Reflections on the Angels opening series

Angels
Baseball season is finally upon us and the Angels started out their season with a series victory over the Seattle Mariners.k  I happened to be in the Safeco seats for the opening day game and have some reflection on that game as well as the series in it's entirety. The Good: Angels - Winning the opening series and starting the season win the green with a 2-1 record is a great start. CJ Wilson - Holy cow.  Who was this guy on Tuesday?  Most will call it a freak one off - but you don't pitch THAT well unless you have something in you.  The question is how consistent can he be?  Wilson was no doubt dialed in on Tuesday with career bests in all sorts of categories.  "He threw…
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Pre Season Power Rankings – Pitchers

Angels, pitching, 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 Jered Weaver - - 1 1 All this talk about Weaver's decline in velocity aside, this man can pitch.  He struck out 23 over 21 innings this spring on his way to a 2.53 ERA and 1.03WHIP.  The Weave is ready for opening day! 2 Drew Rucinski  - - 2 2 I honestly wish this guy had Santiago's rotation spot and perhaps he will once Richards comes back.  He gave up 2 HR in his last outing but was pretty dominant…
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Pre Season Power Rankings – Position Players

Angels, Rankings
This is one of my favorite features on the site - and it's back!! My rankings include the entire 40 man roster . 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 The 2014 AL MVP absolutely tore up spring training with a .541 OBP, 3 double, 3 triples, 5 HR and 5 stolen bases.  Let's hope he didn't peak too soon, but this is Mike Trout and he hasn't even hit full stride in MLB yet! 2 C.J. Cron - - 2 2 We may need Cron's bat in 2015 with Josh Hamilton (and even if Josh does…
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2015 MLB Predictions

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It's finally baseball season in a couple days, which means it's time for Baseball Chick's 2015 predictions.  Let's get this party started with the best division in baseball. AL WEST Los Angeles Angels, 95-67 Seattle Mariners, 90-72 Oakland Athletics,  84-78 Houston Astros, 81-81 Texas Rangers, 68-94 Of course I'm going to put the Angels on top, but let's face it - Aside from Howie Kendrick, this team remains largely unchanged from 2014 when they wont 98 games.   There are some question marks around second base still and pitching (as always), but there is little reason the Angels can't repeat as division champs. I'm also going to predict the first non losing record for the Astros since 2008. AL CENTRAL Detroit Tigers, 90-72 Chicago White Sox, 87-75 Cleveland Indians, 86-74 Kansas…
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