Angels / Astros Series Recap

Angels, Game recaps
The four game series with the red-hot Houston Astros ended in a split yesterday.  A few important things to take away from this series are that the Angels tamed the Astros mostly (outscoring them 12-10 overall), we saw some pitching brights spots, and there were (small) glimmers of hope in our offense. The Good: Mike Trout batted .357 against the Astros with 2 home runs, though sadly no one was on base for either of them. Carlos Perez went 3 for 7 with 2 RBIs.  For bonus points, Perez thew out Jose Altuve on an attempted steal of second base. David Freese made the highlight reel for an amazing grab at third, plus he hit .417 with two multi hit games. Jered Weaver was amazing on Friday night as he…
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Carlos Perez makes History

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Newly called up Carlos Perez made history last night by being only the FOURTH player in MLB History to hit a walk off home run in his debut.  Not only that, but he laced a nice hit up the middle in his first at bat.  That's what I call a debut! I have been saying all season that we have some great talent in AAA and one of the cures for our offensive woes is calling up the likes of Carlos Perez.  He sure didn't disappoint. A few questions: How much will he play? (My guess is he doesn't even start tonight - Scioscia will go back to Iannetta - yes I have that little faith in Scioscia) Will he replace Iannatta as our primary catcher this season?  If so…
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Week 5 Angels Power Rankings – pitchers

Angels, pitching, Rankings
My rankings include the entire 40 man roster, not just the active 25. 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. *** Salt Lake Bees Roster ** Arkansas Travelers Roster Changes: Cam Bedrosian sent down to the minors Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Huston Street 1 - 1 10 Almost blew a save last week but it was probably not mostly his fault since he went in fairly cold.  Thanks to Trout's game saving catch, Street was 2 for 2 in saves last week. 2 Garrett Richards 2 - 2 8 Solid Richards in our outing last week, giving up only 1 run. 3 CJ Wilson 8 +5 3 12 Apparently…
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Week 5 Angels Power Rankings – position players

Angels, Rankings
Wow.  Last week was rough offensively! 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. *** Salt Lake Bees Roster ** Arkansas Travelers Roster Changes: Efron Navarro called up from minors (Salt Lake) Grant Green sent down to minors 6 Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Mike Trout 1 - 1 1 If only we could have 2 Mike Trouts on the team, let alone a bunch of them.  Another week in the life of Trout and he racked up 2 more homeruns, .400OBP, a stolen base, 3 doubles, and a game saving catch.  Whew! 2 Kole Calhoun 2 - 3 12 Calhoun's .423OBP was pretty…
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Angels Swept in San Fran – The Pain Continues

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To say the Angels season has been not pretty so far, is an understatement.  But not to worry right?  The Halos always start off slow, so who cares?  A slow start this year amounts to 11-14 through the first 25 games.  That record puts them 2.5 games BACK from the 2014 Angels who started off SLOW but were still 14-12 through the end of April.  Never mind that our "ace" has no idea what's wrong with his pitching, or that Matt Joyce received the worst hitter of the month award with Chris Iannetta getting a dishonorable mention.  The Angels pretty much have problems all around, though most notably in offense.  It's a long season but if you had to predict based on the current roster and their performance, you are looking at…
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Angels Win / Dipoto Spins

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Thanks to an unnecessary game saving catch by Mike Trout, the Angels pulled off a tight win yesterday in the final games of the series in Oakland.  I say unnecessary since the Angels went into the bottom of the 9th with a 4 run lead.   A combination of a  Cron error, some bullpen mistakes, and Street probably not being fully warmed up, led to the spot where Trout catching that ball = Angels win and Trout missing that ball - Angels lose. Fortunately, the Halos put 6 runs on the board which is certainly more than they have been scoring lately.  Jerry Dipoto put his spin on the Angels' offensive woes saying that there is no market right now to add offense and that everything is "fine". He further…
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