2016 Game 73: A’s at Angels

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Angels 2016 Draft Results and Signings!

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Welcome to the LA Angels Insider 2016 Draft Tracker. All picks are listed by round, with schools included. We will be updating this post as each player is signed, or opts not to sign. Here are the latest results:

1 (16th overall) — Matt Thaiss, C, Virginia

  • Signed June 16, 2016

2 — Brandon Marsh, OF, Buford (Georgia) HS

3 — Nonie Williams, SS, Home-schooled (Kan.)

4 — Chris Rodriguez, RHP, Monsignor Edward Pace HS (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

  • Signed June 20, 2016

5 — Connor Justus, SS, Georgia Tech

6 — Cole Duensing, RHP, Blue Valley Northwest HS (Overland Park, Kan.)

7 — Jordan Zimmerman, 2B, Michigan State

8 — Troy Montgomery, CF, Ohio State

  • Signed June 16, 2016

9 — Michael Barash, C, Texas A&M

  • Signed June 17, 2016

10 — Andrew Vinson, RHP, Texas A&M

  • Signed June 17, 2016

11 — Brennon Lund, CF, BYU

12 — Bo Tucker, LHP, Georgia

13 — Anthony Molina, RHP, West Broward HS (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)

14 — Francisco Del Valle, OF, Puerto Rico BB Academy (Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico)

15 — Mike Kaelin, RHP, Buffalo

  • Signed June 17, 2016

16 — Keith Grieshaber, SS, Jefferson

  • Signed June 20, 2016

17 — Zach Gibbons, OF, Arizona

18 — David Oppenheim, LF, Southern Cal

19 — Cody Ramer, SS, Arizona

20 — Jack Kruger, C, Mississippi State

21 — LJ Kalawaia, RF, UNC Greensboro

22 — Troy Rallings, RHP, Washington

23 — Torii Hunter, CF, Notre Dame

24 — Brennan Morgan, C, Kennesaw State

25 — Cameron Williams, OF, Howard

  • Signed June 20, 2016

26 — Derek Jenkins, CF, Seton Hall

  • Signed June 20, 2016

27 — Gregory Belton, RHP, Sam Houston State

28 — David Hamilton, SS, San Marcos (Texas) HS

29 — Blake Smith, RHP, West Virginia

30 — Robbie Peto, RHP, Monroe Township (NJ) HS

31 — Johnny Morell, RHP, Basha HS (Chandler, Ariz.)

  • Signed June 20, 2016

32 — Doug Willey, RHP, Arkansas

33 — Justin Kelly, LHP, UC Santa Barbara

34 — Justin Nielsen, LHP, Illinois

  • Signed June 20, 2016

35 — Sean Issac, RHP, Vanguard

  • Signed June 20, 2016

36 — Jose Rojas, SS, Vanguard

37 — John Schuknecht, RF, Cal Poly

  • Signed June 20, 2016

38 — Tyler Bates, CF, East Texas Baptist

  • Signed June 20, 2016

39 — Richard Fecteau, 2B, Salem State

  • Signed June 20, 2016

40 — Brad Anderson, 1B, Pepperdine

  • Signed June 20, 2016

 

LA Angels Insider will be updating this post as new draftees sign with the club.

Angels Insiders: Lincecum, Lincecum, and More Lincecum

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The time has come! Tim Linceum is an Angel and he will be inserted into the starting rotation on Saturday against the Oakland A’s. We’ve been waiting a couple months for this to happen.

Although Timmy is about a week late making his debut, he’s definitely ready. After a shaky outing in which he gave up four earned runs in five innings, birthday boy (yes, he just turned 32 on Thursday) pitched seven innings of one-hit ball in his final start for the Salt Lake Bees!

If the former multiple Cy Young Award winner can give the Halos at least an ERA in high 3.00’s, we at LA Angels Insider will be happy. Not only that, this could be a great opportunity to get a revived frontline starting pitcher back into the rotation.

Because although it could be too late for this season, this could serve as an audition for an extension to help regroup for 2017, a big trade for prospects at the trade deadline, or a bigger contract with another team this offseason. Who knows? But as of right now, this is exciting!

Here’s more on the arrival of The Freak!

    • There’s a lot of love to go around for Tim Lincecum. Angels fans are as excited as they’ve been in a long time. Here’s the founder of AngelsWin.com announcing his trip to Oakland!

    • Look what we found! It’s video footage of Tim’s showcase!
    • And here’s some footage of Tim pitching for the Salt Lake Bees against the Fresno Grizzlies!
    • Here’s Timmy’s first interview as an Angel!

 

  • And here’s a couple of special little Father’s Day clips from Angels Weekly!

