For years, the pitching staff of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was an embarrassment of riches. The starting rotation and bullpen rosters over the last decade have read more like the baseball equivalent of a Forbes Fortune 500 list, with names like Bartolo Colon, Francisco Rodriguez, and a healthy Kelvim Escobar throwing hostile takeovers from the mound each night. That was then. This year, the Angels' staff has turned into a derelict group of recession-stricken CEOs in front of Congress asking, in truest Oliver Twist fashion, “Please sir, we'd like some more.” More experienced arms, more reliability, more confidence turning over leads late in games. They begged and hoped and prayed all year for some form of federal mound bailout. Then Scott Kazmir arrived. Like an AI ...
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