Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Best One-Two Punch in Baseball.

Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain? Maybe if they didn't play in the weakest offensive division in baseball. 4 out of 5 teams play in pitcher friendly parks, and Coors field has cooled down. Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee? Maybe in the postseason, but Cliff Lee isn't quite himself before September. No, the best Top of the Rotation in baseball resides here in Anaheim. Jered Weaver and Dan Haren are currently combine for a 6-0 record, including 48 Strikeouts, only 10 Walks, a 0.88 ERA, and a 0.67 WHIP over 45.1 Innings of work. Granted, this is a small sample size, but in the first two weeks of the season, there are no two more dominating pitchers than Weaver and Haren.

Obviously the two headed dragon of Weaver and Haren aren't going to win us 100 games this season (or can they?!), but they are going to help tremendously while Kendrys Morales, Joel Pineiro and Erick Aybar get healthy, and while guys like Peter Bourjos, Mark Trumbo and Tyler Chatwood mature into solid big-league players. Its also very possible that for the first time since 1973 (Nolan Ryan and Bill Singer), the Angels could have two 20-game winners in the same season. The dueling ace's could be a fun but competitve race for All-Star Game roster slots and Cy Young votes.

As bad as this team can be, thats how exciting they can be when either Weaver or Haren toe the slab. Its a shame a .400 win percentage won't get you in the post season.

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