Andrew Bailey has been impressive for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 11:16 am

The Los Angeles Angels signed 32-year old righty reliever Andrew Bailey after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies, and he has been sharp for them so far!  Bailey has pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with 6 saves, a 2.61 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP.  Bailey has given up 7 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 7 batters in his first 10 1/3 innings for the Angels.  Bailey has now pitched in 44 games (0 starts) for the Angels and Phillies overall this year and he is 3-1 with 6 saves, a 5.48 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

Ricky Nolasco is looking good for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 11:13 am

33-year old righty starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco is looking like a new (and much better) pitcher since the Los Angeles Angels acquired him at the trade deadline from the Twins.  Nolasco has pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 3-6 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He has given up 58 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 47 batters in his first 65 innings for the Angels.  Nolasco has now pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Twins and Angels overall this year and he is 7-14 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  Nolasco has one year left on his 4-year, $49 million dollar deal that he signed with the Twins, so he will be part of the Angels’ rotation in 2017.

Kole Calhoun is turning in another solid year for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 11:10 am

28-year old lefty swinging RF Kole Calhoun is turning in another rock solid year for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016!  Calhoun has played in 152 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 154 of 577 (.267 avg, .768 OPS) with 88 runs scored, 17 homers, 70 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  Calhoun has now played in 517 games in his first five years with the Angels and he is 508 of 1,918 (.265 avg, .759 OPS) with 287 runs scored, 68 homers, 244 RBI and 14 stolen bases.  He is a building block for the Los Angeles Angels!

Jefry Marte is stepping up for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 18 September 2016 at 8:35 am

25-year old righty swinging 3B/OF Jefry Marte has taken advantage of the opportunity put in front of him this year by the Los Angeles Angels.  He has played in 78 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 57 of 225 (.253 avg, .765 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 12 homers, 38 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  Since the All-Star break, Marte has played in 40 games in which he is 34 of 120 (.283 avg, .847 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 7 homers, 25 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  In his first 2 years in the show, he has played in 111 game in which he is 74 of 305 (.243 avg, .747 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 16 homers, 49 RBI and 2 stolen bases.

Deolis Guerra has been quite a find for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 5:25 pm

27-year old righty reliever Deolis Guerra has been pretty solid for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016.  He has pitched in 37 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  He has given up only 42 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 34 batters in his first 48 2/3 innings for the Angels so far this year.  Guerra has now pitched in 47 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 5-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  It looks like the Angels have found a keeper in Deolis Guerra.

Rod Carew was an amazing hitter for the California Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 5:22 pm

Lefty swinging 1B Rod Carew waved his bat around like a magic wand for the California Angels.  He played the first 12 years of his Hall of Fame career (he was elected in 1991) with the Minnesota Twins.  But, he played his last seven years of his career with the California Angels and he got his 3,000th hit of his career with them in his last year with the Angels back in 1985!  Carew played in 834 games in his seven years with the Angels and he was 968 of 3,080 (.314 avg, .784 OPS) with 474 runs scored, 18 homers, 282 RBI and 18 stolen bases.  He also played in 9 games in the playoffs for the Angels in which he was 10 for 34 (.294 avg) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  Carew was an All-Star in six of his seven seasons with the Angels.  Carew’s best season for the Angels came back in 1980.  Carew played in 144 games for the Angels in 1980 and he was 179 of 540 (.331 avg, .833 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 3 homers, 59 RBI and 23 stolen bases.

Rod Carew is still #2 in Angels’ history in both batting average (.314) and OBP (.393)!  He is also still #40 in SLG (.392), #21 in OPS (.784), #18 in games played (834), #15 in runs scored (474), #12 in hits (968), tied for #22 in doubles (140), tied for #16 in triples (22), #30 in RBI (282) and he is also #10 in walks (405) in Angels’ history!

The Los Angeles Angels shut down Nate Smith for 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 5 September 2016 at 8:49 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have shut down 25-year old lefty starting pitcher Nate Smith due to tendinitis in his left elbow.  Smith pitched in 26 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 8-9 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  He gave up 166 hits and 44 walks while whiffing 122 batters in his 150 1/3 innings pitched in the minors.  Smith has now pitched in 86 games (80 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 31-25 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  Smith came into this season as the Angels’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America.  This injury is a bad break for Smith, as the Angels were likely going to call him up to make a start or two in September.

Matt Shoemaker is done for the season for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 5 September 2016 at 8:45 pm

29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker of the Los Angeles Angels is done for the season!  He was hit by a line drive off of the bat of Mariners’ 3B Kyle Seager and is caused a small skull fracture and a hematoma on the right side of his head.  He had emergency surgery last night.  Shoemaker pitched in 27 games (all starts) for the Angels this year and he was 9-13 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  He gave up 166 hits and 30 walks while whiffing 143 batters in 160 innings pitched this year.  Shoemaker had a rough start to the season, as he started 5 games in April in which he was 1-4 with a 9.15 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP.  But, when he started using his split finger fastball a lot, his fortunes started to chance.  From May 1st on, Shoemaker pitched in 22 games (all starts) in which he was 8-9 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Shoemaker has now pitched in 80 games (72 starts) in his first four years with the Angels and he is 32-27 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  Here’s hoping that Shoemaker has a complete recovery and can resume pitching for the Angels in 2017.

The Los Angeles Angels claim Daniel Wright off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 5 September 2016 at 2:09 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 25-year old righty starter/reliever Daniel Wright off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.  Wright pitched in 4 games (2 starts) for the Reds this year in his first taste of the show and he was 0-2 with a 7.42 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP.  Wright has given up 25 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 6 batters in his first 13 innings in the show, so he got hit pretty hard.  He also pitched in 25 games (14 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Reds this year and he was 8-5 with a 5.04 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  With the Angels hurting for pitching, it doesn’t hurt to take a flier on a guy like Wright.

The Los Angeles Angels claim Ashur Tolliver off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 4 September 2016 at 9:06 am

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 28-year old lefty reliever Ashur Tolliver off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.  Tolliver pitched in 5 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Orioles in his first taste of the show and he was 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.  Tolliver also pitched in 31 games in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Orioles this year in which he was 1-1 with 2 saves, a 1.94 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He gave up 35 hits and 14 walks while whiffing 46 batters in his 41 2/3 innings in the minors this year.  It never hurts to take a flier on a lefty reliever like Tolliver.

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