Angels Backstops – Winners and Losers

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Angels fans are all too aware of the struggles Chris Iannetta has had in 2015.  Iannetta's 2015 season has pretty much been a disaster so far, with a 15% caught stealing rate, a .123 AVG and a strikeout every 3 at bats.  In 2014, Iannetta has his second best career season even since his best effort in 2008 for the Rockies.  Of course, I'm talking about offensive numbers since he has never been a strong catcher and has a career 24% caught stealing rate.  Given his success in 2014, it would have been no surprise to see his numbers drop a bit in 2015, but they pretty much exploded in a disaster of epic proportions. Fortunately for the Angels, there are a couple of great catchers waiting in the wings…
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What’s Wrong with the Angels Offense?

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We are three weeks into the season now and the Angels offensive numbers have been pretty, well, offensive. A few games recently have helped those numbers go in the right direction, but let's look where the Angels rank among all 30 teams: 24th in OPS @ .649 23rd in Batting Average @ .227 16th in Runs @ 75 24th in SB @ 6 (Mike Trout has 5) These numbers looked much worse one week ago before Kole Calhoun and CJ Cron found their groove.  Should we be concerned?  Perhaps.  Will our offense get better?  Most definitely.  Some of the current issues are noted below: Chris Iannetta .100/.220/.120 No one really expects Iannetta to equal his output of last year, which was pretty much his best pro year and probably an…
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Freeway Series: Winners and Losers

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Well, that didn't go as we had hoped!  This year's freeway series is over and the result is that the Angels now sit 3 games behind the Oakland A's in the AL West.  Who were the winners and losers of this 4 game series?  See my thoughts below.   The Losers: Los Angeles Angels: The Angels lost the series 3-1 and at the very least should have split it.  Lack of offensive showing and errors proved to be part of the reason for the series loss.  The Angels were outscored 14-10, but more so they only scored 1 run in the last two games (AT HOME) with a combined 7 hits.  The Angels have been great at the Big A this year but apparently the Dodgers didn't get that memo.…
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