Halos On The Mend: Tropeano, Skaggs, Soto

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Here is a list of pitchers that have either had Tommy John Surgery in the last few seasons, or at least suffered a UCL tear:

  • Garrett Richards
  • Andrew Heaney
  • Patrick Corbin
  • Tyler Skaggs
  • Nick Tropeano
  • Tyler Chatwood
  • Johnny Hellweg

Besides being ideally a young promising rotation with depth that could easily provide any team with a foundation for long term success, what do all of these pitcher have in common?

They all came through the Angels’ system!

So what is going on here? Tropeano is the latest victim of the UCL tear epidemic going around Major League Baseball, and the third Angels pitcher this season alone to suffer said injury. Trop was doing fine in his last start against the Texas Rangers, but was doing it with elbow soreness that eventually knocked him out of the game. The diagnosis goes without mentioning.

Here’s what Trop had to say…

This is just sad.

And if one takes a long look at that list above, it shows that the Angels — despite having a barren farm system — should have had an extremely deep rotation for a while now. On paper at least.

It might be safe to say that after bullpen being the biggest reason the Halos have only one playoff appearance in the last six years, the reasoning is now shifting to catastrophic pitching injuries.

We wish Trop a speedy recovery. But there may be a quick fix on the horizon…

 

And more on the DL front!

  • Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, things are finally set up to get better for the Halos’ rotation. Skaggs is ready to return to a Major League mound, and because he was moved back one day (Wednesday) because of a rain out, and an off day on Thursday, the lefty could actually take Tropeano’s spot in the rotation on Monday against the Red Sox. Tyler has not pitched a Major League game since July 31, 2014, almost 24 months to the day since going down.

  • Soto had an MRI that revealed no structural damage. He’s expected to return right after his DL stint is up.

2016 Game 95: Rangers at Angels

7-20-16

Texas Rangers (55-40, 1st AL West) at Los Angeles Angels (42-52, 4th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 86F, Wind WSW 7mph

Pitching Matchup

Martin Perez (7-6, 4.05 ERA)

Martin Perez delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 15, 2016 (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Martin Perez delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 15, 2016 (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Perez has had a rough go of it over his last two starts as he’s given up 17 runs (12 earned) over 9 2/3 combined innings. He’s also struggled since mid-June, posing a 5.91 ERA over his last six starts. His last outing was an ugly one Friday at Wrigley Field as he gave up 6 runs (5 earned) over 5 2/3 innings to take the loss in a game the Rangers dropped 6-0.

~VS~

Hector Santiago (7-4, 4.27 ERA)

Hector Santiago, wearing a 70's era retro uniform, delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium on July 15, 2016 (Harry How/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago, wearing a 70’s era retro uniform, delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium on July 15, 2016 (Harry How/Getty Images)

Santiago has been on one of the better runs of his career of late, as he’s currently riding a streak of 22 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run. He last gave up a run (which was unearned) July 2 in Boston, and has become the third pitcher in team history to go 3 consecutive starts without giving up an earned run. His last time out against the White Sox Friday he got the Angels’ 2nd half off to a bang with 7 shutout innings, giving up just 5 hits to take the victory in a game the Angels won 7-0.

Game Notes

  • Santiago is the first left-handed starter the Rangers have faced since the All-Star break. A pair of hitters toward the top of the order have thrived off lefties, with Ian Desmond hitting an American League-best .394 against them this season. Elvis Andrus ranks third in the AL, hitting .378 against lefties.
  • Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar is also proficient against left-handers this season, as his .359 batting average ranks seventh-best in the AL.
  • The middle of the Rangers’ order has wreaked havoc on Santiago in the past. Third baseman Adrian Beltre and designated hitter Prince Fielder have faced Santiago more than any opponent has, with each going 9-for-36 against him lifetime. Beltre has three home runs against him — tied for the second-most of any opponent.

