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Matt Joyce, RF12/16/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Outfielder/DH Matt Joyce has been traded to the Angels.
Insight: Joyce is strickly a platoon player. He's a career .261 hitter with an .819 OPS against right-handers and a .189 hitter with an ugly .573 OPS against southpaws.
Garrett Richards, RP12/10/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Angels coach Mike Scioscia said Wednesday he doesn't expect starter Garrett Richards to be ready for Opening Day according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Richards had surgery in August to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. Rehab is going well and Richards has already began throwing, but Scioscia is apparently keeping his expectations realistic, saying Richards will make his 2015 debut in May.
Mike Trout, CF11/13/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout won the 2014 American League MVP award.
Insight: He won it unanimously after finishing second to Miguel Cabrera the past two seasons. Trout slashed .287/.377/.561 with 36 homers and 111 RBI. Congrats to the Angels' star outfielder.
Jerome Williams, SP10/21/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Phillies re-sign pitcher Jerome Williams to a one-year deal.
Insight: The contract is worth $2.5 million, but can get up to $4 million based on performance incentives. Williams posted a surprising 2.83 ERA in 57 1/3 innings of work, but should npt be expected to have repeated success, thus making him an irrelevant fantasy player.
Josh Hamilton, LF10/5/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton's struggles will likely continue on Sunday in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Insight: Hamilton is hitless in nine at-bats so far versus Kansas City and in his career against Royals starter James Shields, Hamilton is 3-for-25 (.167). It is possible Hamilton is still dealing with the injuries that kept him out of games for much of September. At the very least, he is rusty.
Howie Kendrick, 2B10/5/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick is a lifetime .538 (14-for-26) hitter against Royals ace James Shields.
Insight: Kendrick has six extra-base hits against 'Big Game Shields' as well: four doubles, a triple and home run. Kendrick, however, is just 1-for-9 with four strikeouts in the series.
Matt Shoemaker, SP10/4/2014 9:06:00 AM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker pitched well in return from injury.
Insight: He was dealing with an oblique injury, but showed no ill-effects on Friday. Shoemaker went six innings, allowing an unearned run on five hits, while striking out six. Kevin Jepsen took the loss in the extras, giving up three runs (two earned), in 2/3 of an inning.
Matt Shoemaker, SP10/3/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (oblique) has thrown bullpen sessions, but Friday's start will be his first since Sept. 15.
Insight: Shoemaker was a stellar 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA and 1.074 WHIP, but there is no telling how he returns from this injury.
Jered Weaver, SP10/2/2014 10:51:00 AM
Description: Angels right-hander Jered Weaver owns a 2-1 record in the postseason with a 2.61 ERA and 1.065 WHIP, but the last time he was there was five years ago.
Insight: Weaver tied Max Scherzer for AL wins with 18 this season, though his ERA was the highest since 2009. According to manager Mike Scioscia, Weaver will also start a potential Game 4 on short rest.
Mike Trout, CF10/2/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is a lifetime .400 hitter (6-for-15) against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Trout led the league in RBI with 111, runs (.115), total bases (338), but also strikeouts (184). This will be his first major league postseason action.
Jered Weaver, SP10/1/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Jered Weaver will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Royals.
Insight: He will be opposed by Jason Vargas. According to manager Mike Scioscia, Weaver will also start a potential Game 4 on short rest. Matt Shoemaker will start Game 2 and C.J. Wilson will take the hill for Game 3.
Josh Hamilton, LF10/1/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder, chest, rib cage) will start in left field, according to Alden Gonzalez.
Insight: He will hit seventh in the lineup, as the Angels hope to ease him back in. Hamilton has been out since September 4th, but seems to be ready to roll for Game 1 of the ALDS.
Josh Hamilton, LF9/30/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) told Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register that he is ready to play in the ALDS which starts on Thursday.
Insight: Hamilton took batting practice, threw long toss, and ran the bases without any setbacks the last two days. He has played just one game since Sept. 4, but the Angels will likely put him in the lineup on Thursday.
