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The Oakland Athletics know that few will give them a chance to repeat in a division featuring sluggers Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout making up a loaded lineup for the Los Angeles Angels.
Even with almost the same A's roster that pulled off an improbable late-season rally to stun the Texas Rangers on the season's final day last fall.
No problem. They're plenty used to being overlooked in the East Bay, already second fiddle to the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
Yet the A's showed last October there's something special happening in Oakland, in spite of a roster once made up of little-known players built with the lowest payroll in baseball. Despite a run-down, often-empty ballpark they share with the NFL's Raiders.
''This year is a little bit easier in the fact we have a lot of guys that have played together,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''Last year in camp we were trying to get guys just to know each other. It...
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He’s 33 years old and coming off a career-worst season where he posted career lows in runs (85), homers (30), batting average (.285), on-base percentage (.343), slugging percentage (.516), and walk rate (7.8%). So why do we have him ranked 9th overall? Well, he’s Albert Pujols and he’s not human. That’s not to say he doesn’t carry any risk—he’s one of the riskier first...
And now we finally get to the projection you have all been waiting for. And now a player that needs no introduction...
2012 Stats: 639 PA, .326 AVG, .399 OBP, .564 SLG, 129 R, 30 HR, 83 RBI, 49 SB, 5 CS, 139 K, .409 wOBA, 170 OPS+, 10.0 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections: 695 PA, .282 AVG, .364 OBP, .507 SLG, 122 R, 29 HR, 83 RBI, 47 SB, 8 CS, 149 K, .371 wOBA, 142 OPS+, 7.4 fWAR...
Washington Nations center fielder Bryce Harper and Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout are the future of Major League Baseball. Harper is only 20 years old and Trout is just 21, but they are already two of the game’s biggest superstars after their breakout seasons in 2012. Dan Haren, who pitched for the Angels last season and is now with the Nats, has had an opportunity...
ARLINGTON, Texas Fans in mourning over the loss of the Great Bratbino at Rangers Ballpark now have reason for hope.
The two-foot long bratwurst, which was named for Josh Hamilton, is no longer on the concession menu at the park as the outfielder now places for the Los Angeles Angels.
But it's been replaced by the likes of the "Totally Rossome" Boomstick, the Sausage...
COMMENTARY | The St. Louis Cardinals have come to terms with ace pitcher Adam Wainwright on a five-year extension that makes the term “lifetime Cardinal” a real possibility just two years after they failed to do the same with Albert Pujols. Doing so shows that general manager John Mozeliak understood that this deal made a lot more sense than the potential investment in...
The March 28th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout in GQ, Angels sign Mark Lowe, trade Geltz and much more...
The Story: The Angels signed reliever Mark Lowe to a minor league contract with a invite to spring training.
The Monkey Says: It looks like the Angels are getting really nervous about the bullpen's performance. It seems the plan...
The 2012 MVP race between Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera was one of the more heated we've seen in recent years. It was essentially a new school vs old school battle, and at the end of the year, the old school supported Cabrera and his Triple Crown, and he won the first MVP award of his career. Going into 2013, Trout is the overwhelming favorite among our staff to win the award...
The March 26th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Madson feeling good after another bullpen session, Trout vs. Harper and much more...
The Story: Ryan Madson is feeling good after another bullpen session on Monday.
The Monkey Says: Nice to hear, but he still isn't throwing 100% or throwing his changeup. In other words, he still has a long...
Over the last decade, sabermetricians (a term loosely used to describe people who use advanced statistics to measure past and future performance) have become all the rage. What once was a hobby of a certain slice of baseball fandom, is now a tool utilized by just about every front office in baseball. In the evolution of statistics, the key sabermetric stat is WAR (wins above replacement...
For the Texas Rangers, the focus is on who stayed in town, rather than who left.
At least, that's the approach they're trying to take.
There have been some big changes in the Texas lineup since not winning a game last October, particularly the departure of five-time All-Star and former AL MVP Josh Hamilton, now with the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels. Also gone are Michael...
Often those teams that are hot favorites with the sports betting sites to win their divisions are also among the favorites for the league pennants and even the World Series. This means that many baseball betting fans opt for combined bets on a particular team, but which clubs would make a good bet for this season’s AL West division?
In fact the hot favorites for the AL West are...