Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 8/5/13
RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS 1 -- 0 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? 2 -- 0 Last Week: 2 Jered Weaver - Weaver has given up three earned runs or less in seven of his last eight starts. 3 -- 0 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. 4 +2 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. 5 -1 Last Week: 4 Mark Trumbo - He only had four hits this week, but three of them were homers. I guess that works. 6 +1 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. 7 +6 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. 8 +7 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? 9 +8 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. 10 -- 0 Last Week: n/a Kole Calhoun - Knock, knock! Who's there? The Angels kept Calhoun in the minors for four months. 11 +7 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. 12 -- 0 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. 13 -- 0 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. 14 -4 Last Week: 10 Tommy Hanson - I guess getting velocity back didn't fix everything after all. 15 -4 Last Week: 11 Hank Conger - Is it possible that Conger has seen his playing time reduced because of... offense? Does Scioscia do that? 16 -8 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." 17 -5 Last Week: 12 Dane De La Rosa - Dane gets his shot at taking over as the setup man...  aaaaaaaand its gone. 18 +3 Last Week: 21 Jerome Williams - Too little, way, way, way too late Jerome. 19 -- 0 Last Week: 19 Kevin Jepsen - You know how poorly the bullpen is performing when Jepsen isn't even close to the biggest problem. 20 +3 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. 21 -5 Last Week: 16 Michael Kohn - This giving up a homer per week thing is getting a little old. 22 -- 0 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. 23 -3 Last Week: 20 Collin Cowgill - I'm not so sure we need to so all that much more of Cowgill. 24 -- 0 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. 25 -1 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 [follow]
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