Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 11/16/14
RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS 1 -- 0 Last Week: 1 Mike Trout - With the week he just had, the Angels should see to it that his entire extended family attends every single one of his games. I imagine giving him a fat contract extension would allow for him to pay for that himself. Sounds like a win-win. 2 -- 0 Last Week: 2 Howie Kendrick - It is official, Kendrick is in the conversation for a batting title now. I never thought this day would come. I can't wait to see how he screws it up. 3 +2 Last Week: 5 Jason Vargas - It was good to see him have a strong bounceback start in a bandbox stadium against potent lineup. 4 -1 Last Week: 3 Jered Weaver - That's weird. It is almost like him recovering a few ticks of velocity didn't fix everything. 5 -1 Last Week: 4 Mark Trumbo - Trumbo seems to be starting his second half swoon a little bit early this year. 6 +1 Last Week: 7 Albert Pujols - A great week for The Machine marred by him ending it with a strikeout to abort what would've been an epic comeback victory for the Halos. 7 +1 Last Week: 8 Kevin Jepsen - He allowed his first run since coming back from injury, but it was unearned. He is making this not believing in him thing really difficult. 8 +4 Last Week: 12 Ernesto Frieri - Three innings, no hits, no walks and six strikeouts. Now this is the Ernasty we've been looking for. 9 +1 Last Week: 10 Chris Iannetta - He can't throw out base stealers, but at least he can pick guys off now. 10 +1 Last Week: 11 Michael Kohn - Two appearances, two batters faced, two strikeouts. Talk about making the most of limited opportunities. 11 -5 Last Week: 6 Erick Aybar - How has nobody mentioned that Aybar has ONE stolen base this season?! 12 +2 Last Week: 14 C.J. Wilson - Wilson had one of his best starts of the year but did it without Conger catching. Maybe Scioscia should see if that can become a trend. 13 +3 Last Week: 16 Tommy Hanson - Hanson looked fantastic this week, but was it because he was facing a lame Yankees lineup or because he is finally rounded into form after his long layoff? 14 -5 Last Week: 9 Jerome Williams - Solid start against a good team? Still not good enough to replace Joe Blanton. 15 -- 0 Last Week: n/a Peter Bourjos - After his home run robbing catch against J.J. Hardly, I think we can all put the "Trout belong in center" debate to bed. 16 -3 Last Week: 13 Scott Downs - Downs has one job, getting lefties out and now he can't even do that right. 17 +4 Last Week: 21 Garrett Richards - It has got to be the lack of nasty, crunchy long hair. 18 +4 Last Week: 19 Hank Conger - The whirly, over-the-head follow through on Hank's home run swings give me a great deal enjoyment. 19 -4 Last Week: 15 Alberto Callaspo - Callaspo has a .541 OPS this month. In completely unrelated news, Luis Jimenez has a .908 OPS this month. If you try and tie those two facts together to form a roster move suggestion, that's on you. 20 -2 Last Week: 18 Josh Hamilton - The power came out a bit, but thus far it doesn't look like the two-hole experiment is going to work out. 21 -1 Last Week: 20 J.B. Shuck  - As a guy who comes off the bench to try and draw a walk, Shuck is pretty useful. Let's try and keep him in that role. 22 -5 Last Week: 17 Dane De La Rosa - Back already? I didn't even get a chance to drop him from the rankings so I could re-add him. 23 -- 0 Last Week: 23 Joe Blanton - Best week ever! Blanton didn't pitch once. Let's do it again some time. 24 -- 0 Last Week: 24 Brendan Harris - We live in a world where having Brendan Harris play first base with Josh Hamilton on the bench and it doesn't really raise any eyebrows. 25 -- 0 Last Week: n/a Brad Hawpe - I'm still confused about the fact that Brad Hawpe even still exists. Dropped from rankings: Chris Nelson (DFA'd away), Robert Coello (************ up his shoulder) Biggest Riser: Frieri, Conger, Richards; up four spots each Biggest Dropper: Aybar, Williams, De La Rosa; down five spots each [follow]
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