May 9, 2009
I think it's time Angels fans come to the conclusion (if they haven't already) that management for the team has decided that 2009 is going to be a "learning" season. They will learn if they have any young arms in their system, they will learn if Brian Fuentes was money well spent as a closer, they will learn that a singles-hitting third baseman isn't the answer, they will learn that Maicer Izturis batting third is not the answer and hopefully they will finally learn that little ball doesn't work in the American League.
March 10, 2010 |
Angels 6, San Diego 5 > > > Tempe, Ariz. AT THE PLATE: Ryan Mount hit a home run, Reggie Willits stroked a two-run single and Michael Ryan had an RBI single to key a four-run sixth inning. Ryan, who is trying to win a reserve outfield spot, also doubled in the fifth. Bobby Wilson hit a two-run triple in the seventh, and Hideki Matsui , making his exhibition debut for the Angels, struck out and singled in two at-bats. ON THE MOUND: It wasn't a clean inning — he gave up a two-out triple to Kyle Banks — but closer Brian Fuentes looked a lot sharper during a scoreless fourth than he did in his first outing Friday, when he gave up a run on two hits and a walk against Colorado.
June 20, 2010
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY: VS. DODGERS FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: VS. COLORADO ROCKIES Brian Fuentes, a three-time All-Star closer for the Colorado Rockies, faces his former team for the first time since signing with the Angels two winters ago. Fuentes has given up five home runs in 162/3 innings this season, and fans are clamoring for the Angels to remove him as closer. Meanwhile, the Rockies' relievers have a 3.21 earned-run average through Friday, better than the 4.98 of the Angels' relievers.
March 12, 2010
Chicago White Sox 10, Angels 7 AT THE PLATE: The Angels scored five runs in the fourth inning against White Sox closer Bobby Jenks . Among the highlights were Kendry Morales' run-scoring triple, Howie Kendrick's run-scoring single and Maicer Izturis' two-run single. Cory Aldridge hit a solo home run, his second of the spring, in the seventh inning. Hideki Matsui , slowed by his arthritic knees, scored from first on Morales' triple. ON THE MOUND: Closer Brian Fuentes pitched a one-two-three fourth inning, striking out Jordan Danks and Gordon Beckham and getting Carlos Quentin to pop out to first, and his fastball was clocked at 91 mph. The left-hander whiffed Danks looking at a nice fastball on the outside corner.
March 29, 2010
Angels 10, Kansas City 2 Tempe, Ariz. AT THE PLATE: One of Erick Aybar's four hits came during a four-run third inning, a rally that included Jeff Mathis' double, Brandon Wood's RBI double, Bobby Abreu's RBI single, and sacrifice flies by Hideki Matsui and Kendry Morales . Juan Rivera lined an RBI double to left field in the fifth inning, and Wood added an RBI triple to deep center in the sixth....
March 5, 2010
Colorado Rockies 7, Angels 5 Tempe, Ariz. AT THE PLATE: Maicer Izturis' first spring game in the leadoff spot was productive — the shortstop singled and walked twice in three plate appearances. The only hit of note by an Angels regular was Torii Hunter's laser of a double off the left-field wall in the third inning. Michael Ryan's two-run single and Terry Evans' RBI single highlighted a four-run fifth for the Angels. ON THE MOUND: Starter Sean O'Sullivan was roughed up for five runs and four hits, including solo home runs by Clint Barmes and Cole Garner and a two-run triple by Ian Stewart , in 1 1/3 innings.
April 20, 2010 |
As the Angels roared down the stretch and into the playoffs last season, Manager Mike Scioscia altered the role of closer Brian Fuentes . If a right-handed hitter led off the ninth inning, Scioscia would let right-handed setup man Kevin Jepsen start the inning, with the left-handed Fuentes coming in against a left-handed hitter. With Fuentes expected back from the disabled list Wednesday and right-hander Fernando Rodney excelling in his absence, Scioscia could revive that strategy.
September 10, 2009 |
Speculation has already begun in Chicago and New York. The White Sox need a versatile defender who can lead off, the Cubs need more speed and on-base ability at the top of the order, the Yankees want a leadoff man to push Derek Jeter to the second spot. And Chone Figgins , the Angels third baseman and leadoff batter extraordinaire, is at the top of each team's winter shopping list. "It's always good to be wanted," said Figgins, who will become a free agent after the season.
April 16, 2010 |
It is a luxury for the Angels to carry third catcher Bobby Wilson , who has one at-bat, in a lopsided April 9 loss to Oakland, in 11 games. With Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli well ahead of him on the depth chart, Wilson is not in a position to contribute much. But the Angels value Wilson's solid defensive skills — as do other teams that would like to have the 26-year-old — and they don't want to lose him without any return. Wilson is out of options, meaning he would have to clear waivers before being demoted to triple A. One possible solution to the logjam behind the plate would be to trade a catcher.