The Angels played two games. They won two games. I am now recapping the second of those two games. I don’t feel particularly into it, so this is the best I can do for a whimsical intro. Sorry. Run Expectancy Rundown Two GIDPs? Seriously, Albert Pujols. I’m trying to defend you, but that isn’t going […]
I know that this wasn’t a planned doubleheader, but they still botched up the scheduling for it big time. First off, they set the first game to start pretty late. They were assuring that the second game would start at a pretty late time for the locals in Chicago and also allowing themselves barely any […]
The July 2nd, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels acquire Rich Hill for $1, would a Mike Trout be possible and much more… The Story:
Ladies and gentlemen, the Angels bullpen has a lefty again… sort of:
#Angels acquire LHP Rich Hill for cash considerations and option Michael Kohn to AAA.
— Victor Rojas (@VictorRojas29) July 1, 2014
Not exactly a blockbuster acquisition for Jerry Dipoto, but also not a risky one either as Hill was acquired for a little bit of cash, probably just whatever Arte Moreno had in his wallet at the time.
Hill has been kicking around the bigs since 2005, but was converted to relief in 2010 and only then did he start to experience modest success. Very modest as his ERA as a reliever is 4.44 but he does boast 11.0 K/9 and 3.13 FIP. The problem is that his walk rate is 5.78 BB/9. That might explain why he had been whiling away at Triple-A for the BoSox all year.
The Halos have been searching for a left-handed specialist for their bullpen all year and Hill will get a shot at claiming that role, though he isn’t especially effective against left-handed hitters. If he takes the role and runs with it, the Angels will have solved a problem for cheap. If not, Dipoto will have to jump back into the trade market later this month.
I was going to do a nice review of the projections for the Angels as they enter the second half. It was going to be perfect because the Angels were supposed to play their 81st game yesterday, putting us right at the midpoint of their season. Then the rain had to go and ruin everything. […]
The July 1st, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout undecided on Home Run Derby, Angels sign their 3rd round pick Chris Ellis and much more… The Story: Mike Trout is undecided on whether or not he would participate in the Home Run Derby. The Monkey Says: He hasn’t been asked, but that […]
There is no real interesting storyline between these two teams other than maybe the Angels trying to trade with the ChiSox at the deadline, but even that seems doubtful. Instead, all I am really hoping for is that these two squads see fit to wear their throwback uniforms. It isn’t on the schedule, so it […]
Dropped From Rankings: Raul Ibanez (now an active AARP member), Cam Bedrosian (not ready) Biggest Faller: Frieri, down five spots Biggest Riser: Jepsen and Freese, up three spots each
Jason Grilli was supposed to have to earn a prominent bullpen role, apparently that took one appearance. Scioscia decided to let him pitch the ninth inning of a close game and paid the price. He just can’t resist those “proven closers.” To be fair, it wasn’t all Grilli’s fault. Granted, he did plunk Alex Gordon […]
The June 30th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols dealing with groin issue, Frieri-Grilli trade reaction and much more… The Story: Albert Pujols is being slowed (literally) by a swollen lymph node in his groin. The Monkey Says: First off, gross. Second, I’m so glad we are back at a point where […]
The good thing about games starting during the day is that if there is rain, you can wait for it to pass and finish the game. The bad thing about games starting during the day is that if there is rain, you can wait… and wait… and wait… and wait. Alas, the wait was worth […]
After two great previous outings, Matt Shoemaker had become a real “feel good” story. An undrafted talent that turned himself into a legitimate big league pitcher who looked like he might actually stick around for awhile and be productive. Then he had to go and get slammed by the Royals. Sure, every pitcher has bad […]
Tired of Ernesto Frieri blowing saves? Fret no more!
#Angels have acquired Jason Grilli from Pirates for Ernesto Frieri.
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) June 27, 2014
That’s right, the Angels traded their disaster of a closer to the Pirates for their disaster of a closer in a classic example of a challenge trade. Chalk this one up to Dipoto taking away toys from Scioscia so that he can’t make trouble anymore.
Don’t mistake Grilli for a savior though. He is basically Frieri but much older as he is an extreme flyball pitcher who has struggled mightily with increased walk and homer rates this year. It is hard to see how coming from the NL to the AL is going to fix that.
Really, the nicest thing I can say about this trade is that it reminds me of rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, only now these deck chairs are older and won’t have to be non-tendered this off-season.
From time to time, I like to flip over to the opposing team broadcast while I watch the Angels. I like Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza just fine, but I think it is fun to here other announcing teams. Besides, it keeps me from getting tired of the Angels crew. I won’t be doing that […]