Matt Shoemaker, SP9/30/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (oblique) pitched another bullpen session on Tuesday according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: He took breaks to simulate multiple innings. Shoemaker is expected to pitch Game 3 of the ALDS on Oct. 5. He has been out with a strained oblique since Sept. 16.
Josh Hamilton, LF9/29/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) did a full workout without any setbacks according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Hamilton took batting practice, threw long toss and ran the bases. He will do the same on Tuesday, and then if all goes well, face live pitching on Wednesday. The Angels are hoping he can start Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.
Matt Shoemaker, SP9/29/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (oblique) played catch on Monday without any setbacks and will throw another bullpen session Tuesday according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Shoemaker still expects to start Game 3 of the ALDS on Oct. 5. He has been out with a strained oblique since Sept. 16. Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson are slated to start Games 1 and 2 for the Angels.
Matt Shoemaker, SP9/28/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (oblique) completed a bullpen session on Sunday and remains confident that he will pitch in the ALDS according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Shoemaker has been out since Sept. 16 with a left oblique strain. He admitted that he felt a little bit of tightness in his oblique, but Shoemaker said he feels like he can pitch through it. The Angels are planning to start Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in Games 1 and 2, so expect Shoemaker to start in Game 3.
Josh Hamilton, LF9/28/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will take batting practice on Monday according to Orange County Register.
Insight: Hamilton will also take batting practice on Tuesday and hopefully face live pitching on Wednesday. Hamilton has received an incredible 12 cortisone shots over the last two weeks to try and shed the pain in his right shoulder. The playoffs start on Thursday for the Angels.
Mike Trout, CF9/28/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is hitting .383 (18-for-47) with seven extra-base hits and 11 RBI against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Trout's OPS against Hernandez is 1.063, so we wouldn't be afraid to plug Trout into the fantasy lineup even with King Felix on the mound.
C.J. Wilson, SP9/28/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson threw six innings and allowed one run on four hits in a no-decision against the Mariners on Saturday.
Insight: It did not really matter what the result was for Wilson as long as he threw a good game. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his last outing against the Athletics and likely wanted to correct his mistakes before the playoffs. Wilson finishes the regular season 13-10 with a 4.54 ERA and is expected to start Game 2 of the ALDS.
Josh Hamilton, LF9/26/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton will resume swinging a bat on Saturday.
Insight: Hamilton has played just one game since Sept. 5. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that Hamilton will face live pitching before the playoffs begin, but his status for the postseason remains unclear. Hamilton is hitting .263 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI.
Mike Trout, CF9/26/2014 11:33:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is just a .174 hitter (4-for-23) against Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: He was 1-for-2 with a stolen base and run scored, before leaving Wednesday's game in the fifth inning due to a stomach illness, but should be fine. This isn't a favorable matchup although Iwakuma has been pitching poorly of late.
Mike Trout, CF9/24/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout departs Wednesday's game with stomach illness.
Insight: He was 1-for-2 with a stolen base and run scored, before leaving the game in the fifth inning. Trout will just need a day or two to shake off the illness.
Mike Trout, CF9/24/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is just 1-for-9 with four strikeouts versus Oakland left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: The AL MVP favorite is hitting .289 with 113 runs, 35 HR, 110 RBI and 15 steals, but has an unfavorable matchup Wednesday.
Cory Rasmus, RP9/23/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times that he "will consider" Cory Rasmus for a playoff start.
Insight: This would have been way out of the question just a few weeks ago, but based on the Angels rotation beyond Jered Weaver, it is not out of the question. He has not gone more than four innings or thrown more than 59 pitches in any outing, so any playoff start he might receive will likely be pretty brief.
David Freese, 3B9/23/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese is not in the starting lineup due to minor back tightness.
Insight: It's not seen as a big deal, so he will be back in a day or two. Gordon Beckham is at third base on Tuesday.
