Daily Links for the LA Angels including the Angels are convinced they have improved, Trumbo to get time in the outfield, Scioscia says Trout isn't a finished product yet and much more...
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Morales might have to start the season at DH, Wells bashes Texas for the way they treated Young, Wood got swing help for the Yankees' Kevin Long and much more...
A lefty in the Angel bullpen? What a novel idea! The Halos made a big investment in veteran Scott Downs this off-season, but will his addition be enough to turnaround an Angel bullpen that struggled mightily in 2010? Could Downs possibly even take over as the closer? Or is this just the next in a long line of regrettable free agent reliever investments by Tony Reagins?
2010 Stats: 61.1 IP, 5-5, 0 SV, 2.64 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 48 K
2011 ZiPS Projections: 55.1 IP, 4-2, n/a SV, 3.42 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 46 K
2011 Bill James Projections: 58 IP, 4-3, 0 SV, 3.26 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 47 K
2011 Marcel Projections: 60 IP, 3-4, 3 SV, 3.38 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 47 K
2011 MWaH Projections*: 68 IP, 4-4, 10 SV, 3.15 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 52 K
*The MWaH projections are simply my best guess based off my own personal opinion and researchno comments
Daily Links for the LA Angels including waiting on Bourjos' bat to come around, Rodney wants to claim the closer job for himself, Mathis still isn't "the man"and much more...
Position players haven't even officially reported to camp yet this spring, but yet I feel as we have already learned so much about this team. I'm always up for a little knowledge being dropped on me, so let's review the top then lessons we've already learned about the 2011 Angels thus far in Spring Training.
Bonus lesson: catchers need to catch the ball or they get their fat asses shipped out of the country.
The Angels may not have had a blockbuster off-season, but they still managed to fill out most of their roster already. That being said, there are still two or three roster spots that need to be filled and there is surprisingly crowded field of competitors for those jobs (I guess that is what happens when you fail epically in free agency). So, which Angel players and prospects are on the roster bubble this year? And what are their odds of having their bubbles burst, sending them tumbling back to the minor leagues... or worse?
I'd be sweating too if I was out of options and working on my fifth attempt to make the big league club and actually stick there finally.
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Scioscia leaning towards carrying 12 pitchers, former Angel John Lackey's wife has breast cancer, Takahashi knew almost nothing about the Angels before signing and much more...