Found August 05, 2013 on
Monkey with a Halo:
Los Angeles Angels
Last Week: 1
Mike Trout - Just look at his slash line this week: .500/.719/.833. I mean, what can I even say about that?
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - Weaver has given up three earned runs or less in seven of his last eight starts.
Last Week: 3
C.J. Wilson - As usual, he had a rough go in Texas but at leas the bounced back nicely in his next start.
Last Week: 6
Howie Kendrick - I was so mentally prepared for Howie to be traded that I feel like a kid whose parents were clearly headed for divorce but instead decided to give counseling one last shot.
Last Week: 4
Mark Trumbo - He only had four hits this week, but three of them were homers. I guess that works.
Last Week: 7
Erick Aybar - Erick Aybar has officially taken over from Alberto Callaspo as the Angel starter that I just can't come up with a comment for.
Last Week: 13
Garrett Richards - It has only been two starts, but Richards has finally given the Halos some hope that the back of their 2014 rotation might not be a steaming pile.
Last Week: 15
J.B. Shuck - After making that good (not great) catch and somehow hitting a homer of his own, how can I not move him up?
Last Week: 17
Chris Iannetta - Suddenly he is getting the bulk of playing time again. I'm pretty sure it takes double doctorate in psychology and predictive statistics in order to understand Mike Scioscia's catching rotation. I guess throwing out some runners helps, but the rest of the equation is a mystery.
Last Week: n/a
Kole Calhoun - Knock, knock! Who's there? The Angels kept Calhoun in the minors for four months.
Last Week: 18
Josh Hamilton - An up week for Hamilton, but that has less to do with him and more to do with everyone else playing so poorly.
Last Week: n/a
Nick Maronde - It is only three appearances, but this go round has already gone much better for Maronde than his last tour with the team.
Last Week: n/a
Chris Nelson - I'm already pumped about people getting way overexcited about Nelson as a solution at third only to find out just how bad he really is.
Last Week: 10
Tommy Hanson - I guess getting velocity back didn't fix everything after all.
Last Week: 11
Hank Conger - Is it possible that Conger has seen his playing time reduced because of... offense? Does Scioscia do that?
Last Week: 8
Ernesto Frieri - Ernesto insists he is a "warrior" who is going to "die standing up." I'd much rather he be a "quality reliever" who is going to "locate his fastball."
Last Week: 12
Dane De La Rosa - Dane gets his shot at taking over as the setup man... aaaaaaaand its gone.
Last Week: 21
Jerome Williams - Too little, way, way, way too late Jerome.
Last Week: 19
Kevin Jepsen - You know how poorly the bullpen is performing when Jepsen isn't even close to the biggest problem.
Last Week: 23
J.C. Gutierrez - Dane De La Rosa must be so relieved that J.C. has taken over as the Scioscia's new favorite reliever to completely overwork.
Last Week: 16
Michael Kohn - This giving up a homer per week thing is getting a little old.
Last Week: 22
Joe Blanton - The amazing part about all the bullpen meltdown in the last two weeks is that Blanton had nothing to do with them.
Last Week: 20
Collin Cowgill - I'm not so sure we need to so all that much more of Cowgill.
Last Week: n/a
Daniel Stange - I have no idea how to pronounce his last name and I kind of have the feeling that I'm never going to need to learn how.
Last Week: 24
Tommy Field - This is how you don't take advantage of a rare opportunity to stick on a big league roster.
Dropped from rankings: Albert Pujols (sent to the glue factory), Scott Downs (traded for nothing), Alberto Callaspo (traded for something), Brad Hawpe (Dipoto finally realized he was useless)
Biggest Riser: Iannetta, up eight spots
Biggest Dropper: Frieri, down eight spots
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