 

We will be adding more videos as we find them! GO ANGELS!

 

 

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2016 Game 74: A’s at Angels

6-24-16

Oakland Athletics (30-42, 5th AL West) at Los Angeles Angels (31-42, 4th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 82F, Wind WSW 14mph

Pitching Matchup

Eric Surkamp (0-5, 7.20 ERA)

Eric Surkamp delivers a pitch during a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 11, 2016 (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Eric Surkamp delivers a pitch during a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 11, 2016 (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Surkamp has struggled mightly this season, finding himself bouncing to and from Triple-A on multiple occasions this season. In 8 big league starts he’s had trouble both going deep into games and avoiding big innings, and has given up 7 home runs in his 8 starts. While he was able to post a quality start against the Angels on Sunday giving up just the 2 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings, he was on the wrong end of Jered Weaver‘s complete game gem and he and the A’s took the 2-0 loss.

~VS~

Jered Weaver (6-6, 5.10 ERA)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium on June 13, 2016 (Jayme Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium on June 13, 2016 (Jayme Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Weaver has certainly struggled with inconsistency and fastball velocity all season, but he’s coming off his best start since his no-hitter in 2012. That start was Sunday in Oakland against Surkamp and the A’s and he tossed a complete game 3-hitter to take the victory in a game the Angels won 2-0.

Game Notes

  • Weaver has enjoyed success against the A’s in his career, going 14-11 with a 2.62 ERA. His ERA against Oakland is the second-lowest of any pitcher with more than 200 innings against them since the team moved in 1968, trailing only Luis Tiant (2.37 ERA).
  • A’s leadoff hitter Coco Crisp is 12-for-66 (.182) in his career against Weaver, with four doubles, one RBI and 12 strikeouts.
  • Angels center fielder Mike Trout has started 135 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Majors.

Starting Lineups

Oakland

  1. CF-Billy Burns – .241
  2. 2B-Jed Lowrie – .289
  3. C-Stephen Vogt – .265
  4. 3B-Danny Valencia – .328
  5. LF-Khris Davis – .239
  6. DH-Billy Butler – .257
  7. 1B-Yonder Alonso – .245
  8. SS-Marcus Semien – .236
  9. RF-Max Muncy – .250

Angels

  1. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .272
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .288
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .300
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .230
  5. 1B-C.J. Cron – .262
  6. 3B-Jefry Marte – .288
  7. C-Jett Bandy – .323
  8. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .213
  9. LF-Shane Robinson – .255

AL West Standings

  1. Texas: 47-26 (.644)
  2. Houston: 37-36 (.507) – 10 GB
  3. Seattle: 36-37 (.493) – 11 GB
  4. Angels: 31-42 (.425) – 16 GB
  5. Oakland: 30-42 (.417) – 16.5 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Boston @ Texas – 5:05pm PT
  • Houston @ Kansas City – 5:15pm PT
  • St. Louis @ Seattle: 7:10pm PT

2016 Game 72: Angels at Astros

6-22-16

Los Angeles Angels (31-40, 4th AL West) at Houston Astros (36-36, 3rd AL West)

Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX

Minute Maid Park-day

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Cloudy, 88F, Wind S 7mph

Pitching Matchup

Matt Shoemaker (3-7, 4.50 ERA)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A's at Oakland Coliseum on June 17, 2016 (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A’s at Oakland Coliseum on June 17, 2016 (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

After a troubling start to his season, Shoemaker has been able to turn things around and is in the midst of one of the more dominant runs of his career. Over his last 6 starts he’s pitched to a 1.83 ERA, but unfortunately the team has given him more than 2 runs of support only twice during that span, so he is 2-4 during the span. His last start Friday in Oakland was another beauty as he held the A’s to 1 run on 2 hits over 6 innings, but took a no-decision as the Angels dropped the game 3-2.

~VS~

Lance McCullers (3-2, 4.24 ERA)

Lance McCullers delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park on May 26, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Lance McCullers delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park on May 26, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

While McCullers has had an up & down season, he’s pitched well at home. He is 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 4 starts at Minute Maid Park this season. His last start Friday against Cincinnati was another good one at home as he held the Reds to 2 runs on 8 hits over 6 2/3 innings, but took a no-decision as the Astros dropped the game 4-2.

Game Notes

  • Albert Pujols was out of the game Tuesday because of a left hamstring injury he sustained while beating out a double play against Oakland Sunday. Mike Scioscia called Tuesday a “recharge day,” but wouldn’t say if Pujols would return to the lineup Wednesday.
  • Colby Rasmus is likely to return to the lineup Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday’s game. He went 3-for-5 with an RBI on Monday and is hitting .364 during the Astros’ homestand.
  • Regardless of Wednesday’s outcome, these teams won’t have to wait long to see each other again. The Astros and Angels meet in Anaheim for another three-game series next week (starting Monday, June 27).

