2016 Game 22: Royals at Angels

4-27-16

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LA Angels Insider Injury Tracker: Nava, Wilson, Skaggs, Heaney

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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:

April 23, 2016

  • Nava is getting close, and it’s a shame for a guy who was preparing for a bounce back season. He was already hitting .280 when he went down. The Halos could use his on base ability in the two-hole right now instead of the inexperienced Rafael Ortega.

April 22, 2016

  • The lefty finally made some progress in his rehab from shoulder tendinitis after being shut down indefinitely. There is still no definitive timetable for CJ’s return. Perhaps it’s for the best as the younger starters are showing a lot of promise.

  • Skaggs is getting closer to returning to the Halos rotation. Although he allowed 3 ER and 3 BB in 3 2/3 innings last Wednesday, his fastball was 90-94 MPH, and looked like he was almost there. The lefty will likely have a couple more starts stretching it out to 5 innings each before making his first big league start for the Angels since July, 31, 2014.

April 19, 2016

  • It’s a good thing the Angels are goofing good performances from their younger starters, and even two out of three from Jered Weaver. Despite the injuries early in 2016, the starting rotation’s depth is passing the test.

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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.

More updates will be added through the week as stories develop.

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LA Angels Insider Transaction Tracker: Angels Call Up Greg Mahle

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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.

  • Westminster, California native Greg Mahle got his call up today. Mahle, 24, played baseball for the Westminster High School Lions, and was the 449th draft pick by the Angels in 2014, out of UC Santa Barbara. In 2012 at UCSB, the young lefty was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team. Reaching as high as AA Arkansas, Mahle has worked his way up as a closer, compiling a 2.97 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 97 innings. His brother Tyler plays in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Before Monday’s game against the Oakland A’s, Mahle described his call-up as, “Unbelievable.” Reliever A.J. Achter was sent down to AAA Salt Lake to make room for Mahle.

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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

Angel Stadium

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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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

Angel Stadium-day

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.

~VS~

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

2016 Game 18: Mariners at Angels

 

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Seattle Mariners (8-8, 3rd AL West) at Los Angeles Angels (7-10, 4th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 74F, Wind SW 9mph

Pitching Matchup

Felix Hernandez (1-1, 1.00 ERA)

Felix Hernandez delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2016 (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Felix Hernandez delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2016 (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

After being scratched from last night’s start due to an illness, Hernandez met with team trainers and received medication, then was sent back to the team hotel to rest. The Mariners seem confident that Hernandez will be ok to go for tonight’s game. Hernandez has been his normal dominant self this season, having given up just 2 earned runs over 18 innings in 3 starts so far. In his last start a week ago at Yankee Stadium he gave up 1 run on 5 hits in 5 innings to take the victory in a game the Mariners won 3-2.

~VS~

Hector Santiago (1-0, 2.61 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on April 7, 2016 (Sean M Haffey/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on April 7, 2016 (Sean M Haffey/Getty Images)

While Santiago hasn’t exactly been dominant in his 3 outings so far this season he has been effective. He’s given up 6 earned runs over 20 2/3 innings, but his last outing was by far his best of the season. His last start was Monday in Chicago and in that game he held the White Sox scoreless on just 2 hits over 7 innings and tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts in a game the Angels won 7-0. Santiago has seen his average fastball velocity rise a couple of ticks so far this season, and the Angels are hoping this isn’t just an early-season anomaly.

Game Notes

  • Hernandez is 14-14 with a 3.30 ERA in 46 career starts vs. the Angels. In his past 14 starts against them, he’s 7-2 with a 1.37 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 92 innings.
  • Santiago is 2-2 with a 3.28 ERA and one save in 12 career games (four starts) vs. the Mariners. He’s held second baseman Robinson Cano to a .188 average (3-for-16), and third baseman Kyle Seager to .167 (2-for-12).