Starting Lineups

Texas

  1. 2B-Jurickson Profar – .316
  2. CF-Ian Desmond – .315
  3. 3B-Adrian Beltre – .271
  4. LF-Ryan Rua – .263
  5. DH-Rougned Odor – .276
  6. SS-Elvis Andrus – .296
  7. 1B-Mitch Moreland – .231
  8. C-Robinson Chirinos – .217
  9. RF-Nomar Mazara – .277

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .314
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .284
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .320
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .252
  5. 1B-Jefry Marte – .224
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .267
  7. C-Jett Bandy – .282
  8. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .262
  9. LF-Todd Cunningham – .105

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 33-62 (.347)
  2. Minnesota: 35-59 (.372)
  3. Cincinnati: 36-59 (.379)
  4. Tampa Bay: 37-57 (.394)
  5. Arizona: 40-55 (.421)
  6. Milwaukee: 37-52 (.429)
  7. San Diego: 41-53 (.436)
  8. Oakland: 42-53 (.442)
  9. Angels: 42-52 (.447)
  10. Philadelphia: 43-52 (.453)

Angels Insiders: Shoe, 70’s Weekend, Trout, G.A.

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With a spectacular performance against the Chicago White Sox over the weekend, Matt Shoemaker won himself American League Player of the Week honors. Throwing a complete game shutout and striking out 13 Sox, Shoe once again took another step toward proving he is the pitcher we all saw in 2014.

Black Beard has dazzled since coming back from the minors, although he didn’t start a game while down there. He was struggling to even make it through the fourth inning, as he was leaving his splitter up and batters were telling him what to go do with it. owever, has worked hard at getting that pitch back down, resulting in a 2.55 ERA with only 7 homers and 11 walks allowed in 81 innings.

The last two are the biggest factors. If you look at his 2014, and even his splits from last season, Shoe doesn’t normally walk hitters. This is something we’ve been monitoring over here for the past few seasons, and we came up with two conclusions.

If Matt Shoemaker keeps his splitter down and continues to keep his walk rate microscopic, he will be an ace. If not, he’ll get hammered. And that’s it.

Right now, the former amateur free agent is looking like an ace-in-the-making. And it was a great addition to seventies weekend!

 

And now here’s more from around the Big A!

  • How about a little fun? The Angels Live broadcast team decided to do their pregame dressed up like Starchy and Hutch!

  • Angels Weekly did an All-Star Game special in which FOX Sports asked players like Bryce Harper and Mark Trumbo what makes Mike Trout so great.

  • On the latest installment of Mota Mondays, Jose Mota sat down with Garrett Anderson to talk baseball and answered fans’ questions.

2016 Game 90: White Sox at Angels

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Halo Waiver Wire: Perez, Choi, Tindall

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  • With Cron going down with a broken hand and Geovany Soto returning, the Angels were forced to make more roster moves. The club’s depth has been all but completely used up this season, and all the Angels can really do to replenish that depth is to get healthy again… For next season.
  • Perez was struggling at the plate despite his 5 for 5 performance in Boston, with a .204 / .235 / .328 slash line. Carlos has given way to Jett Bandy, who is already showing good power and decent hitting ability at the Big League level.
  • Choi was hitting .327 / .411 / .485 at AAA Salt Lake, and was ready for another try with the big club. He will basically take Cron’s spot and perhaps even play some left field. This wil give Choi a good chance to prove his value to the club for 2017. It could really save the Halos some trouble with regrouping this offseason and adds a young option for them to bypass the need to dig into a weak farm system, and continue rebuilding their system. Choi jut has to do it.

  • Tindall was signed as an amateur free agent last season, and had a 6.03 ERA in 43 games for the Halos’ Arizona Fall League affiliate. The trade was merely for cash considerations.

