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The Los Angeles Angels claim Kevin Frandsen off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 29 April 2010 at 8:18 pm

The Angels have claimed 27-year old righty swinging 2B/3B Kevin Frandsen off waivers from the Red Sox. Frandsen has played in 17 games in AAA-ball this season and he is 16 of 62 (.258 avg, .746 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers, 4 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Frandsen has played in parts of 4 years in the majors (all with the Giants) appearing in 174 games in which he was 98 of 408 (.240 avg, .645 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 7 homers, 39 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. This was a good move because Frandsen is a decent little player who the Angels can stash in AAA.

Kendry Morales is off to another fast start for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 26 April 2010 at 5:41 pm

27-year old switch hitting 1B Kendry Morales is off to a very fast start for the Angels so far this season. Morales has played in 20 games for the Angels this season and he is 24 of 73 (.329 avg, .975 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 6 homers and 16 RBIs. The Angels are reaping the benefits of waiting a while before giving Morales the full time 1B job just like the Phillies did with Ryan Howard. He got his first taste as a starter last season for the Angels and he played in 152 games in which he was 173 of 566 (.306 avg, .924 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 34 homers and 108 RBIs. I look for Morales to at least match his numbers of last season unless he improves on them in 2010.

The Los Angeles Angels place Bobby Wilson on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Sunday 25 April 2010 at 12:07 am

The Angels have placed backup catcher Bobby Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion and a ankle injury caused by a collision at the plate against the Yankees in his first start of the year. Wilson has played in 2 games this season for the Angels and he is 0 for 2 (.000 avg) with a whiff. The Angels have recalled 30-year old righty swinging Ryan Budde to replace Wilson as the backup catcher to Mike Napoli. Budde has played in 6 games in AAA-ball this season and he is 6 for 21 (.286 avg, .604 OPS) with 4 runs scored. Budde has played in parts of three years with the Angels appearing in 23 games in which he is 3 for 23 (.130 avg, .304 OPS) with 1 RBI. Look for Napoli to start playing a lot more with Mathis and Wilson out of action due to injury.

The Los Angeles Angels lose Jeff Mathis

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Wednesday 21 April 2010 at 8:11 am

The Angels will be without catcher Jeff Mathis for the next 6-8 weeks due to a fractured right wrist. This is a bad break for Mathis who was off to the best start of his major league career. Mathis has played in 10 games this season for the Angels and he is 11 for 34 (.324 avg, .851 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Mike Napoli will likely be elevated back to his old starting role behind the plate. He has played in 7 games this season and he is 3 for 19 (.158 avg, .396 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. The Angels’ D will likely suffer a bit with Napoli behind the plate but he will add a lot of power to the batting order. Bobby Wilson will move up the depth chart to the #2 slot. He has only played in 1 game for the Angels so far this season and he is 0 for 1 (.000 avg). The Angels have recalled 1B/3B Robb Quinlan to replace Mathis on the active roster.

The Los Angeles Angels are starting to get hot

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Monday 19 April 2010 at 5:16 pm

The Angels have won three games in a row (a sweep over the Jays in Toronto) and they are now 6-7 on the season which has them tied for 2nd place in the A.L. West with the Mariners, 2.5 games behind the surprising A’s. The Angels have been outscored 69-52 this season so there problems have been both of the hitting and pitching variety. It looks like they are starting to get things together and it will be interesting to see how they do this week as the Tigers come to Anaheim for 4 games followed by a 3 game visit from the Yankees this coming weekend.

Joel Pineiro is off to a good start for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 19 April 2010 at 5:14 pm

31-year old righty starting pitcher Joel Pineiro is off to a good start for the Angels this season. He has started 2 games for the Angels and he is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP so far this year. He has only given up 10 hits while whiffing 9 batters in 13 innings so far this season. Pineiro has only walked 3 batters this season and his control was his strength last year so I have little doubt that he can keep up the good work.

Jeff Mathis is off to a fast start for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Sunday 18 April 2010 at 7:54 am

27-year old righty swinging Jeff Mathis has taken over as the starting catcher so far this season for the Angels. He has played in 8 games for the Angels this season and he is 9 for 27 (.333 avg, .848 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Mathis is a good defensive catcher but his hitting has been a surprise so far this year. He has a career average of .200 with a .597 OPS in his first five years for the Angels with 20 homers. I will be watching to see if Mathis keeps up the good work with the bat because I have my doubts that he will.

The Los Angeles Angels have Mike Napoli riding the pine

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Sunday 18 April 2010 at 7:51 am

It’s interesting to see what the Angels are doing at catcher so far this season as Mike Napoli has been riding the pine in favor of Jeff Mathis. Napoli has played in only 5 games this season for the Angels and he is 2 for 15 (.133 avg, .369 OPS) with 1 RBI. He has a .256 career average with the Angels with a .851 OPS as he has a lot of power for a catcher. He has cranked 66 homers in his four years with the Angels including 20 in each of the last two years. I have a feeling that the Angels are going to trade Napoli before too long as they appear to favor Mathis’ defense over Napoli’s hitting behind the plate.

The Los Angeles Angels activate Reggie Willits from the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 15 April 2010 at 11:00 am

The Angels have activated 28-year old switch hitting outfielder Reggie Willits off the D.L. He played in 5 games in A-ball on a rehab assignment and he was 4 for 15 (.267 avg, .762 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases. Willits played in 49 games for the Angels last season in which he was 17 for 80 (.213 avg, .493 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 6 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. The Angels have sent righty reliever Bobby Cassevah to AAA to make room on the roster for Willits. Cassevah pitched in 3 games for the Angels this season and he is 0-0 with a 8.31 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP.

The Los Angeles Angels place Brian Fuentes on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 15 April 2010 at 10:58 am

The Angels have placed closer Brian Fuentes on the 15-day disabled list with a strained back. He pitched in 1 game for the Angels this season and he worked a scoreless inning getting a save. Fernando Rodney will replace Fuentes as the closer for the Angels while he is out of action. Rodney has pitched in 4 games for the Angels this season and he is 1-0 with 1 save, a 9.00 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. I think Rodney will do a good job in his new role until Fuentes is ready to return. 25-year old righty reliever Fernando Rodriguez has been called up from AAA to replace Fuentes in the bullpen. He pitched in 3 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball so far this season and he is 0-0 with a 20.25 ERA and a 4.13 WHIP. He gave up 8 hits and walked 4 batters in only 2 2/3 innings in AAA this year. Don’t expect miracles out of Rodriguez.

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