Operation Beanball

Baseball
Last Friday, Paul Goldschmidt was hit by an Ernesto Frieri pitch which fractured his hand and landed him on the DL.  Then, despite pre-game warnings (which really mean nothing) the next day, Randall Delgado went "tit for tat" and threw right square in the back at Andrew McCutchen, landing him on the DL. There are several problems with this entire scenario.  First, who in their right mind thinks Frieri has enough control to hid someone in the hand (cue rim shot).  Second, if you watch the pitch, it's clear he was trying to throw a bit up and in but Goldschmidt actually moved his hands INTO the pitch.  It was not intentional, nor can anyone get me to believe it was unless Ernesto himself fesses up which is about as likely…
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Santiago vs. Kershaw vs. Santiago Factor

Angels, Rankings
It's not even fair to compare their stats so I won't.  The Angels CAN win this game.  They have the offense to get it done and the bullpen to hold it down. Looking at the offense you have Puljos who has a career .444 against the Dodgers ace.  Adding to that a .565 OBP and he has basically owned him.  Kendrick also has a career .417 against Kershaw which is pretty amazing as well.  However, no one else other than McDonald has hit better than .300 off him and if McDonald starts the way he's been hitting this year then..  Hamilton, Trout and Calhoun are all unknowns with no career stats against Kershaw and Aybar has a respectable .273 though he's been off lately. Strategy - The Angels need to…
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Masterful Richards

Angels, pitching
Richards was brilliant last night.  There is a reason I moved him up in the power rankings last week.  Despite what looked like not so great pitching - this kid still has his stuff, and now he has his first career shutout.  I have to admit, I thought he was finished after the 8th inning and during the commercial break I was contemplating who would pitch the 9th.  It was pretty excited to see him go back out on the mound, even if Street was in the pen "just in case". The Dodgers are not a weak hitting team and they even loaded the bases early on Richards.  A tough situation that he pitched his way out of.  Giving up only 3 hits though 7 innings, Richards ended the game…
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Angels Power Ranking – Pitchers – August 4th

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. Last week certainly had it's ups and downs in the pitching department and there were a metric crap ton of roster changes. Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Huston Street 1 -  1  4 3 save appearances = 3 saves AGAIN.  Almost blew one of them by allowed the bases to load up but pitched superbly to get out of the jam.  If only he can maintain in zero ERA with the Angels for the rest of the season. 2 Joe Smith 3  +1 2 3 Smith…
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Angels Power Ranking – Position Players – August 4th

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  6 +5 1 6 Back to his usual superstar self last week with another home run and 2 stolen bases.  He still boasts a 100% stolen base success rate this year. 2 Albert Pujols 3 +1 2 2 No home runs last week but 3 doubles and a .300 OBP 3 Josh Hamilton 7 +4 4 7 Has he found his power again?  Let's hope so.  He belted two last week and led the team in RBIs. 4 David…
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