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Los Angeles Angels MLB News - Angels Baseball Blog » 2011 » May

Peter Bourjos is ice cold at the plate for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Monday 30 May 2011 at 10:59 am

24-year old righty swinging CF Peter Bourjos have been ice cold at the plate for the Angels in May. He has played in 27 games so far for the Angels in May and he is 16 for 93 (.172 avg, .507 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 3 stolen bases as he has whiffed 30 times this month. He has now played in 54 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 45 for 187 (.241 avg, .679 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 2 homers, 11 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Bourjos is probably the best defensive CF in all of baseball, but, the Angels do need him to hit a little better. Bourjos has great speed but he only has 5 stolen bases so far this year because he can’t steal first base.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Russell Branyan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 26 May 2011 at 4:05 pm

The Angels have signed 35-year old lefty swinging 1B/DH Russell Branyan. Branyan played in 31 games earlier this year for the Diamondbacks and he was 13 for 62 (.210 avg, .629 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Branyan has now played in 1,022 games in his first 14 years in the majors and he is 670 for 2,869 (.234 avg, .816 OPS) with 398 runs scored, 190 homers, 455 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He has also whiffed 1,097 times in his major league career to date so his power comes with a price as he has a few holes in his swing. The Angels needed some offensive help so I like this pickup for them.

The Los Angeles Angels place Howie Kendrick on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 26 May 2011 at 4:02 pm

The Angels have placed 27-year old righty swinging starting 2B Howie Kendrick on the 15-day disabled list due to a right hamstring strain. Kendrick has played in 45 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 57 for 177 (.322 avg, .908 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 7 homers, 18 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Maicer Izturis will slide over to 2B to replace Kendrick.

Troy Percival was probably the best reliever in Los Angeles/California Angels’ history

Blogged under Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 25 May 2011 at 10:05 pm

The Angels knew they really had something with righty reliever Troy Percival during his rookie year. He pitched in 62 games (0 starts) for the California Angels in 1995 and he was 3-2 with 3 saves, a 1.95 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. He only gave up 37 hits in 74 innings in 1995 and he had 94 whiffs. The Angels thought enough of him to make him the closer in 1996 and the rest is history. Percival’s best season came back in 2002 when he worked in 58 games (0 starts) for the Angels in which he was 4-1 with 40 saves, a 1.92 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He only gave up 38 hits in his 56 1/3 innings that year while whiffing 68 batters. Percival pitched in 579 games (0 starts) in his 10 years with the Angels and he was 29-38 with 316 saves, a 2.99 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. He whiffed 680 batters in only 586 2/3 innings with the Angels while only allowing 393 hits, which shows just how dominating he was. Percival is still the Angels’ all-time leader in saves (316) and games pitched (579.

Bo Jackson finished his major league career with the California Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 21 May 2011 at 3:28 pm

47-year old Bo Jackson was a freak of nature for a while as he was a good baseball player with the Royals and an outstanding running back with the Raiders…..at the same time. Eventually, though his body gave out in 1990 when he took a hit on the hip against the Cincinnati Bengals. He wound up needing a hip replacement. He fought his way back to the majors, but he never played football again. The last season of his major league career was spent with the California Angels and he did a good job for them. He played in 75 games for the Angels in 1993 and he was 56 for 201 (.279 avg, .851 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 13 homers, 43 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Jackson proved that he could overcome all odds to get back to the majors and that is something that has always stuck in my mind about him.

Ervin Santana is off to a rough start for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Pitching BP by chinmusic on Friday 20 May 2011 at 9:04 am

The Los Angeles Angels have to be a little disappointed with 28-year old righty starting pitcher Ervin Santana’s production so far this year. Santana has started 9 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-4 with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Santana’s career path shows that he has had a hard time in odd numbered years while pitching well in even numbered years. This is Santana’s 4th odd numbered season and he has worked in 84 games (81 starts) in which he is 28-34 with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. In his three even numbered seasons, Santana has worked in 98 games (all starts) in which he is 49-25 with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Maybe the Angels should have known that 2011 was not going to be Santana’s year.

The Los Angeles Angels lose Cameron Bedrosian for the year

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries, The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 18 May 2011 at 3:09 pm

The Angels will be without 19-year old righty starting pitcher Cameron Bedrosian for the 2011 season and likely part of the 2012 season as he had Tommy John Surgery earlier this month. Bedrosian came into this season as the Angels’ #10 prospect according to Baseball America. He did not pitch at all this year. He pitched in 5 games (4 starts) in Rookie ball for the Angels last year and he was 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. The Angels will be very careful with Bedrosian in his rehab as he projects to be a top of the rotation type of starter down the road.

Howie Kendrick is ripping the ball for the Los Angeles Angels so far this year

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 17 May 2011 at 10:14 am

27-year old righty swinging 2B/LF Howie Kendrick is finally turning into the player the Angels have expected him to. He has played in 42 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 52 for 168 (.310 avg, .876 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 6 homers, 17 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. His production numbers are way up this year, as is his batting average as it’s all coming together for Kendrick this year. If Kendrick keeps hitting like he is right now, he could set new career highs in runs scored (67), homers (10), RBIs (75) and stolen bases (14). The Angels hope that Kendrick can stay healthy (it has been an issue in his career so far), because he’s one of the best all-around hitters on the team.

Jeff Baisley is off to a torrid start in the minors for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 13 May 2011 at 9:59 am

28-year old righty swinging 3B Jeff Baisley is off to a great start in the minors for the Angels so far this year. He has played in 33 games so far this year in AAA-ball and he is 50 for 129 (.388 avg, 1.117 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 9 homers, 30 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Baisley has now played in 604 games in his first 7 years in the minors and he is 644 for 2,269 (.284 avg, .820 OPS) with 349 runs scored, 77 homers, 378 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Baisley did get 14 games of experience in the majors back in 2008 with the A’s when he played in 14 games and was 11 for 43 (.256 avg, .598 OPS) with 1 run scored and 5 RBIs. He is blocked at the majors by quite a few Angels like Alberto Callaspo and Maicer Izturis, but if Baisley keeps hitting like he is right now the Angels will have to call him up at some point.

Kendry Morales needs a second surgery on his ankle, ending his season for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 12 May 2011 at 7:50 am

27-year old 1B Kendry Morales needs a second surgery on his ankle that was broken during a walkoff celebration last year, which will cost him the rest of this season. He tried to rehab his ankle but he could just not get it right again. This is a shame as he was an emerging force for the Angels. Morales has played in 330 games in his first 5 years with the Angels and he is 323 of 1,136 (.284 avg, .838 OPS) with 155 runs scored, 57 homers, 192 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. The Angels will need Mark Trumbo to keep playing well as he is going to be the full-time 1B the rest of the year if he can handle the job.

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