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The February 22nd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Scott Downs interested in an extension, Cordero's return from tragedy and much more...
The Story: Scott Downs is interested in signing a contract extension.
The Monkey Says: Yeah, not so much. Downs was terrible in the second half of last season and plagued by shoulder problems, so even a one-year extension seems like a huge risk at this point.
The Story: The tale of Chad Cordero's comeback from injury and the death of his infant daughter.
The Monkey Says: My son is seven weeks old, so things definitely got a little dusty in the Monkey Mansion when I read this one.
The Story: Kevin Jepsen is coming into the camp looking to change absolutely nothing.
The Monkey Says: See? This is what I am talking about with Frieri screwing around with a cutter. Jepsen got obsesses with developing a two-seamer to offset his cutter and it ended up hurting him. Keep it simple, Ernie....
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The February 21st, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols won't play in games until mid-March, Rangers fans to give Hamilton the silent treatment and much more...
The Story: Albert Pujols will not appear in Cactus League games until mid-March at the earliest.
The Monkey Says: Most guys like Pujols don't play in games the first week...
Careful. Do not look directly in Mike Trout’s eyes for too long or risk being sucked into his vortex.
How can you not be mesmerized by Mike Trout? He dazzled the crowd last season with superhuman leaps at the wall to rob home runs, acrobatic diving plays, and fierce strength at the plate. He does it all with a sparkle in his eye that is simply hypnotic. The kid has charisma and...
A major part of Jerry Dipoto's bullpen rebuilding plan, Sean Burnett brings a lot to the table, including a crooked hat, question marks about his health and ability to repeat his stellar 2012 performance.
2012 Stats: 56.2 IP, 1-2, 2 SV, 2.38 ERA. 2.79 FIP, 58 H, 12 BB, 4 HR, 57 SO, 2.51 GB/FB, 1.1 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections: 56.1 IP, 3.51 ERA. 3.40 FIP, 54 H, 17 BB, 5...
Yep, he's still here. The object of every Angels fan's ire, Vernon Wells is back for a third season of what is sure to be more disappointment even though the bar continues to get lower and lower.
2012 Stats: 262 PA, .230 AVG, .279 OBP, .403 SLG, 36 R, 1 HR, 29 RBI, 3 SB, 1 CS, 35 K, .296 wOBA, 91 OPS+, 0.6 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections: 449 PA, .248AVG, .290 OBP, .426...
By Christian Ilten, AngelsWin.com Contributor --
The date is December 8th, 2012. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who had recently completed the 50th Year in Franchise History decided that the 2 year reign of the Texas Rangers would be halted, as owner Arte Moreno went all in, with the aid of GM Jerry Dipoto, signing a 10 year contract with slugger Albert Pujols, along with...
In my first article, I wrote about the limitations of the linear weights system that wOBA is based on when it comes to the context of unusual team offenses. In my second, I explained how Tom Tango, wOBA’s creator, also came up with a way of addressing some of these limitations by deriving a new set of linear weights for different run environments, thanks to BaseRuns. Today, I will...