Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 6/10/13
If Scioscia can shake up the lineup and the rotation, well then why can't I shake up the Power Rankings? RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS 1 -- 0 Last Week: 1 Mike Trout - Now that he's back batting leadoff, maybe it will get everyone to shut the hell up about the fact that he is shifting back to left field this week. 2 +2 Last Week: 4 Howie Kendrick - Howie hit a ridiculous .542 this week, yet I am still terrified of the Human GIDP Machine now batting in a prominent RBI slot in the order. 3 -1 Last Week: 2 Jered Weaver - Not the greatest follow up start against the Cubs and his velocity was down a tick, but we remain optimistic about the man Jose Mota calls "The Weave." 4 +1 Last Week: 5 Mark Trumbo - Not only does Trumbo have 15 homers, but he also has 16 doubles, which is just three fewer than he had in 2012. 5 -2 Last Week: 3 Jason Vargas - Jason Vargas, I'd like to introduce you to regression to the mean. Oh! I see you two have already met. 6 +3 Last Week: 9 Erick Aybar - Go figure that Aybar finally gets moved out of the leadoff spot and then draws two walks in three games after not walking once since May 22nd. 7 +1 Last Week: 8 Albert Pujols - We're all in agreement that one game-winning homer is all we need to pretend like Pujols is actually going to turn his season around, right? Good. I'm glad we had this talk. 8 +8 Last Week: 16 Kevin Jepsen - Aw, crap. Here we go again. Jepsen being all great and making me think about trusting him again. I promised myself I'd never go back. I PROMISED. 9 -2 Last Week: 7 Jerome Williams - Best ERA in the entire rotation? BACK TO LONG RELIEF WITH YOU! 10 -4 Last Week: 6 Chris Iannetta - Ah, I see we are back to the all-walk, no-hit version of Iannetta. Well, it was fun while it lasted. 11 +6 Last Week: 17 Michael Kohn - Kohn has been charged with one earned run since May 2nd. That is some really nice work that has gone mostly under the radar. 12 +3 Last Week: 15 Ernesto Frieri - My ulcer has a first name. It's E-R-N-E-S-T-O. My ulcer has a second name. It's F-R-I-E-R-I. 13 +1 Last Week: 14 Scott Downs - Downs is looking more and more competent. He still is mainly a LOOGY, but a very good one. Let's hope he keeps it up long enough to get a nice return for him at the trade deadline. 14 -4 Last Week: 10 C.J. Wilson - I've figured it out, Wilson is an anti-ace. To most, the definition of an ace is that when the team really needs a great start from a pitcher, the ace steps up and gives them that start. When Wilson is put in those situations, that, without fail, is when he is at his worst. 15 -4 Last Week: 11 Alberto Callaspo - Callaspo isn't fielding well, but at least he isn't hitting either. 16 -4 Last Week: 12 Tommy Hanson - He is walking a dangerous tightrope of keeping his team in the game despite a 2.00+ WHIP. It sure seems like he is bound to fall off sooner rather than later. 17 -4 Last Week: 13 Dane De La Rosa - Despite not getting called up until over a week into the season, DDLR leads all Angel relievers in innings, being routinely overworked by Scioscia and still carrying a 4.05 ERA. His reward? Demoted in favor of Brad freaking Hawpe. 18 +3 Last Week: 21 Josh Hamilton - Anytime you can move your wildly underachieving slugger into the most important spot in the batting order, you just have to do it. 19 +4 Last Week: 23 Hank Conger - With Wilson continuing to struggle, might it not be time for Scioscia to question this whole Conger as his personal catcher thing? 20 +2 Last Week: 22 J.B. Shuck  - Thanks for filling in, Shucky Boy. Now get the hell out of the way so Bourjos can play. 21 -2 Last Week: 19 Garrett Richards - Richards can be a great reliever if Scioscia can just find a way to never use him when there are two outs in an inning. 22 -4 Last Week: 18 Robert Coello - Methinks the ********** is starting to lose its mystery and novelty. Just a hunch triggered by his 23.14 ERA last week. 23 -3 Last Week: 20 Joe Blanton - Nice to see Blanton make such a strong showing in his last start to prove that Scioscia made the right choice in sticking with him in the rotation. In a related story, they really need to finally invent that sarcasm font. 24 -- 0 Last Week: 24 Brendan Harris - Well, at least he didn't have to make a start at first base this week. 25 -- 0 Last Week: 25 Chris Nelson - Either Nelson or Hawpe are going to get demoted today. Honestly, I am hoping it is Nelson so his Yankee headshot will stop haunting these rankings. Dropped from rankings: Brad Hawpe, sort of, he was never really added but he is going to get dropped next week anyway Biggest Riser: Jepsen, up eight spots Biggest Dropper: Iannetta, Wilson, Callaspo, De La Rosa, Hanson and Coello, down four spots each [follow]
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