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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Angels Mid Season 40 Man Roster Power Rankings – Pitchers

Angels, pitching, Rankings
It's time for the Angel's Mid Season Power Rankings!  First up - pitchers. 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. Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Garrett Richards 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 Weaver has had his moment this year.  Good and bad.  But pulls in the…
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Bye Bye Green, Hello Bedrosian

Angels, pitching, Transactions
So I'm enjoying my beer at the Angels game last night, only to almost spit it out when I see Cam Bedrosian jogging in from the bullpen.  Beer isn't cheap Scioscia - why did you do that to me?  Unbeknownst to me, Bedrosian had been called up from Arkansas earlier in the day and Grant Green was sent packing back to Salt Lake. Apparently Scioscia thought his buddy Cam had learned his lesson after his less than stellar MLB debut even though very little time has passed.  It's almost like when Frieri lost his closer job only to get it back again like 3 hours later then proceed to lose it again.  Do we see a pattern here? I can think of plenty of other pitchers I would call up…
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The two best teams make pitching moves

A's, Angels, pitching
In recent weeks, the two teams holding the best two records in baseball have made some moves to help assure their spot in the post season. The A's have not made a lot of transactions but they DID make one big one on July 4th.  Despite having the best record in baseball, they were not content to sit by and wonder if their record and inexperienced pitching staff would hold up into October, so they traded away Dan Straily (P), Addison Russell (SS), Billy McKinney (OF), and a player to be named later to the Cubs for All Star Jeff Samardzija (P) and Jason Hammel (P).  Both Samardzija and Hammel arguably have been top 10 pitchers in the NL this year and are likely to benefit from the A's offense…
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As the pitchers turn

Angels, pitching
The pitching revolving door for the Halos continues with the addition of veteran lefty Rich Hill who was acquired from Pawtucket yesterday and The Wrath of Kohn was sent packing to Salt Lake.  Hill managed to pitch to 4 batters over 2 games yesterday and allowed a perfect 1.000 OBP with 3 walks and 1 hit given up.  Eventually Dipoto and Scioscia will realize that just because you throw left doesn't mean you can pitch , right?  Won't they? Hill is 34 years old and has been kicking around the minors since 2002.  With a 1.179 WHIP and 10.4 SO9 for his career in the minors, this guy is no solution to anyone's problem in the majors.  In the majors he has a less impressive career of 8.5 SO9 and…
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Angels Trade Frieri for Older Frieri?

Angels, pitching
Clearly, the trade yesterday was an odd one.  As the Angels seek to shore up their weak bullpen, they make a move that on the surface appears great - Ernesto Frieri traded!  Great - but who did we get?  Frieri in different clothing?  There is really not much good to say about this trade except that Scioscia can no longer put Frieri in to situations where he doesn't belong.  Shortly after Frieri got demoted to closer AGAIN, he almost blow the game on Thursday, giving up 3 runs in the top of the 9th.  Dipoto must have said "screw you Scioscia", I'm sending him far away where you can't take him out to play again. So... that brings us to Jason Grilli from the Pirates and about the best thing…
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The Angels need Pitching. Duh!

Angels, pitching
It's no surprise that the Angels are badly in need of pitching help.  The questions are who and how?  David Price rumors have recently been circulating and while there is no question he is a dominant pitcher that could greatly benefit the Angels starting rotation - do we need a starting pitcher when the Angels starters have the fifth best ERA in the AL and third best WHIP?  Undoubtably, with the addition of someone like Price, the rotation would be incredible. Who would be the odd man out in a Price acquisition?  Weaver and Wilson aren't going anywhere.  Richards has been pitching like he's there to stay as well.  Skaggs is set to make his return on Saturday and his spot would definitely be in question with a Price trade.  Skaggs…
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