Halos On The Mend: Cron, Soto, Skaggs

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  • The Angels were dealt another big blow this past weekend when Cron was hit in his right hand with a pitch that left a fracture. The young slugger was on his way to a long-awaited break out season for the Halos. Now CJ will need surgery that will have him out for 6 to 8 weeks. Add him to the growing list of of players on the disabled list foe extended periods of time. We won’t even get into the statistics from the past two months for CJ. It’ll just make things worse.
  • Soto returned after about a two month stint on the DL after having arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee. He tore it while working out, by the way. The Halos catcher recovered from the surgery nicely but had a couple of setbacks during his rehab assignment, trying to regain the strength in the muscles and tendon around his knee. He went 0-4 in his first game back.

  • That was Tyler’s last start at AAA four days ago. He was scheduled for 90 pitches but get fatigue by the time he got to 70 pitches, and then was taken out at 73. This will cause the lefty to wait a couple extra days before his next start, but is in no way a major setback. Skaggs will be back in the Angels rotation in a couple of weeks, almost two years to the day since he last pitched on a Major League mound. We’re pulling for you Tyler! This ball club needs to get healthy before it can regroup for next season!

Angels Insiders: Nate Smith, Angels Movie Stars, Birthday Pranks

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The 2016 Futures Game was held Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego, and the Angels had their top pitching prospect on hand to show off his talents. Nate Smith, the 24-year old lefty from Ohio and alumni at Furman University in South Carolina, took the mound for Team USA in the sixth inning. He threw one frame, but in the process allowed 2 earned runs on 4 hits.

The results were not quite there, but then again he wasn’t the only one. The World Futures blew out the US Futures by the score of 11-3. However, Nate did get a strikeout. And that came in the form of Boston Red Sox organization’s most prized young talent: Yoan Moncada.

Smith, a finesse pitcher, made no secret of the fact that he has good stuff that has been overlooked due to the media craze that is to bash the Angels’ minor league system. Not that there is any real high impact talent down there, but Smith could be yet another piece the club brings up that makes everyone around Major League Baseball turn and scratch their heads… Again.

Mike Napoli, Mark Trumbo, Kole Calhoun, and Matt Shoemaker make this list. Hopefully soon we can add Nate Smith. He already has fans…

 

And now for some fun stuff around the Big A!

  • On the latest edition of Gubbie Tuesdays, Mark asks several players which movies they think their teammates would star in.

And we conclude with a birthday wish for Johnny Giavotella!

I don't know how this became our birthday tradition but we love it! 29 today! @miketrout @pujolsfive @kole_calhoun56

A video posted by Johnny Giavotella (@giavotella504) on

2016 Game 88: Angels at Orioles

7-9-16

GAME INFO

Los Angeles Angels (37-50, T-4th AL West) at Baltimore Orioles (49-36, 1st AL East)

Oriole Park at Camden Yards – Baltimore, MD

Camden Yards-late afternoon

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 90F, Wind W 8mph

Pitching Matchup

Nick Tropeano (3-2, 3.28 ERA)

Nick Tropeano delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park on May 23, 2016 (Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Nick Tropeano delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park on May 23, 2016 (Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Tropeano made his return from the disabled list and brief demotion to the minors on Monday in Tampa Bay and in that game he gave up two solo home runs along with two other hits in his 5 innings of work. Tropeano has given up 3 or fewer earned runs in 9 of his 11 starts this season. The Angels ended up losing Monday’s game 4-2, but Tropeano was not involved in the decision.

~VS~

Yovani Gallardo (3-1, 6.10 ERA)

Yovani Gallardo delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards on June 24, 2016 (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Yovani Gallardo delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards on June 24, 2016 (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Gallardo, who has also spent time on the disabled list this season, is yet another Baltimore starting pitcher carrying a season ERA over 6. Baltimore’s starting rotation has been among the worst in baseball, but they stay in 1st place on the power of their offense & bullpen. Gallardo’s last start was Monday at Dodger Stadium and in that game he gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in just 4 innings. He took a no-decision in a game the Orioles lost 7-5.