Howie Kendrick, 2B9/23/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick was not in the starting lineup on Monday and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Oakland. Update: Kendrick is in the Angels lineup on Tuesday.
Insight: Kendrick tweaked his left hamstring on Sunday. While minor and with the team already locked into the playoffs, you may not see him for a while. Gordon Beckham played second on Monday.
Kole Calhoun, RF9/23/2014 1:47:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun is an ugly 1-for-14 (.071) with five strikeouts against Oakland starter Sonny Gray.
Insight: Calhoun is batting .275 with 16 HR, 57 RBI and 88 runs in 122 games and proven to be a reliable fantasy outfielder. Just not Tuesday in this unfavorable matchup.
Mike Trout, CF9/23/2014 1:45:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is a career .364 hitter (4-for-11) with a pair of homers against Oakland starter Sonny Gray.
Insight: The AL MVP favorite is hitting .291 with 113 runs, 35 HR, 110 RBI and 15 steals, though I will admit I liked him more when he was a 30-30 guy and struck out less. Start him Tuesday.
Matt Shoemaker, SP9/22/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the chances Matt Shoemaker will pitch this week are "very remote" according to MLB.com.
Insight: On a positive note, Scioscia expects Shoemaker to be ready for the playoffs as he played catch on Monday and felt fine. The Angels would prefer Shoemaker get a tune-up start before the playoffs, but the main goal is to ensure that the 27-year-old is completely healthy.
Josh Hamilton, LF9/22/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton will not play until at least this weekend according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Hamilton was hoping to return on Wednesday, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia has ruled that out. He did hit off a tee on Monday, and Scioscia said that went well. It wouldn't be a huge surprise if he doesn't play again until the playoffs.
Howie Kendrick, 2BHot9/22/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick is not in the starting lineup on Monday.
Insight: Kendrick tweaked his left hamstring on Sunday. The Angels consider it a minor ailment, but do not expect them to push Kendrick since they already locked up the division.
Albert Pujols, 1B9/22/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is a career .438 hitter (7-for-16) with three home runs against Oakland right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Pujols has rebounded nicely in 2014 to bat .275 with 27 HR and 101 RBI. He's no longer "superstar Albert Pujols," but he's still pretty good.
Jered Weaver, SP9/21/2014 9:08:00 AM
Description: Angels right-hander Jered Weaver earned his 18th victory of 2014, after defeating Texas on Saturday night.
Insight: Weaver went seven strong innings, yielding three runs on five hits, while striking out seven. He is now first in the AL in wins, and owns an ERA of 3.52. Another solid year for Weaver.
Mike Trout, CF9/21/2014 9:05:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout continued his pursuit for his first MVP Award.
Insight: He clubbed his 35th homer of the season, while knocking in his 108th and 109th runs of the year. The AL MVP favorite is slashing .290/.379/.568 with 112 runs and 14 stolen bases. Oh, and he's only 23-years-old.
Albert Pujols, 1B9/21/2014 9:01:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols had a big night to get to the 100 RBI plateau, on Saturday.
Insight: Although his second half of the season (.268 BA, 7 HR, 36 RBI) has not been as good as the first half (.279BA, 20 HR, 64 RBI), Pujols has rebounded nicely in 2014. While he will never be the player he once was, Pujols is still a major threat at the plate, and will continue to be over the next couple of seasons.
Jerome Williams, SP9/20/2014 8:39:00 PM
Description: Jerome Williams continues to be a pleasant surprise for Philadelphia.
Insight: He had struggled of late, but was borderline unhittable Saturday versus Oakland. He allowed only four hits, while striking out three. Williams is now 4-2 with the Phillies, owning a 2.45 ERA.
Kole Calhoun, RF9/20/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun is 6-for-10 (.714) with four extra-base hits versus Texas right-hander Colby Lewis.
Insight: Calhoun is batting .281 with 16 HR and 57 RBI in 119 games and proven to be a reliable fantasy outfielder. Of course, hitting in front of Mike Trout doesn't hurt.
