Player News - Angels

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Jaime Barria pitched five innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Astros.

Andrew Heaney was voted the Angels' pitcher of the year, but Barria would seem to have a better case in his rookie campaign; he's 10-9 with a 3.54 ERA in his 25 starts. The peripherals don't suggest that he'll do it again as a sophomore, but he's had a nice season.
Sep 23 - 12:05 AM

Mike Trout hit a three-run homer in yet another losing cause Saturday against the Astros.

Give it up already, Mike. It doesn't matter that you're still the league's best player... they're not going to vote you MVP.
Sep 23 - 12:01 AM

Jose Fernandez left Saturday's game against the Astros with a right hand contusion.

Fernandez was hit by a pitch on the right hand and was replaced by pinch-runner Jefry Marte in the first inning. X-rays taken came back negative, so it's just a painful bruise for the 30-year-old. He might sit out a day or two but we shouldn't have seen the last of him this year.
Sep 22 - 8:59 PM

Andrew Heaney was lit up for six runs in three innings by the Astros on Friday.

Heaney, already selected as the Angels' pitcher of the year, fell to 9-10 with a 4.21 ERA with the defeat. There's a lot to like about his 170/44 K/BB ratio in 173 innings, but he's just had too much trouble pitching with men on base and men in scoring position to post a particularly strong ERA.
Sep 21 - 11:58 PM

Mike Trout homered for the fourth time in five games Friday in the loss to the Astros.

It was a two-run shot off Gerrit Cole. Trout is finishing strong, even though he's getting very little help from his teammates; he's hitting .368 with six homers, 11 RBI and nine runs scored in 17 games this month.
Sep 21 - 11:56 PM

Kole Calhoun went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts from the leadoff spot Friday against the Astros.

Calhoun isn't hitting at all, but Mike Scioscia keeps penciling him at the top of the order anyway. Since his OPS peaked at .705 on Aug. 16, he's hit .153/.264/.234 in 129 plate appearances.
Sep 21 - 11:54 PM

Matt Shoemaker lasted just 2 2/3 innings and gave up five runs Thursday in a loss to the A's.

Shoemaker pitched a perfect first, walked two in a scoreless second and then gave up four straight hits to start the third. It looked like he might get out of it having allowed two runs after he struck out Khris Davis and Matt Olson, but Stephen Piscotty followed with a three-run homer to knock him out of the game. The Angels have employed very quick hooks with Shoemaker since he returned from a five-month DL stay Sept. 3; he's yet to throw more than 77 pitches in an outing. One wonders if they might just shut him down after this.
Sep 20 - 7:22 PM

Francisco Arcia homered as a catcher and gave up three runs over two innings of relief work Thursday against the A's.

It's pretty pathetic when you need a position player to pitch in a September game, but the Angels decided to move Arcia from catcher to pitcher down 18-2 in the seventh inning today. He ended up with a lower ERA (13.50) than the rest of the staff (16.50) today. The homer was his sixth in 86 at-bats.
Sep 20 - 7:16 PM

Felix Pena surrendered six runs in four innings Wednesday in a loss to the A's.

Pena retired the first nine batters he faced, only to allow seven straight to reach to begin the fourth; he gave up four singles, two doubles and a walk. He actually bounced back to retire three in a row afterwards, but the Angels decided to pull him after 58 pitches. The loss left him 3-5 with a 4.20 ERA.
Sep 20 - 1:36 AM

Kole Calhoun is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics.

Calhoun gets a rare day off, and Jabari Blash will instead play in right field and hit seventh. With Calhoun on the bench, Andrelton Simmons will hit leadoff against the A's on Wednesday.
Sep 19 - 6:57 PM

Ty Buttrey struck out three batters to record a five-out save Tuesday, his fourth of the year, in the Angels' win over the Athletics.

Buttrey was summoned to preserve a four-run lead with the bases loaded and only one out in the eighth inning. He struck out Nick Martini before giving up a two-run single to pinch-hitter Dustin Fowler. He managed to escape with the lead intact by getting Ramon Laureano to ground out to end the frame. The 25-year-old righty fired a scoreless ninth inning against the heart of the Athletics lineup to slam the door. He's clearly supplanted veteran Blake Parker, who worked the seventh inning of this one, as the Angels closer going forward. He owns a 0.59 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 19/4 K/BB ratio in 14 appearances to begin his major-league career.
Sep 19 - 2:55 AM

Tyler Skaggs fired three scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Athletics on Tuesday.

Skaggs did not allow a hit, recorded three strikeouts and issued a pair of walks in his first major-league start since August 11. The 27-year-old southpaw missed over a month with a left adductor strain, and looked sharp in his return, throwing 34 of 51 pitches for strikes. He’s 8-8 with a 3.69 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 126/37 K/BB ratio in 22 starts. He’s an intriguing streaming option in deeper mixed leagues despite a tough matchup against the Astros on the road in his next start on Sunday.
Sep 19 - 2:45 AM

Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and runs scored in the Angels’ win over the Athletics on Tuesday.

Simmons doubled in the fourth inning, drilled a two-run single in the sixth and capped off his evening with a single and a run scored in the eighth. It was his 44th multi-hit performance in 137 games this year. The 29-year-old shortstop has cooled off after a blistering two-month stretch to begin the year, but he's still turned in an impressive season, hitting .298/.343/.424 with 65 runs scored, 11 homers, 73 RBI and nine steals in 567 plate appearances.
Sep 19 - 2:43 AM

Kaleb Cowart went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the year -- a go-ahead grand slam -- and a career-high five RBI in the Angels’ win over the Athletics on Tuesday.

Cowart smashed a go-ahead grand slam off Athletics reliever Lou Trivino in the sixth inning. It was the first grand slam of the year for the Angels and it put them ahead for good in this one. He also added an RBI triple in the eighth inning. The 26-year-old infielder has looked overmatched against big-league pitching, hitting .143/.241/.273 in 87 plate appearances this season.
Sep 19 - 2:38 AM

Mike Trout went 2-for-5 with a solo homer, his 35th of the year, and a stolen base in the Angels’ 9-7 win over the Athletics on Tuesday.

Trout swatted a 408-foot solo homer to left-center field off Athletics reliever Daniel Mengden in the fourth inning. He also singled and stole a base, his 24th of the year, in the ninth inning. The 27-year-old superstar owns a major league-leading .466 on-base percentage this year. He's hitting .319 with 95 runs scored, 35 homers, 71 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 572 plate appearances.
Sep 19 - 2:33 AM


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