Slumping starters no concern for Angels

Slumping starters no concern for Angels

DETROIT -- With a mix of experienced veterans still in their prime, the Angels' starting rotation is expected to be a strength as the season progresses. The early returns have been a bit inconsistent, but Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia isn't contemplating any changes.

"We haven't seen the level of consistency we want or expect, but that doesn't change our evaluation of what we have," Scioscia said. "We have good arms down there with really good talent. I feel confident that we will see the rotation more in line with what we saw at the end of last year, when we were really going well."

Scott Kazmir had arguably his best outing of the young season Saturday, going six strong innings while allowing just one earned run in a no-decision. Kazmir dropped his ERA to 5.57 in the process and similar improvements from his fellow rotation members should help the Angels to get back above .500.

"I think I will be able to build on this performance, because I felt comfortable attacking the strike zone," Kazmir said. "If as a starter I can minimize damage and keep us in the game, I have confidence that our offense can pick it up."

What Los Angeles' pitchers need to continue working on is pitching to contact rather than trying to be too fine away from contact, said Angels' catcher Mike Napoli.

"We've had few walks lately, which is encouraging," Napoli said. "Our starters are going to be fine. They have to stay within themselves and continue to get ahead of batters. We certainly have the talent and experience to be a very good rotation."