Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 8/26/13
RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS 1 -- 0 Last Week: 1 Mike Trout - Trout misses a series, the Angels get swept. He comes back for the next series, the Angels do the sweeping. That, boys and girls, is cause and effect. 2 -- 0 Last Week: 2 Jered Weaver - I was starting to get nervous there for a bit, but never underestimate Seattle's ability to get a pitcher back on track. 3 -- 0 Last Week: 3 C.J. Wilson - If the Angels had gotten this version of C.J. last season, they would've made the playoffs. Timing is a real pain in the ass sometimes. 4 -- 0 Last Week: 4 Garrett Richards - It is only fitting for the way Richards' career has gone that en route to the best start of his career he gets tagged by a comebacker and yanked from the game before he can finish the job. 5 +4 Last Week: 9 Jason Vargas - OK, so Vargas didn't get traded. Given that, if Vargas isn't signed to an extension within two weeks, then Jerry Dipoto has failed across the board on the handling of this particular asset. 6 -1 Last Week: 5 Mark Trumbo - Which happens first: Trumbo gets his 30th homer (he has 29 currently) or his OBP drops under .300 (currently at .301)? 7 -1 Last Week: 6 J.B. Shuck - Anyone who gives up a homer to J.B. Shuck at Safeco Field of all places should be released on the spot. 8 +2 Last Week: 10 Grant Green - Body language isn't everything, but it concerns me how much we see Green hanging his head down and moping after an error or bad at-bat. 9 -2 Last Week: 7 Erick Aybar - Batting Aybar second in the lineup will never cease to drive me insane. 10 +6 Last Week: 16 Kole Calhoun - Now this is the Kole Calhoun I've been expecting. 11 +4 Last Week: 15 Josh Hamilton - Not much in the way of power this week, but lots of good at-bats from Hambone. I'm sure he'll get bored of it next week and go in the tank again. 12 +2 Last Week: 14 Hank Conger - And now, once again without any explanation, Conger is the primary catcher once more. 13 +4 Last Week: 17 Ernesto Frieri - Frieri looks great again, just in time to lull whoever the GM next season is into a false sense of security at closer. 14 -3 Last Week: 11 Dane De La Rosa - With Jepsen gone and Frieri back at closer, Mike Scioscia is free to return to his ways of riding De La Rosa into the ground no matter how effective he is or isn't. 15 -7 Last Week: 8 Peter Bourjos - Petey doesn't want to blame his wrist for his struggles at the plate, but he totally needs to start blaming his wrist for his struggles at the plate. 16 +2 Last Week: 18 J.C. Gutierrez - Scioscia failed have Gutierrez work four times this week or have him pitch on three consecutive days. Someone make sure MIke didn't have a stroke or something. 17 -4 Last Week: 13 Chris Iannetta - I missed a few games this week, but my only guess is that Iannetta did something to make Scioscia forget about all the great defensive progress he had been making recently. 18 -6 Last Week: 12 Chris Nelson - An otherwise terrible week completely masked by his out-of-nowhere game-winning homer off of King Felix. Seriously though, he was awful otherwise (3-for-27 with 13 Ks). 19 +3 Last Week: 22 Michael Kohn - The walks went away and the strikeouts are back. Let it be noted here that Mike Butcher actually fixed a guy (after letting him fall into disrepair for several weeks). 20 +1 Last Week: 21 Jerome Williams - You know the manager has lost faith in you when you finally turn in a good start and he skips you in the rotation anyway. 21 NO PICTURE AVAILABLE +2 Last Week: 23 Buddy Boshers - Did you know Buddy's real first name is Jeffrey? I only mention it because Buddy had an effective but otherwise uninteresting week, so I have no real insightful comment for him. It is only fitting that the real first name he goes be is also otherwise uninteresting. 22 -3 Last Week: 19 Kevin Jepsen - Kevin Jepsen, out for the season. Literally ones of Angels fans are crushed by this news. 23 -- 0 Last Week: n/a Cory Rasmus - Cory Rasmus is married to Jeff Mathis' sister. If Dipoto knew this and still made the trade anyway, that might be his most fireable offense. 24 -- 0 Last Week: 24 Andrew Romine - Oh? You're still on the team? I hadn't realized.... this is awkward. 25 -- 0 Last Week: 25 Joe Blanton - As my research last week showed, Blanton is not the worst pitcher ever. Probably just the fourth or fifth worst. So he has that going for him, which is nice. Dropped from rankings: Collin Cowgill (demoted then called back up) Biggest Riser: Calhoun, up six spots Biggest Dropper: Bourjos, down seven spots [follow]
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