The Los Angeles Angels are still deciding on who will replace Joel Pineiro in the rotation

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 9 August 2011 at 11:44 am

The Angels are deciding between moving 36-year old lefty reliever Hisanori Takahashi from the pen to the rotation or promoting 23-year old righty starting pitcher Garrett Richards to replace Pineiro in the rotation. Takahashi has pitched in 43 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 3-2 with 1 save, a 3.35 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He has now pitched in 96 games (12 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 13-8 with 9 saves, a 3.54 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. The Angels might deem Takahashi too valuable out of the pen to move him into the rotation. Garrett Richards came into this season as the Angels’ #7 prospect according to Baseball America. He has started 21 games in AA-ball so far this year and he is 12-2 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He has now pitched in 55 games (all starts) in his first three years in the minors with the Angels and he is 27-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Richards has pinpoint control as he has only walked 87 batters in his first 319 1/3 innings in the minors. Richards might have more of an upside than Takahashi does, but experience does matter in a playoff race. It will be interesting to see which way the Angels go here.

Joel Pineiro gets removed from the rotation by the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Friday 5 August 2011 at 3:49 pm

The Angels have removed 32-year old righty starting pitcher Joel Pineiro from the starting rotation. He deserved to be yanked from the rotation as he hasn’t pitched well since May. In his last 11 starts (June, July and August), Pineiro is 3-4 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. Pineiro has pitched in 18 games (18 starts) overall for the Angels this year and he is 5-6 with a 5.31 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. He hasn’t missed many bats this year as he has given up 135 hits in his first 103 1/3 innings so far this year. The Angels are in the heat of a penant race so they couldn’t afford to keep running Pineiro out to the mound every five days.

Erick Aybar is having a solid year for the Los Angeles Angels in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 4 August 2011 at 12:11 pm

27-year old switch-hitting shortstop Erick Aybar has been pretty much the everyday shortstop for the Angels this year and he’s been a solid one. Aybar has played in 95 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 107 for 378 (.283 avg, .743 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 7 homers, 43 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He does need to be a little more picky at the plate as he has only walked 16 times so far this year, but that’s nitpicking a little bit as he is putting up solid counting numbers for the Angels this year. They need him to keep hitting well if they are going to dethrone the Texas Rangers in the A.L. West.

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