Angels fate rests with pitchers

Staying atop the division requires better luck and production from the staff

Updated: February 3, 2010, 9:24 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

John Lackey's cross-country flight to New England leaves a cold draft running through the Angels' rotation, but this team can't obsess over replacing Lackey's production. The Angels can't afford to pitch as well as they did last year -- they have to pitch better.

After five straight seasons finishing in the top five in the American League in ERA, the Angels slid to ninth last year, the staff ERA ballooning to 4.45. Every other team in AL West out-pitched them.

But you have to ...

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