Return of Wilson

Angels, pitching
CJ Wilson should be back in the rotation by this weekend and Santiago should be back where he belongs.  Santiago pitched great last week but continues to have problems lasting more than 5 innings which makes him an excellent choice for middle relief. Wilson, who now has a 1.000% win rate in AA this year, threw 81 pitches over 5.1 innings for Arkansas last night.  He struck out 7 and gave up 2 runs, 2 walks and 4 hits (one of which was a home run) The Travelers 15 hit offense was led by Kaleb Cowart who went 3 for 4 with a triple and 4 RBIs on the way to their 9-3 win over the Naturals.
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Angels Power Rankings – Pitchers – July 28th

Angels, Rankings
My rankings include the entire 40 man roster - not just the active 25 man. This week was tough since pitching was pretty great (for the most part).  The Angels had 4 pitchers with at least 2 appearances that all gave up zero runs.  These four (Jepsen, Rasmus, Smith, Street) combined for 13 strikeouts, 2 hits, and 1 walk in 11.1 innings.  4 of the 5 starters (Richards had an off weak) all had ERAs below 3 and WHIPs no higher than 1.06.  It was definitely a great pitching week for the Halos. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Huston Street 4…
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Angels Power Rankings – Position Players – July 28th

Angels, Rankings
My ranking include the entire 40 man roster - not just the active 25 man. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. The top 3 players for the Angels this week were all youngsters with Navarro, Calhoun, and Cron sporting the top 3 averages for a team that had a mediocre offensive week.  The Angels only scored 19 runs in 7 games with 3 home runs.  Lackluster for such an offensive powerhouse of a team.  Fortunately, the pitchers were mostly on and the Angels ended the week 4-3. Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Efren Navarro 9  +8 1 11 Holy on fire.  Navarro has been tearing it up…
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Speeding up the Game

Baseball
The independent Atlantic league has made some rule changes to speed up their games.  Some reasonable and some just plain strange.  The question is - which if any of these rules could MLB potentially adopt?  The game is getting longer for sure. The average time to complete a nine-inning game in the 1970s -- not including on-field delays -- was two hours and 30 minutes. That increased to an average of 2:57 in the 10-year span from 2000-09. Through Thursday, this year's league average was 2:51, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. In that same article, Bud Selig mentions that it's the pace of the game - not the length of the game that matters and I tend to agree with that.  There probably are some things that can be…
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Richards vs. Scherzer

Angels
Tonight at the Big A could very well be quite the pitching battle.  A possible playoff preview.  Weaver has been pitching well (only 6 earned runs in his last 4 starts with 18 Ks and 5 walks in 23 innings), Wilson will be back soon (and hopefully in fine form), but the Angels Ace spot still lies with Richards who matched up tonight with the reigning Cy Young Award winner. Below is a traditional stat comparison. Record ERA IP SO WHIP Scherzer 11-3 3.34 132 150 1.20 Richards 11-2 2.47 131 134 1.03 Two things immediately jump out - Scherzer has a much higher strikeout rate and Richards gives up less walks and hits in general. The Angels are right in the middle when it comes to team strike out…
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Angels Power Rankings Post All Star – Batters

Angels, Rankings
My ranking include the entire 40 man roster - not just the active 25 man. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. >> Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Mike Trout  1  - 1 1 All Star Game MVP.  Another home run.  *snooze*.   Wake me when he hits 5 home runs in one game.  Slacker. 2 Albert Pujols 2 - 2 2 1-for-14 his last three games.  But no one impressed enough to take over the 2 spot. 3 Howie Kendrick  5  +2 3 5 6-for-15 this past weekend.  Howie was reliable to say the least! 4 Kole Calhoun  3  -1 3 4 Calhoun had a decent weekend.…
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Angels Power Rankings Post All Star – Pitchers

Angels, Rankings
My rankings include the entire 40 man roster - not just the active 25 man. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Garrett Richards  1  - 1 1 Just missed being the only Angels Pitcher to make the All Star Game.  He's been the ace so far this season 2 Jered Weaver  2  - 2 2 8 strikeouts through 6 innings of the marathon game on Friday.  Nicely done Weaver. 3 Joe Smith 3 - 3 3 We'll let his few bad games go since he has a .90 WHIP and is a beast against righties (.149 Avg) and in away games (.143…
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Angels newest Shortstop?

Angels
I was literally JUST talking about Grant Green a few days ago and how the Angels seem to think he can't play shortstop.  On the Angels Depth chart, he's NOW listed as short stop, but was not previously.  As we now know, yesterday was Green's first big league start at short stop, AND he hit the game winning single. This is a great development for the Halos since Aybar can't play every game at short stop, and the previous Aybar backup has left something to be desired (yes I'm looking at you John McDonald). McDonald has been a mess at the plate since sporting a .357 average in April.  His monthly average was .176 in May, .100 in June, and a dismal .077 in July.  With 54 at bats on…
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Fastest Man in Baseball and why doesn’t Trout steal more?

Angels
As we know, you can't measure speed by stolen bases alone. Sure, you need to be fast to steal bases but a high number of stolen bases does not mean you are the fastest. This year - Dee Gordon, Billy Hamilton, and Jose Altuve have been swiping bases like crazy, while many are wondering - has Mike Trout slowed down?  Trout has only 10 stolen bases this year compared to the others 43, 38, and 41. An interesting statistic is that Trout has been on base 163 times this year.  Stolen base leader Dee Gordon has been on base 134 times.  However, if you take away extra base hits from both of them you have them on first base at 109 times (Gordon) and 110 times (Trout).  So, theoretically, they…
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Angels Mid Season 40 Man Roster Power Rankings – Position Players

Angels, Rankings
It's time for the Angel's Mid Season Power Rankings!  Next up - position players! Oh, I know.  Technically mid season was June 29th or so but I figured All Star Break was a good time to start. My rankings will include the entire 40 man roster - not just the active 25 man. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. 1 Mike Trout 1 1 Who the heck else would be #1 aside from Mike Trout?  He ain't making all that money for nothing.  Unless you count this year's salary then the Angels are getting a steal, just like Trouts 100% success rate.  See what I did there? 2 Albert Pujols 2…
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