Albert Pujols is heating up in July for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 28 July 2016 at 8:07 am

36-year old righty swinging 1B Albert Pujols has been ripping the ball in July for the Los Angeles Angels.  Pujols has played in 22 games so far in July and he is 23 of 85 (.271 avg, .829 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 5 homers, 28 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Pujols has now played in 99 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 96 of 380 (.253 avg, .759 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 19 homers, 78 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Pujols is in the 5th year of a 10-year, $240 million dollar deal.  Pujols has now played in 668 games in his first five years in the show and he is 689 of 2,613 (.264 avg, .797 OPS) with 349 runs scored, 134 homers, 447 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.  Pujols is already #10 in Angels’ history in homers with 134 of them.  He is also #41 in batting average (.264), tied for #45 in OBP (.326), #9 in SLG (.471), #16 in OPS (.797), #33 in games played (668), #25 in runs scored (349), #27 in hits (689), #23 in doubles (139), #15 in RBIs (477) and he is tied for #26 in walks (232) in Angels’ history.

The Los Angeles Angels activate Tyler Skaggs off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 8:22 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have activated 25-year old lefty starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs off of the D.L.  Skaggs pitched in 9 games (all starts) in Rookie+A+AAA-ball for the Angels this year on his rehab assignment and he was 3-2 with a 1.60 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.  He gave up 26 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 53 batters in his 39 1/3 innings in the minors this year for the Angels, so he is looking sharp.  Skaggs missed all of last season due to injury.  He last pitched in the show back in 2014 when he pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Angels in which he was 5-5 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Skaggs has now pitched in 31 games (all starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 8-11 with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  The Angels need Skaggs to pitch well and stay healthy.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Todd Cunningham

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 8:15 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 27-year old switch-hitting outfielder Todd Cunningham for assignment.  Cunningham has played in 20 games for the Angels this year and he was 4 for 27 (.148 avg, .438 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  He has now played in 67 games in his first three years in the show and he is 25 of 121 (.207 avg, .520 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Angels needed Cunningham’s roster spot to activate lefty starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs off the D.L.

UPDATE:  (7/30/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Todd Cunningham to AAA.

Bob Lee was a solid reliever a long time ago for the California Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 23 July 2016 at 9:44 am

Righty reliever Bob Lee was only with the California/Los Angeles Angels for a short time, but he made his mark with them.  Lee pitched in 194 games (5 starts) in his three years with the Angels and he was 20-16 with 58 saves, a 1.99 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He gave up 272 hits and 131 walks while whiffing 246 batters in his 370 innings with the Angels.  Lee was an American League All-Star in 1965 for the Angels.  Lee pitched in 69 games (0 starts) for the California Angels in 1965 and he was 9-7 with 23 saves, a 1.92 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Lee gave up 95 hits and 42 walks while whiffing 89 batters in his 131 1/3 innings for the Angels in 1965.  Lee is still #9 in Angels’ history with his 58 saves!  He is also tied for #26 in games pitched (194) and he is #49 in strikeouts (246) in Angels’ history!

The Los Angeles Angels place Nick Tropeano on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 8:14 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Tropeano on the 15-day disabled list due to a UCL tear in his right elbow.  He will likely need Tommy John surgery!  This is another tough blow for the Angels.  Tropeano pitched in 13 games (all starts) for the Angels this year and he was 3-2 with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  He has given up 70 hits (14 homers) and 31 walks while whiffing 68 batters in his 68 1/3 innings this year.  Tropeano has now pitched in 21 games (20 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  The Angels have called up 27-year old lefty reliever Jose Alvarez to replace Tropeano on the active roster.  Alvarez pitched in 40 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Angels and he was 1-2 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 106 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Angels and he is 5-5 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

The Los Angeles Angels place Geovany Soto on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 7:31 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 33-year old righty swinging catcher Geovany Soto on the 15-day disabled list due to left knee inflammation.  Soto has played in 22 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 19 of 67 (.284 avg, .811 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs.  The Angels have called up 27-year old righty swinging catcher Juan Graterol to replace Soto on the active roster.  Graterol has played in 46 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 45 of 154 (.292 avg, .688 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 1 homer, 19 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 505 games in his first 11 years in the minors and he is 445 of 1,659 (.268 avg, .650 OPS) with 174 runs scored, 12 homers, 174 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  This will be Graterol’s first shot at playing in the show.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA A.J. Achter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 7:24 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter for assignment.  Achter has pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  Achter has now pitched in 30 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  It will be interesting to see if another team claims Achter this time around.

UPDATE:  (7/21/2016) – The Angels have outrighted A.J. Achter to AAA.

The Los Angeles Angels claim Sean Coyle off waivers from the Red Sox

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 2:29 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 24-year old righty swinging 2B/3B Sean Coyle off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.  Coyle played in 64 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Red Sox this year and he was 36 of 218 (.165 avg, .543 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 5 homers, 14 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He has now played in 498 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 433 of 1,801 (.240 avg, .754 OPS) with 310 runs scored, 66 homers, 262 RBIs and 68 stolen bases.  This is just the Angels taking a flier on a young player.

Deolis Guerra has been really impressive for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 2:19 pm

27-year old righty reliever Deolis Guerra has been impressive so far this year for the Los Angeles Angels.  Guerra has played in 18 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.  He has given up 21 hits and 1 walk while whiffing 19 batters in his first 27 1/3 innings for the Angels, which are very, very impressive numbers.  Guerra has now pitched in 28 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 4-0 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  The Angels might have found something here in Guerra, as he has been really impressive so far this year.

Tim Lincecum is off to a very rough start for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 2:13 pm

32-year old righty starting pitcher Tim Lincecum of the Los Angeles Angels has been pretty awful so far this year.  He has pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-3 with a 6.85 ERA and a 2.07 WHIP.  He has given up 38 hits (4 homers) and 11 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his first 23 2/3 innings for the Angels, as he has been getting hit really hard.  The Angels aren’t going to stick with Lincecum much longer if he doesn’t start pitching better in the near future.

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