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2011 ZiPS Angels Projections Are Great

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As I mentioned earlier this year, the Angels have had a dreadful offseason. They missed out on multiple high profile targets - and losing them to rival teams. Los Angeles/Disney/Anaheim had interest in Carl Crawford, and he went to the Red Sox. Rafael Soriano? Wound up a Yankee, but the Halos settled for Scott Malkinson Downs. Adrian Beltre? Well, he's your latest and greatest Texas Ranger.

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So how do the Angels project to play out this year? 

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Each offseason, Dan Szymborski produces projections for the upcoming season - they're known commonly as ZiPS projections. They'll be released by Diamond Mind Baseball this year for other sim-baseball geeks that are interested in that (besides myself). 

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Anyway, the Angels look awful. Just four hitters project for an OPS+ over 100 - and the highest OBP of the four belongs to Bobby Abreu at .349. 

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Jered Weaver is projected for an ERA+ of 119 and Dan Haren one of 117. I think that's a bit underwhelming for both and would expect both to pitch better than that this year, especially Haren who was much better once he was out of Arizona. 

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The bullpen? Scott Downs and then a whole lot of average. Not scary at all. 

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If these projections are anywhere accurate for the Angels this year, it'll be extra-nice to be a Rangers fan.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.