Angels Insiders: Weaver, The Shift, Trout Gear

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This week in the Angels Insiders column at LA Angels Insider, we take a look at some commemorative game gear, history in the making, the anticipated return of a lefty, and Mike Scioscia using analytics??? Let’s get right to it!

Here are some photos that Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register took of Mike Trout’s Kobe gear, as well as an in-game photo from image imageimage

Previous Headlines from this week:

  • Not only did Jered Weaver defy the naysayers in his first start of the 2016 season, the fierce righty also notched his 139th career victory, topping Nolan Ryan at second all-time among Angels pitchers. Congratulations to Jered Weaver on this accomplishment. It could not have come at a better time for him and his teammates as well.

  • Weaver is also at 1,499 career strikeouts, and his next will make his the fifteenth active pitcher to reach the 1,500 strikeout mark.
  • So are you one those who constantly criticize Mike Scioscia and (for whatever reason) are always blaming him despite all he’s done for this organization? Well, if you are one of those who actually believes the narrative that the Angels skipper doesn’t use analytics or scouting reports (which is ridiculous), then it’s time to catch up on what’s going on with your own team. The Angels have used the defensive shift more than any team in baseball so far in 2016. This is due to the implementation of an analytics department by new GM Billy Eppler. And he has managed to do what former GM Jerry Dipoto could not do: get people on board! Mike is on board with Eppler analytics, and he is using them. The Angels might just become one of the best defensive teams in the game this season with the amount of shifting they’re doing. Time will tell.