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Los Angeles Angels MLB News - Angels Baseball Blog » 2010 » July

The Los Angeles Angels lose Joel Pineiro for a while

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 29 July 2010 at 8:19 am

The Angels have lost 31-year old righty starting pitcher Joel Pineiro for the next 6-8 weeks due to a left oblique strain. This is a huge blow to the Angels as they recently acquired Dan Haren to make the starting rotation one of the best in baseball from top to bottom. Pineiro has started 20 games for the Angels this year and he is 10-7 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. The best case scenario has Pineiro coming back for the last couple of weeks in 2010.

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Sunday 25 July 2010 at 7:27 pm

The Angels have acquired 29-year old righty starting pitcher Dan Haren from the D-Backs for 29-year old lefty startiner pitcher Joe Saunders, 21-year old lefty starter Patrick Corbin, 25-year old righty reliever Rafael Rodriguez and a player to be named later. Haren gives the Angels another quality workhorse for the top of the rotation. He has pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the D-Backs this year and he is 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He’s much better than he has pitched this season which is evidenced in his career stats. Haren has pitched in 217 games (208 starts) in his 8 years in the majors and he is 86-70 with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Joe Saunders has been a solid pitcher for the Angels but he has not been to good this year. He has started 20 games for the Angels this year and he is 6-10 with a 4.62 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. In his six years with the Angels, Saunders has pitched in 115 games (all starts) in which he was 54-32 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Patrick Corbin was the Angels’ #12 prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He has pitched in 20 games (all starts) in A-ball this year for the Angels and he is 13-3 with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Corbin has now pitched in 33 games (32 starts) in his two years in the minors for the Angels and he was 17-5 with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Rafael Rodriguez started this season as the Angels’ #22 prospect according to Baseball America. Rodriguez pitched in 37 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 5-3 with 10 saves, a 3.04 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. He also pitched in 1 game in relief for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Rodriguez pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in his two years for the Angels and he was 0-1 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. The player to be named later is expected to be one of the Angels’ top prospects. The Angels certainly paid a big price for Dan Haren but he’s a clear upgrade on Saunders and the Rangers are a pretty damn good baseball team so this was a deal the Angels had to make.

UPDATE: (7/26/2010) - The Angels will reportedly will send 19-year old lefty starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs to the D-Backs to complete this deal as the player to be named later. Skaggs was the Angels’ #8 rated prospect coming into this season according to Baseball America. Skaggs pitched in 24 games (16 starts) in his two years in Rookie+A-ball for the Angels and he was 8-4 with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

Mike Napoli has been solid for the Los Angeles Angels this year

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Friday 23 July 2010 at 2:06 pm

28-year old righty swinging C/1B Mike Napoli is having a solid year for the Angels. He started out the season behind the plate but he moved to 1B when Jeff Mathis came off the D.L. and starting 1B Kendry Morales went down for the year with a broken ankle. Napoli has played in 87 games for the Angels this year and he is 74 of 284 (.261 avg, .837 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 18 homers and 44 RBIs. He’s still a free swinger though as he has 86 whiffs this year. Still, that’s nitpicking and that Angels won’t care how many times he strikes out as long as he’s productive. Napoli has career highs of 60 runs scored, 20 homers and 56 RBIs in his major league career and I look for him to set new marks in all three of those categories as long as he can stay healthy.

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Alberto Callaspo from K.C.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 22 July 2010 at 6:14 pm

The Angels have acquired 27-year old switch hitting 3B Alberto Callaspo from the Royals for 22-year old righty starting pitcher Sean O’Sullivan and 21-year old lefty starting pitcher Will Smith. Callaspo played in 88 games for the Royals this season and he was 96 of 349 (.275 avg, .718 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 8 homers, 43 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has now played in 396 games in his five years in the majors and he is 375 of 1,324 (.283 avg, .738 OPS) with 152 runs scored, 19 homers, 145 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Callaspo will without a doubt be the starting 3B for the Angels because they paid a hefty price for him. This move will allow Maicer Izturis to play all over the field which is a role he’s pretty good at. Sean O’Sullivan pitched in 5 games (1 start) for the Angels this year and he was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. He pitched in 17 games (11 starts) in his two years with the Angels and he was 5-2 with a 5.15 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Will Smith came into this season as the Angels #15 prospect according to Baseball America. Smith has pitched in 19 games (all starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball this year and he was 5-8 with a 5.53 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. Smith pitched in 55 games (52 starts) in three years in the minors for the Angels and he was 23-15 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. The price was kind of high to land Callaspo but he will fill the Black Hole that has been 3B for the Angels this year.

The Los Angeles Angels need to make a deal and they can’t afford to wait around

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were GM, Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Monday 19 July 2010 at 3:59 pm

The Angels will likely have to beat out the Rangers if they want to make the playoffs. That means it’s time to ante’ up or get out of the game. With that in mind I would be calling the Cubs and offering them 1B Mark Trumbo, OF Chris Pettit and righty relievers Kevin Jepsen and Francisco Rodriguez for 1B Derek Lee and 2B/3B Jeff Baker. I would then stick Lee and Baker (at 3B) right into the starting lineup. I would then flip catcher Bobby Wilson to the Pirates for lefty reliever Javier Lopez to give them a situational lefty. Getting Lee, Baker and Lopez would make the Angels a much better team for the rest of the season but the price would be high.

