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The Los Angeles Angels sign Trevor Crowe

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 18 July 2012 at 3:05 pm

The Angels have signed 28-year old switch-hitting outfielder Trevor Crowe to a minor league deal. Crowe has played in 43 games in AA+AAA-ball so far this year for the Indians and Angels (one game in AAA) and he is 38 of 151 (.252 avg, .723 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 3 homers, 13 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Crowe has played in 205 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 160 of 653 (.245 avg, .625 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 3 homers, 55 RBIs and 29 stolen bases. This was a good pickup for the Angels as Crowe is a good defensive outfielder with some speed.

Ervin Santana has been awful lately for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Pitching BP by chinmusic on Monday 16 July 2012 at 2:28 pm

Despite throwing a 1-hit shutout on June 16th, 29-year old righty starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been awful in June & July overall. Santana has started six games in June & July and he is 2-3 with a 7.75 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. He has now pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Angels overall this year and he is 4-9 with a 5.75 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Santana has given up 100 hits (20 homers) in his first 103 1/3 innings so far this year and he has walked 42 batters while whiffing 73 batters. He could be in danger of losing his spot in the starting rotation if he doesn’t start to straighten out things soon.

The Los Angeles Angels place Jordan Walden on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Sunday 15 July 2012 at 6:47 pm

The Angels have placed 24-year old righty reliever Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 9th, due to strained right biceps. Walden has pitched in 31 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 2-2 with 1 save, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. He has given up 26 hits and he has walked 18 batters in only 28 innings so far this year, while whiffing 35 batters. His control has been off and that is why he lost his closer’s job early this year. Walden has now pitched in 109 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Angels and he is 7-8 with 34 saves, a 3.13 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.

Ariel Pena has been rock solid in the minors for the Los Angeles Angels so far in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by chinmusic on Saturday 14 July 2012 at 5:34 pm

23-year old righty starting pitcher Ariel Pena came into this season as the Angels’ #9 prospect according to Baseball America. He has pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 5-5 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has only given up 82 hits and 35 walks in his first 94 2/3 innings in the minors this year while whiffing 93 batters…..as he has been impressive. Pena has now pitched in 108 games (100 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 44-26 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Pena could be prime trade bait for the Angels at the trade deadline later this month.

The Los Angeles Angels had a solid first half in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Monday 9 July 2012 at 1:35 pm

The Los Angeles Angels had a very solid first half in 2012. They finished in second place in the A.L. West with a 48-38 record, just 4 games behind the Rangers. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2012 season, in my opinion:

Team MVP: Mike Trout - The Angels season changed for the better when 20-year old righty swinging CF Mike Trout was summoned from AAA. Trout played in 64 games in the first half of the 2012 season for the Angels and he was 88 for 258 (.341 avg, .959 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 12 homers, 40 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. He is going to be a superstar for the Angels for a long, long time.

Biggest Surprise: Mark Trumbo - 26-year old righty swinging Mark Trumbo took over for the injured Vernon Wells and he has been outstanding. Trumbo has played in 77 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 88 for 288 (.306 avg, .965 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 22 homers, 57 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. The Angels hope that Trumbo keeps rolling along in the second half of the 2012 season.

Biggest Disappointment: Ervin Santana - 29-year old righty starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been awful for the Angels so far this year. He has pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 4-9 with a 5.75 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. The Angels are going to need Santana to be much better in the second half of the 2012 season if they are going to catch the Rangers in the A.L. West.

The Los Angeles Angels place Dan Haren on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Friday 6 July 2012 at 3:23 pm

The Angels have placed 31-year old righty starting pitcher Dan Haren on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 4th due to lower back stiffness. Haren has pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 6-8 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. 27-year old righty reliever Kevin Jepsen has been called up to replace Haren on the pitching staff. Jepsen has pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. The Angels hope Haren only misses a couple of weeks.

Mike Witt was a pretty solid pitcher for the California Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 5 July 2012 at 10:45 am

Righty starting pitcher Mike Witt was a pretty solid pitcher for the Angels. He pitched 10 years for the Angels, working in 314 games (272 starts) in which he was 109-107 with 6 saves, a 3.76 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. His best season for the Angels came back in 1986, when he finished 3rd in the voting for the Cy Young Award. Witt pitched in 34 games (all starts) in 1986 and he was 18-10 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He was a workhorse in 1986 as he threw 14 complete games (3 shutouts). He threw 269 innings in 1986, allowing only 218 hits and 73 walks while whiffing 208 batters. Witt made it to two All-Star Teams in his 10 years with the Angels. Witt is #3 in games started (272), wins (109), innings pitched (1,965 1/3), strikeouts (1,283) and complete games (70) in Angels’ history. He is also #5 in games pitched (314) and #10 in shutouts (10) in Angels’ history.

The Los Angeles Angels have a lockdown pair of pitchers closing out games for them

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 5 July 2012 at 10:39 am

26-year old righty Ernesto Frieri and 36-year old lefty Scott Downs have been giving the Angels an awesome pair of pitchers to close out games. Frieri came over in a deal with the Padres earlier this year and he has been awesome. Frieri has pitched in 24 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with 10 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. He has only given up 7 hits in 24 1/3 innings while whiffing 42 batters, which is outstanding. He has walked 15 batters so far this year, so he’s a little wild, but it hasn’t hurt him yet. Scott Downs has pitched in 30 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-0 with 7 saves, a 0.32 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. He has only given up 21 hits and 6 walks in his first 28 innings this year with 18 whiffs. The Angels hope the Frieri and Downs keep up the outstanding work in the second half of the 2012 season.

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

Blogged under All-Stars, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 3 July 2012 at 12:39 pm

The Los Angeles Angels are sending four guys to the 2012 All-Star Game. It all starts with 20-year old righty swinging CF Mike Trout. Trout has played in 58 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 80 for 236 (.339 avg, .938 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 9 homers, 33 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. He is the guy who makes if all go both offensively and defensively for the Angels. 26-year old righty swinging 1B/3B/OF Mark Trumbo has also made it to his first All-Star Team. Trumbo has played in 71 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 82 of 266 (.308 avg, .973 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 20 homers, 55 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. 29-year old righty starting pitcher Jered Weaver has been selected to the All-Star Team for the 3rd time in his career. He has pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 9-1 with a 2.13 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. 31-year old lefty starting pitcher C.J. Wilson has been picked to the All-Star Team for the 2nd time in his career. Wilson has pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 9-4 with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. The Angels are going to be represented really well at the All-Star Game in 2012.

UPDATE: (7/9/2012) - C.J. Wilson is going to miss the All-Star Game due to a blister on his left middle finger.

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