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The April 3rd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Weaver's velocity down even more, Angels bullpen showing early promise and much more...
The Story: Jered Weaver succeeded against the Reds despite his velocity dropping even further.
The Monkey Says: This wasn't in the article, but Pitch f/x had Weaver's fastballs averaging 85.8 MPH during his start. That's over 2 MPH down from his 2012 average and would've been the fourth-slowest fastball velocity amongst qualifed pitchers last year. The good news is that most pitchers see their velocity increase over the course of the first few weeks of the season, but Weaver clearly has a long way to go just to match his 2012 velocity, much less his career average velocity.
The Story: The Angel bullpen is showing some early promise and depth.
The Monkey Says: They were great on Monday, but let's not go planning the parade down Katella just yet. The increased depth of Richards, Lowe and Burnett will be a big help, especially with Madson out, but there is still legit concern over Frieri's consistency, Downs' health, Jepsen's possible regression and the general question marks that Richards and Lowe both are. Predicting bullpen performance is a fool's errand to begin with, but I remain skeptical mostly because they have burned us so bad the last few years.
The Story: C.J. Wilson gives the pros and cons of dating a supermodel.
The Monkey Says: Yep, you really have it rough, C.J..
The Story: An infographic on ticket prices around MLB.
The Monkey Says: A lot of people are griping about the increased ticket prices for the Angels this year due to their new dynamic pricing model, but let's not forget that they had been one of the cheapest tickets in the sport for the last several years. Even now, they are still in the middle of the pack, though things clearly fluctuate now based on the opponent. What is real interesting is that even with all their stars, the Angels do not merit much of a bump in pricing at opponing stadiums.
The Story: The aggregated Top 190 prospects in baseball.
The Monkey Says: Cowart checks in at #48 and Maronde at #171. There, I just saved you a lot of scrolling or a little bit of Ctrl+F.
The Story: A look at how Jered Weaver's ability to change speeds allows him to overcome his flagging velocity.
The Monkey Says: That defintiely worked for Weaver on Opening Day, but I can't help but wonder if he can really keep opponents off-balance constantly because that is what he is going to have to do if he is going to be stuck throwing in the mid-eighties.
The Story: Mike Trout should be fine despite lofty expecations.
The Monkey Says: Like Dan Haren said recently, Trout is cocky right up to the point of arrogance, a trait that should serve him well now that he is in the spotlight. This just isn't the kind of guy who is going to wilt under the pressure of lofty expectations.
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Fans of the Anaheim Angels have been through alot in their franchise's history. Between the changes in owners, ballparks and name of the team, it's not surprising to know that Angels fans are some of the most loyal in the country. For these fans, the ones who have stuck it out to light up the halo after a home victory, sing "Build Me Up Buttercup" during the 7th...
By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Staff Writer --
2013 Outlook: Mark Trumbo had a true Jekyll and Hyde season in 2012. The first half he was on fire (.306 BA/.358 OBP/.608 SLG w/a .327 BABIP) and was going toe-to-toe with some of the best players in the game and then, almost inexplicably, he fell off a cliff (.227 BA/.271 OBP/.359 SLG w/a .302 BABIP) after the All-Star Break...
(Photo by Jeremy Long - jlongphoto.com)
By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Staff Writer
2013 Outlook: Bourjos has been a very polarizing figure among Angels fans. Some point to his 2012 season as an indicator of his true offensive performance level while others look at his 2011 breakout season and feel that reflects his true aptitude.
There are a couple of reasons why you...
Boo Josh Hamilton or cheer Josh Hamilton when the Los Angeles Angels come to Arlington Friday?
Thats a question a lot of people want to know the answer to. But theres another option out there too. Its the Silence for Josh campaign, who sprang to life in the wake of Hamiltons spring training comments that Dallas wasnt a baseball town.
Apparently its a pretty big movement too. Theres...
Josh Hamilton will return to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Friday for the first time since signing with the Los Angeles Angels. The 2010 American League MVP still calls Texas home, however, Rangers fans probably won't be giving him a warm homecoming welcome when he comes up to bat.
Hamilton was a guest on the Mike & Mike in the Morning radio show Monday on 103.3 in Dallas...
The April 2nd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout got chills on Opening Day, comparing the worst case Angels to the best case Astros and much more...
The Story: Mike Trout got chills for his first Opening Day.
The Monkey Says: I completely forgot that he hadn't done the Opening Day thing before. Maybe that explains why he struck out...
Former Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson has a really tough life. He signed a five-year, 77.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels in 2011 and he has a supermodel girlfriend.
Sounds like he hit the lottery twice.
Wilson, who was usually a great quote when he was playing in Texas, recently gave SI.com an interesting interview about his Brazilian supermodel girlfriend...
An 8-15 month of April to start the sunk the 2012 Angels, or at least that is how the narrative goes. It was a month where just about everything went for the Halos including Albert Pujols' infamous homer drought and the Bullpen of Sorrow blowing every lead they could, sometimes blowing it twice, just to make sure it was good and blown.
That month was a particularly brutal...
If there's one thing we learned from this weekend's extension bonanza, it's that we are not going to see too many franchise players hit the free agent market anymore. There will be some big names and such out there still, but the Buster Posey's, the Justin Verlander's, and the like are going to be locked up long before they end up on the free agent market, leaving...
Josh Hamilton will be in the other dugout when the Texas Rangers play their home opener Friday.
Texas is coming off an opening series at Houston, when Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game and Rangers pitchers struck out 43 batters in posting two shutouts. But so much attention in the first home series will be on Hamilton being in a Los Angeles Angels uniform.
One of my favorite posts to write each year is my official predictions for the season (as opposed to my unofficial predictions, which don't exist). I love the post despite the fact that I am generally quite horrible at predicting things. Don't believe me? Well, if the court allows, allow me to enter into evidence the following predictions I made last season that went horribly...
Sure the game ended in as miserable, shocking, and abrupt fashion as you could expect. But one can give the Halos some props in this game.
They have overcome a tepid 2-26 from the three players who got their own special press conference at the outset of Spring Training to remain competitive in games 1 and 2 of the season. (Oh, and just a hint, their last names begin...
Jon Niese (SD, MIA)
Niese quietly assembled a sound 2012 campaign in his third full season in the Bigs, with a 3.40 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in over 190 innings. Don't be concerned with his 3.74 ERA at home, as Niese's 1.12 WHIP illustrates the 26-year-old was better than believed in Flushing Meadows. Though Niese's .272 BABIP gives pause on his ability to...