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  1. I presume that you are talking about Garrett Richards, but your article never states that.

    Comment by wade — April 9, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

  2. Given that your last article was premised upon weaver’s problems’ having started last year and spanned the offseason, isn’t it wishful thinking that a month off would do much for his velocity?

    Comment by The Humber Games — April 9, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

  3. Watching the Red Sox mix and match fill-in pitchers the last few years I’m not hopeful about losing our ace for two months. Lets hope Richards is up to the task.

    Comment by Green — April 9, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

  4. Stop trying to hide your excitement Dave. I knew you’d be writing this article. Of course the M’s fan writes the article gloating about the angels ace being injured

    Comment by aifh — April 9, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

  5. I’m not sure I buy the “Rested” vs. “Non-Rested” Weaver. He pitched 15 innings in Spring Training and then 11 innings over his first 2 starts, so that equates to 26 innings in 40 days. If he already had 130 innings under his belt in August, I could get behind the “rest will do him good” theory, but this early in the season I just can’t see that being the reason behind his velocity and effectiveness drop.

    Comment by Trotter76 — April 9, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

  6. Yes, because of the fierce rivalry between the Angels and Mariners in this 2 team race for the AL West crown.

    Comment by Timb — April 9, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

  7. Yeah!

    Comment by MustBunique — April 9, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

  8. Oakland should be in this race too.

    Comment by Bill — April 9, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

  9. Not that it really matters, but might it not make more since to put Jerome Williams in the rotation rather than Richards? I’m working off the premise that Richards has gone from promising starting prospect to reliever with potential by now. That is, he throws hard (with inconsistent command) but is really just a two-pitch pitcher (fastball and a mediocre slider against righties and a medicore changeup against lefties). Given his command issues, it’s hard to see him being an effective innings eater, but he still might have some usefulness as a middle inning reliever.

    Williams has a slightly better projection than Richards and is a known mediocrity. If it’s just 4-6 weeks, it really doesn’t matter which one of them is going to get shelled. But from a player development perspective, it seems to me that it makes more sense for the Angels to resign themselves to Richards being a reliever and to try to extract some value from his cost controlled years in that role. Particularly given that he’s now out of options and won’t get a chance to develop in the minors as a starter.

    Comment by walt526 — April 9, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

  10. I’m thinking the Angels are more worried about Pujols and Hamilton.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — April 9, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

  11. “Coming into the season, the combined Steamer/ZIPS forecast that we used for our Positional Power Rankings piece had Weaver with a 3.42 ERA, compared to a 4.83 forecast for Garrett Richards,”

    Comment by Ruki Motomiya — April 9, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

  12. Hence the word “could”.

    Comment by tomdog — April 9, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

  13. And so the nightmare scenario for the Angels begins, where the hitting is good but not world beating, and the pitching just sucks. How depressing.

    Comment by Andre the Angels Fan — April 9, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

  14. Wow, big +1 for a fantastic screen name.

    Comment by Clay — April 9, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

  15. As an Angel’s fan, I’m quite disappointed in the organizations latest moves. In my opinion they are falling into the philosophy of the Yankees of the past. Instead of developing a farm system and or finding buy low players with high upside they are flushing out money as well as absurd contract lengths for players who might have peaked already. It’s depleting the team for the future because I highly doubt that some of the current contracts will be fully played out. I’m still baffled at the Hamilton signing especially since the Angels should have known that Weaver’s peripherals were declining as well as health, I understand the rivalry between the Rangers and taking away one of their best hitters as a positive, but neglecting the prospect of having another number one pitcher in Greinke on the staff is another fail on the organization in my opinion. Wilson is a 3 starter in actuality, but now he must perform for a month and a half as a 1 is going to be a tough task for to handle.

    Comment by Brandon B — April 9, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

  16. you… have an interesting idea of “gloating”

    Comment by jim — April 9, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

  17. Why are they worried about Pujols?

    Comment by Johnny Come Lately — April 9, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

  18. His lack of the runs.

    *ba-dum ching*

    Comment by Timb — April 9, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

  19. You forgot to mention one important fact. How did Weaver get hurt!?
    (He broke his left elbow falling as he dodged a line drive.)
    Yes, I noticed one of your links specified the injury, but that doesn’t mean you should omit that pertinent info from this article.

    Comment by J — April 9, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

  20. do you need to be spoonfed that? i think most people reading this article are likely to know that going in

    Comment by commenter #1 — April 10, 2013 @ 1:48 am

  21. If it makes you feel any better, the Angels likely won’t be the only ALWest team to lose a starting pitcher to injury for a month or two.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — April 10, 2013 @ 10:19 am

  22. I read the article, but missed the gloating part. Would you please point it out to me?

    Comment by Baltar — April 10, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

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