Ervin Santana of the Los Angeles Angels threw a no-hitter yesterday against the Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 28 July 2011 at 12:30 pm

28-year old righty starting pitcher Ervin Santana threw a no-hitter against the Indians yesterday in Cleveland. He only walked 1 batter and he allowed an unearned run due to an Erick Aybar error in the first inning. Santana was in complete control yesterday as he struck out 10 Indians, often making them look awful at the plate. He threw 76 of 105 pitches for strikes (72.4%) as he was coming right after the hitters yesterday. Santana improved to 6-8 on the season, which doesn’t tell the whole tale about how well he has pitched so far this year. Santana has started 22 games this year and he has a 3.47 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He has only allowed 132 hits while whiffing 123 batters in his first 148 innings this year. He has also been in total control on the mound as he has only walked 40 batters so far this year. Santana was brilliant yesterday in Cleveland.

I don’t see the Los Angeles Angels making any big moves at the trade deadline

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Monday 25 July 2011 at 8:19 am

I just don’t see the Angels making any big changes this week. They could use a power hitting 3B, a righty reliever and a backup outfielder. The 3B that are likely available (Ty Wigginton, Edwin Encarnacion, Chone Figgins, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Casey Blake and Juan Uribe) don’t offer much of an upgrade over Alberto Callaspo. Wigginton is the best of that group but he won’t come too cheap as a lot of teams are going to be in on him. The Angels will likely be after Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, Octavio Dotel, Jason Frasor, Grant Balfour, Koji Uehara, Kerry Wood, Rafael Betancourt, Matt Lindstrom, Matt Guerrier and maybe even Mike Adams. They only really need one of them, so they might be able to improve the bullpen before August 1st. The Angels also should be able to get one of these backup outfielders (Felix Pie, Scott Hairston, Jason Michaels, Chris Denorfia, Corey Patterson, Ryan Sweeney, Reed Johnson or Willie Harris) by next weekend. The Angels might be a better team on August 1st with only minor tinkering to the roster.

Rich Thompson is really pitching solid baseball this year for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 20 July 2011 at 3:29 pm

27-year old righty reliever Rich Thompson has been really solid for the Angels so far this year. He has pitched in 30 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-3 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He has only given up 31 hits in his first 37 2/3 innings with 42 whiffs as he has been downright nasty. The only problem with Thompson so far this year is that his control is sometime off as he has walked 15 batters. That is nitpicking though as Thompson has pitched well overall this year.

The Los Angeles Angels place Peter Bourjos on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 16 July 2011 at 7:46 am

The Angels have placed 24-year old righty swinging CF Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 8th with a strained right hamstring. Bourjos has played in 86 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 78 for 287 (.272 avg, .720 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 3 homers, 17 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. 19-year old righty swinging rookie Mike Trout will continue to start in CF until Bourjos is ready to return to action. Trout has played in 4 games for the Angels so far this year and is 2 for 13 (.154 avg, .368 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. The Angels have called up 22-year old lefty swinging 2B/OF Alexi Amarista to replace Bourjos on the active roster. Amarista has played in 19 games for the Angels already this year and he is 7 for 47 (.149 avg, .414 OPS) with 1 run scored and 4 RBIs.

The Los Angeles Angels are right in the A.L. West race at the All-Star break

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Weekly Results by chinmusic on Tuesday 12 July 2011 at 9:40 am

The Angels finished the first half of the 2011 season on a four game winning streak as they have vaulted past the Mariners into second place. They are 50-42 on the season which has them 1 game behind the Rangers in the A.L. West and 5 games behind the Yankees for the Wild Card. The Angels could be looking for some offensive firepower and bullpen help in the coming weeks as they are going to need reinforcements to deal with the Rangers in the second half. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts for the Angels in the first half:

Team MVP: 28-year old righty starting pitcher Jered Weaver gets this honor. The Angels feel like they are going to win every time he takes the mound…..and for good reason. Weaver has started 19 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 11-4 with a 1.86 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. He has only given up 97 hits and 31 walks in his first 140 1/3 innings this year and he has 120 whiffs, proving just how nasty he has been. The Cy Young Award is within reach if he has a strong second half.

