Scott Kazmir has been awful this year for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Wednesday 15 September 2010 at 9:46 pm

26-year old lefty starting pitcher made a good first impression on the Angels in 2009 after coming over from the Rays in a deal. He pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Angels last season and he was 2-2 with a 1.73 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. The Angels had high hopes for Kazmir this year but he has been downright putrid. He has started 25 games for the Angels this year and he is 8-14 with a 5.99 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. He has allowed 23 homers and walked 74 batters this year in only 136 2/3 innings for the Angels. His strikeouts are also way down this season as he only has 87 of them. Kazmir is a mess right now and he doesn’t have a spot locked up in the 2011 rotation for the Angels so he better finish the season strong.

The Los Angeles Angels release Brian Stokes

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Tuesday 7 September 2010 at 4:27 pm

The Angels have released 30-year old righty reliever Brian Stokes. Stokes pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 8.10 ERA and a 2.52 WHIP. He has given up 26 hits (4 of which were homers) in only 16 2/3 innings this year as he was hit hard. Stokes did whiff 16 batters but he also walked 16 batters which is just not acceptable at the major league level. The Angels were smart to pull the plug on Stokes.

Scot Shields has not looked like his old self in 2010 for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Thursday 26 August 2010 at 1:41 pm

34-year old righty reliever Scot Shields has not looked good at all this season for the Angels. He has pitched in 40 games (1 start) for the Angels this year and he is 0-3 with a 5.48 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. He has given up 44 hits in 42 2/3 innings which isn’t too bad but he has also walked 36 batters and that has been a big problem. Shields came into this season having pitched in 448 games (14 starts) in 9 years with the Angels and he was 46-41 with 21 saves, a 3.03 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. The Angels were talking about cutting Shields but they will give him the rest of the year for him to prove that he has something left.

The Los Angeles Angels need Trevor Bell to step up

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Tuesday 10 August 2010 at 2:24 pm

With Joel Pineiro out for most of the rest of the year the Angels need 23-year old righty Trevor Bell to step up. He has pitched in 19 games (3 starts) this season for the Angels and he is 1-3 with a 6.03 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. Bell has given up 52 hits in only 34 1/3 innings for the Angels so far this year. In his three starts, Bell is 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP. The Angels really need Bell to start pitching like the scouting reports say he can.

Scot Shields just hasn’t looked good for the Los Angeles Angels this season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Tuesday 29 June 2010 at 9:54 pm

34-year old righty reliever Scot Shields is pitching some of the worst baseball of his major league career right now. Shields has pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Angels this season and he is 0-2 with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. He has now pitched in 474 games (14 starts) in his 10 years with the Angels and he is 46-43 with 21 saves, a 3.11 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. I have a feeling that Shields is going to get into a groove pretty soon as he’s too good of a pitcher to have the results he has had so far this season.

The Los Angeles Angels fuse could be starting to get short concerning Brian Fuentes

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Thursday 10 June 2010 at 11:58 am

34-year old lefty Brian Fuentes has been getting hit hard this season. He has pitched in 15 games (0 starts) for the Angels and he is 3-1 with 8 saves, a 5.52 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has given up 5 homers in only 14 2/3 innings and that is downright horrible for a closer. But he has whiffed 19 batters so his stuff is still good. You have to wonder how much longer the Angels are going to put up with Fuentes as the closer when he could be a dominating situational reliever. 33-year old righty Fernando Rodney has the ability to close out games. He has pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he is 4-0 with 5 saves, a 2.70 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. But he has walked 17 batters in only 23 1/3 innings this year which can’t be tolerated in a short reliever. It will be up to Mike Scioscia to decide if he’s going to put up with Fuentes’ gopher balls or Rodney’s walks in the ninth inning.

The Los Angeles Angels have to be a little bit concerned with Scott Kazmir

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Saturday 29 May 2010 at 2:26 pm

26-year old lefty starting pitcher Scott Kazmir just doesn’t have it right now. He has started 9 games for the Angels this year and he is 3-5 with a 6.34 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. Kazmir has been getting hit hard this year as he has given up 55 hits (8 homers) in only 49 2/3 innings this season. He has walked 24 batters this season while only striking out 34. The strikeouts are a big concern as Kazmir is just not missing as many bats as usual. I wonder if he’s hurting right now and just hasn’t told anyone.

The Los Angeles Angels’ starting rotation looked shaky against the Twins

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Friday 9 April 2010 at 12:33 pm

The starting rotation was supposed to be a strength for the Angels but you would never have thought that if you watched them pitch against the Twins. Joel Pineiro, Joe Saunders, Jered Weaver and Ervin Santana combined to go 1-3 with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP against the Twins in the season opening series. Weaver was the only one to get a win against the Twins. I fully expect the Angels’ rotation to be much better the second time around.

The Los Angeles Angels are not happy with Brian Fuentes

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Tuesday 22 September 2009 at 10:26 am

The Angels have been spoiled watching Francisco Rodriguez finish games the last few years. His replacement this season was lefty Brian Fuentes. Fuentes has pitched in 61 games this season and he is 1-5 with 44 saves, a 4.21 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. All has not been good for Fuentes as he has blown 7 saves this season. The Angels are considering using Kevin Jepsen in some save situations down the stretch but I don’t agree with that move. Jepsen has pitched in 49 games in relief this season for the Angels and he is 6-3 with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. I think you need a veteran to handle the pressure of closing games in the post-season so I think the Angels will be playing with fire if they change the closer right now.

The Los Angeles Angels need Ervin Santana to pitch up to his ability

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Wednesday 24 October 2007 at 4:57 pm

The Angels are starting to get a little upset with Ervin Santana. A pitcher with his type of arm should be dominating at the major league level. But, ability doesn’t always turn into results in the majors. Santana has now pitched in 84 games (82 starts) in his major league career and he is 35-30 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Santana needs to throw more first pitch strikes as he makes big mistakes when he falls behind in the count often grooving pitches right down the middle that result in dingers for the opposition. Santana has allowed 64 homers in only 487.2 innings in his career to date and that will need to change if he ever wants to be a consistent winner at the major league level.

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