Chris Iannetta is off to an outstanding start for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 16 April 2012 at 2:44 pm

The Angels spent a lot of money over the winter to secure free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, but the hottest newcomer has been catcher Chris Iannetta. The 29-year old righty swinger has played in 8 games so far this year and he is 8 for 23 (.348 avg, 1.162 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs. The Angels traded for Iannetta because the catching spot was a black hole offensively for them in 2011, but it looks like that isn’t going to be near the case in 2012.

Mark Trumbo has turned in an outstanding rookie season for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 26 September 2011 at 7:01 pm

25-year old righty swinging 1B Mark Trumbo got his first taste of the majors back in September of 2010 with the Angels. He played in 8 games for the Angels in 2010 and he was 1 for 15 (.067 avg, .192 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. He also walked only 1 time while whiffing 8 times. So when Kendry Morales wasn’t ready to return this year from his ankle injury, the Angels decided to give Trumbo a look at 1B. He has taken the job and run with it. He has played in 149 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 137 for 539 (.254 avg, .768 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 29 homers, 87 RBIs an 9 stolen bases. Even if Morales comes back next year, Trumbo will be starting somewhere for the Angels.

Peter Bourjos has been very solid for the Los Angeles Angels in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 20 September 2011 at 2:50 pm

24-year old righty swinging CF Peter Bourjos has had a solid year with the bat for the Angels in 2011. But the reason I like watching him play is because of his awesome range in CF defensively. You have to hit the ball over the fence if you don’t want Bourjos to catch it. He has played in 138 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 124 for 469 (.264 avg, .745 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 11 homers, 38 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. He has now played in 189 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 161 for 650 (.248 avg, .710 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 17 homers, 53 RBIs and 31 stolen bases. Bourjos looks like he’s going to be the Angels’ CF for a long, long time.

Mike Trout is starting to help out for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Sunday 11 September 2011 at 10:39 am

19-year old righty swinging outfielder Mike Trout got off to a rough start to his major league career. But, in his last 15 games, Trout is 13 of 44 (.295 avg) with 11 runs scored, 4 homers and 8 RBIs. Trout has now played in 30 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 22 for 92 (.239 avg, .760 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 5 homers, 15 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Angels need Trout to keep hitting when he’s in the lineup because they are right on the heels of the Rangers in the A.L. West.

Torii Hunter has been red hot in August for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 29 August 2011 at 5:52 pm

35-year old righty swinging RF Torii Hunter has been red hot with the bat so far this month for the Angels. Hunter has played in 24 games so far in August and he is 34 for 87 (.391 avg, 1.074 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 5 homers and 16 RBIs. Hunter has played in 129 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 125 for 482 (.259 avg, .751 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 18 homers, 67 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Angels need Hunter to stay hot because they are in a dogfight for the A.L. West with the Rangers right now.

Peter Bourjos has been a nice suprise for the Los Angeles Angels in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 20 August 2011 at 3:59 pm

24-year old righty swinging CF Peter Bourjos has played in 112 games so far this year for the Angels and he is 103 for 370 (.278 avg, .768 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 6 homers, 27 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. Bourjos has amazing range in the field and great speed on the bases. He deserves a Gold Glove this year and I think he can steal 50 bases in a season down the road. He has now played in 163 games in his first two years with the Angels and he is 140 for 551 (.254 avg, .720 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 12 homers, 42 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Bourjos is giving the Angels a nice glimpse of the future in 2011.

Erick Aybar is having a solid year for the Los Angeles Angels in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 4 August 2011 at 12:11 pm

27-year old switch-hitting shortstop Erick Aybar has been pretty much the everyday shortstop for the Angels this year and he’s been a solid one. Aybar has played in 95 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 107 for 378 (.283 avg, .743 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 7 homers, 43 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He does need to be a little more picky at the plate as he has only walked 16 times so far this year, but that’s nitpicking a little bit as he is putting up solid counting numbers for the Angels this year. They need him to keep hitting well if they are going to dethrone the Texas Rangers in the A.L. West.

The Los Angeles Angels are sending a pair to the All-Star Game

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 5 July 2011 at 9:53 am

27-year old righty swinging 2B Howie Kendrick and 28-year old righty starting pitcher Jered Weaver have been picked to the American League All-Star team. Kendrick has played in 72 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 86 for 280 (.307 avg, .839 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 8 homers, 26 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. The Angels knew that Kendrick would be a big time player if he could just stay healthy which he has the last two years now. Jered Weaver has been the best pitcher in the American League so far this year. Weaver has started 18 games (16 quality starts) and he is 10-4 with a 1.92 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. Weaver has only given up 92 hits in his first 131 1/3 innings so far this year with 114 whiffs and only 30 walks, which shows just how nasty he has been.

Vernon Wells has picked up the pace so far in June for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 28 June 2011 at 2:32 pm

32-year old righty swinging LF Vernon Wells has finally started to hit for the Angels. He has played in 17 games so far in June for the Angels and he is 16 for 63 (.254 avg, .769 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 5 homers, 11 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Wells has now played in 53 games this year for the Angels and he is 43 for 210 (.205 avg, .596 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 9 homers, 24 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Angels needed Wells to pick up the pace with the bat as they have had a hard time scoring runs lately.

The Los Angeles Angels have to be ecstatic with the play of Mark Trumbo

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 11 June 2011 at 9:07 am

The Angels have to be happy with the play of 25-year old righty swinging 1B Mark Trumbo so far this year. Trumbo has played in 59 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 53 for 210 (.252 avg, .767 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 11 homers, 29 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Trumbo is a hacker at the plate though as he has only walked 13 times while whiffing 51 times so far this year. That is nitpicking though as the Angels are glad that Trumbo stepped up with Kendry Morales now out for the season.

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