have brought you as much joy to read as they did for me to do!
Of these final four players, who comes closest to their projected stats?
Jered Weaver (93 votes)
Vernon Wells (32 votes)
Jerome Williams (17 votes)
C.J. Wilson (33 votes)
175 total votes