Angels Acquire RP Vinnie Pestano

Angels, pitching
Dipoto did a slight of hand trick with the Indians and gave them minor league relief pitcher Michael Clevinger for Vinnie Pestano.  Clevinger is a 23 year old in his 4th year and pitching in A ball.   With a minor league WHIP of 1.3 and 129 K's in 130 innings he's certainly nothing spectacular but the Indians must think so. In return, the Angels received 29 year old Vinnie Pestano who's time expired with the Indians.  Pestano was sent to Salt Lake but added to the 40 man roster.  No loss that SS Tommy Field was designated for assignment. It's unclear to me why the Angels need another reliever when the bullpen is already solid and our starting rotation is lacking (to put it nicely).  Dipito believe he has gotten his…
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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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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 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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