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .309
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .286
  3. DH-Mike Trout – .301
  4. 1B-C.J. Cron – .265
  5. LF-Jefry Marte – .315
  6. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .273
  7. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .211
  8. C-Jett Bandy – .250
  9. CF-Shane Robinson – .233

Houston

  1. DH-George Springer – .259
  2. 1B-Marwin Gonzalez – .259
  3. 2B-Jose Altuve – .342
  4. SS-Carlos Correa – .263
  5. RF-Colby Rasmus – .233
  6. 3B-Luis Valbuena – .253
  7. CF-Carlos Gomez – .220
  8. C-Jason Castro – .206
  9. LF-Tony Kemp – .205

AL West Standings

  1. Texas: 46-26 (.639)
  2. Seattle: 36-35 (.507) – 9.5 GB
  3. Houston: 36-36 (.500) – 10 GB
  4. Angels: 31-40 (.437) – 14.5 GB
  5. Oakland: 29-41 (.414) – 16 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Milwaukee @ Oakland – 12:35pm PT
  • Seattle @ Detroit – 4:10pm PT
  • Cincinnati @ Texas – 5:05pm PT

2016 Game 71: Angels at Astros

6-21-16

Los Angeles Angels (31-39, 4th AL West) at Houston Astros (35-36, 3rd AL West)

Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX

Minute Maid Park-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Cloudy, 79F, Wind SSW 8mph

Pitching Matchup

Hector Santiago (4-4, 5.30 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 5, 2016 (Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 5, 2016 (Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Santiago’s up & down season continues this evening in Houston as he’s posted a 6.86 over 9 starts in the months of May and June. Hector is coming off a strong showing against Minnesota as he held the Twins to 1 run on 2 hits in 6 innings to take the victory in a game the Angels won 10-2, but in the start before that he couldn’t get out of the 2nd inning, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits in just 1 1/3 innings. The Angels will hope for the good Hector tonight.

~VS~

Collin McHugh (5-5, 4.89 ERA)

Collin McHugh delivers a pitch during a game against the Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park on May 3, 2016 (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Collin McHugh delivers a pitch during a game against the Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park on May 3, 2016 (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

McHugh was a 19-game winner in 2015, but much like Santiago, he has struggled to find consistency this season. His season has been a series of mediocre starts with some brilliant ones mixed in. His last outing Wednesday in St. Louis falls into the brilliant category, as he held the Cards to just 1 run on 7 hits in 6 2/3 innings, but he took a no-decision in a game the Astros won late 4-1.

Game Notes

  • Carlos Gomez may finally be turning a corner. The Astros’ center fielder singled in his first two at-bats on Monday and is riding a six-game hitting streak, producing multiple hits in four of those contests.
  • Albert Pujols has done well against McHugh, going 6-for-17 with three walks and a home run. Mike Trout, however, has only reached base twice in 12 plate appearances. Jose Altuve (.235 batting average), Evan Gattis (.214) and George Springer (.100) have all struggled against Santiago.
  • Pujols’ 52 regular-season home runs are the most ever against the Astros, but the 36-year-old is struggling to generate power this season. Pujols entered the series with a .393 slugging percentage that ranked 135th out of 170 qualified players.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .310
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .286
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .298
  4. LF-Daniel Nava – .226
  5. 1B-C.J. Cron – .265
  6. DH-Jefry Marte – .333
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .278
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .190
  9. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .215

Houston

  1. RF-George Springer – .262
  2. 1B-Alfredo Gonzalez – .000 – MLB debut
  3. 2B-Jose Altuve – .343
  4. SS-Carlos Correa – .259
  5. CF-Carlos Gomez – .222
  6. DH-Danny Worth – .211
  7. C-Evan Gattis – .214
  8. 3B-Luis Valbuena – .250
  9. LF-Jake Marisnick – .182

AL West Standings

  1. Texas: 46-25 (.648)
  2. Seattle: 36-34 (.514) – 9.5 GB
  3. Houston: 35-36 (.493) – 11 GB
  4. Angels: 31-39 (.443) – 14.5 GB
  5. Oakland: 28-41 (.406) – 17 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Seattle @ Detroit – 4:10pm PT
  • Cincinnati @ Texas – 5:05pm PT
  • Milwaukee @ Oakland – 7:05pm PT

2016 Game 70: Angels at Astros

6-20-16

Los Angeles Angels (31-38, 4th AL West) at Houston Astros (34-36, 3rd AL West)

Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX

Minute Maid Park-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Scattered T-Storms, 89 F, Wind E 7mph, 35% Chance of Rain

Pitching Matchup

Jhoulys Chacin (3-4, 5.00 ERA)

Jhoulys Chacin delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 9, 2016 (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Jhoulys Chacin delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 9, 2016 (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Chacin has made 7 starts since coming over from Atlanta and is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA for the Angels so far. The month of June has been particularly unkind as he’s posted a 7.04 ERA so far in the month. His last start was Tuesday against the Twins and in that game he allowed 4 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings, but still earned the victory in a game the Angels won 5-4.

