Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 5

Last week I celebrated that the Angels were good again. Um… oops! This week, that no longer appears to be the case so I apologize if you drown in all the sarcasm dripping off of this week's rankings….

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 2
Mike TroutHe hasn't been hitting much, but at least he is still drawing walks and finally stole some bases.
2 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 1
Albert Pujols – I'd suggest that his recent struggles and general inability to drive the ball are because of his aching feet, but I fear that he would yell at me like that poor Mariners beat reporter.
3 – 0
Last Week: 3
Mark Trumbo - Another Angel with an inexplicable decrease in power. Mark is hitting .296 but with just 3 homers and a .163 ISO.
4 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 6
Peter Bourjos - Nobody does more with less than Bourjos. By that I mean nobody get more hits by hitting the ball a shorter distance.
5 – 0
Last Week: 5
Garrett RichardsHis start went off the rails a bit when Scioscia tried to ruin his arm milk another inning out of him to spare the bullpen, but it is pretty safe to say he should keep his rotation spot after Weaver gets back.
6 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 10
Howie Kendrick – A walk off homer against the Rangers? You just bought yourself three GIDPs worth of me not getting mad at you.
7 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 4
Ernesto FrieriAllowing a game-winning homer to A.J. Pierzynski is always going to get you dropped in the rankings.
8 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 9
Scott Downs - Downs blew two saves last week and he is probably still the team's best middle reliever (also the blown save rule is stupid).
9 Red arrow down-2
Last Week:7
Chris Iannetta - I know he hasn't been on fire with the bat, but I still don't get why he has to hit behind Brendan Harris.
10 green arrow up+5
Last Week: 15
Jason Vargas - The Angels' season summed up in one GIF.
11 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 12
C.J. Wilson - The strikeouts and lack of walks are encouraging but would it kill him to pitch more than six innings? Oh, it will? That's a risk I am willing to take.
12 Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 8
Sean Burnett - He's the one Dipoto acquisition that has actually worked out so far this year so of course he is hurt now. Why wouldn't he be?
13 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 14
Dane De La RosaWith five appearances in seven days, Mike Scioscia clearly trusts De La Rosa but also seems hellbent on riding him into the ground.
14 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 13
Tommy Hanson - Welcome back, Tommy. Keep your chin up.
15 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 17
Jerome WilliamsThe best thing he did all week was not pitch a fit about being replaced by Roth at the last minute for the spot start.
16 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 18
Josh HamiltonSo he is going to start hitting in May, right? Isn't that how this struggling, big name, free agent slugger works?
17 Red arrow down-6
Last Week: 11
Luis Jimenez – Maybe it is time to un-libre the Lucho and get Callaspo back in the lineup.
18 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 16
Michael Roth – Even though the results weren't pretty, Roth showed some great signs in his spot start and very clearly has a nice future in front of him.
19 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 20
Hank Conger - It was nice to see Conger homer but he really found his true calling in being the bench guy with zany, over-the-top reactions to homers.
20 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 19
Brendan Harris - Harris is running out of steam, so thank goodness Aybar should be back this week.
21 green arrow up+3
Last Week: 24
Joe Blanton - I am convinced that Blanton Jedi mind tricked Scioscia into leaving him in for an extra inning because Joe realized he pitched too well and needed to screw things up before he made his exit.
22 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 21
J.B. Shuck  - I think we can all agree that this whole mess is somehow J.B. Shuck's fault. I don't know how, but it is.
23 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 22
Andrew Romine - Romine got a hit! WE DID IT!
24 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Nick Maronde - Out of all the rookie relievers called up recently, Maronde is the one with the talent to make a big impact, and now there is a need for him to with Burnett on the DL. No pressure.
25 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 23
Michael Kohn - Last week I said it was "throw stuff against the wall and see what sticks" for the Angel bullpen. Kohn ain't sticking.

Dropped from rankings: Lowe (pretending he has a stiff neck so nobody realizes that he just plain stinks)

Biggest Riser: Vargas, up five spots

Biggest Dropper: Jimenez, down six spots

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Garrett Wilson is the Supreme Overlord of Monkeywithahalo.com and editor at The Outside Corner. He's an Ivy League graduate, but not from one of the impressive ones. You shouldn't make him angry. You wouldn't like him when he is angry.

Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 5

OK, I swear, I never intended for these to be bi-weekly, but well, here we are.  Let’s just get right to the rankings before I procrastinate more and this post ends up being monthly.

As always, the rankings are based on a player’s overall season performance with a weight on recent performance.