Game Notes

  • The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo has already surpassed his home run total from last season (25), earning the No. 1 seed in Monday night’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park. There has been speculation Baltimore might try to trade Trumbo to add another starting pitcher or left-handed reliever. However, that scenario seems unlikely because of Trumbo’s value to the lineup, in addition to being a pending free agent.
  • Los Angeles catcher Geovany Soto caught back-to-back games for Triple-A Salt Lake City this week and was activated Saturday. He has been on the DL since May 18 with a right lateral meniscus injury. To make room, the Angels have optioned Carlos Perez.
  • Baltimore’s Manny Machado has continued to torment opposing pitching and will enter Tuesday’s All-Star Game as one of the league’s hottest hitters. Machado is batting .395 over his last seven games and narrowly missed his 20th homer of the season Friday night.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .325
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .286
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .324
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .250
  5. LF-Daniel Nava – .235
  6. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .056
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .273
  8. C-Jett Bandy – .279
  9. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .262

Baltimore

  1. CF-Adam Jones – .262
  2. LF-Hyun Soo Kim – .331
  3. 3B-Manny Machado – .323
  4. DH-Mark Trumbo – .287
  5. 1B-Chris Davis – .233
  6. 2B-Jonathan Schoop – .302
  7. SS-J.J. Hardy – .248
  8. RF-Joey Rickard – .268
  9. C-Caleb Joseph – .164

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 30-57 (.345)
  2. Minnesota: 30-56 (.349)
  3. Cincinnati: 32-55 (.368)
  4. Tampa Bay: 34-52 (.395)
  5. Angels: 37-50 (.425)
  6. Oakland: 37-50 (.425)
  7. Arizona: 38-50 (.432)
  8. San Diego: 38-49 (.437)
  9. Milwaukee: 38-47 (.447)
  10. Colorado: 39-47 (.453)

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

  • Signed June 25, 2016

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.

Insider Waiver Wire: Robinson, Tropeano, Smith, Ramirez

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We’re changing things up a little by giving the transactions area it’s own category, named Insider Waiver Wire. As always, transactions will be posted here. We’ve also pulled the disabled list transactions to this column, with the injury report being strictly about updates on ailing players. Also, the posts in this category will no longer be running posts, and will be be posted every Wednesday. Major headlines will not have a weekly schedule, and will be posted as they come.

Now let’s get down to business at the Big A!

  • Robinson joins a long list of Halos on the mend. He was grabbing his ankle after reaching first base in Tuesday’s 13-5 stomping of the Tampa Bay Rays. He was crouching and looked like he was in considerable pain. Shane was immediately taken out for none other than Mike Trout, who was supposed to have the day off. And it true Mike Trout fashion, he was only in the game for thirty seconds before scoring a run. Luckily this injury goes to an emergency depth piece and not to a major piece, such as… Mike Trout.

  • Trop was activated on and sent to AAA Salt Lake, mainly to get himself ready to return to the rotation. He wasn’t quite there in his rehab assignment. But sure enough he made it back quickly and had another good start on Monday in Tampa.
  • Jose Alvarez was sent to AAA Salt Lake in the corresponding move, thus finally sparing Angels fans the dread of watching him giving up a run every single time he stepped on the mound!

  • Smith may have recovered from his hamstring injury, but he is still looking for that release point. Those kinds of ailments can really mess with a pitcher’s mechanics. And until Joe irons out the kinks from that injury, he’s going to continue to have us biting our fingernails every times he’s out there. As of right now, Cam Bedrosian is pushing his way into Smith’s set up role, and may even dethrone Huston Street from the closer role…

  • Ramirez had a 6.40 ERA with Cincy before the Angels acquired the reliever for cash. In 5 games in the Halos’ banged up bullpen, J.C. Has a 3.18 ERA. Maybe it’s a step in the right direction towards fixing the bullpen, or it’s a fluke. We hope it’s the former. We’ll see.
  • A.J. Achter was sent to AAA when Ramirez was called up.

 

Minor Signings

  • 6/27/16: Angels signed LHP Justin Kelly to a minor league contract.
  • 7/2/16: Angels signed LHP Erik Davis to a minor league contract.

