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Monkey with a Halo:
Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers
Last Week: 1
Mike Trout - Yasiel Puig made his debut on June 3rd and posted a .391/.422/.616 slash line. Over that same span Mike Trout has gone for .367/.448/.597. That is an OPS by Trout that is seven points greater than Puig in a tougher run environment plus elite defense in center. So, shut up already, Dodger fans.
Last Week: 3
Howie Kendrick - Prayers for Kendrick getting un-snubbed as a replacement All-Star pick went unanswered. Apparently they don't want him GIDPing in the game since it totally counts now.
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - Weaver was just bad enough against the Mariners to make me start worrying about him again.
Last Week: 4
C.J. Wilson - He is starting to look dangerously like the pitcher the Angels thought they were getting when they signed him a year and a half ago.
Last Week: 5
Ernesto Frieri - Not to complain about Scioscia's bullpen usage when the relievers have been rather effective of late, but it is July 15th and Frieri has made only three appearances this month.
Last Week: 7
Albert Pujols - Hopefully Albert's two homers this week will silence those suggesting he needs to utilize the All-Star break and spend some time on the DL.
Last Week: 6
Erick Aybar - Hard to complain about three multi-hit games in one week.
Last Week: 8
Mark Trumbo - He is still scuffling, but at least when he does make contact, the ball goes real far. He had four hits this week, two of which were doubles and the other two were homers.
Last Week: 14
Scott Downs - Good boy, Scotty. Just keep on building that trade value.
Last Week: 11
Hank Conger - He did some nice work this week, but let's face it, his work as a fishmonger at Pike Place is what really got him moved up in the rankings.
Last Week: 10
J.B. Shuck - For a guy who is supposed to be productive due to his plate discipline and thus bat leadoff, it should be noted that he hasn't drawn a walk since June 26th.
Last Week: 18
Alberto Callaspo - Callaspo is coming around again, perhaps just in time to work his way onto the trading block.
Last Week: 16
Kevin Jepsen - I wonder just how bad Jepsen will have to pitch for Scioscia to eject him from the top setup man role?
Last Week: 9
Josh Hamilton - Welp, so much for the hot streak. Hambone just finished up a 3-for-21 week that included two homers but now walks and seven strikeouts.
Last Week: 12
Chris Iannetta - 0-for-8 with three strikeouts and no walks this week. Can't imagine why he is losing playing time.
Last Week: 13
Dane De La Rosa - The exact opposite of Frieri, Dane has made seven appearances in the first two weeks of July. He has scuffled a bit though, almost as if he was being overworked. Weird.
Last Week: 20
Michael Kohn - Kohn allowed just his second homer of the season this week, which is actually a good thing since his earlier attempts to stick with the team were thwarted by his issues with the long ball.
Last Week: 19
Garrett Richards - The silver lining of Jerome Williams' struggles is that it accidentally allowed Richards to get stretched out enough to take his place in the rotation. Or would that make too much sense?
Last Week: 15
Joe Blanton - Who is an Angel fan supposed to root for in a fight between Blanton and Butcher? The correct answer is a simultaneous double knockout.
Last Week: 17
Jerome Williams - Do the Angels stick with Jerome until Vargas comes back in two weeks (hopefully) or get desperate to stay in the race and replace him in the rotation?
Last Week: 22
Michael Roth - Solid relief work this week from Roth who could carve out a role for himself if Downs gets traded.
Last Week: 24
Brendan Harris - His homer this week was his first extra-base hit since May 10th.
Last Week: 25
Collin Cowgill - He hasn't had much of a chance but with a nice catch and a triple this week, Cowgill might have earned himself a little bit longer of a look.
Last Week: 21
Billy Buckner - I'm so glad Scioscia is keeping a seven-man bullpen so that he can never use Buckner and also have a weak bench.
Last Week: 23
Brad Hawpe - Hawpe's pinch-hitting failure in the loss to the Cubs is not going to quell the displeasure with him being on the roster while Kole Calhoun rakes in Salt Lake.
Dropped from rankings: nobody, in a rare twist
Biggest Riser: Callaspo, up six spots
Biggest Dropper: Hamilton, downs five spots
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