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 Jered Weaver – 0
Last Week: 1
Jered Weaver – You throw a no-hitter, you get to be #1.  That’s just a rule… and common sense
2 C.J. Wilson green arrow up+1
Last Week: 3
C.J. Wilson – Best free agent signing of the off-season.  That should have been a more shocking statement, but, you know…
3 Torii Hunter green arrow up+6
Last Week: 9
Torii Hunter – After struggling early in the season, Hunter used the last two weeks to become arguably the team’s best hitter, which is both a credit to him and an insult to the rest of the roster.
4 Mark Trumbo green arrow up+2
Last Week: 6
Mark Trumbo – You know, I think his much improved plate discipline might be for real.  If it is, the league should be terrified.
5 Dan Haren – 0
Last Week: 5
Dan Haren – It was just unfair for him to have to be the follow-up act behind the Williams shutout and Weaver no-hitter, but at least the offense or defense didn’t help him out.
6 Albert Pujols Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 2
Albert Pujols – He finally hit that homer, but his OPS is still giving me Mathis flashbacks.  Even I can’t justify him being ranked higher than this and I have been one of Pujols’ most ardent supporters.
7 Howie Kendrick Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 4
Howie Kendrick – The most amazing accomplishment of Howie’s last two weeks is not that he had seven hits and two homers in two games, but that he didn’t get benched immediately afterwards.
8 Scott Downs green arrow up+2
Last Week: 10
Scott Downs – Injured again?  The Baseball Gods just don’t want the Halos to have a competent bullpen.
9 Mike Trout N/A
Last Week: n/a
Mike TroutHis numbers aren’t great, but the Angels are 6-3 in games he has started.  He is our Messiah.
10 Kendrys Morales green arrow up+1
Last Week: 11
Kendrys Morales – He’s been hot this week, but I’m still not convinced that he is anything more than a 250-pound slap-hitter.  A very good slap hitter, but a slap hitter nonetheless.
11 Chris Iannetta Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 8
Chris Iannetta – Not a great weak, but he scored major man points for finishing off Weaver’s no-hitter despite getting hit on the wrist by a pitch earlier in the game that was bad enough for him to have to sit out the next three games.
12 Jerome Williams green arrow up+7
Last Week: 19
Jerome WilliamsJerome Williams is actually really good.  Yeah, I know, it’s weird, huh?
13 Ernesto Frieri N/A
Last Week: n/a
Ernesto Frieri – You had me at “mid-nineties fastball with explosive late action.”
14 Ervin Santana green arrow up+1
Last Week: 15
Ervin Santana – Five straight starts without the Angels scoring a single run for him.  I don’t know what he did to piss off the batters, but I suggest he offer an apology.  I bet one of those cookie bouquet things would do the trick.
15 Maicer Izturis Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 13
Maicer Izturis – And he isn’t the starting shortstop now… why?
16 LaTroy Hawkins green arrow up+1
Last Week: 17
LaTroy Hawkins – Hmmmm… maybe having a bullpen where all the best relievers are brittle, card-carrying AARP members isn’t the best idea after all.
17 Erick Aybar Red arrow down-10
Last Week: 7
Erick Aybar – How the hell did I ever have him ranked as high as #7?  And how the hell did Scioscia ever bat him leadoff?
18 Vernon Wells Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 16
Vernon Wells – Do us all a favor and either get good again just go in the tank completely.  This mostly being bad with bi-weekly flashes of quality play is driving me insane.
19 Peter Bourjos Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 14
Peter Bourjos – I don’t care if he is hitting .180 and has two hits in his last 23 at-bats, FREE PETER BOURJOS!!!  It is fun to want to free people!!!!!!!!!!
20 David Carpenter green arrow up+4
Last Week: 24
David Carpenter – I remain mildly amazed that the Halos wisely demoted Kevin Jepsen and not the quietly effective Carpenter.  Hooray for common sense!
21 Jordan Walden Red arrow down-9
Last Week: 12
Jordan Walden – Well, don’t I look silly for supporting him so much these last few months.  Let’s just pretend that never happened.
22 Alberto Callaspo Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 18
Alberto Callaspo – Why is it he can keep getting starts despite a horrendous start to the season and Peter Bourjos can’t?  The Scioscia works in strange and mysterious ways.
23 Bobby Wilson Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 21
Bobby WilsonHe is a back-up catcher who played very back-up catchery these last two weeks.  That’s all I got.
24 Jason Isringhausen Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 20
Jason Isringhausen – No way he is still on this team if Tony Reagins hadn’t left the Angel minor leagues devoid of anything resembling reliever depth.
25 Hisanori Takahashi Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 23
Hisanori Takahashi – I almost forgot he was still on the team, this is a good thing.  I have the feeling I won’t be able to say that after this next potentially Downs-free week.

Biggest Riser: Williams, up seven spots

Biggest Dropper: Aybar, down ten spots

Dropped from rankings: Bobby Abreu (released, ha!), Kevin Jepsen (demoted, mercifully)

Garrett Wilson

About Garrett Wilson

Garrett Wilson is the Supreme Overlord of Monkeywithahalo.com and editor at The Outside Corner. He's an Ivy League graduate, but not from one of the impressive ones. You shouldn't make him angry. You wouldn't like him when he is angry.

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