Insider Injury Report: Wilson, Soto

Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Wilson delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Los Angeles Angels’ C.J. Wilson delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

With updates on starting pitchers giving us a better idea of what to expect in the coming months, we have more on another starter, as well as the starting catcher.

  • After all the waiting and getting up and sitting down during his rehab assignments, CJ is out. And it looks like his days with the Angels are done. The lefty’s five year, $77 million dollar contract expires after this season. Wilson averaged a 3.87 ERA and 197 innings for the Halos in his first three seasons with them. But then the injury bug got to him the past two seasons, and he had 3.89 ERA last season, when he went down for surgery to remove bone spurs from his left elbow. That was the last we’ve seen of CJ on the mound for the Angels, and we’ll likely never see him on that mound again. His career may even be in serious jeopardy because reports are also saying this surgery may extend to his rotator cuff.

  • The club needs this guy’s batting average and on-base percentage in the bottom third of their batting order. Carlos Perez has shown signs of being a formidable young starting catcher, but just can’t seem to get in a groove. The offense is still right in the middle of the pack in most categories, but having Soto back would help to raise those numbers, especially if the club deals someone like Yunel Escobar at the August 1 trade deadline.

Angels Insiders: Boston Massacre, Game of Crons, July 4

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Saturday July 2, 2016 was a date that a massacre took place in Boston. It had been over 200 years since the last Boston Massacre, and the Angels decided it was time unleash their frustrations in Beantown. The end result turned out to be one of the biggest disasters in post-Colonial New England. The Halos destroyed the Red Sox 21-2 at Fenway, thus making franchise history.

By the way, in case you’re wondering — like those of us who missed some of the game — Mike Trout didn’t drive in a single run. They can win without Trout!!!

 

Here’s some more fun stuff from around the Big A:

Several milestones were reached in the 21-2 romping by the Angels:

  • The 21 runs scored by the Angels marked the first time the club had scored that many in any regular season game since 2004.
  • With 11 runs in the top of the seventh inning, the Halos came close to matching a franchise record for most runs scored in an inning. The record is 13.
  • This was the first time in the club’s history that two players had 5 hits or more in the same game.
  • One of those two, C.J. Cron, went 6 for 6 with two homeruns, and in the process became the first player in franchise history to ever have 5 hits, 5 runs, and 5 RBI’s in one game.

  • Speaking of Mike Trout, on Angels Live we saw Trout and the Halos sporting their July 4th gear. And to top off the occasion, a wounded veteran who threw out Monday’s ceremonial first pitch.

2016 Game 96: Angels at Astros

7-22-16

Los Angeles Angels (43-52, 4th AL West) at Houston Astros (51-44, 2nd AL West)

Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX

Minute Maid Park-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 93F, Wind SSE 8mph

Pitching Matchup

Matt Shoemaker (5-9, 4.08 ERA)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on July 8, 2016 (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on July 8, 2016 (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

While Shoemaker got his July off to a bit of a rough start leading into the All-Star break (he gave up 8 earned runs over 9 2/3 innings in Boston & Baltimore on July 3 & 8 respectively), he came out of the break absolutely on fire his last time out. His last start was Saturday against the White Sox and in that game he threw his first career complete game shutout giving up 6 hits and striking out a career-high 13 – including the final two batters of the game – to earn a thrilling 1-0 victory that earned him AL Player of the Week honors.

~VS~

Lance McCullers (4-4, 3.61 ERA)

Lance McCullers, wearing a July 4 celebratory uniform, delivers a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on July 4, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Lance McCullers, wearing a July 4 celebratory uniform, delivers a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on July 4, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

After putting together a fine 8-start stretch from May 20 – July 4 that saw him post a 4-2 record and 2.98 ERA, McCullers has run into a bit of trouble with pitch efficiency over his last couple of starts. Two starts ago against Oakland he gave up just 3 runs, but threw 92 pitches to get through 4 innings and was removed for the 5th. His last time out in Seattle he ran into a similar issue where he gave up just 1 run, but was pulled after 97 pitches with 1 out in the 6th. He was ultimately charged with losses in both games as the Astros dropped the Oakland game 3-2 and the Seattle game 1-0.

