Midway Team Rankings Review – American League

Baseball, Rankings
It's halfway through the 2015 season and the writing is starting to go up on the wall for some teams.  Though this is baseball, and anything can happen. Before the season started, I broke down projected standings for all six divisions.  How does that compare to how teams stand now?  Would I change anything for the second half? AL West Actual (my projection in parentheses) 1. Astros (4) 2. Angels (1) 3. Rangers (5) 4. Mariners (2) 5. Athletics (3) The Astros and Rangers have been surprising on the good side, while the Athletics and Mariners have been surprising for other reasons.  Billy Beane's off season meddling did pretty much what I thought it would - and slightly worse.  He went all in for 2014 and now has to rebuild.…
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Angels Week 8 Ranking – Position Players

Angels, Rankings
The Angel's offense continues to struggle aside from one great game in the opener against Boston.  Also, somehow, Chris Iannetta remembered how to hit and led the paltry offense in batting average. 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: None Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Mike Trout 3 +2 1 3 This is one slippery fish.  I had to didn't I??  if you missed Trout's steal of 3rd base last week again Boston, you need to check it out.  The king fish is back on top. 2 Erick Aybar 1 -1 1…
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Week 7 Angels Rankings – Position Players

Angels, Rankings
The Angel's offense continues to struggle. Sounding like a broken record.  Sounding like a broken record. Only two regulars batted over .240 last week. 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: Mark Kraus purchased from minors Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Erick Aybar 8 +7 1 8 Last week he made me wish I didn't drop him from my fantasy team.  Hit safely in every game and batted .526. 2 Kole Calhoun 7 +5 2 12 The only other strong offensive player last week next to Aybar with a .409 OBP. 3 Mike Trout 1…
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Week 7 Angles Rankings – Pitchers

Angels, pitching, Rankings
Pitching was a strong point for the Halos last week with a team combined 1.60 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. 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: Ryan Mattheus DFA Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Garrett Richards 1 - 1 8 Opposing batters only hit .185 against Richards even though he got the loss thanks to the lack of run support. 2 Jered Weaver 2 - 1 14 Two strong outings in a row.  I guess those who were saying he might be broken have been proved wrong.…
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Week 6 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: Cory Rasmus Removed - DL Ryan Mattheus added to 40 man and called up from minors Chad Smith received from the Oakland A's (for Drew Butera) Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Garrett Richards 2 +1 1 8 Two ace worthy performance last week including 6 no hit innings on Sunday. 15 total strikeouts in 13.2 innings iwth a .128BAA and a .67 WHIP.  ACE! 2 Jered Weaver 12 +10 1 14 Weaver proved us all wrong last week by…
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Week 6 Angels Power Rankings – Position Players

Angels, Rankings
The Angel's offense continues to struggle with a few glimmers of hope last week! 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: Carlos Perez called up from minors Efron Navarro sent down to AAA Drew Butera DFA then traded to Royals for Chad Smith   Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Mike Trout 1 - 1 1 Soon we will have 25 man roster full of Mike Trout's, once Dipoto finishes his cloning technology.  Trout had 3 home runs last week and his first caught stealing of the year. 2 David Freese 5…
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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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Week 4 Power Rankings – Position Players

Angels, Rankings
We finally had some signs of life in our offense last week with Cron and Calhoun leading that charge. Still waiting for the rest of the team (aside from Trout and Giavotella) to catch up. 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 sent to minors (Salt Lake) Gary Brown sent to minors (Claimed off waivers from St. Louis) Grant Green called up from the minors Removed Josh Hamilton (though he was technically on the roster last week) Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Mike Trout  1 - 1 1 Trout…
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Week 3 Power Ranking – Pitchers

Angels, pitching, Rankings
We've now had one full week of baseball so let's take a look at  the Angels power rankings leading into week 2.  Pitching was all over the place in week 1 and we apparently are currently without an "ace".  Most of the top performances came out of a bullpen that was pretty on target if you ignore Salas. 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: Adam Wilk added to 40 man roster Tyler Skaggs removed from 40 man roster Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Huston Street 1 - 1 10 Still one…
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