The Los Angeles Angels place Mike Napoli on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 28 July 2007 at 4:44 pm

The Angels have placed starting catcher Mike Napoli on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury. This will hurt the Angels as Napoli has given them a nice power bat behind the plate. Napoli has played in 62 games this season for the Angels and he was 49 for 194 (.253 avg, .805 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 9 homers and 31 RBIs. Jeff Mathis will likely take over as the starter until Napoli returns to action. But Mathis will need to start hitting to keep the job. He has played in 10 games this season for the Angels and he is 2 for 21 (.095 avg, .238 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. The Angels have recalled 27 year old Ryan Budde from the minors to back up Mathis. The Phillies selected Budde in the Rule 5 Draft but they gave him back to the Angels as they didn’t have room for him on their roster. Budde has played in 50 games this season in AA+AAA ball and he is 48 for 166 (.289 avg, .798 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 4 homers and 28 RBIs.

The Angels demote Kendry Morales and call up a couple relievers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Wednesday 25 July 2007 at 7:35 am

Firstbaseman Kendry Morales has been sent back to AAA. He didn’t get much of a chance to prove himself this season as he only played in 20 games. In those games Morales was 11 for 45 (.244 avg, .759 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs. The Angels have recalled righties Marcus Gwyn and Greg Jones to help out in the bullpen. Gwyn is a 29-year old relief pitcher who has never pitched in the major leagues. Gwyn has pitched in 37 AAA games this season and he is 1-0 with 13 saves, a 2.78 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. In 45.1 innings he has allowed 48 hits, walked 14 batters and whiffed 46. Jones is making a return engagement to the Angels. He pitched 3 innings for them in April and he allowed 5 earned runs. The Angels are hoping that he will be much better this time around. Jones has pitched in 32 games in AAA ball this season and he was 4-1 with 3 saves, a 3.94 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. In 48 innings in the minors he has allowed 55 hits, walked 12 batters and whiffed 36.

The Los Angeles Angels place Bartolo Colon on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries by chinmusic on Wednesday 25 July 2007 at 7:20 am

The Angels have placed Bartolo Colon on the 15-day disabled list with a sore elbow. This was bound to happen at some point in the season as Colon chose rehab over surgery for a torn right rotator cuff. He has started 16 games this season for the Angels and he is 6-6 with a 6.72 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. In 85.2 innings Colon has allowed 116 hits, 15 homers, walked 27 batters and whiffed 67. The Angels will likely replace Colon in the starting rotation with Dustin Moseley. Moseley has pitched in 33 games this season (2 starts) for the Angels and he is 4-1 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. In 51 innings this season he has allowed 49 hits, walked 15 batters and whiffed 23.

The Los Angeles Angels trade catcher Jose Molina to the Yankees

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Monday 23 July 2007 at 10:34 am

The Angels have traded reserve catcher Jose Molina to the New York Yankees for soon to be 26 year old righty reliever Jeff Kennard. Kennard in 1-4 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP so far in the minors this season. In 31 games he has pitched 52.2 innings and he has allowed 49 hits, walked 17 batters and whiffed 47. Molina wasn’t playing too well this season for the Angels. He played in 40 games for them this season and he was 28 for 125 (.224 avg, .512 OPS) with 9 runs scored and 10 RBIs. In 373 games over his career for the Angels Molina was 232 for 977 (.237 avg, .614 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 15 homers and 98 RBIs. Jeff Mathis will replace Molina as the Angels backup catcher. Mathis has played in 7 games this season for the Angels and he is 2 for 13 (.154 avg) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Mathis will probably be better than Molina was as he is a highly thought of prospect in the Angels system.

The Los Angeles Angels place Howie Kendrick on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 19 July 2007 at 3:03 pm

The Angels have placed Howie Kendrick on the 15-day disabled list with a broken bone in one of his fingers. He has played in 51 games this season for the Angels and he is 58 for 195 (.297 avg, .755 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 4 homers and 18 RBIs. The Angels will use Maicer Izturis to start in Kendrick’s place until he is ready to return. Izturis has played in 40 games this season for the Angels and he is 30 for 122 (.246 avg, .635 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 1 homer and 17 RBIs. Brandon Wood has been recalled and he will likely get some playing time for the Angels until Kendrick returns. Wood has played in 5 games for Angels and he was 2 for 15 (.133 avg) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.

