Jason Bulger has stepped up this season for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 30 September 2009 at 10:57 pm

30-year old righty reliever Jason Bulger has always had good stuff but he didn’t put everything together until this year. Bulger has pitched in 62 games out of the pen for the Angels this season and he is 6-1 with 1 save, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He has whiffed 64 batters in 64 innings this season for the Angels while only allowing 45 hits showing how nasty his stuff has been. The Angels hope that he keeps up the good work in the playoffs. Previously to this season, Bulger pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in the majors and he was 1-0 with a 6.35 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.

The Los Angeles Angels will take it slow with Jordan Walden

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Saturday 26 September 2009 at 8:36 am

The Angels will likely take it slow with 22-year old righty starting pitcher Jordan Walden. Walden came into this season as the #2 rated prospect in the Angels’ system according to Baseball America. He started 13 games in AA-ball this year and he was 1-5 with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. He needs to get better at missing bats as he allowed 72 hits in only 60 innings this season but he did whiff 57 batters showing that his stuff is there. There is no need to rush Walden to the majors.

Juan Rivera is having a solid season for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 22 September 2009 at 10:31 am

31-year old Juan Rivera finally got his chance to start everyday this season and he ran with it. He has played in 127 games for the Angels this season and he is 143 for 492 (.291 avg, .816 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 23 homers and 83 RBIs. Rivera almost always makes contact as he has only whiffed 51 times this season. Rivera started the season as the DH but he has been playing a lot in the outfield due to Vladimir Guerrero’s bad wheel.

Matt Palmer has been a life saver for the Angels this season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 22 September 2009 at 10:29 am

Matt Palmer has done whatever the Angels needed this season. He has pitched in 36 games (12 starts) for the Angels this season and he is 10-1 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. The Angels signed him as a free agent for depth at AAA not really expecting him to help them this season but they struck gold with him. Palmer will likely stay in the bullpen for the Angels for the playoffs unless they incur some injuries in the rotation.

The Los Angeles Angels are not happy with Brian Fuentes

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Tuesday 22 September 2009 at 10:26 am

The Angels have been spoiled watching Francisco Rodriguez finish games the last few years. His replacement this season was lefty Brian Fuentes. Fuentes has pitched in 61 games this season and he is 1-5 with 44 saves, a 4.21 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. All has not been good for Fuentes as he has blown 7 saves this season. The Angels are considering using Kevin Jepsen in some save situations down the stretch but I don’t agree with that move. Jepsen has pitched in 49 games in relief this season for the Angels and he is 6-3 with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. I think you need a veteran to handle the pressure of closing games in the post-season so I think the Angels will be playing with fire if they change the closer right now.

Bobby Abreu has had a solid season for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 September 2009 at 10:23 am

The Angels got Bobby Abreu to a bargain basement price over the winter and have sit back and watch him have a great season. Abreu has played in 137 games for the Angels this season and he is 151 for 505 (.299 avg, .834 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 13 homers, 94 RBIs and 28 stolen bases. The Angels would be smart to give Abreu a raise and keep him next season as long as the price doesn’t get too high.

The Los Angeles Angels need to start scoring runs for Scott Kazmir

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 September 2009 at 10:19 am

Scott Kazmir has been electric since coming over from the Rays last month. He has started 3 games for the Angels and he is 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. Kazmir’s velocity appears back as well as his sharp breaking slider. But he hasn’t won a game since coming over to the West Coast. That’s because the Angels have not hit the ball well when he has been pitching. Look for Kazmir to get some wins soon as the Angels’ offense is too good to not hit randomly when he pitches.

The Los Angeles Angels trade 2B Sean Rodriguez to the Rays

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 1 September 2009 at 4:39 pm

The Angels have traded 24-year old righty swinging 2B Sean Rodriguez to the Rays to complete the Scott Kazmir trade. Rodriguez was tearing the cover off the ball in AAA this season. In AAA he played in 103 games in which he was 109 for 365 (.299 avg, 1.016 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 29 homers, 93 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He also played in 12 games for the Angels this season and he was 5 for 25 (.200 avg, .716 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 4 RBIs. Rodriguez played in 71 games for the Angels in his time with them and he was 39 for 192 (.203 avg, .609 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 5 homers, 14 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Rodriguez was caught in a numbers game with the Angels so a new start could do him a world of good.

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