It figured to be a long spring for the Angels, who came to Arizona last month facing a franchise-record 36-game exhibition schedule. It must be feeling a lot longer to the team's pitchers. The Angels' spring earned-run average of 7.63 is more than a run a game higher than any team's in baseball. The 115 earned runs they have given up are 15 more than any other team, and they have given up seven or more runs 10 times in 16 games, the latest coming Sunday when starter Tommy Hanson and reliever Ernesto Frieri combined to give up 10 runs and 12 hits in 3 1/3 innings of a 17-11 loss to the Kansas City Royals. None of that is worrisome to Manager Mike Scioscia. "You're always trying to get results. But … you're going to judge a performance with different parameters than ERA," he said. "The body of a pitcher's work right now is whether you're going to be able to command. We're always results-oriented, but it's not …how many runs they gave up or things like that." That's a good thing since no pitcher on the 40-man roster has given up no runs this spring and eight have ERAs of 10 or above.
Angels' pitchers have been generous with runs in spring training
Los Angeles Times | Mar 11