Matt Shoemaker, SP9/19/2014 9:02:00 PM
Description: Angels manager Mike Scioscia is considering using a three-man rotation in the American League Division Series.
Insight: In order to do that, starter Matt Shoemaker needs to return 100 percent healthy. Shoemaker left Monday's with a mild left oblique strain. The Angels are confident that he will return before postseason play. If Scioscia uses the three-man rotation, Jered Weaver would pitch on short rest.
Josh Hamilton, LF9/19/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is out of the lineup on Tuesday night against the Rangers.
Insight: Hamilton returned to action on Tuesday after missing 11 games, but he has now been out three straight days. Hamilton said Thursday that he will do his best to get ready for the playoffs, but his status is very unclear.
Jered Weaver, SP9/18/2014 6:35:00 PM
Description: Angels manager Mike Scioscia has scratched starter Jered Weaver from Thursday's start according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
Insight: The scratch is not due to injury. The Angels wrapped up the division title on Wednesday, and the team is resting all of its starters on Thursday. Wade LeBlanc will start instead Thursday.
Mike Trout, CF9/18/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has had tremendous success against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Trout is 18-for-47 with three doubles, two triples, two home runs and 11 RBI against King Felix. That produces an incredible .383/.404/.660 batting line. The AL MVP favorite is hitting .289 with 34 home runs and 107 RBI this year.
C.J. Wilson, SP9/18/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson threw seven shutout innings and allowed one hit in Wednesday's victory over the Mariners, 5-0.
Insight: Wilson's efforts helped clich the American League West division title as the Athletics lost to the Rangers to seal it. Wilson also struck out seven and walked three as he won his third straight game. In his first two victories over that stretch, however, he allowed five earned runs over 11 1/3 innings and won behind 23 runs of support. So it was nice to finally see Wilson win on his own accord.
C.J. Wilson, SP9/17/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson has a nice record at 12-9, but has struggled with his ERA this season.
Insight: Heading into tonight's start against the Mariners, Wilson is sporting a 4.61 ERA, and an even worse 6.14 ERA over his past three starts. However, he continues to benefit pitching for such a dynmauc offense, as he is 2-1 during that span. Wilson should be in your lineup, simply as a result of how good the Angels are.
Josh Hamilton, LF9/16/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton returns to the lineup on Tuesday night against the Mariners.
Insight: Hamilton missed 10 games with a right shoulder injury. He will DH and bat sixth on Tuesday.
Albert Pujols, 1B9/16/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left last night's game with a left hamstring cramp. UPDATE: Pujols is in the Angels lineup Tuesday.
Insight: He had a bases-clearing double in the third inning, but seemed to come up lame on his way to second base. The news coming out of Los Angeles is that they are calling it just a cramp, which would be great news. Consider Pujols day-to-day.
Matt Shoemaker, SP9/16/2014 9:07:00 AM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker will undergo an MRI in the coming days, afer leaving last night's start with slight discomfort, on the left side of his rib cage.
Insight: The removal from the game seemed to be precautionary, as the Angels were up 8-1 at the time. However, the fact that he needs to be checked out is a little alarming. Nevertheless, Shoemaker was fantastic on Monday night. He went 7 2/3 innings, allowing only one earned run, and improving his record to 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA. Assuming everything comes back clean, Shoemaker has another favorable matchup on Saturday, against the Ramgers.
Jerome Williams, SPCold9/15/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Jerome Williams has come back down to earth.
Insight: Williams got off to a surprising start in Philadelphia, with a 3-0 record. However, he has struggled over his previous four starts, posting a 1-1 record with a 5.51 ERA. Although he is heading to San Diego and playing in a pitcher-friendly park tonight, Williams is not a recommended start.
Matt Shoemaker, SPHot9/15/2014 1:02:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker has had a tremendous second half of the season, and that trend has continued over his previous three starts.
