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1 Prospectus Feature: Goin' Down Slow by Aaron Gleeman
1 What You Need to Know: Big Time Timmy Jim Is Back, Big Time by Ashley Varela
19 Rubbing Mud: Babies, Bathwater, and the Pace Of Play Conundrum by Matthew Trueblood
1 Players Prefer Presentation: The Jerk's Guide to Being a Jerk by Meg Rowley
7 The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, May 9 by Matt Sussman
0 What You Need to Know: Not Tonight, Sweet Papelbon, Not Tonight by Nicolas Stellini
2 What You Need to Know: The One Unambiguous Evil In This World Is Kyle Schwarber Going Down In A Heap by Nicolas Stellini
0 Rumor Roundup: Angels Out Of Their Depth by Demetrius Bell
2 Life at the Margins: Greatness, Nearby by Rian Watt
33 Pebble Hunting: Should Have Taken Trout by Sam Miller
5 Winter Is Leaving by Dustin Palmateer
7 Life at the Margins: Things Are Looking Upside by Rian Watt
32 Players Prefer Presentation: Finding and Fixing Baseball's Worst Positions by Meg Rowley
6 Prospectus Feature: The Way-Too-Early Baseball Awards Breakdown by Bryan Grosnick
5 Players Prefer Presentation: The Year's Most Literary Hit By Pitch by Meg Rowley
19 Internet Baseball Awards: The Jokester-Free AL Player of the Year by Tom Tango
1 Rubbing Mud: Mike Trout and the Two-Out Offense by Matthew Trueblood
5 Pebble Hunting: Everything Is Now Super, 2015 by Sam Miller
2 Transaction Analysis: Chris Iannetta As Upgrade by R.J. Anderson
1 Rubbing Mud: How the Angels Failed Mike Trout by Matthew Trueblood
1 What You Need to Know: July 23, 2015 by Steven Jacobson
1 Transaction Analysis: Easy Street by R.J. Anderson
1 What You Need to Know: No Way by Daniel Rathman
28 Rubbing Mud: The Worst Rule In Replay by Matthew Trueblood
2 The BP Wayback Machine: Angels in America by Neil deMause
6 Every Team's Moneyball: Los Angeles Angels: Ask First, Pitch Later by Sam Miller
52 Pebble Hunting: The Case For Shaming the Cubs by Sam Miller
39 Pitching Backward: Every Team's Pitching Depth, Ranked by Jeff Long
25 Baseball Therapy: Understanding Josh Hamilton by Russell A. Carleton
6 Rumor Roundup: Trout Pulling the Trigger by Daniel Rathman
0 Rumor Roundup: Huston Street Might Have Relief-Ace'd Himself Into the Angels' Future by Chris Mosch
4 Rumor Roundup: You Can't Predict Padres by Daniel Rathman
0 The BP Wayback Machine: Assessing the Risk: Hamilton, Greinke, and Mental Health by Russell A. Carleton
5 Transaction Analysis: Happily Everth After by R.J. Anderson
14 2015 Prospects: Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Prospects by Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff
1 Transaction Analysis: Angels Happy Re: Joyce by Craig Goldstein and Nick Shlain
0 Transaction Analysis: Turn Down For Rut by R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre
5 Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by Wilson Karaman
11 Baseball's Seven Wonders by Sam Miller
8 Transaction Analysis: Cuddyer Quashes Qualifying Offer by R.J. Anderson and J.P. Breen
1 Transaction Analysis: The Congering by R.J. Anderson and Mauricio Rubio
7 Playoff Prospectus: The Greatest Defensive Outfield In History: ALCS Game 2 by Sam Miller
6 Playoff Prospectus: A Royal Shocker by J.P. Breen
3 Playoff Prospectus: 20 Bad Josh Hamilton Swings: ALDS Game 2 by Sam Miller
5 Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Recap: Royals 3, Angels 2 by Sam Miller
7 Playoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game Previews by Sahadev Sharma, Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella, Doug Thorburn and J.P. Breen
8 Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Angels vs. Royals by Sam Miller
0 The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, September 17 by Matt Sussman
0 Transaction Analysis: Rays to the Top by R.J. Anderson
2 The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 15 by Matt Sussman
Five years ago this summer, Jered Weaver signed a deal that would keep him in Anaheim through the rest of his prime.
Throwing hard has never been part of
’s success. His fastball topped out in the low 90s when he debuted with the Angels as a 23-year-old in 2006, and from 2007-2011 he consistently averaged 90. During that five-year stretch Weaver logged more than 1,000 innings with a 3.40 Jered Weaver , held opponents to a .240 batting average and .678 ERA , and finished runner-up for a OPS award. He was one of the best pitchers in baseball and did a lot of things very well—deception, command, movement—but he never threw hard. Cy Young
And then his fastball started shedding velocity. Initially it didn’t seem like a big deal because most pitchers threw harder at 23 than they do at 28 and, really, who cares about dropping from 90.1 mph to 88.7 mph when Weaver was also winning 20 games with a 2.81 ERA and finishing third in the Cy Young balloting? That was 2012. Then his velocity kept vanishing and his results began deteriorating as well. Weaver was still having some success, but beginning with 2011 his average fastball basically lost 1-2 mph each year and his secondary numbers got progressively worse.
