Daily Links for the LA Angels including the Angels begin making cuts, Haren dealing with dead arm, Takahashi's family is OK in the wake of the disasters in Japan and much more...
As Opening Day draws nearer, every baseball analyst will attempt to break down each division in baseball and predict which team will come out on top. Most of these articles will skim over every team in the division, pointing out the obvious strong/weak points in each team. What im going to do for the next few weeks is preview each team team in the AL West and see how they really stack up against the Angels. This week we're going to focus on the Seattle Mariners.
Can King Felix take this team to the top, or are they bound to fall flat on their face one more?
Peter Bourjos was a surprise contributor for the Angels in 2010, quickly gaining notoriety for his defensive prowess. But no matter how good his glove is, he'll have to hit a lot better this season if he wants to keep his starting job. So, will Bourjos continue his development and cement his status as the Angels starting center fielder or will his weak bat earn him a ticket back to the minors?
2010 Stats: 181 AB, .204 AVG, .237 OBP, .381 SLG, 19 R, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 10 SB
2011 ZiPS Projections: 606 AB, .259 AVG, .300 OBP, .401 SLG, 89 R, 13 HR, 55 RBI, 35 SB
2011 Bill James Projections: 375 AB, .261 AVG, .304 OBP, .397 SLG, 55 R, 9 HR, 37 RBI, 27 SB
2011 Marcel Projections: 269 AB, .242 AVG, .297 OBP, .416 SLG, 33 R, 9 HR, 29 RBI, 10 SB
2011 MWaH Projections*: 445 AB, .241 AVG, .294 OBP, .388 SLG, 62 R, 8 HR, 46 RBI, 31 SB
*The MWaH projections are simply my best guess based off my own personal opinion and research
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Morales takes fielding drills and runs outside, the Halos drop both of their split-squad games, Kazmir to pitch in a B game to work on his delivery and confidence and much more...no comments
Kendrys Morales may be the best player on the Angels, but apparently that didn't stop us from not knowing how to really spell his name. To atone for this unforgiveable spelling blunder, I figure the least I could do is let everyone know ten other names that Kendrys (not Kendry) would like us to call him.
I don't know how, but somehow Kendrys lost an "s" during his escape from Cuba.
With the Angels' 2011 Cactus League schedule now one-third complete, it is time to check in with the club and see what we can learn from the early spring action, even if we do so knowing full well that drawing conclusions from Spring Training games is usually a fool's errand.
Lesson 1 - Spring Training always features a bunch of players standing around doing nothing in front of a half-filled stadium... just like a regular season Pirates game.
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Morales' real name is actually Kendrys, Kazmir takes a big step backwards, Scioscia reconsidering his prefence to carry 12 pitchers and much more...