Game Notes

  • The Astros have gone 18-6 at home since May 24 and have the best record in baseball overall in that span. Houston is 28-19 at home overall this year.
  • Albert Pujols, who blasted a pair of three-run homers on Tuesday to beat the Rangers, has hit 58 career homers against the Astros, including 52 in the regular season. That is his most against a team in his career.
  • Astros second baseman Jose Altuve leads the Major Leagues in batting average and hits and is riding a four-game multihit streak. He is hitting .290 at home this year, but he is batting .500 (18-for-36) against the Angels this season.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .317
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .284
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .320
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .255
  5. LF-Daniel Nava – .240
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .271
  7. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .171
  8. C-Jett Bandy – .272
  9. 2B-Gregorio Petit – .281

Houston

  1. RF-George Springer – .257
  2. 1B-Marwin Gonzalez – .254
  3. 2B-Jose Altuve.357
  4. SS-Carlos Correa – .266
  5. 3B-Luis Valbuena – .257
  6. LF-Colby Rasmus – .232
  7. CF-Carlos Gomez – .208
  8. DH-Preston Tucker – .176
  9. C-Jason Castro – .219

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 33-63 (.344)
  2. Minnesota: 35-60 (.368)
  3. Cincinnati: 36-59 (.379)
  4. Tampa Bay: 38-57 (.400)
  5. Arizona: 40-55 (.421)
  6. San Diego: 41-55 (.427)
  7. Milwaukee: 40-53 (.430)
  8. Oakland: 42-54 (.438)
  9. Angels: 43-52 (.453)
  10. Philadelphia: 44-53 (.454)

2016 Game 93: Rangers at Angels

7-18-16

Texas Rangers (55-38, 1st AL West) at Los Angeles Angels (40-52, T-4th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

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Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 77F, Wind SW 9mph

Pitching Matchup

A.J. Griffin (3-1, 3.81 ERA)

AJ Griffin delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 30, 2016 (Getty Images)

AJ Griffin delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 30, 2016 (Getty Images)

Griffin was 3-0 with a 2.94 ERA in his first six starts of the 2016 season before going on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. He is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA since his return. His last start was pretty ugly on the Sunday before the All-Star Break against Minnesota. In that game Griffin gave up 6 runs on 9 hits over 5 innings to take the loss in a game where Texas was blasted 15-5.

~VS~

Nick Tropeano (3-2, 3.12 ERA)

Nick Tropeano delivers a pitch during a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 29, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Nick Tropeano delivers a pitch during a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 29, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Tropeano will look to continue a string of stellar starts by the Angel rotation coming out of the All-Star Break. Tropeano is coming off a gem to complete the first half on July 9 when he held the Orioles to 1 run on 5 hits over 6 innings, but took a no-decision in a game the Angels ultimately lost 3-2. Tropeano was the Angels most consistent starter in the 1st half, allowing 3 earned runs or more only twice in 12 starts, but he also only managed to complete 6 innings 3 times.

Game Notes

  • Mike Trout is a career .327 hitter against the Rangers, fifth-best among active players with at least 100 at-bats. He is second with a .446 on-base percentage and fourth with a .588 slugging percentage. He is 4-for-17 with two home runs off Griffin in his career.
  • Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has a career .315 average at Angel Stadium. That’s the 10th-best average there by an active player with at least 100 at-bats and the second-highest average for Andrus at any American League ballpark. He is 3-for-6 off Tropeano.
  • Mitch Moreland should be back at first base for the Rangers after being out of the lineup for two of three games at Wrigley Field while Prince Fielder was starting in the field. Moreland replaced Fielder in the field during the eighth inning Saturday.