Read the full article... Tim Lincecum impresses in Angels debut, the Marlins pitch their way out of a shutout, and Jake Arrieta finds new and unsurprising ways to keep winning.
The Weekend Takeaway
When made his season debut on Saturday, the Angels had one question: Would he look like the Cy Young Award winner of 2009 or the 6.02 DRA-holder of 2014? Tim Lincecum
Read the full article... Why our changing expectations are driving us all insane.
Pace of game (or time of game? It’s so unclear which problem the various hand-wringers want to solve, and there’s imperfect overlap when it comes to the solutions to each) is in the news again. The average length of an MLB game this season is three hours, some seven minutes longer than at the same point last season. This, everyone seems to agree, is a problem.
On Monday night, before I saw the Rob Manfred quotes that made it clear this would be a major topic of discussion this week, I sat on my couch, sorting socks and watching the Dodgers play the Angels. It was already past 11:30 Central time when I turned on the game, so I was mildly surprised to find that the top of the seventh inning was just beginning. Apparently, though, I had missed the quick part of the game.
was on the mound for the Dodgers, and pretty quickly, he began laboring. That’s not new. Of the 355 pitchers who have thrown at least 10 innings this season, Baez takes longer between pitches (an even 30 seconds) than all but two. The issue was particularly pronounced on Monday, though, because Baez was really up against it. Pedro Baez Read the full article... Or: The Mariners fan's guide to watching the Angels.
The thing is, you’re a jerk. Let me back up. I’m a jerk, too. I’m a jerk, and you’re a jerk, and our folks are jerks. Probably not really bad jerks, or scary jerks, or even particularly vocal jerks, but jerks of a sort. You’re not a jerk because you weren’t raised right (although with the influences of those other jerks, who’s to say?). You’re a sort of jerk because being a fan of one team rather than all the other teams means you are quietly rooting for the failure of other human beings. Not exclusively, and not all the time, and maybe not in ways that are really bad, or scary, or particularly vocal, but sometimes, at least a little.
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Yeaaah, one new Hit List kneels before you, that's what I said now. Hit List, Hit List who adores you, just go ahead now. The Royals storm back, Mike Trout amazes, the Reds' bullpen is the worst, and more.
It’s the bottom of the ninth in Kansas City. has called upon Dusty Baker to protect a 6-4 lead with Jonathan Papelbon , Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez due up. Papelbon leaves the bullpen with 358 career saves. He will not record his 359th. Omar Infante
Read the full article... The Cubs hold their breath to see how Kyle Schwarber is, while Al Pujols adds a walk-off to his career and the Phillies' bullpen has already blown two late, and it's still early.
The Thursday Takeaway
Last night’s game between the Cubs and Diamondbacks can be described in many ways. It was a slugfest; a night in which neither starter ( and John Lackey ) had excellent stuff by any stretch of the imagination. Lackey was wild and missing his spots. De La Rosa was De La Rosa. Rubby De La Rosa
Read the full article... The challenge of upgrading on Daniel Nava in Anaheim, the Braves' surprising semi-bid on Justin Upton, and the closer who wants to be a starter.
The Los Angeles Angels are trying to acquire an everyday left fielder
The Angels are currently set to go into this season with 33-year-old as their starting left fielder, joining the 2014 Red Sox, the 2011 Pawtucket Red Sox and the 2007 Chico Outlaws as the only teams who can say that. Although Nava is smashing in spring training, his Daniel Nava projection (1.5 PECOTA ) and his 2015 output (Zero.Zip WARP) have a little more authority than his .500/.619/.719 Cactus League line. As a result, the Angels are reportedly looking for an everyday left fielder to replace him. WARP
Read the full article... The instant classics of the 2010s.
We are now on the eve of the seventh baseball season of this, the second decade of baseball’s third century. If baseball were a trashy fantasy novel, this would be the year in which the miller’s/weaver’s/craftsman’s son, after seven years of blissful ignorance about his true identity as the Emperor of the Dwarves/King of the Mystic Realm/Grand Poobah of the Pyrenees, would be awoken to his fateful quest by some wizened old man hobbling up the hill to his house.
Read the full article... Measuring the scale of a single draft pick.
"We're going to take this kid with our first pick," Bane reportedly told his staff. "The problem is that he's not going to be there. He's too good." – San Francisco Chronicle
Read the full article... No, really: Andrelton Simmons will help the Angels defense a lot.
If you were going to make a list about why the Angels might surprise in 2016, it’d probably start off something like this:
1. They have
. Mike Trout Read the full article...
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March 1, 2016 6:00 am
Finding upside in the AL's lesser rotations.
This all began with , who’s projected (by R.A. Dickey ) for just 0.4 PECOTA next year. On the face of it, that seems rather odd. Here are Dickey’s WARP totals since 2010, complete and unabridged: WARP