LA Angels Insider Transaction Tracker: Bedrosian, Kendrick

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Welcome to the LA Angels Insider Transaction Tracker 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.

April 29, 2016

  • Bedrosian is getting another chance while Street goes down with an oblique injury. At AAA Salt Lake, Cam had a 3.24 ERA in 8 1/3 innings.

April 24, 2016

  • After three-plus weeks of waiting, the Halos finally announced the signing on Sunday. Reports say that Kendrick, 31, was still weighing his options, both as a player and in his personal life. Details of the contract then had to be hashed out. Kendrick then started for AAA Salt Lake against Jeremy Guthrie and El Paso. The veteran righty pitched 6 innings, allowing 4 ER, and only 4 hits, three of which were back-to-back-back homeruns. He got the win as the Bees barely beat the Chihuahuas 6-5. Kendrick adds to a long list of Halos starting pitching depth, and is another emergency option for a rotation riddled with injuries but is still holding the fort.

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2016 Game 24: Angels vs. Rangers

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LA Angels Insider Injury Tracker: Street Placed on 15-Day DL

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 15: Huston Street #16 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 15, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **

ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 15: Huston Street #16 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 15, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) ** OUTS – ELSENT, FPG – OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **

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:

April 28, 2016

  • That was yesterday’s announcement. And we’re still waiting for the move. Street has battled nagging injuries throughout his career, and this isn’t the first time he’s had clique issues. Just to give fans an idea of the possible timetable: Mike Morin (2015) and Matt Shoemaker (2014) both had the same injury. Morin missed five weeks, and Shoe missed three. Joe Smith will be the team’s closer while Street is on the mend.

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2016 Game 25: Angels at Rangers – 12:05pm PT

5-1-16

Los Angeles Angels (11-13, 4th AL West) at Texas Rangers (14-10, 1st AL West)

Globe Life Park – Arlington, TX

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Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 71F, Wind NNE 16mph

Pitching Matchup

Garrett Richards (1-3, 2.35 ERA)

Garrett Richards delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field on April 20, 2016 (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Garrett Richards delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field on April 20, 2016 (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Despite pitching very well for the Angels over his 5 starts so far this season, Richards win-loss record is an indication of just how little run support he has seen from the Angel offense. Despite giving up just 8 earned runs in 24 innings over his first 4 starts, he lost 3 of them thanks to a combined 6 runs of support in those 4 games. His last time out went a bit better however, as Richards held the Royals to just 1 unearned run over 6 2/3 innings and the Angel offense finally showed up for him to give him his first victory in a game the Angels won 6-1.

~VS~

Cole Hamels (3-0, 2.52 ERA)

Cole Hamels delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park on April 20, 2016 (Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

Cole Hamels delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park on April 20, 2016 (Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

Hamels skipped his last start because of a strained left groin muscle, but appears ready to go for today’s game against the Angels. Hamels has pitched very well in his 4 starts so far this season and has gotten plenty of support from the Ranger offense, leading to his 3-0 record. His last time out was April 20 against Houston and in that game he held the Astros to just 1 run on 5 hits over 6 2/3 innings to take the victory in a game the Rangers won 2-1.

Game Notes

  • Hamels and Richards have faced each other already this season, with Hamels getting the edge in a 4-1 victory. Hamels threw six innings and allowed one earned run on four hits in the April 9 meeting in Anaheim, while Richards allowed two earned runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings in defeat.
  • Among Angels hitters, Yunel Escobar (6-for-30), Albert Pujols (7-for-33) and Andrelton Simmons (2-for-21) have the most experience against Hamels, and have all struggled against him. Hamels, a longtime National Leaguer, is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles.
  • Bryan Holaday has caught each of Hamels’ last three starts after Robinson Chirinos, Hamels’ catcher on Opening Day, went to the disabled list. Holaday has had difficulty at the plate lately, as his average dipped to .171 after he went hitless in his last three games.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .281
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .267
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .291
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .176
  5. 1B-C.J. Cron – .203
  6. C-Geovany Soto – .333
  7. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .253
  8. LF-Shane Robinson – .000
  9. 2B-Cliff Pennington – .160

Texas

  1. 2B-Rougned Odor – .264
  2. RF-Nomar Mazara – .333
  3. 3B-Adrian Beltre – .289
  4. DH-Prince Fielder – .207
  5. LF-Ian Desmond – .229
  6. 1B-Mitch Moreland – .257
  7. SS-Elvis Andrus – .329
  8. C-Bryan Holaday – .171
  9. CF-Delino DeShields – .221