~VS~

Doug Fister (7-3, 3.26 ERA)

Doug Fister delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A's at Minute Maid Park on June 3, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Doug Fister delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A’s at Minute Maid Park on June 3, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Fister seems to be enjoying his return to the AL as the Astros have won the last 9 games he has started. He is also 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA so far in June, which is 4th best in the AL for the month. In his last start in St. Louis he held the Cardinals to 2 runs on 5 hits over 7 1/3 innings to take the victory in a game the Astros won 5-2.

Game Notes

  • Second baseman Jose Altuve is hitting .393 in June with a .487 on-base percentage, and he’ll enter the series fresh after receiving a partial day off as Houston’s designated hitter Sunday. It was Altuve’s first game as DH this season. Altuve is hitting .545 (6-for-11) against the Angels in 2016.
  • The Astros have a 17-8 record since moving right fielder George Springer to the leadoff spot in the batting order May 24. Two of those wins ended on walk-off hits from Springer, including a 5-4 win at Minute Maid Park on Saturday over the Reds.
  • The Astros have won nine of their last 11 games at Minute Maid Park and are 19-15 overall at home this season.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .313
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .288
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .302
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .233
  5. 1B-C.J. Cron – .265
  6. LF-Daniel Nava – .224
  7. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .220
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .188
  9. 2B-Gregorio Petit – .289

Houston

  1. RF-George Springer – .264
  2. 1B-Marwin Gonzalez – .255
  3. 2B-Jose Altuve – .342
  4. SS-Carlos Correa – .254
  5. LF-Colby Rasmus – .226
  6. CF-Carlos Gomez – .210
  7. 3B-Luis Valbuena – .244
  8. DH-Evan Gattis – .213
  9. C-Jason Castro – .207

AL West Standings

  1. Texas: 45-25 (.643)
  2. Seattle: 36-33 (.522) – 8.5 GB
  3. Houston: 34-36 (.486) – 11 GB
  4. Angels: 31-38 (.449) – 13.5 GB
  5. Oakland: 28-41 (.406) – 16.5 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Seattle @ Detroit – 4:07pm PT
  • Baltimore @ Texas – 5:05pm PT
  • Oakland – OFF

Angels DFA Brendan Ryan… Again!

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Welcome to the LA Angels Insider ‘Halo Waiver Wire’, which is located within the Eppler’s Domain category. Here we will be listing daily Angels transactions for the 2016 regular season. Major transactions will be analyzed in separate articles. This will be a running post that will last throughout the end of the season. So let’s start with what’s been happening lately:

June 16, 2016

  • This was inevitable considering Andrelton Simmons was activated from the 15-day DL and Gregorio Petit is earning his roster spot. Anyways…

June 14, 2016

  • Pedro forgot to mention the fact that the Halos also designated Kyle Kubitza for assignment. With a .253 / .349 / .366 slash line, the once highly regarded prospect that former GM Jerry Dipoto was adamant about acquiring has not quite dazzled in his time with the Halos farm system.
  • This was still rising move considering the young prospect project to be a decent utility option in both the infield and outfield. However, too many injuries to the pitching staff has ordered an overload of relievers. Not to mention the emergence of Rafael Ortega and Gregorio Petit Has created some decent bench depth already.
  • Regardless, we at LA Angels Insider are guessing Kubitza will be back on the 40-man sometime soon. Perhaps the club could even include him in a trade…

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Andrelton Simmons Back From the DL

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Welcome to the LA Angels Insider Injury Tracker! Here we will have updates on injured Angels players. This will be running post that will last throughout the 2016 regular season. Here are the latest reports:

  • Simmons was activated from the disabled list way ahead of schedule after tearing the ulna collateral ligament in his left hand. The star shortstop missed 34 games and was not expected back until sometime in July. And he was back at it on Wednesday, making acrobatic plays that probably saved the Angels from another slugfest while blowing out the Minnesota Twins.
  • And here’s how the Halos celebrated!
  • Also, to make room for Simmons, Brendan Ryan was designated for assignment… Again!

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2016 Game 66: Twins at Angels

6-15-16

 

GAME RECAP

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