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Mike Scioscia prefers a pitcher to a hitter

Dec 6, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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The Angels led the AL in ERA last year, while finishing 10th in runs scored, yet manager Mike Scioscia would prefer a pitcher to a hitter as the team’s big addition this winter.

“We need to get stronger pitching,” Scioscia said. “I know you look at Weav and Haren and Santana and it sounds like you’re getting greedy. But you need five guys going out there during the season to give you a chance to win, and right now we might have an incredible playoff rotation, but you need a full rotation to give yourself that opportunity to get into the playoffs.”

C.J. Wilson heads the team’s list. As things stand now, the Angels have only journeyman Jerome Williams, rookie Garrett Richards and swingman Trevor Bell behind Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana in the rotation. So, they do need one more quality arm there. Whether they need it more than a bopper for the middle of the lineup is questionable, but there’s an argument to be made.

The Angels could also consider adding a late-inning reliever. Jordan Walden was an All-Star as a rookie and seems poised for a nice run as the team’s closer, but since there aren’t any top-flight setup men to invest in, the Angels could target Ryan Madson with the idea of moving Walden into an eighth-inning role.

Aramis Ramirez is viewed as the Angels’ top target when it comes to offense, but they’ll face competition from the Phillies and Brewers there.

  1. hammyofdoom - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    This is also the man who put faith in the worst offensive regular in the major leagues for years, so… yeah, there’s that. I love Mike Scioscia and what he’s done for the Angels, but really? I think everyone would want more pitching, but to say that offense isn’t your glaring problem then you’re delusional

  2. JBerardi - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Mike Scioscia also preferred Jeff Mathis to Mike Napoli. He should stick to managing and leave the roster construction details to his front office.

  3. lyon810 - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    He’s obviously very distraught and clearly not of sound mind since parting ways with Jeffrey last week.

  4. hammyofdoom - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    I love how all the comments so far have mentioned Jeff Mathis

    • lyon810 - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:39 PM

      Scioscia’s heart is aching, you can hear it in his voice, as his lower lip trembles

  5. batterup44 - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    What is with all you guys. You sound like women at tea time.

    The Phillies’ offense is lower then great, yet they won 100+ games last year. They didn’t have a number 4 and 5 last year that was reliable (before you ask, Oswalt was out more then half the year). So if the Angel’s Rotation was: Weaver, Wilson, Haren, Santana, Williams, would that be bad? Plus if they penciled in Oswalt as the 5 guy… that would be woeful for the Rangers. They are the front runners for Ramirez so far, still could get Fielder or Pujols, Kendrys is gonna be back, well at least hopefully, jeese everyone. If we had an average lineup would it kill? Nope.

    • lyon810 - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:51 PM

      I agree in that the rotation should be behind the acquisition of a big bat and a good bullpen arm in terms of their priorities

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:14 PM

      The Phils’ rotation is better than the Angels, and so is their offense. The Angels’ offense is putrid. Houston and San Francisco are the only teams off the top of my head that are worse.

  6. brewcrewchamps - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Nah, no need for a middle of the order bat. THEY GOT BOBBY FREAKIN’ ABREU!! Come on…they’re golden.

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