Moreno: I always go back to the comedian Richard Pryor talking about going to the doctor. The doctor says, “Well, what are the symptoms?” He says, “You’re looking at the symptoms.” So the reality is sort of redundant. I tell people that by the time we get to mid-August, we’ve already had X amount of repetitions. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had injuries; but you’d think at minimum, we’d be a .500 team. Plus, Oakland is playing very well. Texas has gotten healthy, and they are playing well. We’ve had injuries and haven’t played well.
...MLB.com: Moving forward, does the pitching staff need to be rebuilt to a certain extent?
Moreno: Like I said, we’ve played 4 1/2 months. You can read the statistics as well as I can read the statistics. When your defense is one of the worst and your pitching has not performed, that’s pretty evident. We’ve hit well. [Jered] Weaver got hurt. [Jason] Vargas was gone for six weeks. C.J. [Wilson] has been great and he’s a bulldog. But overall, we just haven’t pitched well.
MLB.com: What about the bullpen? Do you want a more experienced closer than Ernesto Frieri?
Moreno: Well, we gambled and lost on Ryan Madson coming back from Tommy John surgery. [Sean] Burnett also got hurt. Those are two free agents we didn’t get much out of. We just spit it up at the end of the game. We lost three walk-offs to Texas just recently. It’s a combination of the mix and how they pitch.
MLB.com: What’s new with your stadium situation?
Moreno: Let’s put it this way: We’ve been in conversations with the city [of Anaheim]. There are ongoing conversations that I would say have been positive. Not talking completely out of school, but in a perfect world, hopefully we’ll be able to work something out long-term. We really have until the end of 2016 or ‘17 if we’re going to opt out. We have a window. All we’re trying to do is be proactive and make sure that we’re doing the things that need to be done.
Posted: August 20, 2013 at 07:02 AM | 41 comment(s)
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