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Angels spring pitching struggles concern Mike Scioscia

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07:36 AM ET 03.23 | The Angels have a 7.26 earned-run average in 25 spring games - a full run worse than any team in baseball - and of their five starters, only Joe Blanton has had a decent spring. Ace Jered Weaver has a 10.13 ERA in three starts. Tommy Hanson has an 8.25 ERA in four starts and was pulled from his last game after three innings because of a tight triceps. Wilson has a 7.11 ERA in four starts. Jason Vargas has a 6.00 ERA in four starts. Blanton has a 3.86 ERA in two starts. If this were early March, there would be no reason to panic, but the season opener is nine days away. Weaver and Wilson have only one more exhibition start; Blanton, Vargas and Hanson have two more starts. "With our rotation in particular, yes, I'm concerned," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "Some guys aren't quite where they need to be. I sure hope as we get to the latter stages of our work in Arizona and into the Freeway Series, we'll see some guys come alive and repeat some pitches."

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March 23, 2013  09:38 AM ET

And then the season starts and everybody has an ERA of 0.00.

March 23, 2013  11:06 AM ET

No worries, just score more runs than the opponent.

March 23, 2013  12:15 PM ET

Yup, put your faith in Blanton, it worked out in philly NOT

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March 23, 2013  02:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No worries, just score more runs than the opponent.

Worked well for the Rangers ...

March 24, 2013  01:16 AM ET

wiseup: Last year Sciosa got a free pass after angels failed to make post season. With all the big bucks the Angels have paid out in free agent signings and contract extenions, Sciosa is concerned he might be looking for a different job if Angels underperform this year. if the Angels start out really slow Sciosa could be an early out.

March 24, 2013  09:45 AM ET

Scioscia worried, oh pity!

 
March 24, 2013  11:11 AM ET

Nobody can feel sorry for a team who tries to buy a pennant every year.

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