July 10, 2010
The Angels' 2001 draft was supposed to anchor the club for a decade, with three can't-miss players: first baseman Casey Kotchman , catcher Jeff Mathis and third baseman Dallas McPherson . Kotchman cracked the starting lineup in 2007, with an .840 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) that hinted at stardom. Few careers have fizzled as fast. He was traded three times in the last two years, and the Seattle Mariners reduced him to a defensive replacement by acquiring first baseman Justin Smoak in Friday's Cliff Lee trade.
March 16, 2011 |
AT THE PLATE: Torii Hunter hit his second home run in two days, and Jeff Mathis had three hits to lead a 17-hit attack. Bobby Wilson keyed a six-run sixth inning with a three-run double to right field and is batting .448 on the spring. Bobby Abreu had two hits, including a double, and two runs batted in. ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver looked sharp despite pitching with flu-like symptoms, allowing three runs and three hits, striking out six and walking none. The Angels' probable opening-day starter made one glaring mistake that was hit for a two-run homer by Juan Miranda.
February 28, 2011 |
Angels 8, Athletics 7 AT THE PLATE: Monday's lineup was the one the Angels hope to roll out on opening day ? minus first baseman Kendry Morales, who is still rehabbing his broken ankle. For the most part, the lineup produced: Torii Hunter walked twice, Bobby Abreu doubled twice and Peter Bourjos scored twice. Of the starters, only shortstop Erick Aybar and catcher Jeff Mathis failed to reach base. ON THE MOUND: Just call Angels starter Joel Pineiro Mr. March. With two scoreless innings against the A's, he ran his spring-training streak to 24 appearances without a loss dating to 2006.
April 1, 2010 |
And then there was one. Scot Shields returned to Angel Stadium on Thursday as the only remaining holdover from the Angels' 2002 World Series team, though he didn't exactly become misty-eyed when asked about it. "You know what? You have to turn the page," said Shields, whose career with the organization goes back to 2001. "It's not anything I think about, being the last link or anything. I want to help this team win one, the team we have here. "I had some great memories back then, but it's a whole new team now and we're just trying to get that ourselves.
October 27, 2012 |
As much as the Angels valued Tom Kotchman's three decades of work as a minor league manager and scout, General Manager Jerry Dipoto asked him two weeks ago to give up his on-field duties with Class-A Orem (Utah) to focus solely on scouting. Kotchman chose to do neither. The longest-tenured manager in the farm system and father of Cleveland first baseman and former Angels first-round pick Casey Kotchman resigned Friday after 29 years in the organization, though he said any inference he was "forced" out were not accurate.
June 24, 2011 |
Freeway Series? What happened Friday night at Dodger Stadium looked more like a Sig Alert. Three players were thrown out at the plate. Two were picked off at first base. Two others were caught stealing. "This is the most bizarre base-running game I think we've seen," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. So this is what it has come to in Los Angeles: the city's two former World Series champions playing out the baseball equivalent of a 10-car pileup in a half-empty ballpark.
October 20, 2009 |
Some of the highs and lows of watching Angels-Yankees Game 3: Say hey Fox Sports' Joe Buck told us, "In my opinion, Jered Weaver getting the start, has to get off to a great beginning. In my opinion, the Angels need to get on the board first to get some of the momentum back." Derek Jeter had a different opinion, homering to lead off the first for the Yankees. Say what? Tim McCarver, while praising the job Angels General Manager Tony Reagins has done, first called him Tom. Having heard from more than a few Angels viewers who think Fox is being too New York-centric, it doesn't help when the analyst seems to not know the name of the Angels' GM. Replay this Top of the eighth when the Yankees' Brett Gardner tried to steal second except Angels Manager Mike Scioscia called for a pitchout.
September 2, 2008 |
With major league rosters expanding to 40 players for the final month of the season, the Angels on Monday recalled right-handers Darren O'Day and Dustin Moseley and catcher Ryan Budde from their triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City. All three players had time with the team earlier this season and are expected to be in uniform tonight when the Angels begin a six-game trip in Detroit. O'Day, who made the opening-day roster, pitched in 27 games in relief for the Angels, going 0-1 with a 4.34 earned-run average in 37 1/3 innings.
March 13, 2010 |
Kansas City 12, Angels 3 At the plate: The Angels try to maximize their offense by making what Manager Mike Scioscia calls "productive outs." They did a good job of that Saturday, scoring their three runs on RBI groundouts by Jeff Mathis and Howie Kendrick and Bobby Abreu's sacrifice fly. Switch-hitter Kendry Morales doubled from the left side of the plate and singled from the right side. On the mound: Starter Ervin Santana found a nice rhythm during his three-inning, one-hit, five-strikeout effort, and of his 32 pitches, 23 were strikes.
March 12, 2011 |
Indians 2, Angels 1 AT THE PLATE: Chris Pettit, who missed all of last season with a torn labrum, hit his first home run since 2009 with two outs in the ninth inning. The Angels' other six hits, all singles, were spread among six players, among them Mark Trumbo, who is hitting .375, and catcher Jeff Mathis (.316). ON THE MOUND: Dan Haren became the first Angel to go five innings, and he was so efficient in getting there, he had to go down to the bullpen to get in the rest of the 60 pitches he was scheduled to throw.