Season 80-82 C

The Angels were the defending AL West champs, and expected by some to repeat. They were a .500 club in April and May, but went 18-9 in June, fueled by a 10-5 interleague record that month. They were (for one day, June 7) in first place briefly and in second all month, though the Rangers also had a good month and overall they actually LOST two games in the standings with that record. It was all she wrote – from a high point of 44-35 on June 29 they went to 47-44 at the break (4½ back), 53-53 by the end of July (9 back) and having found their level (.500) never strayed from it again (+- 5 games of .500 the rest of the year).

Hitters 62.5-99.5 F

Their hitters rate exactly the same as the Royals’ – now THAT’S bad. And at least the few good Royals hitters are young – the Angels best were Hideki Matsui, Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu, graybeards all. Ugh. And to solve this problem, they traded for the worst contract in baseball, Vernon Wells. Way to go!

Starters 94.25-67.75 A-

Are you as surprised as I was to find the Angels rotation rated A? I knew Jered Weaver could pitch, and that Ervin Santana had a nice comeback year. But I also knew that Scott Kazmir was dumped by Tampa and that they had been right. But Joel Piniero, Dan Haren (when not hurt) were both very good – not “good for a 4th starter” but good, period. This rotation was, shockingly, right there with the best in the AL.

Bullpen 78/410 B-

And the bullpen got the job done, though not flashy. Only Scot Shields really sucked, and while no one posted gaudy numbers, Fuentes, Rodney and company got it done, fairly consistently delivering effective outings. And a couple of youngsters (Rich Thompson and Michael Kohn) appeared and showed promise for the future. The strength of the rotation and bullpen pulled an awful offense into an average team.

Charts

Runs Times
<3 46
3 30
4 26
5 16
6 14
>6 30

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Batter PA OPS wOBA Grade
Bobby Abreu 667 787 .348 C+
Howie Kendrick 658 720 .317 C-
Torii Hunter 646 818 .350 B-
Alberto Callaspo 601 676 .295 D
Erick Aybar 589 636 .288 D
Hideki Matsui 558 820 .356 B-
Mike Napoli 510 784 .340 C+
Juan Rivera 455 721 .314 C-
Brandon Wood 243 382 .174 F
Maicer Izturis 238 684 .307 D+
Jeff Mathis 218 497 .223 F
Kendry Morales 211 833 .357 B-
Peter Bourjos 193 618 .273 F
Reggie Willits 182 643 .289 D
Kevin Frandsen 173 613 .278 D-
Bobby Wilson 106 705 .309 D+

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Starter Games Innings ERA W/L Deserved
Jered Weaver 34 224.1 3.01 13 – 12 25 – 9
Ervin Santana 33 222.2 3.92 17 – 10 19.5 – 13.5
Scott Kazmir 28 149.2 5.94 9 – 15 11.25 – 16.75
Joel Pineiro 23 152.1 3.84 10 – 7 14.75 – 8.25
Joe Saunders 20 120.2 4.62 6 – 10 9 – 11
Dan Haren 14 94.0 2.87 5 – 4 10.5 – 3.5
Trevor Bell 7 36.2 4.66 1 – 4 3.25 – 3.75
Matt Palmer 1 5.0 9.00 0 – 1 0 – 1
Scot Shields 1 1.2 10.80 0 – 0 0 – 1
Sean O’Sullivan 1 6.0 3.00 1 – 0 1 – 0

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Reliever G IP ERA Val GR Effective Ineff yikes YIKES!
Fernando Rodney 72 68.0 4.24 15 B- 49 13 9 1
Kevin Jepsen 68 59.0 3.97 18 B+ 47 15 4 2
Francisco Rodriguez 43 47.1 4.37 9 B- 30 7 4 2
Scot Shields 42 44.1 5.08 -2 F 23 13 6 0
Brian Fuentes 39 38.1 3.52 12 A- 29 4 5 1
Matt Palmer 13 28.2 3.77 2 C+ 9 2 1 1
Trevor Bell 18 24.1 4.81 1 D+ 12 2 3 1
Jason Bulger 25 24.0 4.87 -1 F 15 6 2 2
Michael Kohn 24 21.1 2.11 7 A- 16 7 1 0
Bobby Cassevah 16 20.0 3.15 1 D+ 10 3 3 0
Rich Thompson 13 19.2 1.37 11 A+ 12 1 0 0
Brian Stokes 16 16.2 8.10 -8 F 7 5 2 2
Jordan Walden 16 15.1 2.35 8 A+ 12 4 0 0
Sean O’Sullivan 4 6.2 1.29 4 A+ 4 0 0 0
Rafael Rodriguez 1 2.0 4.50 1 A+ 1 0 0 0

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