I asked Billy Eppler, the Angels' general manager, if he thought there was any chance at all that Lincecum could again approach greatness.
Obviously, it is extremely unlikely he'll recapture 100% of what he used to be. He used to be amazing. What exactly 70% is, I don't know, but it sounds plausible. And, hey, what's the worst thing that could happen? Lincecum will sell some tickets. He will probably make some folks happy. There was a time not that long ago where he had an argument as the most entertaining man in this sport. In his prime, wow, was he fun to watch.
Paul Sorrento, the Angels' assistant hitting coach, is currently sporting No. 55, the same number he had when he broke into the big leagues in 1989. Latos did wear it during his five-day Angel career last year.
With negative angles assigned to pulled balls and positive angles on pushed balls, Trout hit an average angle of -2 from his debut until the end of last season. Through Friday this season, he has hit at an average of -2.9. He has hit almost precisely the same.
@OCArtGuy: What's the latest on a possible move from Anaheim? Or stadium renovations? It's been forever since anyone talked about it.
Hector Santiago, ace. C.J. Wilson, No. 2 starter. Jered Weaver and Tim Lincecum, Nos. 3 and 4. No. 5: either Andrew Heaney, Garrett Richards or Tyler Skaggs.
You have to figure one of them will be able to pitch this season. If two of them make it back, who knows what happens? There's also Jhoulys Chacin and Matt Shoemaker, two men who are probably comparable to most teams' fifth starters.