Jered Weaver is running on fumes for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 9:10 am

It’s sad to watch 33-year old righty starting pitcher Jered Weaver pitch for the Los Angeles Angels.  He is a mere shadow of his former self as he can barely dent a couch with his fastball anymore.  He is trying to get by on pitching know how, but that will only get you so far.  He has played in 23 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 8-10 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He has given up a whopping 164 hits (26 of which are homers) and 37 walks while whiffing 67 batters in his first 133 2/3 innings pitched this year.  So he isn’t missing many bats and opposing hitters are making consistently hard contact against him.  Weaver pitched well in April, but it has been downhill since then.  Since May 1st, Weaver has pitched in 19 games (all starts) for the Angels in which he is 5-10 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.

Get a good look at Weaver the rest of the way this year Angels’ fans, because he is in the last year of a 5-year, $85 million dollar contract.  I don’t see the Angels bringing him back for the 2017 season.  Weaver has now pitched in 314 games (all starts) in his first 11 years with the Angels and he is 146-91 with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He was an All-Star three years in a row for the Angels, from 2010-2012.  In those three All-Star seasons, Weaver combined to pitched in 97 games (all starts) in which he was 51-25 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP!  He gave up 516 hits and 155 walks while whiffing 573 batters in his 648 2/3 innings pitched between 2010-2012 with the Angels!  Weaver led the American League in wins in both 2012 (20) and 2014 (18)!  Weaver is currently #2 in wins (146) in Angels’ franchise history!  He is also tied for #6 in games pitched (314), #2 in games started (314), #13 in ERA (3.53), #5 in WHIP (1.18), #3 in innings pitched (1,980 2/3), #3 in strikeouts (1,562), tied for #26 in complete games (14) and he is also tied for #13 in shutouts (8) in Angels’ history!

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Tim Lincecum

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Sunday 7 August 2016 at 7:14 am

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 32-year old righty starting pitcher Tim Lincecum for assignment.  Lincecum pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the Angels this year and he was 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA and a 2.38 WHIP.  He gave up a stunning 68 hits (11 homers) and 23 walks while whiffing 32 batters in his 38 1/3 innings for the Angels this year.  They just couldn’t keep putting Lincecum on the mound every five days anymore.  He looks like he’s pretty much done as a Major League pitcher and that it sad to see, as not too long ago, he was the best starting pitcher in all of baseball.

UPDATE:  (8/9/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Tim Lincecum to AAA.

The Los Angeles Angels place Huston Street on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Tuesday 2 August 2016 at 6:38 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 33-year old righty closer Huston Street on the 15-day disabled list due to knee inflammation.  Street has pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 3-2 with 9 saves, a 6.45 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP.  He has given up 31 hits (5 homers) and 12 walks while whiffing 14 batters in his first 22 1/3 innings for the Angels this year, so he has been getting hit really hard in 2016.  Since June 1st, Street has pitched in 16 games (0 starts) in which he is 1-2 with 4 saves, a 9.88 ERA and a 2.71 WHIP.  The Angels will likely turn to 24-year old righty Cam Bedrosian as their new closer moving forward.  Bedrosian has pitched in 43 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 0.92 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  He has given up 28 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 48 batters in his first 39 innings this year for the Angels.  This is Bedrosian’s big chance to be a closer like his dad (Steve Bedrosian) was.

UPDATE:  (8/23/2016) – Huston Street has underwent season ending knee surgery.

 

Tim Lincecum is off to a very rough start for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 2:13 pm

32-year old righty starting pitcher Tim Lincecum of the Los Angeles Angels has been pretty awful so far this year.  He has pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-3 with a 6.85 ERA and a 2.07 WHIP.  He has given up 38 hits (4 homers) and 11 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his first 23 2/3 innings for the Angels, as he has been getting hit really hard.  The Angels aren’t going to stick with Lincecum much longer if he doesn’t start pitching better in the near future.

The Los Angeles Angels are calling Nick Tropeano back up tomorrow

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 1:04 pm

The Los Angeles Angels are calling up 25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Tropeano and he will rejoin the rotation and start tomorrow afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Tropeano has pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  The Angels will move 28-year old righty Jhoulys Chacin to the pen to open up the rotation spot for Tropeano.  Chacin has pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 2-5 with a 6.11 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.  He has given up 64 hits (5 homers) and 25 walks while whiffing 31 batters in his first 53 innings pitched for the Angels this year, so he was getting hit really, really hard!

Jhoulys Chacin has been pitching BP for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Tuesday 28 June 2016 at 9:37 am

28-year old righty starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has been pretty awful for the Los Angeles Angels since they acquired him in a deal earlier this year with the Atlanta Braves.  Chacin has pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 2-4 with a 5.77 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  He has given up 52 hits and 23 walks while whiffing 27 batters in his first 48 1/3 innings with the Angels.  Chacin has now pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Angels and Braves so far this year and he is 3-6 with a 5.64 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  The Angels can’t keep Chacin in the rotation if he keeps pitching like he is right now.

Nick Tropeano has been too wild for the Los Angeles Angels so far in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Monday 16 May 2016 at 11:07 am

25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Tropeano has been so-so in 2016 for the Los Angeles Angels, because he has been way too wild.  He has pitched in 7 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.  He has given up 40 hits and he has given up 20 walks so far this year while whiffing 39 batters in his first 36 2/3 innings for the Angels.  He is striking out more than a batter an inning, as he has good stuff……so he needs to start throwing more strikes.  Tropeano has now pitched in 15 games (14 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  With all of the injuries to the rotation, the Angels need Tropeano to step up and challenge hitters with his good stuff!

The Los Angeles Angels send Matt Shoemaker to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 1 May 2016 at 6:41 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have sent 29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker to AAA.  Shoemaker has pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-4 with a 9.15 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP.  He has given up 29 hits (6 homers) and he has walked 10 batters while whiffing 16 batters in his first 20 2/3 innings so far this year.  His 21 earned runs allowed leads the American League!  It looked like batters were running up to the plate to bat against Shoemaker.  The Angels have called up 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter to replace Shoemaker on the pitching staff.  Achter pitched in 1 game (0 starts) earlier this year for the Angels and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

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.

Jered Weaver is starting to lose it for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Sunday 6 March 2016 at 2:49 pm

33-year old righty starting pitcher Jered Weaver is starting the downside of his career.  I watched him pitch a spring training game last week and he could barely keep his fastball over 80 mph.  One thing he does have going for him is the deception in his delivery, but it’s hard to see him excelling with smoke and mirrors.  He pitched in 26 games (all starts) for the Los Angeles Angels last year and he was 7-12 with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  2015 was the first season of Weaver’s 10-year career that he did not win at least 11 games for the Angels.  He is a three time All-Star and he did lead the American League in wins in both 2012 and 2014…..which wasn’t that long ago.  He has now pitched in 291 games (all starts) in his first 10 years with the Angels and he is 138-81 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.

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