Starting Lineups

Texas

  1. SS-Jurickson Profar – .326
  2. CF-Ian Desmond – .315
  3. 2B-Rougned Odor – .269
  4. 3B-Adrian Beltre – .274
  5. DH-Prince Fielder – .214
  6. LF-Ryan Rua – .269
  7. 1B-Mitch Moreland – .230
  8. RF-Nomar Mazara – .277
  9. C-Bobby Wilson – .227

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .322
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .283
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .316
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .248
  5. LF-Daniel Nava – .247
  6. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .262
  7. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .156
  8. C-Jett Bandy – .264
  9. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .262

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 32-60 (.348)
  2. Minnesota: 33-58 (.363)
  3. Cincinnati: 34-58 (.370)
  4. Tampa Bay: 35-56 (.385)
  5. Arizona: 40-53 (.430)
  6. Milwaukee: 39-51 (.433)
  7. Angels: 40-52 (.435)
  8. Oakland: 40-52 (.435)
  9. San Diego: 41-51 (.446)
  10. Colorado: 42-49 (.462)

2016 Game 92: White Sox at Angels

7-17-16

Chicago White Sox (45-45, 4th AL Central) at Los Angeles Angels (39-52, 5th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-day

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 80F, Wind SW 7mph

Pitching Matchup

Jacob Turner (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Jacob Turner delivers a pitch during a Spring Training game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on March 14, 2016 (Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Jacob Turner delivers a pitch during a Spring Training game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on March 14, 2016 (Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Turner will be making his 2016 & White Sox debut this afternoon as he’s been called up to take the rotation spot of the injured Carlos Rodon. Turner has a career MLB record of 11-25 with a 4.97 ERA over 61 appearances (51 starts) for Detroit, Miami, and the Cubs from 2011-2014. So far this season he has posted a 4-7 record and 4.71 ERA in 18 starts for AAA Charlotte.

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Jered Weaver (7-7, 5.27 ERA)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A's at Angel Stadium on June 24, 2016 (Harry How/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A’s at Angel Stadium on June 24, 2016 (Harry How/Getty Images)

While Weaver has been fighting against his velocity and consistency all season, he did finish the first half on a high note. In his final start before the All-Star Break he held the Rays to just 1 run on 4 hits over 6 innings to take the win in a game the Angels won 7-2 on July 6.

Game Notes

  • Justin Morneau will be used occasionally at first base to get Jose Abreu off of his feet. But he will primarily serve as a designated hitter, getting a start again on Sunday. He is 0-for-5 over two games for the White Sox.
  • The White Sox are 33-22 against the American League West since 2015, the best mark in baseball with a minimum of 20 games played against the division. The White Sox also are 6-17 at Angel Stadium since 2011.
  • Weaver has 19 wins in July since 2011, the highest total in the Major Leagues during that time and one more than Clayton Kershaw. Weaver has a 19-2 July record during that time span.

Starting Lineups

Chicago

  1. SS-Tim Anderson – .288
  2. RF-Adam Eaton – .276
  3. 1B-Jose Abreu – .272
  4. LF-Melky Cabrera – .296
  5. 3B-Todd Frazier – .211
  6. DH-Justin Morneau – .000
  7. 2B-Brett Lawrie – .254
  8. CF-J.B. Shuck – .250
  9. C-Omar Narvaez – .000

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .320
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .286
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .316
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .244
  5. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .138
  6. C-Geovany Soto – .284
  7. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .266
  8. 2B-Gregorio Petit – .275
  9. LF-Todd Cunningham – .067

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 31-60 (.341)
  2. Cincinnati: 33-58 (.363)
  3. Minnesota: 33-57 (.367)
  4. Tampa Bay: 34-56 (.378)
  5. Arizona: 39-53 (.424)
  6. Angels: 39-52 (.429)
  7. Milwaukee: 39-50 (.438)
  8. Oakland: 40-51 (.440)
  9. San Diego: 40-51 (.440)
  10. Colorado: 42-48 (.467)

2016 MLB All-Star Game: NL vs. AL

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