February 12th, 2013
Anyone seen my glove?
The Halos opened camp in Tempe to pitchers and catchers yesterday, meaning not only that baseball season is officially here (yay!), but also that all the little tweaks, twinges, and sorenesses that pitchers have been mum about in the last few weeks will come to light (which is considerably less fun).
New closer Ryan Madson showed up to camp yesterday with the news that his Tommy Johned elbow has been bothering him since the beginning of February and that he’s been ordered to shut it down indefinitely, per Alden Gonzalez.
While I’m imagining all sorts of doom and gloom scenarios in which Madson pulls a Pedro Feliciano and never once takes the mound in Anaheim, I think I may be getting ahead of myself. Even if all had gone perfectly in the lanky right-hander’s rehab, conservative estimates still had him starting the season on the DL and being activated two or three weeks in. Hence the incentive-laden contract.
Best-case scenario the elbow soreness is just the surrounding muscles adjusting to their new ligament neighbor and he’ll be back on the hill in a few weeks. Worst-case scenario: .
Ernesto Frieri and his new change-up will likely take on the closer role to start the year, which I think he can probably handle. I hear he may have done it before.
In happier news, fellow Tommy John alumnus Michael Kohn showed up to camp at 100 percent and will likely battle with Bobby Cassevah for the final bullpen spot. No word on whether Kohn’s new elbow ligament comes with fewer walks.
December 4th, 2012
News broke out of Nashville this morning that the Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a one-year, $13 million contract with Dan Haren, officially putting an end to the right-hander’s career as an Angel.
Including the $3.5 million buyout Haren received from the Halos, his salary for next season will be $16.5 million, a cool million more than he would have earned had the Angels picked up his option.
November 10th, 2012
You're a handsome devil, what's your name?
Andrew kicked off our “Free Agent Fit” series Wednesday with a look at Anibal Sanchez, concluding that the Tigers right-hander will be an adequate alternative if the Angels are unable to come to terms with Zack Greinke:
Sanchez will never be the ace the Marlins hoped he would one day become, but he is a very reliable #2 or high-end #3 starter. What you’re getting in Sanchez is about a 4-win pitcher that will strike out a respectable 7.5 batters per 9 innings, record groundouts at a league average pace, and eat innings.
It’s not sexy but that’s ok because he’s just a Plan B. He’s not supposed to be sexy.
Instead of focusing on part that matters from baseball perspective – the whole 4-win, pretty good strikeout rate thing – Andrew’s post got me thinking about which potential Greinke Plan B would be a sexy alternative.
September 26th, 2012
"To troll or not to troll..."
This game should have never been close.
Zack Greinke put together one of the most K-heavy outings since 1920 on Wednesday night, brief as it was, and the Angels set a new franchise record (20) for strikeouts in a 9-inning game, but in the end the Halos still only won 5-4.
Continuing his recent run of dominance, Greinke struck out a ridiculous 13 Seattle Mariners in just five innings of work, the first time anyone has done that since Randy Johnson accomplished the feat on Independence Day, 2001. The Mariners took 46 swings at Greinke’s arsenal in his five-inning stint and whiffed at a whopping 22 of them.
September 21st, 2012
Of all the "what ifs", this one hurts the most.
/Beltre rips our collective heart out
/stomps on it
/crushes over left field fence
/Angels lose 1-3
Thank you sir, may I have another?
I really didn’t think I’d have to write this post this season, but here we are. At 4.5 back with 12 to go, the Halos are dead in the water. I remained an optimist for as long as I could, well past what reason permitted, but now it’s finally time to sulk.
If last night was a microcosm of the 2012 season, tonight was the shitty sequel. The Angels are not technically out of the running – CoolStandings still gives them a 9.4 percent chance at the second wild card – I’m done putting my hope in this team. It’s just not healthy at this point. Time to turn my attention to Matt Barkley and the Troj… dammit. Arsenal, maybe?