Marrying the sabermetric tendency with the exotic of true fan bitterness.
"You know who I am," he said / The speaker was an Angel / He coughed and shook his crumpled wings / Closed his eyes and moved his lips / "It's time we should be going"
Who will the Angels protect in the upcoming Rule-5 draft, and who will they serve up to the number crunchers and scoutlings of 20 other front offices?
And they ain't half bad. Usually trade proposals from rival fanbases grossly overestimate the value of their own players at the expense of the target, but in this case, Lookout Landing's managing...
As the Angels faithful await decisions on the team's GM and field manager, a fan-based audit of the cost of one owner's transgressions.
It is with great sorrow that we report that the best free agent acquisition of this Angels' century has retired. Vladimir Guerrero, this most unique and preternatural talent and most enjoyable player to watch (and root for), has bowed out of the big game owing to bad knees and that inevitable thwack from time's arrow. In memory, a sweet valentine from the inimitable Sam Miller: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=17333
Grant Green and Kole Calhoun, sit your asses down. At this very moment, the Burlington Bees are playing the Kane County Cougars, whose DH and cleanup hitter goes by the name of... wait for it... ROCK SHOULDERS!!!
Kole Calhoun has made it on base nine consecutive times. After a 4-for-4 night with three home runs, Calhoun went 2-for-2 with three walks, and drove in the game-winning run on a walk-off line-drive. He's hitting .354/.428/.612 across 58 games.
Yahoo's Bill Peterson takes the Angels to task for self-destructive misuse of the Garrett Richards in favor of expensive washed-up vets. I can't say there's anything here I disagree with. Just one more instance in a busy stretch of Dipoto's dreadful errors, and one more demonstration of how Scioscia has mismanaged his available assets.
Yeah, we know that. But did you know that he has the fourth-lowest walk rate of all MLB players with at least 100 plate appearances? Two of the other three are catchers, and the third bats 8th for the White Sox. This, more than almost anything else, tells us what Mike Scioscia thinks about the walk: only catchers should do it.
It was a battle of frontline lefties, and through six scoreless innings, the matchup thrilled. But in the end, CJ Wilson's wildness and a terrifically effective Chris Sale wrote the tale. Sale one-hit the Angels, Wilson gave up 3, and White Sox win.
In an Angels farm system bled to the turnip-bone, one scrub stands alone in the foothills of San Bernardino. His name is Zach Borenstein, he swings some surprisingly mean timber, and you wouldn't know him if you tried. But that's about to change.
The GIF is mesmerizing, but the outcome disheartening. MLBTR, March 21, 2012: "The Angels didn't bid on Yu Darvish and Moreno said he was never approached by his baseball staff about the Japanese right-hander, guessing it was due to the size of the required posting bid." Darvish makes $9.5 this year, the second on a six year contract with the Texas Rangers.
Los Angeles Angels get Mike Cisco, diminutive swingman, from the prodigal Phillies. The price: a wink and a flight to Disneyland.
As the Angels' offense disappears for a second night in a row, Jered Weaver suffers just his second loss of the season. Vernon Wells goes 0-3 in his consecutive start as a red-hot Kendrys Morales rode the pine.
Mike Trout enters tonight's contest against the Dodgers as the AL leader in Wins Above Replacement per the Fangraphs leaderboards. He's done it in 49 games.
Kole Calhoun hasn't had many opportunities to demonstrate his smooth stroke since being summoned to Anaheim from Salt Lake recently. But he pulled a few quite nicely on the field Friday night, and milked the moment for all it was worth during annual Dairy Night at the Big A. Kid Sunshine delivered eight times more milk than Kentucky-born Robbie Ross, a would-be heartland Ranger who showed no heart at all when it came down to properly fondling teats. I thought the big-T boys were all-American hook-up horny –– but their boys frankly need a bucket list when matched up against our Southwestern all-meat broiler, Kole "Man, pry me a river" Calhoun. Video of victorious Halo fist-pumpin' action can be found here.
Well, he's leading the Angels in almost every significant metric, but this one, woo boy, who woulda thunk it? This article makes me soar like a ballon. We may be seeing a major generational shift in this franchise embodied in a single player. He thinks. He adapts. He performs. Hard to overstate the significance of some of Trumbo's quotes in this piece. More please.
I keep reading numerous comments that Scioscia is a bumbler when he fails to place Trumbo at 3B, instead placing him in one of the outfield corners, and allowing Callaspo or Izturis to play third. I've read these comments even on days when groundball pitchers like Jerome Williams or C.J. Wilson are on the mound. Just to summarize what we've experienced up to this point. Trumbo has started 8 games at third (only finishing 5, due to late inning substitutions). Over that short span, he has batted .292/.346/.375 –– a slash line pretty typical of Callaspo or Izturis in a normal season. He has 3 runs, 3 RBIs, while committing 4 errors, leading to four unearned runs, in aggregate. This does not account for typical balls that Izzy or Little Al might have nabbed, but which Trumbo failed to get to. To put it short, Trumbo has nearly neutralized his offensive output with his glovework, such that is. So yeah, Scioscia might be a bumbler, but it's not because he's limiting Mark's appearances at third. If anything, Trumbo should be taking more ABs away from a certain leftfielder.
Mike Trout hits one out, El Cinco sits and pouts, and CJ Wilson delivers much needed outs in Angels' Cinco De Mayo victory.
