February 17, 2010
Staff writer Mike DiGiovanna takes a look at the Angels heading into spring training. Who's new DH Hideki Matsui, P Joel Pineiro, P Fernando Rodney, P Brian Stokes. Who's gone P John Lackey, 3B Chone Figgins, DH Vladimir Guerrero, P Darren Oliver, OF Gary Matthews Jr., P Kelvim Escobar. Biggest question Who will bat leadoff with Figgins gone? The Angels feel they have two capable candidates in Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar, but Izturis can't match the durability and Aybar can't match the plate discipline of Figgins, who had a .395 on-base percentage, 114 runs, 101 walks and 42 stolen bases last season and was a fixture at the top of the Angels' lineup since 2005.
September 26, 2010
Monday through Wednesday: vs. Oakland Athletics Thursday through Sunday: at Texas Rangers Fittingly, the Angels' three-year reign as American League West Division champions will end in Texas, where a new king will be crowned. But the Angels didn't wait for this season to end before starting to work on the next one, holding their annual organization meetings during the team's final homestand. And after missing the postseason for the first time since 2006, expect the Angels' lengthy winter to-do list to include finding a leadoff hitter — a focus that will likely center on free-agent outfielder Carl Crawford . — Kevin Baxter
August 7, 2010 |
Angels: Week Ahead Monday through Wednesday: Kansas City Royals Friday through Sunday: Toronto Blue Jays Time is rapidly running out on the Angels' playoff hopes. But given recent history, it's going to be tough to make up ground any time soon. Although the Angels are six games over .500 in the AL West, they have a losing record against the rest of the league — bad news, given the fact they play only six games in their division over the next month. And beginning with the Blues Jays' series this week, they play 12 consecutive games against clubs with winning records.
May 28, 2011
Class; City; W-L ; Comment UP AAA; Salt Lake; 22-26; OF Chris Pettit hitting .183 in May. AA; Arkansas; 20-21; INF Jon Townsend hitting .360 since promotion from Single A. A; Inland Empire, 29-27; OF Kole Calhoun among league leaders with 10 HRs A; Cedar Rapids; 23-24; RHP Brian Diemer 5-3, 2.49 in 8 starts. R; Orem; 0-0; Season begins June 20.
May 7, 2011
ANGELS Class; City; W-L ; Comment AAA; Salt Lake; 14-14; INF Gil Velazquez ranks second in the league with a .403 average, .468 on-base percentage. AA; Arkansas; 10-13; Top prospect Mike Trout hitting .246 at night, .222 with runners in scoring position. A; Inland Empire, 13-16; Mike Piazza, a cousin of the other Mike Piazza, has 22 strikeouts, 1.93 ERA in 10 relief appearances. A; Cedar Rapids; 18-10; Kernels ranks near the bottom of the league in hitting with a .235 team average.