NEW YORK Through the first nine games of the season, the Angelsknow where their strength lies. They just don't know when it's going to showup.
Pitching is what's going to win games, but it has been unreliable andinconsistent. Now, the Angels trudge home with a losing record, in last placein the American League West.
They keep waiting and hoping that their starters will turn a corner and shutdown an opponent. But so far, only left-hander C.J. Wilson has been dependable.He's 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA; the other starters are 1-4 with a 6.52 ERA.
They sent their next two starting pitchers, Jered Weaver and Dan Haren, homeearly to get some rest rather than wait out Sunday night's 11-5 loss to the NewYork Yankees that ended after 11:30 p.m. in the East. Good idea.
Maybe a return to Angel Stadium is just what the Angels need. The next sevendays, they play the Oakland A's four times and the Baltimore Orioles threetimes, and those two clubs combined to lose 181 games last season.
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