Tuesday, October 11, 2005

ESPN: Colon off ALCS Roster

According to ESPN, the Angels have left pitcher Bartolo Colon off the ALCS roster meaning the team can not play their ace at any time in the series. Colon left the game yesterday with what the Angels described as an "inflamed shoulder".

Given that Colon was 0-1 and they still ousted the Yankees, this should not be a devastating blow. While I would certainly prefer a healthy Bartolo Colon, young Ervin Santana has proven he can pitch in the post-season. Another option is to move Kelvim Escobar back to the starting rotation and shift Santana to the bullpen but this is unlikely given the Angels finished the season with Santana as the starter and Escobar in the pen to great effect.

Probable Pitchers

Tonight: Paul Byrd vs. Jose Contreras
Game 2: Jarrod Washburn vs. Mark Buehrle
Game 3: John Lackey vs. Jon Garland
Game 4: Ervin Santana vs. Freddy Garcia
Game 5: Byrd vs. Contreras
Game 6: Washburn vs. Buehrle
Game 7: Lackey vs. Garland

Obviously, this is speculation at this point though Chicago's rotation is rested and appears to be fairly set.

Looks like ESPN.com readers are rooting for and picking the White Sox to win this series (42.6% are currently saying the Sox will win the series 4-2). Not surprisingly they give the starting pitching advantage to the healthy Sox but they say the Angels have a better bullpen, closer, line-up and manager but will still lose the series. The voters give a slight edge (54.1% to 45.9% to the Sox as the better defense which I would argue). I know good pitching beats good hitting but this poll defies logic.

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