Thursday Halolinks: Angels Looking For Bullpen Fix, Club Heads To Anaheim


As spring training ends in Arizona and the final games are being played in California, the Angels look to improve their relief pitching.

What happens when your bullpen plans don't pan out? Angels 6, Rangers 3 - FOX Sports. "Scioscia said Madson threw an undisclosed amount of pitches Wednesday at ''100 percent'' and added that Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher said that ''the ball was coming out of his hand fine.'' Madson complained of pain in his elbow again early in camp and has been slowed considerably this spring. Scioscia said Wednesday that Madson ''was not even close'' to pitching in a game and has at least two more weeks of bullpen work ahead of him."

And the guys you already had can't get the job done? Angels sign Lowe, two others to bolster bullpen - The Orange County Register. "I think that some of the guys obviously are coming slowly," Scioscia said. "Some of the guys who have been fighting for spots have not shown their best stuff. As far as the spring, I think some things have not gotten as settled as we would have liked. Hopefully this last week as we get to the Freeway Series we are going to see some things start to come together as we need them to come together."

You panic. Angels looking for Lowe to help solidify bullpen - "Lowe said he would not object to starting the season in the Minors, although he would obviously like to start with the Major League club. While Lowe is certainly a late addition, he can help solidify a bullpen that has underperformed for the Angels throughout the Cactus League season."

I didn't get the move when it happened, and I am even more perplexed by it now. Does the Angels front office think the two pitcher they acquired yesterday from the Mets and Rays are better than the pitcher they had in Brad Mills? Right-hander Garrett Richards is solid as the Angels rally to beat the Rangers - "Richards, a right-handed reliever, continued his strong Spring Training with 2 1/3 shutout innings. He allowed three hits, struck out two and lowered his spring ERA to 1.62. Opposite Richards, Brad Mills turned in a solid outing for the Rangers. The left-hander began camp with the Angels and was claimed off waivers by the Rangers on Sunday. In four innings, Mills allowed one run and four hits, while striking out three." Why didn't they just keep Mills and Geltz.

This is pretty interesting...according to FanGraphs WAR projections, the Halos have the best outfield in baseball: 2013 Positional Power Rankings: Wrap-Up - FanGraphs Baseball. "By this measure, the Tigers are the best team in baseball, with a substantial gap over everyone else."

AccuScore projections: 2013 MLB season - Yahoo! Sports. "AccuScore's computer projects a Tigers-Nationals World Series with Detroit winning it all."

2013 Major League previews: AL West - "A look at the American League West Division clubs and projected standings for the upcoming season. The Angels are projected to lead the way."

This doesn't really surprise me. However, the reason Dibble gives for leaving is interesting...he's going to broadcast Angel games on the radio? Rob Dibble’s high school baseball head coaching career lasted just 10 games, because his team’s ERA was above 5 - Yahoo! Sports. ""They said I wasn't a good fit," Dibble told Times reporter Eric Sondheimer in a text message on Tuesday night. "I just got a job calling Angels games for Compass Media. In giving some early notice I couldn't continue as head coach after the season, I was asked to step down immediately."

I'm going to petition my kid's school to get rid of their art program. My first-grader is horrible at finger painting and I don't want it to objectify her development as she grows to becoming a well-rounded hermit. New Hampshire School District Bans Dodgeball As Part Of Anti-Bullying Campaign. “It’s an elimination game,” said Andrew Mead, program manager at NASPE. “Games like dodgeball and tag don’t keep kids involved and physically active. They objectify slower students who don’t catch as well.”

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