Biggest Surprise: This is a tie between 23-year old righty closer Jordan Walden and 25-year old righty swinging 1B Mark Trumbo who are two of the best rookies in baseball right now. When the season started, Fernando Rodney was the Angels’ closer. Mike Scioscia tired of Rodney’s escapades in the 9th inning so he turned to Walden. Walden has pitched in 39 games (0 starts) so far this year for the Angels and he is 2-2 with 20 saves, a 2.84 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He has only given up 28 hits while whiffing 41 batters in his first 38 innings this year as he reminds me of a young Troy Percival. Kendry Morales was supposed to come back this season but his ankle was never right. The Angels turned to Mark Trumbo and he has responded well to the challenge. Trumbo has played in 84 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 77 for 296 (.260 avg, .788 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 17 homers, 41 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.

Biggest Disappointment: When the Angels dealt for 32-year old righty swinging Vernon Wells over the winter, they were expecting him to add juice to the lineup. He has not done that to this point in the season. Wells has played in 65 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 57 for 257 (.222 avg, .657 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 13 homers, 34 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Angels need Wells to have a big second half with the bat.

Luis Jimenez is pounding the ball in AA for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 8 July 2011 at 2:31 pm

23-year old righty swinging 3B Luis Jimenez came into this season as the Angels’ #22 prospect according to Baseball America and he’s showing why in AA-ball so far this year. Jimenez has played in 75 games in AA-ball for the Angels so far this year and he is 86 for 290 (.297 avg, .862 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 12 homers, 67 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He has now played in 357 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 421 for 1,390 (.303 avg, .878 OPS) with 243 runs scored, 53 homers, 278 RBIs and 58 stolen bases. Jimenez might be the kind of prospect the Angels offer up in deals this month.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Mike Trout

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 8 July 2011 at 2:26 pm

The Angels have called up 19-year old righty swinging CF Mike Trout. Trout came into this season as the Angels’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America. Trout has played in 75 games in AA-ball for the Angels this year and he is 94 for 290 (.324 avg, .950 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 9 homers, 27 RBIs and 28 stolen bases. He has now played in 250 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 330 for 977 (.338 avg, .925 OPS) with 205 runs scored, 20 homers, 110 RBIs and 97 stolen bases. Trout will replace 24-year old righty swinging Peter Bourjos in CF this weekend due to a hamstring injury. Bourjos has played in 86 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 78 for 287 (.272 avg, .720 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 3 homers, 17 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. It will be interesting to see what the Angels decide to do if Bourjos doesn’t need to go on the D.L. and Trout gets off to a hot start.

Jordan Walden has made the All-Star team to represent his Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 7 July 2011 at 8:26 pm

23-year old righty rookie closer Jordan Walden will be heading to the All-Star Game next week as an injury replacement for Mariano Rivera. Walden started this season as a set-up man for Fernando Rodney, but he quickly replaced him as the closer and the rest they say…is history. Walden has pitched in 37 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-2 with 19 saves, a 2.95 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has only given up 28 hits in 36 2/3 innings so far this year and he has whiffed 39 batters, which shows how nasty he can be. But, he’s far from perfect as he has walked 17 batters so far this year. If Walden tightens up his control a tad, he will be one of the best closers in all of baseball.

The Los Angeles Angels are sending a pair to the All-Star Game

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 5 July 2011 at 9:53 am

27-year old righty swinging 2B Howie Kendrick and 28-year old righty starting pitcher Jered Weaver have been picked to the American League All-Star team. Kendrick has played in 72 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 86 for 280 (.307 avg, .839 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 8 homers, 26 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. The Angels knew that Kendrick would be a big time player if he could just stay healthy which he has the last two years now. Jered Weaver has been the best pitcher in the American League so far this year. Weaver has started 18 games (16 quality starts) and he is 10-4 with a 1.92 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. Weaver has only given up 92 hits in his first 131 1/3 innings so far this year with 114 whiffs and only 30 walks, which shows just how nasty he has been.

The Los Angeles Angels are getting good work from the lefties in the bullpen

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 4 July 2011 at 12:15 pm

The Angels have not had a good lefty in the bullpen in quite a while and now it appears that they have two of them. 35-year old Scott Downs has been nasty since returning from the D.L. Downs has pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 5-2 with a 1.63 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. Downs has only given up 18 hits in his first 27 2/3 innings as he has been downright nasty this year. 36-year old Hisanori Takahashi got off to a slow start this year but he has been locked in lately. Takahashi has pitched in 34 games (0 starts) so far this year for the Angels and he is 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. I think Mike Scioscia sleeps a lot better at night knowing that he’s got two solid lefty relievers in his bullpen this year.

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