Jamie Moyer turns 50 this year. He blew out his elbow pitching Winter Ball, had Tommy John surgery, and sat out all of 2011. Now here he is, with a spiffy 2.77 spring ERA, entering his 25th professional season. The link goes to ESPN, but the video interview is worth the ferry ride 'cross the Styx. As Jim Tracy says in the article of the Moyer experiment, somewhat mysteriously: "You're going to venture into this."
Source: #Angels new TV deal with Fox "close to being finalized." Fox offered Dodgers $3 billion deal last spring, McCourt said.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) December 8, 2011
A heartening article from Washington on the Angels commitment to Fleet Pete: Despite speculation around the game that Trout's arrival will squeeze out Bourjos, the Angels view Trout as more of a corner outfielder than a center fielder, according to the source. The club is strongly committed to Bourjos as its long-term answer in center field, believing he'll win multiple Gold Gloves during his career and make strides at the plate.
I love Mike Napoli. I celebrate Mike Napoli from now through the end of time. He's nobody's wingman any more -- he's the bloody-beaked griffin of baseball destiny, gobbling up Reagins' gut tripe...
Sad to say, but Scioscia-isms just ain't as cool as Maddon-isms. Check out some of the Maddon quips from this article, following the Rays' sweep of the Bawston Bloodsocks: "We did need to win these," manager Joe Maddon said. "There was no other way to look at it. Two out of three -- meatloafing right now -- didn't taste nearly as good. ... Under the circumstances, you have to do what you did. Otherwise it's pretty much impossible to recover from that moment." *** "In the beginning, [Shields was] over-boogying a little bit," Maddon said. "He was trying to do too much. He was falling off the mound. He didn't have his good alignment to the plate." *** "We've got them four more times next week," Maddon said. "In the meantime, just play with the same level of intensity and verve and want-to and all the stuff we're doing right now. ... The guys are really getting after it." "It's tangible, it's possible, it's there, it's truly not impossible," Maddon said. "Maybe the skeptics are falling off the skeptical wagon into the possible wagon right now. And maybe the storyline is going to change a bit. But none of that matters. What matters is what this group thinks every day when they go out there and how we go about our business and attack the other side." Aw, Joe. Love that guy. Miss that guy. Wish that guy all the best.
They took the series three games to one, behind two excellent outings by Matt Shoemaker and Chris Scholl, plus today's somewhat rocky start by Eddie McKiernan. Now they'll play either Frisco or San Antonio in the finals. Two interesting bits of trivia here: Last night, Cody Decker of the San Antonio Missions became the first player to hit two homeruns in a single Texas League playoff game since 1956. This afternoon, Luis "Lucho" Jimenez of the Travelers repeated the same feat in the close-out game of this series. Also, the Arkansas Travelers have a 14-28 W/L record without Trout in the lineup. But they pulled this series victory out in the end without Trout or Garrett Richards -- a testament to the mettle of the North TL scrubs.
That makes seven HRs in the past ten games. Good news, as Cron was having a pretty tough month of July, seeing his average dip under .270 at one point in the most hitter friendly environment in all the minors. The guy is a legit power threat, but time will tell how he performs in more difficult run environments like Cedars and Arkansas.
Happened yesterday, but little word around the Halosphere about this one. Hurtado: the 6'3" right-hander from the Dominican turns 19 later this month, and this is already his third season with the Angels in the DSL. Season over season, his groundball tendencies have increased, while his walk rate has decreased. He's 5-0 this season across his first nine starts with a 1.50 ERA, and .193 average against, and has two complete games. Not enough can be said about the Angels' Dominican franchise this year. The DSL Angels are 32-8, holding the best record of 33 teams in the Dominican Summer League. They have the best staff ERA (1.99 -- the nearest rival is at 2.59) and lowest WHIP of all teams. Their offense has scored more runs than any other team in the League, and has the second-highest OPS to boot. We need more DSL news, because something special is happening on the island for the cherubs this season.
I came across this Fangraphs article touting Mike Trout at the expense (somewhat) of Peter Bourjos, and I thought it was a time to take a moment to reflect on Fleet Pete. Whether you like Baseball Reference's calculation of Wins Above Replacement or Fangraph's slightly more generous accounting of WAR, Peter Bourjos has accumulated more than 4 WAR in his first 506 PAs with the Angels. By contrast, Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells have only accumulated more than 4 WAR in a full season twice in each of their careers. Suffice to say, Peter Bourjos is a player that the Angels must play, and must not trade for anything short of a superstar player -- and we should hope that he and Trout can cohabit the same Angels outfield for many years to come. If, at the beginning of the season, someone predicted that Peter Bourjos would be hitting a very Erstad-like .272/.323/.397 at the All Star break, would you have been surprised? Pleased?
This one could be fun to watch. The Travs go up against the Texas Rangers' AA affiliate, the Frisco Roughriders, with each team's best pitching prospect on the mound. Martin Perez (Texas' #2 prospect overall according to John Sickels) vs Garrett Richards (#5 coming into 2011 per Sickels). Both clubs' leadoff men and centerfielders of the future are also on display. Leonys Martin, the Cuban defector the Rangers acquired last month, has been dominating AA pitching (.347/.438/.589) –– numbers even more impressive than Mike Trout's (.330/.424/.548), until you consider that Trout is three-plus years younger. (On a sidenote, Texas has been reaping a bounty on the international free agent market lately. Reagins recently suggested that the international market is where the action is, but the Angels were not among the 13+ teams to sign free agents when the market window opened this weekend. We'll see.)
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