Jerome Williams has been solid for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 14 September 2011 at 5:15 pm

29-year old righty starting pitcher Jerome Williams has been solid since replacing rookie Tyler Chatwood in the starting rotation. Williams has pitched in 7 games (4 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 3-0 with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He has only given up 30 hits and 9 walks in his first 30 innings while also whiffing 23 batters, and those are impressive numbers. The baseball world has to be surprised at Williams’ success as he hasn’t pitched in the majors before now since the 2007 season with the Nationals.

Dan Haren continues to roll for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 25 August 2011 at 10:23 am

The Angels just gave Jered Weaver a big contract, but 30-year old righty starting pitcher Dan Haren has almost matched him in performance. Haren has pitched in 28 games (27 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 13-6 with a 2.98 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. He has given up 161 hits in his first 190 1/3 innings so far this year, which is pretty darn impressive. He has also whiffed 156 batters while only walking 26 batters, as he is a bulldog on the mound who pounds the strikezone with his good stuff. Haren is one of the most underrated pitchers in all of baseball.

The Los Angeles Angels are still deciding on who will replace Joel Pineiro in the rotation

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 9 August 2011 at 11:44 am

The Angels are deciding between moving 36-year old lefty reliever Hisanori Takahashi from the pen to the rotation or promoting 23-year old righty starting pitcher Garrett Richards to replace Pineiro in the rotation. Takahashi has pitched in 43 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 3-2 with 1 save, a 3.35 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He has now pitched in 96 games (12 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 13-8 with 9 saves, a 3.54 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. The Angels might deem Takahashi too valuable out of the pen to move him into the rotation. Garrett Richards came into this season as the Angels’ #7 prospect according to Baseball America. He has started 21 games in AA-ball so far this year and he is 12-2 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He has now pitched in 55 games (all starts) in his first three years in the minors with the Angels and he is 27-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Richards has pinpoint control as he has only walked 87 batters in his first 319 1/3 innings in the minors. Richards might have more of an upside than Takahashi does, but experience does matter in a playoff race. It will be interesting to see which way the Angels go here.

Ervin Santana of the Los Angeles Angels threw a no-hitter yesterday against the Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 28 July 2011 at 12:30 pm

28-year old righty starting pitcher Ervin Santana threw a no-hitter against the Indians yesterday in Cleveland. He only walked 1 batter and he allowed an unearned run due to an Erick Aybar error in the first inning. Santana was in complete control yesterday as he struck out 10 Indians, often making them look awful at the plate. He threw 76 of 105 pitches for strikes (72.4%) as he was coming right after the hitters yesterday. Santana improved to 6-8 on the season, which doesn’t tell the whole tale about how well he has pitched so far this year. Santana has started 22 games this year and he has a 3.47 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He has only allowed 132 hits while whiffing 123 batters in his first 148 innings this year. He has also been in total control on the mound as he has only walked 40 batters so far this year. Santana was brilliant yesterday in Cleveland.

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.

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