ANGELS NOTEBOOK: GM ON DEAL: `WHAT WOULD WE CHANGE?'.
SEATTLE - In general manager Bill Stoneman's first two seasons, the Angels made brief charges into the wild-card races, and the only notable addition he made at the trade deadline was the acquisition of outfielder Ron Gant in July 2000.
Now, Stoneman's team is one game out of the lead in the American League West and one game up on Boston in the AL wild-card chase. They're on a 55-27 run that's helped them to the third-best record in the AL.
Despite the success, sources believe the Angels will seek help, likely for the bullpen, before Wednesday's nonwaiver trading deadline. The bullpen's recent run of success would seem to help Stoneman's leverage to swing a deal.
On Saturday, Stoneman said he doesn't need any leverage because the Angels don't need to make a deal.
``What we have going right now is something that everybody's enjoying,'' Stoneman said. ``It would be a silly thing for me to do. We're (four) months into this season. We're not a chameleon. We go with what we have.''
With catcher Bengie Molina's hamstring injury not as severe as originally believed, and Scott Spiezio continuing to earn rave reviews defensively at first, the Angels' everyday lineup is looking more set. But while the bullpen has been on its best run of the season the past two weeks, there remain causes for concern.
Scott Schoeneweis is the team's only left-handed reliever, and the Angels play in a division loaded with dangerous left-handed hitters. Rookie right-handers Scot Shields and Brendan Donnelly have keyed the bullpen's recent resurgence but have combined for just 50 career innings and have yet to pitch a meaningful inning in August or September.
These factors have caused the Angels to be linked in trade talks to almost every serviceable reliever on a noncontending team. Shields and Donnelly, though, have been eye- openers.
``With Schoeneweis, we're fine,'' Stoneman said. ``It's a simple, honest answer. (Shields and Donnelly) have been showing us, and doing it against clubs that have given us trouble in the past. They've shown in their approach when they go out there that they can handle it.''
In the past 10 days, the Angels have won seven of 10 games against Oakland and Seattle after dreadful stretches against those teams in 2001 and earlier in the year. Those clubs have shown a greater willingness to improve with a deal near the trade deadline, evidenced by Oakland's acquisition of second baseman Ray Durham on Thursday and its pickup of outfielder Jermaine Dye last season. The rosters the Angels have faced recently might not be the ones they see in September.
--More bullpen: Lou Pote's demotion to Triple-A Salt Lake means the Angels don't have a definitive long-reliever in the bullpen that would be called upon in blowouts or to make a spot start. Manager Mike Scioscia said Shields and Schoeneweis would be the likeliest candidates to make an emergency start.
--Also: Garret Anderson doubled in the first inning Saturday, extending his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games, the longest of any Angels player this season. He is hitting .423 (22 for 52) during the streak. ... David Eckstein committed his ninth error of the season in the eighth inning.
ANGELS vs. SEATTLE
Time: 1:35 p.m., Safeco Field.
TV/Radio: Ch. 9; 570-AM, 1090-AM.
Matchup: The Angels will send RH Kevin Appier (8-8, 4.50 ERA) against Seattle LH Jamie Moyer (10-4, 3.01 ERA). The Mariners are 16-6 when Moyer starts, and he has pitched into at least the seventh inning in 14 of 22 starts. LH reliever Arthur Rhodes had a streak of 75 batters faced without issuing a walk before Troy Glaus drew one in the eighth inning Saturday. While the Angels are just 12th in the American League in home runs, they are second (to Minnesota) in doubles with 218.
- Gabe Lacques
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Jul 28, 2002|
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