Insight: All signs point to Shoemaker continuing his stellar play. Not only is he 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA over his past three starts, Shoemaker has also been dominant since the All-Star break (8-2, 1.95 ERA) and at home (8-3 2.20 ERA). With Garrett Richards on the shelf, it looks like LA has found their new ace.
Mike Trout, CF9/15/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is just a .182 hitter against Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: Trout is still the man, and you aren't going to take him out of your lineup, just don't set your expectations too high for Monday. The center fielder leads the American league with 107 runs and 107 RBI while batting .290. He is fourth in home runs (34) and third with a .945 OPS.
Howie Kendrick, 2BHot9/14/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick is 8-for-16 in his career against Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel.
Insight: Kendrick also has a home run and two RBI against Keuchel. The second baseman has had a tremendous month of September, hitting .451 with a ridiculous .725 slugging percentage. He also has 14 RBI in September. Kendrick now leads the Angels with a .293 batting average.
Jered Weaver, SP9/14/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Angels starter Jered Weaver recorded his 17th victory of the season on Saturday and now leads the American League in the category.
Insight: Weaver had one of his best starts of the season on Saturday, going seven innings and allowed one run on four hits. He struck out a season-high 12 and walked one. Weaver is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA this month and is now 17-8 with a 3.50 ERA this year.
Mike Trout, CF9/14/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 3-for-3 with two solo home runs and an intentional walk on Saturday as the Angels beat the Astros, 5-2.
Insight: The home runs are his 33rd and 34th of the season. Trout's other hit was a double, his 39th of the year. The center fielder leads the American league with 107 runs and 107 RBI while batting .290. He is third in home runs and third with a .946 OPS.
Josh Hamilton, LF9/11/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is not in the lineup on Thursday. UPDATE: Hamilton has been ruled out through the weekend.
Insight: Hamilton is missing his sixth straight game. He has been dealing with discomfort around his shoulder and neck since late August. With the healthy division lead, the Angels won't rush him back.
Kole Calhoun, RFHot9/9/2014 12:03:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun is 5-for-7 (.714) with three extra-base hits versus Texas right-hander Colby Lewis.
Insight: Calhoun's been hot this week, batting .370 for the past six games and should be ready to add to his totals. He is batting .284 with 14 HR and 51 RBI in 108 games.
Josh Hamilton, LF9/9/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder, neck) was out of the Angels' lineup again Monday and is questionable for the start of the Texas series.
Insight: Hamilton left Thursday's game due to the injury. He received trigger point injections on Sunday to help, but he still wasn't quite ready. He's batting .263 with 10 HR, 44 RBI in 88 games.
Howie Kendrick, 2BHot9/8/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick was 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI on Monday against the Indians.
Insight: It is hard to find a hotter hitter in the league right now than Kendrick. He is 10-for-14 in his last three games with five extra-base hits. Ride out his hot streak.
Kole Calhoun, RFHot9/8/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun went 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs as the Angels routed the Indians, 12-3, on Monday.
Insight: The Angels brought their hitting shoes to Jacobs, I mean, Progressive Field on Monday. Los Angeles had 16 hits. The home run was Calhoun's 14th of the year. He is batting .284 with 51 RBI.
Albert Pujols, 1B9/8/2014 4:24:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run and three runs scored as the Angels defeat the Indians, 12-3, on Monday.
Insight: Pujols had a big day at the plate on Sunday, recording his 2,500th career hit and scoring his 1.500th career run. Monday was his third straight multi-hit game. Over that stretch, he is hitting .571 (8-for-14) with two home runs, two doubles and seven RBI.
Josh Hamilton, LF9/8/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder, neck) is out of the Angels' lineup again Monday versus the Indians.
Insight: Hamilton left Thursday's game due to the injury, which he says he suffered Tuesday. He has been experiencing discomfort around his right shoulder and neck. He received trigger point injections on Sunday to help, but he still isn't quite ready. Collin Cowgill is starting in left field on Monday.
Howie Kendrick, 2BHot9/8/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick was 3-for-4 with a triple, home run and four RBI in the Angel's blowout victory over the Twins, 14-4.