The Angels demote Ervin Santana

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Thursday 19 July 2007 at 2:53 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have demoted Ervin Santana to AAA ball after another awful performance this week. Santana was 5-11 with a 6.22 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 19 starts this season. Santana has thrown 110 innings this season and he has allowed 136 hits, 23 homers, walked 42 batters and whiffed 87. The Angels have recalled Joe Saunders to replace Santana in the rotation. Saunders has done well so far in his limited time with the Angels as he is 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP in 5 starts. He has thrown 30.1 innings for the Angels this season and he has allowed 31 hits, walked 12 batters and whiffed 14.

The Los Angeles Angels need three of their pitchers to step up in the 2nd half

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Tuesday 10 July 2007 at 4:54 pm

Ervin Santana, Bartolo Colon and Darren Oliver have all had rough first halves to the 2007 season. Ervin Santana is 5-10 this season with a 1.54 WHIP so far this season. In 104 innings this year Santana has allowed 122 hits and 23 homers! That will need to change soon or Santana will be replaced in the starting rotation. Bartolo Colon has also had a rough first half of the 2007 season. He is now 6-4 with a 6.44 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP so far this season. He has allowed 107 hits and 15 homers in only 79.2 innings this season and that can’t be tolerated much longer. Darren Oliver is the only lefty in the bullpen for the Angels and he is 0-0 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. The Angels have been using him as a mop up man and that’s all he will likely be as he can’t be trusted in pressure situations.

The Los Angeles Angels have a few pitchers that are excelling this season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 10 July 2007 at 4:43 pm

John Lackey, Kelvim Escobar, Francisco Rodriguez, Scot Shields and Dustin Moseley have all pitched well so far this season. John Lackey has been the anchor of the Angels rotation as he is 11-5 with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP so far this season. He has allowed 107 hits, walked 32 batters and has whiffed 98 in 120.2 innings as Lackey has been the workhorse of the Angels staff. Look for him to have a good second half as he’s really looked good this season. Escobar is having the best year of his career right now as he is 10-3 with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP so far this season. Escobar has been really nasty this season as his stuff looks better than ever and I have a feeling he will have a strong second half as long as he stays healthy. K-Rod has been his usual dominant self this season as the game is likely over when he walks in from the bullpen. He is 2-2 with 24 saves, a 2.33 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP so far this season. He also has whiffed 53 batters in 38.2 innings which shows that he still has outstanding stuff. Scot Shields has been his usual outstanding self this season as he is 2-2 with 2 saves, a 1.70 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. He would be a closer for most teams which just shows how good the Angels bullpen is. He has only allowed 26 hits in 47.2 innings so far this season. Dustin Moseley has settled into his role as the 7th inning man in the Angels pen. He is 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP this season. Moseley also could possibly return to a starting role if Ervin Santana and Bartolo Colon continue to struggle this season.

The Los Angeles Angels need more hitting from their catchers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Tuesday 10 July 2007 at 4:28 pm

The Angels need to get more offense from the catching position. Mike Napoli has been the starter most of the season but he’s injured right now. He is hitting .243 with 35 runs scored, 8 homers and 29 RBIs so far this season. Napoli needs to get his average over .250 to really help the Angels offense. Jose Molina has not hit the ball at all either as he’s only 25 for 110 (.227 avg) with only 9 runs scored and 7 RBIs. Rookie Jeff Mathis is 0 for 6 with 1 RBI since being called up to replace the injured Napoli. Catcher could be another position that the Angels try to improve on at the trade deadline.

The Los Angeles Angels have a few batters that stepped up in the 1st half

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 10 July 2007 at 4:21 pm

The Angels probably will be looking for a big bat to protect Vladimir Guerrero in the lineup at the trade deadline. He is hitting .325 with 46 runs scored, 14 homers and 75 RBIs so far this season. And Guerrero has done all of that without any real protection in the lineup. Orlando Cabrera is having the best season of his major league career as he is hitting .328 with 55 runs scored, 5 homers, 51 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. It’s doubtful that Cabrera can keep up that pace but he has been getting a lot of good pitches to hit batting in front of Guerrero so you never know. Reggie Willits has done a fine job for the Angels this season as he is hitting .312 with 39 runs scored, 25 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. It’s possible that teams will be asking about Willits in trade rumors with the Angels looking for a big bat. Chone Figgins has been outstanding since the end of May as he is now hitting .304 with 37 runs scored, 26 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

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