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.

Ernesto Frieri is out as the Los Angeles Angels’ closer

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Sunday 11 August 2013 at 2:09 pm

28-year old righty reliever Ernesto Frieri is out as the Angels’ closer.  Since July 1st, Frieri has pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Angels in which he is 0-3 with 5 saves, a 9.53 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP.  Frieri has now pitched in 49 games (0 starts) overall this year for the Angels and he is 0-4 with 26 saves, a 4.69 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  30-year old Dane De La Rosa will get the first shot to replace Frieri as the Angels’ closer.  De La Rosa has pitched in 53 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 5-1 with 1 save, a 3.74 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

Ernesto Frieri has had a rough time in the second half so far for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Sunday 4 August 2013 at 6:20 am

28-year old righty reliever Ernesto Frieri could be losing his hold on the closer’s job for the Angels.  Since the All-Star Game, Frieri has worked in 7 games (0 starts) for the Angels and he is 0-2 with 4 saves, a 13.50 ERA and a 2.81 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 46 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-3 with 26 saves, a 4.11 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  He has only given up 36 hits and 26 walks while whiffing 69 batters in his first 46 innings this year, so he misses a lot of bats.  That being said, he needs to tighten his control if he wants to keep the closer’s job much longer.

The Los Angeles Angels need to consider bumping Joe Blanton from the rotation

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 July 2013 at 12:35 pm

The Angels need to really consider bumping 32-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Blanton from the starting rotation.  He has pitched in 20 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 2-13 with a 5.66 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.  He has given up 157 hits (24 homers) and he has 97 strikeouts while walking 28 batters in his first 116 innings this year, as he is getting hit really hard this year.  Blanton has been especially awful so far in July.  He has pitched in 4 games (all starts) so far in July for the Angels and he is 0-3 with a 8.84 ERA and a 2.24 WHIP.  If the Angels want to get back into the playoff hunt this year, they can’t afford to run Joe Blanton out to the mound every five days.

Joe Blanton has been horrific for the Los Angeles Angels so far in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Friday 26 April 2013 at 3:08 pm

32-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Blanton is off to a very slow start in 2013 for the Angels.  He has started 4 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-3 with a 7.84 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP.  He has given up 38 hits (6 homers) while only walking 5 batters and whiffing 8 of them in his first 20 2/3 innings so far this year as he is getting hit very hard.  The Angels are going to stick with Blanton for a while longer as he is a proven veteran starting pitcher.  His track record suggest that he will straighten out things in the near future.

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.

Tyler Chatwood could be on thin ice with the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Thursday 18 August 2011 at 7:03 am

21-year old rookie righty starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood could be on thin ice with the Angels. He has pitched in 23 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 6-9 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. He has given up 146 hits while walking 63 batters in his first 103 1/3 innings this year and at times he has been hard to watch. In his defense, he’s a kid that’s still learning while pitching in the majors. The reason that Chatwood’s spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy is the fact that the Angels have called up 29-year old righty starting pitcher Jerome Williams. Williams has pitched in 11 games (10 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he is 7-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Williams also has some major league experience as he has pitched in 76 games (71 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 23-29 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

UPDATE: (8/19/2011) – The Angels have sent Tyler Chatwood to AAA. He will be replaced in the starting rotation by Jerome Williams.

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