Jered Weaver has no idea how he would pitch to the Los Angeles Angels’ loaded lineup featuring Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and reigning AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout.
Not his problem. For that, he is thankful.
Weaver will get to watch the Angels’ big boppers do their thing each day. And he pities the rest of the American League’s pitching staffs for having to face this slugging crew.
“I don’t have to worry about it, so that’s a plus for me,” Weaver said Thursday with a smile. “There’s a lot of potent pieces in this puzzle, in this lineup. I feel sorry for opposing pitchers. We’re pretty good 1 through 9. You get to not only the top of the lineup but the middle of the lineup and there are still some guys who can hurt you.”
The Angels will hold their first full-squad workout Friday at Tempe Diablo Stadium with the three stars together at last. Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, received a US$125-million, five-year contract in mid-December, a year after Pujols’ US$240-million, 10-year deal.
Manager Mike Scioscia insists he’s not getting too excited until everybody is healthy and in the lineup opening day, which still feels way off.
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National Post | Feb 14