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The March 8th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Frieri pleased with progress of his cutter, Angel players explain why they aren't participating in the WBC and much more...
The Story: Ernesto Frieri is pleased with the progress of his cutter.
The Monkey Says: I am still not sold, but I am hardly a pitching coach. If the results are there, great. I would just hate to see him fall too in love with this shiny new toy and neglect his awesome two-seamer which needs to remain his primary pitch.
The Story: Weaver and other Angels explain why the timing of the World Baseball Classic makes it hard for them to participate.
The Monkey Says: I see the issues for sure. Doing it in spring training just doesn't seem to work for anyone and I can't say that I think fans are particularly excited for it. Joe Sheehan's idea of extending the All-Star break by a week makes a lot of sense and I can't help but think that doing the WBC right after the World Series might not work as well since there are so many domed stadiums around and a large number of players play winter ball anyway.
The Story: Albert Pujols increased his running program and expects to DH again on Friday and maybe be in the field late next week.
The Monkey Says: Slow and steady, Machine. Slow and steady.
The Story: Jonah Keri selects a new Simpsons' Springfield Power Plant softball team with Josh Hamilton in left field.
The Monkey Says: Having Hamilton fall into league with the Flanders family is absolutely perfect though I am a bit ashamed that Keri didn't bring back Mike Scioscia, who has made a recovery from his tragic illness, to serve as a coach on the team.
The Story: The Angels are waiting for Hank Conger's throwing arm to catch up to his bat.
The Monkey Says: Conger should be the back-up this year but he might be on the way to literally throwing himself off the roster. He has already made a few horrific throws this spring, including a throw down to second on the pre-inning warm-up that was so off line that he nearly decapitated Jered Weaver, forcing Jered to duck and fall flat on his ass to avoid the errant throw.
The Story: Mike Trout is amongst the players with the most to prove in 2013.
The Monkey Says: I don't know that I agree with that. He definitely is a great story to watch to see if he can put up MVP numbers again, but I don't think there is much of a chance that he "disappoints." I just don't envision a lot of scenarios in which Trout doesn't at least perform at All-Star level.
The Story: Pessimism about the Angels season because of their tough division.
The Monkey Says: I'm not so sold on that. Personally, I think Texas is in for a fall this season and I am far from convinced that Oakland can win 90+ games again. Seattle should be better, but not by that much and everyone gets the added cushion of playing Houston, which also means fewer games against the rest of the division which had been much like cannibalism in 2012.
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A bit of spring training humor occurred recently involving Los Angeles of Angels of Anaheim pitcher Jared Weaver and his evident — albeit perhaps only temporarily – unfamiliarity with the common practice of a catcher making a warmup throw of his own to the second base bag following a pitcher’s warmup tosses. Anyone who has ever played baseball, even all the way back to...
By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Staff Writer
2013 Outlook: Chris is coming off an injury season where he only saw action in 79 Major League games. Look for Iannetta to bat in the back part of the lineup, probably in the 8-hole, behind Kendrick/Callaspo and in front of Bourjos on the average day.
Iannetta brings a great batting eye to the plate as evidenced by his career...
By Robert Cunningham - AngelsWin.com Staff Writer
2013 Outlook: In 2012 we saw a slight concern with Jered as his average fastball velocity dipped down a full tick from 89 to 88 mph. However, Jered does several other things really well that compensate for the lost velocity. Look to Jered to be the team ace again this year as he does an incredible job entering each game with a...
TEMPE, Ariz. Apparently Albert Pujols doesn't need his knee to hit.
The Angels have gone slow this spring with their first baseman, who underwent offseason surgery on his right knee. But his swing looked to be in midseason form Saturday when Pujols crushed a majestic solo home run off Colorado's Juan Nicasio in the third inning of the Angels' 8-6 loss to the Rockies...
Tonight on the AngelsWin.com Internet Podcast, hosts Adam Dodge and Geoff Stoddart welcome AngelsWin.com Founder, Chuck Richter, and Director of Marketing, Brian Ilten. Tonight's topics of discussion included …
* Angels horrible Spring Training start. Something the fans should worry about?
* Mike Trout's new contract. Was he jobbed, or was it a good move by the team...
When Mike Scioscia was first hired more than a decade ago, he was such an innovator. During an era of power, Sosh reintroduced the forgotten factors of the game: speed and small ball. The famous first-to-third took the league by storm, creating an aggressive nature seldom seen at the time. Outfielders couldn’t take any bloop singles for granted, and even if they didn’t...
After a season of back problems and lost velocity, can Jered Weaver bounce back and show that he is still the Cy Young contender the Angels need?
2012 Stats: 188.2 IP, 20-5, 2.81 ERA. 3.75 FIP, 147 H, 45 BB, 20 HR, 142 SO, 0.84 GB/FB, 3.0 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections: 203.0 IP, 16-9, 3.01 ERA. 3.35 FIP, 171 H, 49 BB, 20 HR, 176 SO, 4.4 fWAR
2013 Bill James Projections:...
Joe Blanton got two innings of work in Friday before the Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks were rained out with the score 1-1 in the bottom of third.
Pitching in rain, Blanton made his second spring training start and allowed one run and two hits in two innings.
''His bread and butter is his two-seam fastball, and it looked real good,'' Angels catcher...
With Maicer Izturis gone, the Angels are on the hunt for his heir apparent and Andrew Romine should get the first shot at filling his metaphorically large but physically small shoes. But is he up to the task?
2012 Stats: 21 PA, .412 AVG, .500 OBP, .412 SLG, 2 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 0 CS, 32 K, .413 wOBA, 165 OPS+, 0.2 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections: 494 PA, .232 AVG, .288 OBP...
Baseball HQ's Ron Shandler makes some ostenibly persuasive arguments as to why Trout should not be drafted anywhere near his current price tag (top-three overall pick or $40-plus dollar buy), as does my industry colleague David Gonos. While there's little doubt it would be wise to bet on regression from his monster rookie year, I think both overstate the case and that Trout...
The March 7th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout's agent asked for $1 million, Weaver trying to recover his old arm angle and much more...
The Story: Ken Rosenthal reports that Mike Trout's agent asked the Angels for $1 million for his 2013 contract.
The Monkey Says: As the article states, that would've been the highest payday...