Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:13:56 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said that the team could open the year with eight relief pitchers, signaling the fact that he's not confident that a youth-filled rotation will be able to go deep into games early on. SPs Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs haven't thrown more than 158 innings in any of the past three years. RP Joe Blanton would benefit from such a move, since he'd likely be released if he doesn't make the team.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:43:06 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joe Blanton thinks he corrected a major mechanical flaw last September, long after he was demoted to the bullpen after a disastrous season. The Angels aren't counting on a bounce back, but an injury to SP Mark Mulder (Achilles') makes Blanton important for rotation depth. "Joe needs to make adjustments and put his best foot forward. He had a terrible season, but when he's throwing to the best of his ability he's capable of getting major league hitters out," manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:51:07 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SPs Garrett Richards and Hector Santiago are virtual locks for the starting rotation this year, but SP Tyler Skaggs will have to prove he's worthy of a spot this spring. If not, the Halos will look to SPs Joe Blanton or Mark Mulder as a stopgap until he's ready. "But our season doesn't hinge on whether or not Tyler Skaggs is able to make the staff out of Spring Training and become a star on a dime," general manager Jerry Dipoto added. "We're going to give him the proper time to adjust."
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:46:54 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Garrett Richards will enter the rotation with SP Joe Blanton being moved to the bullpen. Richards will make the start against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, July 27. Blanton has 13 losses and an ERA of 5.66 in 20 starts this year, and he leads the majors in hits allowed (157) and homers allowed (24).
Fantasy Tip: Richards deserves to be owned in all AL-only leagues and deep enough mixed leagues if you're looking for a pitching spark. How long he'll remain in the rotation is unknown, though, with Jason Vargas (armpit) working his way back. If Richards pitches well enough, though, it might be hard for the Halos to banish him back to the bullpen.
Sun, 16 Jun 2013 18:02:41 -0700
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joe Blanton will get a chance to start Tuesday, June 18, against the Seattle Mariners. His turn in the rotation was skipped over the weekend.
Fantasy Tip: Blanton is 1-10 with a 5.87 ERA in 13 starts this season, and he has allowed three or more earned runs in 10 of his outings. He wasn't half bad in his only start against the Mariners this season, allowing three runs in six innings with five strikeouts in a loss April 27, but he isn't worth using in anything but the deepest of AL-only fantasy leagues at this point.
Sun, 16 Jun 2013 11:52:04 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joe Blanton will pitch Tuesday, June 18, against the Seattle Mariners.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:56:31 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joe Blanton will be skipped in the rotation this weekend. "We'll push him back a couple of days with (Thursday's) off day and see where he'll fold in," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We'll see how some guys come out of some starts and go from there." Blanton has allowed a major league-high 111 hits. Opponents have batted .332 against him.
SPs C.J. Wilson, Tommy Hanson and Jered Weaver will face the New York Yankees in a series that begins on Friday, June 14, in Anaheim. SP Jerome Williams started the series finale at the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, June 12, and if he pitches well, there's a chance that he'll take Blanton's spot.
Fantasy Tip: This might be the best way for AL-only owners to salvage some value from the fifth spot in the Halos' rotation. Williams should be on the radar there again, and if he keeps pitching as well as he has, he'll be useful in deep mixed leagues, too.
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:41:44 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jerome Williams was moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen, as manager Mike Scioscia elected to keep SPs Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Jason Vargas, Tommy Hanson and Joe Blanton as his starting five pitchers.
Fantasy Tip: Williams had recorded five straight quality starts, and was 3-2 with a 3.08 ERA as a starter. He will be used as a long-relief specialist, and Scioscia did not rule out a return to the rotation if the situation should arise. However, fantasy owners will want to drop him in all but the deepest of AL-only leagues and rotisserie formats, where he can still help in the ERA and WHIP categories.
Tue, 28 May 2013 16:14:20 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tommy Hanson is expected to start Friday, May 31.
Fantasy Tip: Hanson's return likely spells a return to the bullpen for Jerome Williams. However, Joe Blanton could also be in danger of losing his rotation spot after he's been very mediocre with his new team. For now, though, look for Williams to lose his starting spot, taking what little fantasy value he had gained away.
Tue, 28 May 2013 09:05:34 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tommy Hanson (personal) could start Friday, May 30, if the team decides to keep SP Joe Blanton in the starting rotation.