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Monkey with a Halo:
Los Angeles Angels
Last Week: 1
Mike Trout - His numbers are MVP-caliber again because the guy just does everything. Everything except deliver game-winning hits in extra innings.
Last Week: 3
Jason Vargas - Vargas was making a push for an All-Star spot and a featured slot in the trade rumor mill. Instead, he gets felled by a blood clot because that is just how the Angels' season is going.
Last Week: 2
Howie Kendrick - Kendrick starts getting a noticed as a potential batting title contender... promptly goes 6-for-28.
Last Week: 6
Albert Pujols - The Pujols revival continues, though that didn't stop the opposition from intentionally walking Trout to get to Pujols.
Last Week: 5
Mark Trumbo - With Hamilton temporarily out of the lineup, Trumbo apparently decided he needed to step up and fill the vacated role of useless slugger, going 4-for-29 with 9 strikeouts this week.
Last Week: 4
Jered Weaver - Yes, it is officially time to start worrying about Weaver.
Last Week: 15
Peter Bourjos - On fire since coming off the DL, so naturally he has to go and wreck his thumb. OF COURSE!
Last Week: 12
C.J. Wilson - Wilson seems to be on a bit of a roll now. My guess is that means his elbow will explode in 5... 4... 3...
Last Week: 11
Erick Aybar - He still has no business batting leadoff, but at least he finally stole his second base of the season. That's a start.
Last Week: 7
Kevin Jepsen - Welp, Jepsen finally found his gas can. I knew I was right about him, but I find myself wishing that I wasn't.
Last Week: 9
Chris Iannetta - Iannetta is all peaks and valleys. He either hits .400 in a week or hits .100. There is no in-between. This was a valley week.
Last Week: 8
Ernesto Frieri - Only Ernasty can end a streak of absolute domination in such a disastrous way.
Last Week: 19
Alberto Callaspo - It didn't get much notice, but Callaspo was on fire this week, going 13-for-26. It only included one extra-base hit, but considering how poorly he had been playing, we won't complain.
Last Week: 10
Michael Kohn - Add Kohn to the list of Angel relievers who have started looking rather shaky this week (SPOILER ALERT: all of the Angel relievers are on that list).
Last Week: 14
Jerome Williams - Williams got his rotation spot back, but under completely different circumstances than anyone had hoped for.
Last Week: 13
Tommy Hanson - Oh, Tommy. No, Tommy. No.
Last Week: 23
Joe Blanton - Give credit where credit is due. Blanton was legitimately pretty great this week.
Last Week: 16
Scott Downs - If Downs keeps only allowing inherited runners to score and not his own, maybe Dipoto can dupe some GM into giving up actual prospects for Downs at the deadline.
Last Week: 22
Dane De La Rosa - It was all mop-up work, but De La Rosa pitched very well this week. With the way Scioscia has handled the pen this year that means Dane will be the top right-handed setup man within two weeks and in the minors three weeks after that.
Last Week: 18
Hank Conger - Pay careful attention to the catching rotation. It seems Scioscia has gone away from the personal catcher model with Conger and is now starting him every third game. Maybe that is just a fluke, but it is worth monitoring.
Last Week: 17
Garrett Richards - Once again, Richards falls apart with two outs.
Last Week: 20
Josh Hamilton - A wrist injury, eh? How very convenient.
Last Week: 21
J.B. Shuck - Shuck actually did quite well with the bat this week, but he must be punished for his epic bungling in the field on Sunday.
Last Week: 24
Brendan Harris - Brendan Harris should never be the right-handed part of any platoon, yet here we are.
Last Week: 25
Brad Hawpe - We have reached a bizarre place when Hawpe appears in the lineup in place of Hamilton and we don't even really blink.
Dropped from rankings: Nobody, for the first time this season, I think
Biggest Riser: Bourjos, up eight spots
Biggest Dropper: Richards, Kohn, Frieri, down four spots each
BEST OF MAXIM
DETROIT Angels pitcher Jason Vargas will undergo surgery this week to remove a blood clot from his left armpit area, a procedure that is expected to sideline the left hander for three weeks to a month.
Vargas was examined Monday by Dr. Peter Lawrence of the UCLA Medical Center. Lawrence confirmed the initial diagnosis and recommended surgery, which will be performed by Dr. Russell...