Starting Lineups

Seattle

  1. LF-Nori Aoki – .231
  2. SS-Ketel Marte – .212
  3. 2B-Robinson Cano – .246
  4. DH-Nelson Cruz – .270
  5. RF-Franklin Gutierrez – .217
  6. 3B-Kyle Seager – .136
  7. C-Chris Iannetta – .225
  8. 1B-Dae-Ho Lee – .250
  9. CF-Leonys Martin – .204

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .275
  2. LF-Rafael Ortega – .176
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .283
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .138
  5. RF-Kole Calhoun – .311
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .246
  7. 2B-Cliff Pennington – .188
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .162
  9. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – 0-for-6

AL West Standings

  1. Oakland: 10-8 (.556)
  2. Texas: 10-8 (.556)
  3. Seattle: 8-8 (.500)
  4. Angels: 7-10 (.412)
  5. Houston: 6-12 (.333)

Other AL West Matchups

  • Oakland 3, Toronto 9 – F
  • Texas 3, Chicago White Sox 4 – F/11
  • Boston 3, Houston 8 – F

2016 Game 17: Mariners at Angels – 7:05pm PT

4-22-16

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2016 Game 16: Angels at White Sox – 11:10am PT

4-21-16

Los Angeles Angels (6-9, 4th AL West) at Chicago White Sox (10-5, 1st AL Central)

U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago, IL

US Cellular Field

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Thunderstorms, 67F, Wind SSE 5mph, 50% Chance of Rain

Pitching Matchup

Jered Weaver (1-0, 4.35 ERA)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on April 16, 2016 (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on April 16, 2016 (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

After battling neck stiffness and velocity issues through most of spring training, Weaver did not make his season debut until the Angels played their 6th game of the season on April 10. Weaver was worth the wait that day however as he held the Rangers to just 1 run in 6 innings to take the victory. His last time out did not go as well however, as Weaver gave up 4 runs on 8 hits over just 4 1/3 innings on Saturday in Minnesota. He took a no-decision in a game the Angels eventually lost 6-4.

~VS~

John Danks (0-2, 7.94 ERA)

John Danks delivers a pitch during the White Sox home opener against the Cleveland Indians at US Cellular Field on April 8, 2016 (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

John Danks delivers a pitch during the White Sox home opener against the Cleveland Indians at US Cellular Field on April 8, 2016 (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Once considered one of the White Sox top young arms, Danks has struggled through the last few seasons and lost a career-high 15 games in 2015. His struggles have continued to open the 2016 season as through two starts he’s given up 10 earned runs in just 11 1/3 innings and has lost both of his starts so far. In his last time out in Tampa Bay on Saturday, he gave up 5 runs on 6 hits over 6 1/3 innings to take the loss in a game the White Sox lost 7-2. He was however optimistic coming out of that game, saying he threw the ball better than he had in his first start.

Game Notes

  • Weaver has good numbers against all seven White Sox hitters who have more than six at-bats against him. Melky Cabrera has the most at-bats against Weaver and is 4-for-28.
  • Mike Trout is 0-for-8 with four strikeouts and two walks against Danks.
  • Danks, in his 10th season with the White Sox, needs three strikeouts to pass Gary Peters‘ 1,098 for the sixth-most in franchise history.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .274
  2. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .259
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .259
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .158
  5. RF-Kole Calhoun – .315
  6. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .114
  7. 1B-C.J. Cron – .160
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .194
  9. LF-Craig Gentry – .143

Chicago

  1. RF-Adam Eaton – .327
  2. SS-Jimmy Rollins – .233
  3. 1B-Jose Abreu – .204
  4. 3B-Todd Frazier – .186
  5. LF-Mekly Cabrera – .302
  6. 2B-Brett Lawrie – .283
  7. CF-Austin Jackson – .186
  8. DH-Avisail Garcia – .156
  9. C-Alex Avila – .160

AL West Standings

  1. Texas: 9-6 (.600)
  2. Oakland: 8-7 (.533)
  3. Seattle: 6-8 (.429)
  4. Angels: 6-9 (.400)
  5. Houston: 5-10 (.333)

Other AL West Matchups

  • Seattle @ Cleveland – 9:10am PT
  • Oakland @ NY Yankees – 4:05pm PT
  • Houston @ Texas: 5:05pm PT

2016 Game 15: Angels at White Sox

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