OK, I swear, I never intended for these to be bi-weekly, but well, here we are. Let's just get right to the rankings before I procrastinate more and this post ends up being monthly.
As always, the rankings are based on a player's overall season performance with a weight on recent performance.
Last Week: 1
Jered Weaver -
You throw a no-hitter, you get to be #1. That's just a rule... and common sense
Last Week: 3
C.J. Wilson -
Best free agent signing of the off-season. That should have been a more shocking statement, but, you know...
Last Week: 9
Torii Hunter -
After struggling early in the season, Hunter used the last two weeks to become arguably the team's best hitter, which is both a credit to him and an insult to the rest of the roster.
Last Week: 6
Mark Trumbo -
You know, I think his much improved plate discipline might be for real. If it is, the league should be terrified.
Last Week: 5
Dan Haren -
It was just unfair for him to have to be the follow-up act behind the Williams shutout and Weaver no-hitter, but at least the offense or defense didn't help him out.
Last Week: 2
- He finally hit that homer, but his OPS is still giving me Mathis flashbacks. Even I can't justify him being ranked higher than this and I have been one of Pujols' most ardent supporters.
Last Week: 4
- The most amazing accomplishment of Howie's last two weeks is not that he had seven hits and two homers in two games, but that he didn't get benched immediately afterwards.
Last Week: 10
Scott Downs -
Injured again? The Baseball Gods just don't want the Halos to have a competent bullpen.
Last Week: n/a
Mike Trout -
His numbers aren't great, but the Angels are 6-3 in games he has started. He is our Messiah.
Last Week: 11
Kendrys Morales -
He's been hot this week, but I'm still not convinced that he is anything more than a 250-pound slap-hitter. A very good slap hitter, but a slap hitter nonetheless.
Last Week: 8
Chris Iannetta -
Not a great weak, but he scored major man points for finishing off Weaver's no-hitter despite getting hit on the wrist by a pitch earlier in the game that was bad enough for him to have to sit out the next three games.
Last Week: 19
Jerome Williams -
Jerome Williams is actually really good. Yeah, I know, it's weird, huh?
Last Week: n/a
Ernesto Frieri -
You had me at "mid-nineties fastball with explosive late action."
Last Week: 15
Ervin Santana -
Five straight starts without the Angels scoring a single run for him. I don't know what he did to piss off the batters, but I suggest he offer an apology. I bet one of those cookie bouquet things would do the trick.
Last Week: 13
Maicer Izturis -
And he isn't the starting shortstop now... why?
Last Week: 17
LaTroy Hawkins -
Hmmmm... maybe having a bullpen where all the best relievers are brittle, card-carrying AARP members isn't the best idea after all.
Last Week: 7
Erick Aybar -
How the hell did I ever have him ranked as high as #7? And how the hell did Scioscia ever bat him leadoff?
Last Week: 16
Vernon Wells -
Do us all a favor and either get good again just go in the tank completely. This mostly being bad with bi-weekly flashes of quality play is driving me insane.
Last Week: 14
Peter Bourjos -
I don't care if he is hitting .180 and has two hits in his last 23 at-bats, FREE PETER BOURJOS!!! It is fun to want to free people!!!!!!!!!!
Last Week: 24
David Carpenter -
I remain mildly amazed that the Halos wisely demoted Kevin Jepsen and not the quietly effective Carpenter. Hooray for common sense!
Last Week: 12
Jordan Walden -
Well, don't I look silly for supporting him so much these last few months. Let's just pretend that never happened.
Last Week: 18
Alberto Callaspo -
Why is it he can keep getting starts despite a horrendous start to the season and Peter Bourjos can't? The Scioscia works in strange and mysterious ways.
Last Week: 21
Bobby Wilson -
He is a back-up catcher who played very back-up catchery these last two weeks. That's all I got.
Last Week: 20
Jason Isringhausen -
No way he is still on this team if Tony Reagins hadn't left the Angel minor leagues devoid of anything resembling reliever depth.
Last Week: 23
Hisanori Takahashi -
I almost forgot he was still on the team, this is a good thing. I have the feeling I won't be able to say that after this next potentially Downs-free week.
Biggest Riser: Williams, up seven spots
Biggest Dropper: Aybar, down ten spots
Dropped from rankings: Bobby Abreu (released, ha!), Kevin Jepsen (demoted, mercifully)