The June 25th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout back in the MVP debate, Angels fans are not paying attention and much more...
The Story: Mike Trout has re-inserted himself into the AL MVP debate against Miguel Cabrera... again.
The Monkey Says: Trout, Cabrera and Chris Davis are all neck-and-neck in terms of WAR, but I have a hard time...
Mike Trout is only 21 years old and in his second big league season, but it’s not too early to start talking about the phenom’s chances of making it to Cooperstown. SUBWAY® is celebrating “The Boys in the Hall” and asked us to evaluate Trout’s likelihood of becoming a Hall of Fame player. Based on [...]
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed Hunter Green, their first pick of the 2013 MLB Draft. Green is a 6-foot-4, 180 pound, seventeen-year-old (eighteen on July 12), left-handed pitcher out of Warren East High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The wait to draft Green was long for Angels Scouting Director Ric Wilson, as the Angels did not have a first round pick, and had...
The Los Angeles Angels lost center fielder Peter Bourjos to a thumb injury this weekend. X-rays were negative, and Bourjos told Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times that he will be expects to be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list.
Bourjos suffered the injury while attempting to break up a double play. While sliding, his thumb got caught on second base and he was forced...
The Los Angeles Angels lost center fielder Peter Bourjos
yesterday, as he exited the team’s contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates after
injuring his left thumb. As of last night, the Angels were still awaiting results
of initial tests on Bourjos’ thumb, according to William Boor of MLB.com.
While it’s unclear exactly when the injury was sustained, it
The June 24th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Madson may be done for the season, Vargas out 4-6 weeks, Hamilton and Bourjos injured and much more...
The Story: Mike Scioscia admits it is possible that Ryan Madson may not pitch at all in 2013.
The Monkey Says: What disaster this Madson signing turned out to be. It is just a shame for the guy...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
JUNE 22, 2002-GAME 71
ANGELS AT BREWERS
MILWAUKEE -- A masterpiece it wasn't, but Jarrod Washburn's paint-by-numbers pitching performance Saturday night was all about the results.
The Angels' starter needed 122 pitches to work his way through six innings, but when he was finished the Milwaukee Brewers had scored...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
JUNE 23, 2002
GAME 72 - ANGELS AT BREWERS
MILWAUKEE -- The Angels offense was so good during the series against the Milwaukee Brewers, it only needed two innings Sunday afternoon to complete its work for the day.
The Angels got all five runs and six of their nine hits in the first two innings and made it stand up in a 5-2...
When dealing with unknown commodities of future potential, the most common analogy used within the prospect world is the stock market. Investors put their money on the line with the potential opportunity of receiving a big pay out if a company "goes big", but at the same time they are in danger of losing it all if a stock is busted. Similarly with prospects, Major League...
Albert Pujols doubled, singled, scored a run and drove one in - all in an eight-run fifth inning - and the Los Angeles Angels routed the Detroit Tigers again, 14-8 on Tuesday night.
The Angels have won seven straight against Detroit, by a combined score of 48-17. C.J. Wilson (7-5) allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings for Los Angeles.
Rick Porcello (4-5) gave up seven...
Normally, I'd be plenty happy with two wins in three games on the road, particularly on the West Coast with AL rules against a decent offense like the Angels with a ton of pitchers on the disabled list. Here's the thing, though: Joe Blanton is starting for the Angels today. Joe Blanton has served up taters like a lunch lady this year. He's got a 5.62 ERA and the Angels...
As the halfway point of the season approaches, I think it’s fair to say most Angels' fans are wishing they could start it all over again. 11 games out in fourth place in the division really isn’t what we were expecting. On that note, here are five other thoughts that have been rattling around my brain, which I really didn’t expect to be having now, or at any point.
It's getting harder and harder to write something original about the Angels these days. It sure looks like the team is starting to realize this won't be there year. Tonight's game was a perfect showcase of a team that just doesn't seem to know what to do. They have struggled all season to get any sort of rhythm and rather than get angry the team seems to be going...
The June 26th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Vargas to miss a month with surgery, Bourjos ready to play, Halos acquire Cowgill and much more...
The Story: Jason Vargas will have surgery to remove his blood clot and will miss 3-4 weeks.
The Monkey Says: That is actually great news. He won't be able to throw for two weeks, but the team...