AL West Standings

  1. Texas: 14-10 (.583)
  2. Seattle: 13-10 (.565)
  3. Oakland: 13-12 (.520)
  4. Angels: 11-13 (.458)
  5. Houston: 7-17 (.292)

Other AL West Matchups

  • Houston @ Oakland – 1:05pm PT
  • Kansas City @ Seattle – 1:10pm PT

2016 Game 23: Angels at Rangers – 5:05pm PT

4-29-16

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2016 Game 22: Royals at Angels

4-27-16

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2016 Game 21: Royals at Angels

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Kansas City Royals (12-7, 2nd AL Central) at Los Angeles Angels (9-11, 4th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

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Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 66F, Wind WSW 8mph

Pitching Matchup

Edinson Volquez (3-0, 1.46 ERA)

Edinson Volquez, wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum on April 15, 2016 (Thearon W Henderson?Getty Images)

Edinson Volquez, wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum on April 15, 2016 (Thearon W Henderson?Getty Images)

Volquez has gotten his 2016 season off to a fine start winning 3 of his first 4 starts so far, and the Royals are 4-0 in games he’s started. He has also given up just 4 earned runs across 24 2/3 innings in his 4 games so far. His last start was Thursday at home against Detroit and Volquez tossed 7 shutout frames, liminting the Tigers to just 5 hits in a game the Royals won 4-0.

~VS~

Jered Weaver (2-0, 3.12 ERA)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on April 10, 2016 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on April 10, 2016 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Having started his 2016 season with a couple of quality starts sandwiched around a shaky one, Weaver will be looking to build on the encouraging results he saw in his last outing Thursday in Chicago. In that game Weaver gave up just 1 run on 3 hits over 7 innings, but perhaps more importantly he seemed to get stronger as the game went along, hitting as much as 85mph on the gun in the 7th inning. The Angels went on to win that game 3-2, giving Weaver his 2nd victory of the season.

Game Notes

  • Volquez hasn’t had much good fortune against the Angels – he’s 1-3 career against them with an unsightly 9.42 ERA. But he’s coming off a solid outing against the Tigers — seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 win.
  • Weaver is coming off a really good start against the White Sox, giving up just one run and allowing five base runners in seven innings. His fastball hit 84 and 85 mph several times, and even touched 86 once. That’s actually an improvement for him. He has a 2.77 ERA in 14 career starts against the Royals, but allowed nine runs (eight earned) in 10 1/3 innings against them last year.
  • Struggling right-handed Angels hitters C.J. Cron (.153/.242/.220) and Johnny Giavotella (.136/.156/.136) were both out of the starting lineup on Monday. It’ll be interesting to see when they play in the series with two more Royals right-handers slated. The Angels have left-handed-hitting first baseman Ji-Man Choi and switch-hitting infielder Cliff Pennington to replace them.
  • Yunel Escobar (4-for-15) and Albert Pujols (4-for-10) are the only ones who have any real experience against Volquez.
  • Kendrys Morales finds Weaver good hittin’ – he is 8 of 14 (.571) against Weaver.

Starting Lineups

Kansas City

Angels

AL West Standings

  1. Seattle: 10-9 (.526)
  2. Oakland: 10-10 (.500)
  3. Texas: 10-10 (.500)
  4. Angels: 9-11 (.450)
  5. Houston: 6-14 (.300)

Other AL West Matchups

  • Oakland @ Detroit – 4:10pm PT
  • NY Yankees @ Texas – 5:05pm PT
  • Houston @ Seattle – 7:10pm PT

2016 Game 20: Royals at Angels

4-25-16

 

Congratulations to Albert Pujols on hitting his 564th homerun, surpassing Hall of Famer and former Angel Reggie Jackson for 13th all-time!

 

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Angels Insiders: Shoe, Bullpen Depth

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We’re entering the third week of the 2016 season and the Angels are 8-11. Another slow start, and fans are hoping their club can overcome it again. One of the culprits of this slow start is Matt Shoemaker. The Bearded One has had a strange season so far, with two excellent starts and two terrible starts in between. It’s been back and forth for the righty so far. With Tyler Skaggs almost ready to return, and with a good performance from the Halos starting rotation as a whole, Shoe could find his way into the bullpen soon. But that’s not a bad thing. Matt has had success as a long reliever with the Angels. And that may be the role he is best suited for. Here’s more on Shoemaker and other things happening in Anaheim:

