#09 - Anaheim
Offense: If Posey could stay healthy, this could be interesting. WsL Rank: 11th
Starting Pitching: As good as it gets. WsL Rank: 1st
Relief Pitching: Really could use a big lefty here.WsL Rank: 11th
For the second year in a row, Anaheim underachieved when they arguably should have won the division. Led by Clayton Kershaw, the rotation stepped up to be a top 2 force in WSL. Unfortunately, despite having a lot of money tied up in long-term contracts, the offense couldn't keep pace. How a lineup featuring Paul Konerko, Buster Posey, Starlin Castro, Brandon Phillips, Matt Holliday, etc. didn't dominate the AL West is beyond me.
Final Record: 80-82, 3rd in NL West
Team AVG: .260, T-12th in the WsL
Team OBP: .322, 15th in the WsL
Team SLG: .393, 17th in the WsL
Team ERA: 3.45, 3rd in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .237, 2nd in the WsL
HR Allowed: 123, 1st in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
Given Anaheim's issues with getting over the hump, waiting on Starlin Castro to develop may have been a luxury ownership could not afford. Luckily, they found a trading partner in Cleveland, who gave up the solid Pablo Sandoval and Maicer Izturis. Sandoval fills a huge need at 3B; SEE YA INGE! Meanwhile, Izturis should give Anaheim about 75% of what Castro could. They may pay for it later, but Anaheim wants to win now..
Worst Offseason Move
Sometimes, the pressure of winning leads us to do silly things. Giving up your top 3 picks for one year of a player certainly qualifies, as So Cal fans could tell you. So when Anaheim dealt nearly their whole draft for Ryan Braun, it gave analysts pause. Before the ink had dried on the trade, they turned around and swapped Braun to Philadelphia for David Price. If Anaheim had approached Philadelphia before the draft, would they have dealt Price for their #1 straight up? Maybe the #2 pick and something small? It's a question worth asking.
PG's '11 Prediction
If there's a year for Anaheim to step up, it is now. SD is in a total rebuild, while Seattle and San Francisco are in transition. 90-72 record.