The Los Angeles Angels have won 4 games in a row, and the difference in those 4 wins is not been the offense. In the last 4 games the Angels scored 37 runs. The Miami Marlins only had 34 base runners in their last 4 games. But the offensive production is an ongoing trend for May. In the 20 games in 22 days in May that the Angels played, they scored less than 4 runs only five times. It’s due to their poor starting pitching they only have 1 win of those five games, and only 10 wins in May.
Their starting pitching has been improved the last four games and it’s about to get some help. Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reported that Jered Weaver could return soon. How soon?
Scioscia said it is possible Jered Weaver could be activated after his extended spring appearance tomorrow. #Angels
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 21, 2013
Mike Scioscia is considering skipping the proposed rehab starts for their ace, and perennial Cy Young candidate. This means one of two things for the Angels. Either Jered Weaver has healed faster than expected and thus return an effective starter quicker than expected, or Mike Scioscia is desperate and needs to pull Weaver out of his bag of tricks.
This news is encouraging for Angels fans, but it comes with concerns. Remember there were serious concerns about Weaver’s velocity before he hit the disabled list early in the season. Few teams are equipped to excel without their ace, and the Angels are not one of them.
But in the last four games the starters have showed improvement. CJ Wilson, Jerome Williams, and Jason Vargas held opposing teams to 2 runs or less for each of their last starts. And with the offense clicking like it has all month, this is the perfect time for the Angels to get their ace back, and get back in the hunt in the AL West.