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Angels can go only as far as starting pitchers take them
Angels can go only as far as starting pitchers take them

Superb starting pitching can carry a team to a World Series title, as the Chicago White Sox showed in 2005, when Jose Contreras, Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland and Freddy Garcia combined for a 9-1 record and a 2.84 earned-run average, four complete games and nine quality starts during an 11-1 postseason run. The Angels don't need to replicate that kind of performance to play deep into October, but they'll need competent starting pitching to keep them in the game long enough to turn things over to a dominant bullpen. In Game 1 starter Jered Weaver, the Angels can trust. The veteran right-hander is not overpowering, but his ability to change speeds and command a wide array of...

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