Rich Thompson is really pitching solid baseball this year for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 20 July 2011 at 3:29 pm

27-year old righty reliever Rich Thompson has been really solid for the Angels so far this year. He has pitched in 30 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-3 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He has only given up 31 hits in his first 37 2/3 innings with 42 whiffs as he has been downright nasty. The only problem with Thompson so far this year is that his control is sometime off as he has walked 15 batters. That is nitpicking though as Thompson has pitched well overall this year.

Jordan Walden has made the All-Star team to represent his Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 7 July 2011 at 8:26 pm

23-year old righty rookie closer Jordan Walden will be heading to the All-Star Game next week as an injury replacement for Mariano Rivera. Walden started this season as a set-up man for Fernando Rodney, but he quickly replaced him as the closer and the rest they say…is history. Walden has pitched in 37 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-2 with 19 saves, a 2.95 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has only given up 28 hits in 36 2/3 innings so far this year and he has whiffed 39 batters, which shows how nasty he can be. But, he’s far from perfect as he has walked 17 batters so far this year. If Walden tightens up his control a tad, he will be one of the best closers in all of baseball.

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.

The Los Angeles Angels are getting good work from the lefties in the bullpen

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 4 July 2011 at 12:15 pm

The Angels have not had a good lefty in the bullpen in quite a while and now it appears that they have two of them. 35-year old Scott Downs has been nasty since returning from the D.L. Downs has pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 5-2 with a 1.63 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. Downs has only given up 18 hits in his first 27 2/3 innings as he has been downright nasty this year. 36-year old Hisanori Takahashi got off to a slow start this year but he has been locked in lately. Takahashi has pitched in 34 games (0 starts) so far this year for the Angels and he is 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. I think Mike Scioscia sleeps a lot better at night knowing that he’s got two solid lefty relievers in his bullpen this year.

Jordan Walden has been nails for the Los Angeles Angels this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 22 June 2011 at 10:23 am

It didn’t take long for manager Mike Scioscia to tire of using Fernando Rodney as the closer. They replaced him early this year with 23-year old righty Jordan Walden and he has rewarded the faith in him so far this year. Walden has a big time right arm as his fastball is always 95mph+. In his first 6 games this June, Walden is 0-0 with 5 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP. He has only given up 2 hits while whiffing 12 batters in only six innings so far this month! Walden has pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Angels overall this year and he is 0-1 with 17 saves, a 2.59 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has only given up 24 hits while whiffing 38 batters in his 31 1/3 innings so far this year! But, he has walked 15 batters already this year. If Walden tightens up his control a bit, he is going to be one of the best closers in the majors for a long, long time.

Tyler Chatwood is really stepping up for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 4 June 2011 at 11:06 am

21-year old righty starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood came into this season as the Angels’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America. Chatwood has really been solid in his last six starts with the Angels. In those six starts, Chatwood is 1-1 with a 2.68 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. He has now pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 3-2 with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Chatwood needs to clean up his control a bit as he has walked 34 batters already this year in 64 1/3 innings.

The Los Angeles Angels are getting outstanding work from their #1 and #2 starting pitchers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 19 April 2011 at 12:27 pm

Veteran righties Dan Haren and Jered Weaver are off to outstanding starts for the Angels so far this year. Haren has pitched in 5 games (4 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP. He has only given up 18 hits in 31 innings so far this year as he has been downright nasty. Haren has been pounding the strike zone as he has whiffed 27 times while only walking 2 batters so far this year! Jered Weaver has started 4 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 4-0 with a 1.30 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP. He has only allowed 13 hits in his first 27 2/3 innings so far this year while whiffing 31 batters! The Angels are going to be really hard to beat with Dan Haren and Jered Weaver at the top of the starting rotation.

Jordan Walden bumps Fernando Rodney out of the closer’s role for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 6 April 2011 at 8:26 am

34-year old righty reliever Fernando Rodney came into this season as one of the closer’s on thin ice. Well, that ice underneath him has cracked all the way as he has now been replaced as the closer by 23-year old righty rookie reliever Jordan Walden. Rodney did get one save so far this year but he worked 1 1/3 innings in his first two games and he gave up 2 hits, 2 earned runs and he walked four batters. Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia just couldn’t continue to overlook Rodney’s shortcomings as a closer any longer. Jordan Walden brings the heat as he’s routinely in the high 90’s with his fastball. He got his first save of the season last night against the Rays and he made it look very easy. Walden has pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with 1 save, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP. He has only given up 1 hit and walked 1 batter while whiffing 6 of them in only 3 1/3 innings. This was a very smart move for Mike Scioscia as the Angels can’t afford to be giving away games late.

Ervin Santana turns in a solid year for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 28 September 2010 at 2:40 pm

27-year old righty starting pitcher Ervin Santana has really been outstanding for the Angels this year. He has started 32 games for the Angels this year and he is 17-9 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Santana has set a new career high in wins for his major league career. Santana always seems to pitch well in even numbered years. In his three even numbered years in his major league career he has started 97 games for the Angels in which he is 49-24 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. But in odd numbered years, Santana has been pretty awful pitching in 75 games (72 starts) in which he is 27-30 with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Hopefully Ervin Santana bumps his career trends next season which is a odd numbered one.

Jered Weaver has really been sharp for the Los Angeles Angels this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 7 September 2010 at 4:32 pm

27-year old righty starting pitcher Jered Weaver has really been outstanding for the Angels this year. He has started 29 games for the Angels this year and he is 11-11 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Weaver has whiffed 205 batters (a new career high) in 189 innings this season while allowing only 158 hits showing just how nasty he has been this year. Weaver has also had pinpoint control this year as he has only walked 51 batters this year. He has now pitched in 139 games (all starts) in his five years with the Angels and he is 62-38 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He is now the unquestioned ace of the Los Angeles Angels.

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