  • Shoemaker’s start on Sunday was actually an uncharacteristic outing. He threw a lot of balls, which is something he doesn’t do very often, even when he’s struggling. Shoe had a career BB/9 of just 2.0 for his career coming into this season. What ballooned his ERA in 2015, from his 3.04 in 2014, was allowing 24 home runs in 24 starts. His splitter was up. In ’14 it was down. And looks like it’s still up. That’s basically all Shoe needs to do to get back on track. Keep the splitter down and avoid the long ball.
  • Some grumbling a have been going around about sending Jose Alvarez down for Neal Cotts. In case you didn’t remember, the Halos signed Cotts on April 7. And although it’s early, Alvarez has a 5.79 ERA in just 9 1/3 innings. But Small sample, yes. However, no bullpen looks the same in August as it did in April. And Jose may be one of the first to go. As we speak, Cotts has a 1.46 ERA in 6 1/3 innings.
  • That’s not all. Al Albuquerque and Javy Guerra both have ERA’s under 2.00 at AAA Salt Lake. Something to look into soon. The way things are going right now, we could see Alvarez and Fernando Salas replaced by any combination of those three. And if anyone else struggles, we could see all three in the Halos bullpen soon.
  • And if anyone is wondering why the Angels have the relievers they have with those three veterans in the minors, well it was basically a case of letting guys like Cory Rasmus and Mike Morin bounce back from their injuries and seeing what they can do. The Halos basically threw them a bone. But they’re not on a very tight leash.

2016 Game 19: Mariners at Angels – 12:35pm PT

4-24-16

Seattle Mariners (8-9, 3rd AL West) at Los Angeles Angels (8-10, 4th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

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Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 75F, Wind SSW 9mph

Pitching Matchup

Wade Miley (0-2, 8.04 ERA)

Wade Miley delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on April 19, 2016 (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Wade Miley delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on April 19, 2016 (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Now with his third team in as many seasons, Miley’s first year in Seattle has been a struggle so far. His first two starts of the season did not go well at all as he gave up 5 and 6 earned runs respectively, but his last time out Tuesday in Cleveland was particularly alarming. In that start Miley lasted just 3 2/3 innings giving up 3 runs, but of particular concern was the fact that he walked 4 of the final 5 batters he faced. He took the loss in a game the Mariners lost 3-2. For what it’s worth, Miley is 1-0 with a 0.60 ERA in 2 career starts against the Angels.

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Matt Shoemaker (1-2, 4.70 ERA)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on April 8, 2016 (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on April 8, 2016 (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

After a disastrous season debut at home against the Rangers, Shoemaker has bounced back nicely having given up just 2 earned runs over his last 12 1/3 innings across two starts. In his last start Tuesday in Chicago, Shoemaker held the White Sox to just 2 runs on 6 hits over 6 1/3 innings, but took the tough luck loss as the Angel offense gave him zero support, and the Angels eventually lost the game 5-0.

Game Notes

  • With Miley being a lefty, Angels skipper Mike Scioscia will likely go with Craig Gentry in left field in place of Rafael Ortega, who started the first two games of the series. Gentry has been struggling, though, hitting just .129 (4-for-31).
  • Mariners center fielder Leonys Martin has hit .462 (6-for-13) with two doubles against Shoemaker and right fielder Seth Smith is 3-for-8 with a pair of home runs. On the other side, third baseman Kyle Seager has hit just .143 (2-for-14), though he does have a home run against the right-hander.
  • Miley had success against the Angels in the first two starts of his career against them, both last year with the Red Sox, as he went 1-0 with a 0.60 ERA with just one earned run and five hits in 15 innings. He beat the Angels at Fenway in May with one run and four hits over eight frames, then took a no-decision at Angel Stadium in mid-July after throwing seven scoreless frames with just one hit, two walks and six strikeouts in a 1-0 loss.

Starting Lineups

Seattle

  1. LF-Nori Aoki -.217
  2. RF-Seth Smith – .294
  3. 2B-Robinson Cano – .235
  4. DH-Nelson Cruz – .273
  5. 1B-Adam Lind – .283
  6. 3B-Kyle Seager – .127
  7. C-Steve Clevenger – .214
  8. CF-Leonys Martin – .193
  9. SS-Ketel Marte – .214

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .260
  2. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .146
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .302
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .132
  5. RF-Kole Calhoun – .308
  6. C-Geovany Soto – .316
  7. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .232
  8. 1B-C.J. Cron – .161
  9. LF-Craig Gentry – .129

AL West Standings

  1. Oakland: 10-8 (.556)
  2. Texas: 10-8 (.556)
  3. Seattle: 8-9 (.471)
  4. Angels: 8-10 (.444)
  5. Houston: 6-12 (.333)

Other AL West Matchups

  • Oakland 1, Toronto 1, Bottom 3rd
  • Texas @ Chicago White Sox – 11:10am PT
  • Boston @ Houston – 5:05pm PT