Don Baylor wasn’t with the California Angels long but he made his mark

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 28 April 2011 at 2:47 pm

Giant righty swinging OF/DH Don Baylor really made a good impression in his six years with the Angels. In 1979, Baylor was a beast as he made the All-Star team while winning the American League MVP Award. Baylor playe din 162 games in 1979 for the Angels and he was 186 of 628 (.296 avg, .901 OPS) with 120 runs scored, 36 homers, 139 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Baylor led the majors in both runs scored and RBIs in 1979. He also showed stunning discipline for a power hitter as he walked 71 times in 1979 while only whiffing 51 times. Baylor only played six years for the Angels but he played in 824 games in which he was 813 of 3,105 (.262 avg, .785 OPS) with 481 runs scored, 141 homers, 523 RBIs and 89 stolen bases. Baylor is #8 for the Angels all-time in homers with 141 and he’s also #10 in RBIs with 523.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Jason Bulger

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 28 April 2011 at 7:07 am

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 32-year old righty reliever Jason Bulger for assignment. Bulger pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-1 with a 0.96 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. He only gave up 6 hits (but 2 were homers) in his 9 1/3 innings this year, but he also walked 10 batters. Bulger has pitched in 125 games (0 starts) in his 7 years with the Angels and he is 7-2 with 1 save, a 4.33 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. I really doubt that Bulger will clear waivers.

Hank Conger is pushing Jeff Mathis for P.T. behind the plate for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 23 April 2011 at 8:29 am

The Angels felt confident in trading Mike Napoli over the winter because they knew that 23-year old switch hitting catcher Hank Conger was ready to play in the show. He came into the 2011 season as the Angels’ #4 ranked prospect according to Baseball America. Conger has played in 10 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 9 for 29 (.310 avg, .946 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs. He is starting to push 28-year old righty swinging Jeff Mathis for P.T. Mathis is a solid defensive catcher but he’s never been much of a hitter and that has not changed so far this year. Mathis has played in 11 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 8 for 38 (.211 avg, .620 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs. Mathis has only walked 1 time this year while whiffing 13 times, so he’s essentially a hacker that can’t hit. I look for Conger to overtake Mathis as the Angels’ starting catcher before June.

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

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 23 April 2011 at 8:25 am

The Angels have placed 35-year old lefty reliever Scott Downs on the 15-day disabled list due to a gastrointestinal viurs. Downs has pitched in only 2 games (0 starts) so far this year for the Angels and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP. He has given up 1 hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the Angels this year and this will already be his second stint on the D.L. in 2011. The Angels have recalled righty reliever/starter Trevor Bell up from AAA. He got right in on the action last night against the Red Sox as he worked 2 scoreless and hitless innings in which he walked 2 batters and whiffed 1.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Brandon Wood

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 20 April 2011 at 6:42 am

The Angels have designated 26-year old righty swinging infielder Brandon Wood for assignment to make room on the active roster for Erick Aybar who was activated off the D.L. Wood played in 6 games for the Angels this year and he was 2 for 14 (.143 avg, .357 OPS) with 1 run scored. Wood also has whiffed 8 times with 0 walks so far this year. Wood played in 173 games in his five years with the Angels and he is 78 for 464 (.168 avg, .455 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 11 homers, 33 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He has whiffed 153 times so far in his career and he has 13 walks, which is pretty amazingly awful. The Angels gave Wood enough P.T. to decide that they have seen more than enough out of him.

UPDATE: (4/22/2011) – The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed Brandon Wood on waivers, ending his career with the Angels. Good Riddance!

The Los Angeles Angels are getting outstanding work from their #1 and #2 starting pitchers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 19 April 2011 at 12:27 pm

Veteran righties Dan Haren and Jered Weaver are off to outstanding starts for the Angels so far this year. Haren has pitched in 5 games (4 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP. He has only given up 18 hits in 31 innings so far this year as he has been downright nasty. Haren has been pounding the strike zone as he has whiffed 27 times while only walking 2 batters so far this year! Jered Weaver has started 4 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 4-0 with a 1.30 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP. He has only allowed 13 hits in his first 27 2/3 innings so far this year while whiffing 31 batters! The Angels are going to be really hard to beat with Dan Haren and Jered Weaver at the top of the starting rotation.

Vernon Wells is off to a frigid start with the bat for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Thursday 14 April 2011 at 6:04 pm

Angels’ starting LF Vernon Wells is off to a horrific start to the 2011 season for the Angels. Wells has played in 11 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 5 for 49 (.102 avg, .276 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. He is swinging at everything as he has only walked 2 times while whiffing 13 times. The Angels don’t really have a backup plan as far as Wells is concerned because he’s making a ton of cash! The Angels better hope that Wells starts hitting soon or he’s going to hamstring the batting order.

The Los Angeles Angels make a couple of moves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 11 April 2011 at 8:12 am

The Angels have activated lefty reliever Scott Downs from the D.L. and they have called up 21-year old righty starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood will make his major league debut tonight against the Cleveland Indians. He comes into this season as the Angels’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America. He started 1 game in AAA-ball this year and he worked 1 scoreless inning giving up 1 hit while whiffing 2 batters. He got pulled from the start because the Angels needed him. Chatwood pitched in 27 games (26 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 13-9 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. He has now pitched in 63 games (62 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 22-18 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Chatwood will need to tighten his control if he’s going to succeed in the majors as he has walked 165 batters in his 310 2/3 innings in the minors and that’s just not going to be good enough.

To activate Downs from the D.L. and to call up Chatwood, the Angels have sent righty relievers Kevin Jepsen and Michael Kohn to AAA. Jepsen pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP. He gave up six hits and he walked 4 batters in only 4 innings this year, so he certainly deserved his demotion. Michael Kohn came into this season as the Angels’ #15 prospect according to Baseball America but he was also having a rough start. Kohn pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. Kohn only gave up 3 hits in his 3 2/3 innings for the Angels but two of them left the yard (homers) and he also walked 3 batters. I think Jepsen and Kohn will both be back with the Angels at some point in 2011.

The Los Angeles Angels place Erick Aybar on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Sunday 10 April 2011 at 6:29 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 27-year old switch-hitting starting shortstop Erick Aybar on the 15-day D.L. retroactive to April 4th, due to a strained left oblique muscle. Aybar has played in 3 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 5 for 12 (.417 avg, 1.083 OPS) with 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Angels won’t miss Aybar too much as Maicer Izturis is doing a great job of replacing him so far this year.

The left side of the infield is hitting well for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 9 April 2011 at 4:57 pm

Alberto Callaspo and Maicer Izturis were supposed to share 3B in 2011 for the Angels. Due to starting shortstop Erick Aybar being a tad gimpy, Izturis has been starting at SS and Callaspo at 3B and they have both been ripping the baseball. Callaspo has played in 6 games so far for the Angels this year and he is 9 for 23 (.391 avg, 1.179 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 5 RBIs. Callaspo is in the “zone” as he has only whiffed 1 time so far this year. Izturis has played in 6 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 10 for 29 (.345 avg, .904 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. It will be interesting to see how manager Mike Scioscia splits up the P.T. at SS and 3B when Aybar is ready to return to action.

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