So last week I presented (or at least tried to present, given SB Nation's publishing software), the stats of all MLB players who started their careers with the Angels organization but who now play for someone else. Doing that exercise revealed that we started the season with a neat apples-to-apples comparison: The 5 pitchers in our Opening Day rotation (who are being paid a combined $45.7 million this year) vs. the 5 castaway MLB starting pitchers (John Lackey, Joe Saunders, Ervin Santana, Patrick Corbin, Miguel Gonzales), who are earning a combined $35.7 million. Week 1 of the season presented a slight nod for our 2013 Angels, so how's the rotation battle looking now?
Brutal, juice. The Castaways are beating DiPoto's Arsonists like a rented ass. Angels starters (minus Garrett Richards) are a gruesome 1-5 with a 6.02 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. They have struck out just 5.7 batters per 9, and given up a staggering 12 home runs in just 55.1 innings over 10 starts. Castaways? 5-4, 2.70 ERA in their 10 starts, with a 1.27 WHIP. They have struck out 7.1 batters per 9, given up just 4 HRs in 60 innings, and have compiled 1.7 pitching WAR to the Angels' 0.6.
And you do not want to get me (or you) started concerning the chasm separating our current AAA staff to the currently-in-AAA starters we've sent packing ... but that will be the subject of a future installment.
What else in Castaway news? Well, Casey Kotchman has joined Jeff Mathis on the Miami DL, Jean Segura is second in the National League in hitting, Kendrys Morales has 8 walks (!) in 12 games, and the Gonesome Threesome of Jordan Walden, Darren O'Day and Joel Peralta have given up just 2 runs in 15 innings of relief, with more strikeouts than hits allowed. Don't worry, we'll always have Kevin Jepsen!
Finally, as the Rev unearthed, the unaffiliated former Angel prospect Trevor Bell tweeted some trash this week toward our Fatorce in Chief. Time to start checking the Twitter accounts of the similarly teamless K-Rod, D-Mac and Kevin Gregg!