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Monkey with a Halo:
For a rookie All-Star closer, Jordan Walden faced a lot of uncertainty about his role heading into this off-season but he emerged with his closer job intact. What does he have to do in 2012 to make sure that the Angels don't go scrounging for a replacement again after this season?
2011 Stats: 5-5, 60.1 IP, 2.98 ERA, 49 H, 26 BB, 3 HR, 67 K, 32 SV
2012 ZiPS Projections: 4-3, 61.0 IP, 3.54 ERA, 55 H, 26 BB, 5 HR, 66 K
2012 Bill James Projections: 3-3, 56.0 IP, 3.86 ERA, 55 H, 26 BB, 3 HR, 58 K, 31 SV
2012 CAIRO Projections: 2-3, 48.2 IP, 3.41 ERA, 43 H, 20 BB, 3 HR, 52 K, 24 SV
2012 PECOTA Projections: 3-1, 56.0 IP, 4.28 ERA, 56 H, 27 BB, 5 HR, 47 K, 40 SV
2012 MWaH Projections*: 3-4, 62.0 IP, 3.25 ERA, 53 H, 24 BB, 5 HR, 67 K, 38 SV
*The MWaH projections are simply my best guess based off my own personal opinion and research
2011 in Review: Jordan Walden entered the 2011 season with the designation of "Closer of the Future." The future came awfully quick ...
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Angels right-hander Jerome Williams, the leading candidate to win the fifth rotation spot, suffered a left hamstring strain during a defensive drill on Friday and is expected to be sidelined for at least a few days, if not longer.
Williams, who went 4-0 with a 3.68 earned run average in 10 games, including six starts, after being called up by the Angels last August, will be examined...
Tempe, Ariz. It might be unrealistic for the Angels to get Bobby Abreu the playing time he desires this season, but the veteran outfielder should get more than his fill of plate appearances this spring.
The 38-year-old Abreu, who has said he would rather be traded than accept a reserve role, told Manager Mike Scioscia he would like to play five or six days a week in Arizona, an...
The March 2nd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...
Albert Pujols shows up early and stays late, pushing himself to get everything out of his workday with the Anaheim Angels.
''This is my job,'' Pujols said Friday. ''You have to take your job seriously.''
He makes it look easy in part because he works so hard.
''He's showing not only that he's a great talent, but why he's so good...
Tempe, Ariz. Angels slugger Kendrys Morales, sidelined for the last year and a half because of a broken left ankle, has graduated from straight-line sprints to running zig-zag cuts in the outfield and said he will start running the bases next week.
"Every day Im feeling better," Morales said through an interpreter. "My strength is getting better, Im getting better...
Key Stats: For the second straight season, Jered Weaver was a top 20 overall player. Last year Weaver got there a different way than he had the season before. His strikeout total fell by 35 strikeouts, but his ERA went down by 0.60.
Skeptics Say: The ERA going down as far as it did was based heavily on luck. Weaver’s FIP was 3.20. His teammate Dan Haren (who has the same fielders...
He grumbled. He griped. He *******. He moaned. He spouted off the press. He had multiple sitdowns with management. Finally, he got what he wanted... sort of.
Yes, Bobby Abreu complained enough that he is finally got a promise of playing time, at least 400 plate appearances. He's still not all that happy with...
Howie Kendrick swears he doesn't care where he hits in the lineup. "As long as I'm not hitting 10th," he says.
Right-hander who seldom walks batters decides to improve his focus after a rough outing in September and plays in the raucous Venezuelan winter league, where concentrating on the field is near impossible.Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — Jerome Williams was on the fence about playing winter ball last year until he walked five batters in 41/3 innings Sept. 13 at Oakland, uncharacteristic...
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Projected starters: C Chris Iannetta, 1B Albert Pujols, 2B Howard Kendrick, SS Erick Aybar, 3B Mark Trumbo, LF Vernon Wells, CF Peter Bourjos, RF Torii Hunter, DH Kendrys Morales, SP Jered Weaver...
Los Angeles Angels slugger Mark Trumbo was cleared to begin running and working out more aggressively at third base, a development that could give the team a more powerful look this season.
We had a lot of movement in Major League Baseball this offseason. Now that spring training has started, we’re getting a chance to see how these players are fitting in with their new teams. Although he’s sporting the same colors with the Los Angeles Angels, it’s tough to see Albert Pujols in anything but Cardinals gear. The new look of the Miami Marlins comes with a bunch of...
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The Angels will phase out use of the phrase "El Hombre" in marketing campaigns involving superstar slugger Albert Pujols.
MLB.com Angels beat writer Alden Gonzalez participated in a live Web chat with fans on Thursday. During the chat he answered many questions, including how the Angels stack up against the division-rival Rangers, how Mark Trumbo will fit in the lineup and whether Vernon Wells will bounce back.