The Los Angeles Angels have placed Huston Street on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 8:19 am

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 32-year old righty closer Huston Street on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained oblique muscle.  He has pitched in 9 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-0 with 5 saves, a 1.17 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP.  He has been outstanding since the Angels traded for him a few years ago,  as he has pitched in 99 games (0 starts) in his first three years with them and he is 5-5 with 62 saves, a 2.62 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Lucky for them that they have 32-year old righty reliever Joe Smith to step in for Street as the closer until he’s ready to return to action.  Smith has pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-1 with 1 save, a 3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  Smith has now pitched in 158 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Angels and he is 12-8 with 21 saves, a 2.66 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (4/29/2016) – The Angels will call up 24-year old righty reliever Cam Bedrosian to replace Street in the bullpen before tonight’s game.  Bedrosian pitched in 2 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Angels and he was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 53 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 1-1 with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.

Second Base is turning into a Black Hole for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 1:19 pm

The Los Angeles Angels aren’t getting much production out of their second baseman.  28-year old righty swinging Johnny Giavotella has played in 14 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 6 of 44 (.136 avg, .292 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  31-year old switch-hitting Cliff Pennington has not been much better.  He has played in 14 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 4 for 22 (.182 avg, .762 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  If Giavotella and Pennington continue to slump, the Angels might have little choice but to try to make a trade.  Phil Gosselin (D-Backs), Kelly Johnson (Braves), Javier Baez (Cubs), Wilmer Flores (Mets), Jonathan Villar (Brewers), Jedd Gyorko (Cardinals) and Danny Espinosa (Nationals) could be trade targets for the Angels.  Baez and Gyorko are the best options but they also would come with the highest price tags.

Nick Buss is off to a great start in AAA for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 8:45 am

With the Los Angeles Angels having a Black Hole in LF so far in 2016, maybe they will give 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nick Buss a call, as long as he keeps hitting.  Buss has played in 14 games in AAA-ball for the Angels so far this year and he is 17 of 55 (.309 avg, .967 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He has now played in 892 games in his first 9 years in the minors and he is 969 of 3,356 (.289 avg, .775 OPS) with 544 runs scored, 66 homers, 455 RBIs and 136 stolen bases.  Buss’ lone Major League experience came in 2013 for the Los Angeles Dodgers and he played in 8 games for them in which he was 2 for 19 (.105 avg, .255 OPS).

Carlos Perez better start hitting a little bit for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 8:40 am

The Los Angeles Angels are having issues scoring runs, so they can’t afford to play guys that can’t hit.  25-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Perez is the starter right now because of his work behind the plate.  He has played in 12 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 6 for 34 (.176 avg, .469 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  If Perez doesn’t hit better in the near future, the Angels could look to get 33-year old righty swinging catcher Geovany Soto increased playing time.  Soto has played in 7 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 6 for 19 (.316 avg, .855 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  Soto has a lot of power.

Kole Calhoun is off to a blazing start with the bat for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 17 April 2016 at 10:16 am

28-year old lefty swinging RF Kole Calhoun had a breakout season for the Los Angeles Angels in 2015.  He played in 159 games for the Angels last year and he was 161 of 630 (.256 avg, .731 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 26 homers, 83 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He also won a Gold Glove in right field last year.  Well he is proving that last year was just a starting point for him.  He has played in 11 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 14 of 38 (.368 avg, .929 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs.  The Angels hope that Calhoun keeps rolling with the bat, as they are having a hard time scoring runs so far this year.

The Los Angeles Angels place Daniel Nava on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Saturday 16 April 2016 at 12:47 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava on the 15-day disabled list due to left patella tendinitis.  He has played in 8 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 4 for 14 (.286 avg, .619 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI.  The Angels have called up 24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rafael Ortega to replace Nava on the roster and as the lefty swinging portion of a platoon in LF.  Ortega came into this season as the Angels’ #18 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 6 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 8 for 23 (.348 avg, 1.012 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 triples, 1 homer and 7 RBIs.  Ortega played in 2 games in 2012 for the Colorado Rockies and he was 2 for 4 (.500 avg, 1.167 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  That was his only Major League experience until now.

Yunel Escobar is off to a fast start with the bat for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 16 April 2016 at 9:11 am

33-year old righty swinging 3B Yunel Escobar had a “career year” in 2015 for the Washington Nationals.  He played in 139 games for the Nationals last year and he was 168 of 535 (.314 avg, .790 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 9 homers, 56 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Los Angeles Angels were so impressed that they dealt for him over the winter.  He has been impressive so far this year for the Angels, proving that last year was not a fluke.  He has played in 10 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 13 for 41 (.317 avg, .928 OPS) with 6 runs scored, an American League leading 6 doubles, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  He is not only hitting the ball hard, but he is showing great discipline at the plate as he has walked 5 times already this year while only whiffing twice.  The Angels hope that Escobar keeps up the good work.

C.J. Cron is off to a rough start for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 7:03 am

26-year old righty swinging 1B/DH C.J. Cron is off to a very slow start for the Los Angeles Angels.  He played in 113 games for the Angels last year and he was 99 of 378 (.262 avg, .739 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 16 homers, 51 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Cron played well enough last year that the Angels were confident that he could be a full time starter at DH or 1B for them in 2016.  Cron has been switching off playing 1B or DH with Albert Pujols, so they both would be in the lineup every day.  But, Cron is blowing his big chance to be an every day player so far this year.  He has played in 8 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 2 for 26 (.077 avg, .226 OPS) with 0 runs scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs.  The Angels need him to pick up the pace, or they are going to have to put him on the bench.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Greg Mahle

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 11 April 2016 at 8:36 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have called up 23-year old lefty reliever Greg Mahle and they have sent 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter back to AAA.  Mahle came into this season as the Angels’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 1 game out of the pen in AAA this year for the Angels and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP.  Mahle pitched in 52 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball last year and he was 3-4 with 25 saves, a 3.26 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Mahle has now pitched in 76 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 4-6 with 27 saves, a 2.97 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  Achter pitched in 1 game (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP.  Achter could get another shot with the Angels later this year.

Matt Shoemaker is off to another rough start in 2016 for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Monday 11 April 2016 at 12:13 pm

29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker was a revelation for the Los Angeles Angels in 2014.  He pitched in 27 games (20 starts) for the Angels in 2014 and he was 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  He finished second in the voting for the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award in 2014.  The Angels had high hopes for Shoemaker in 2015, but he was a disappointment for them.  He pitched in 25 games (24 starts) in 2015 for the Angels and he was 7-10 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  In his first start this year, Shoemaker worked 3 innings and he was hit hard as he gave up 7 hits and 6 runs (all earned) while walking 3 batters and whiffing 2.  The Angels aren’t going to stick by Shoemaker too long if he continues to struggle.

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