Michael Kohn is moving up quickly for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by chinmusic on Sunday 18 July 2010 at 10:34 pm

24-year old righty reliever Michael Kohn started this season as the Angels’ #30 prospect according to Baseball America. Kohn has been really outstanding in the minors and he could be pitching with the Angels soon if he keeps up the good work. Kohn has pitched in 37 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball this year and he is 4-4 with 10 saves, a 2.16 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He has only given up 25 hits in 41 2/3 innings this season and he has whiffed 53 batters showing what kind of stuff he has. He will need to tighten his control a bit as he has walked 23 batters this season and that’s too many.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Paul McAnulty

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Sunday 18 July 2010 at 8:37 pm

The Angels have designated 29-year old lefty swinging 1B Paul McAnulty for assignment. McAnulty played in 9 games for the Angels this year and he was 3 of 22 (.136 avg) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. The Angels have activated 29-year old switch hitting infielder Maicer Izturis off the D.L. to replace McAnulty on the roster. Izturis has played in 30 games for the Angels this year and he is 24 of 105 (.233 avg, .691 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 2 homers, 15 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Izturis will likely get a lot of P.T. at 3B right away for the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels place Scott Kazmir on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Sunday 18 July 2010 at 8:32 pm

The Angels have placed 26-year old lefty starting pitcher Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue. Kazmir has started 17 games for the Angels this season and he is 7-9 with a 6.92 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. He has given up 102 hits (17 homers) in 92 1/3 innings so far this season. Kazmir has also been pretty wild walking 49 batters so far this year. The Angels were smart to shut Kazmir down as a little rest couldn’t possibly hurt him as poorly as he has been pitching. The Angels have yet to announce who will be replacing Kazmir in the starting rotation.

The Los Angeles Angels aren’t where they want to be at the All-Star Break

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Tuesday 13 July 2010 at 12:07 pm

The Angels are in second place in the A.L. West with a 47-44 record which has them 4.5 games behind the Rangers. The Angels have had a lot of players not playing up to their ability which gives them hope as far as catching the Rangers in the 2nd half. Here is a closer look as the surprises and disappointments this year:

Pleasant Surprises: C/1B Mike Napoli has really done a solid job filling in for the injured Kendry Morales. Napoli has played in 80 games this season for the Angels and he is 64 of 260 (.246 avg, .786 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 14 homers, 37 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. 2B Howie Kendrick has been healthy all year which has been a pleasant surprise. Kendrick has played in 89 games for the Angels this season and he is 97 of 355 (.273 avg, .708 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 7 homers, 52 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. The Angels have had a lot of problems at 3B but Kevin Frandsen has played decent. He has played in 38 games for the Angels this year and he is 34 of 119 (.286 avg, .700 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. 27-year old starting pitcher Ervin Santana is having a good year for the Angels. He has started 18 games for the Angels this year and he is 8-7 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

Disappointments: 25-year old 3B Brandon Wood had a good spring and the Angels had him starting early this season. Wood has failed miserably so far this year. Wood has played in 55 games for the Angels this year and he is 29 of 170 (.171 avg, .418 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 3 homers and 12 RBIs. Wood has whiffed 50 times already this season and walked only 4 times showing awful plate discipline. 26-year old lefty starting pitcher Scott Kazmir has also been pathetic this season for the Angels. He has started 17 games for the Angels this year and he is 7-9 with a 6.92 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. Kazmir has walked 49 batters and has given up 17 homers in only 92 1/3 innings this year. Joe Saunders has also been disappointing this year. He has started 18 games for the Angels this year and he is 6-9 with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. 31-year old righty starter/reliever Matt Palmer was a staff saver in 2009 for the Angels, but, he’s in the minors already. Palmer has pitched in 9 games (1 start) for the Angels this year and he is 0-1 with a 6.26 ERA and a 2.04 WHIP.

Darin Erstad was a fine player for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 10 July 2010 at 2:34 pm

Outfielder Darin Erstad was one of the better player in Angels’ history. Erstad played 11 years for the Angels appearing in 1,320 games in which he was 1,505 for 5,258 (.286 avg, .756 OPS) with 818 runs scored, 114 homers, 625 RBIs and 170 stolen bases. He was a All-Star two times for the Angels and he won 3 Gold Gloves and 1 Silver Slugger Award with them. The 2000 season was easily Erstad’s best with the Angels. He played in 157 games that year for the Angels and he was 240 of 676 (.355 avg, .951 OPS) with 121 runs scored, 25 homers, 100 RBIs and 28 stolen bases. This was in the height of the steroids ERA however as despite his great numbers Erstad finished 8th in the voting for the A.L. MVP Award. Erstad finished his career #5 in Angels’ history in games played with 1,320. He also is #4 in runs scored (818), #4 in doubles (279), #6 in triples (30), #4 in RBIs (625), #7 in walks (419) and #4 in stolen bases (170) in Angels’ history. It certainly was fun to watch Erstad play as no one played harder than him.

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