Jose Arredondo has been great so far this season for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 30 June 2008 at 8:37 pm

24-year old righty reliever Jose Arredondo has been a lifesaver this season for the Angels. He filled in as the primary set up man in the Angels’ bullpen while Scot Shields was injured and he did a great job. He has pitched in 17 games (0 starts) for the Angels this season and he is 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP. Arredondo has been throwing bullets as evidenced by his 19 whiffs in 19.1 innings. The Angels’ bullpen is devastating now that it’s at full strength essentially making you have to beat them in the first six innings of the game.

The Los Angeles Angels could be in the market for a lefty relief pitcher

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,NBA Blogs by chinmusic on Wednesday 18 June 2008 at 9:01 am

The Angels’ bullpen could use a second lefty in it behind Darren Oliver and they have a couple of extra players (Juan Rivera, Reggie Willits) to get a minor trade done. A perfect fit would be with the Mets. They need outfielders due to massive injuries they have suffered there. The thinking here is that the Angels could get either Scott Schoeneweis or Pedro Feliciano for Rivera. The Angels would probably prefer Feliciano because they have already had Schoeneweis in the past and he did not pitch well for them. Both teams would be happy with this kind of trade as they would both be dealing for a need from a position that they have depth.

Matt Brown is scorching the ball in AAA for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 13 June 2008 at 3:52 pm

The Angels should seriously consider calling up 3B Matt Brown when they need an infielder next time instead of Brandon Wood who is clearly overmatched at the major league level right now. The 25-year old righty swinging Brown did get a cup of coffee in the majors this season as he played in 5 games for the Angels and he was 1 for 13 (.077 avg, .231 OPS) with 2 RBIs. But, he has been on fire in AAA ball this season as his stats jump right off the page. He has played in 54 games in AAA this season and he is 79 for 222 (.356 avg, 1.102 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 16 homers and 45 RBIs. Brown could also be a nice trading chip for the Angels if they need something at the trade deadline.

The catchers of the Los Angeles Angels are all or nothing when batting

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 13 June 2008 at 12:34 am

Mike Napoli and Jeff Mathis have been splitting time behind the plate this season and they have produced a lot of runs from the bottom of the batting order, but it’s all or nothing for both of them. Napoli has played in 39 games this season for the Angels and he is 25 for 122 (.205 avg, .758 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 10 homers and 24 RBIs. Napoli often looks helpless at the plate as he has already whiffed 38 times this season. Jeff Mathis was once one of the Angels’ brightest prospects but he has been a huge disappointment for them in his career so far. Mathis has played in 31 games for the Angels this season and he is 20 for 96 (.208 avg, .665 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers and 13 RBIs. Mathis also whiffs a lot as he has went down on strikes 27 times this season. The Angels probably can live with the all or nothing hitting as long as Napoli and Mathis play good defense.

The Los Angeles Angels place Chris Bootcheck on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Wednesday 11 June 2008 at 4:59 pm

The Angels have placed righty reliever Chris Bootcheck on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury. He has pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for the Angels this season and he is 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA and a 2.63 WHIP. The Angels should make Bootcheck pitch well in the minors after he gets off the D.L. to earn his spot back in the bullpen. After all, he has allowed 30 hits in only 16 innings. The Angels have recalled rookie righty Darren O’Day from AAA to replace Bootcheck both in the bullpen and on the roster. O’Day has pitched in 17 games (0 starts) this season for the Angels and he is 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP. O’Day needs to start missing bats in the majors as he has allowed 31 hits in only 23 innings this season.

The Los Angeles Angels place Chone Figgins back on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Monday 2 June 2008 at 8:37 pm

Chone Figgins’ last stay on the active roster lasted exactly one game as he reinjured his hamstring in his first game back to action. Figgins has played in 33 games for the Angels this season and he is 38 for 124 (.306 avg, .778 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 7 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Luckily for the Angels, starting 2B Howie Kendrick was ready to be activated off the D.L. to replace Figgins on the roster. Kendrick has played in 13 games this season for the Angels and he is an amazing 19 for 44 (.432 avg, 1.072 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 7 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Angels will likely let Robb Quinlan and Brandon Wood share 3B until Figgins’ is ready to return. Wood has had big issues with major league pitching thus far this season. He has played in 20 games for the Angels this season and he is 6 for 50 (.120 avg, .350 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI. Wood has also whiffed an amazing 17 times this season as he has looked totally overmatched in the majors this season. Quinlan is not nearly as good as Wood is defensively at 3B but he’s been a much better hitter so far this season. Quinlan has played in 25 games for the Angels this season and he is 16 for 63 (.254 avg, .621 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. The Angels really miss Chone Figgins at the top of their batting order.

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