Insight: Kendrick was a home run away from the cycle on Saturday, and he was a double away from it on Sunday. In the four game series with the Twins, Kendrick went 10-for-18 with two doubles, two triples, a home run, eight RBI and four runs. Kendrick is a must-start until he cools off.
Mike Trout, CF9/7/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a double, home run, two RBI, and three runs as the Angels defeated the Twins, 14-4.
Insight: Trout hit a two-run homer in the third inning, his 32nd of the season. That's a career high, as are his 102 RBI. He is hitting .285/.370/.552 with 97 runs scored as well.
Howie Kendrick, 2BHot9/6/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run against the Twins on Saturday.
Insight: Kendrick was a home run away from the cycle, clubbing a double, triple and two singles. Kendrick is 7-for-14 in his last three games and is batting .282 with five home runs and 60 RBI this season.
Albert Pujols, 1B9/6/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols recorded his 2,500th career hit on Saturday in the Angels' 8-5 victory over the Twins.
Insight: The record-setting hit was a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the ninth. Pujols also had a home run and reached 1,500 career runs in the game. Pujols is the 16th player to reach the 2,500 hits, 500 home runs and 1,500 run clubs in his career. Pujols is batting .274 with 25 home runs and 87 RBI this year.
Albert Pujols, 1B9/5/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has been very successful when facing Minnesota right-hander Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: In 22 career at-bats, Pujols is batting .545 with three homers and 10 RBI. he's batting .271 with 24 HR and 83 RBI this season. Nice numbers, but hardly the Pujols we remember from years past.
Josh Hamilton, LF9/5/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is out for Friday's game against Minnesota due to a sore right shoulder, according to Angels beat reporter Mike DiGiovanna.
Insight: Hamilton left Thursday's game due to the injury which he says he suffered Tuesday. He received a cortisone shot and should return soon. Call his day-to-day, but not Friday.
Chris Iannetta, C8/31/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Angels catcher Chris Iannetta went a perfect 3-for-3 with a RBI, two runs and a walk on Sunday against the A's.
Insight: Ianetta tacked on a solo home run in the eighth with the Angels routing the A's to get the four-game sweep. Ianetta also hit a home run on Saturday. The catcher is batting .265 with seven home runs and 38 RBI this year.
Matt Shoemaker, SPHot8/31/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker pitched his third straight beautiful start, throwing seven shutout innings, allowing five hits, striking out seven and walking none.
Insight: That makes 21 and 2/3 scoreless innings in Shoemaker's last three starts. He has also given up just eight hits, three walks while striking out 22. This is just what the Angels needed with Garrett Richards out for the season, and it's just what fantasy owners want heading into September.
Mike Trout, CF8/31/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI against the A's on Sunday.
Insight: Trout has his average back to .290 and the home run Sunday gives him 31 on the season, a new career high. His 97 RBI also ties a career high. Trout's .934 OPS is third highest in the American League.
Jerome Williams, SPHot8/31/2014 9:05:00 AM
Description: Phillies starter Jerome Williams raised his record to 3-0 with his new club after Saturday night's 7-2 win over the Mets.
Insight: Williams has a 2.03 ERA and 1.013 WHIP and is worthy of a shot from fantasy in his next outing. He's gone six or more innings in three of four starts as a National Leaguer and has yet to have a bad outing,
Jered Weaver, SP8/30/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Angels starter Jered Weaver pitched seven scoreless innings against the A's Friday, allowing three hits, striking out three and walking three, as the Angels won, 4-0.
Insight: Weaver outdueled Jon Lester, who pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs. Believe it or not, this is Weaver's first start this year in which he did not yield a run. Better late than never. He is 15-7 with a 3.57 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.
Albert Pujols, 1B8/30/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has gone 6-for-13 (.462) in his career against A's starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Pujols went 2-for-4 with a home run on Friday. In August, the first baseman is hitting .291 with four home runs and 15 RBI.
Chris Iannetta, C8/30/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: Angels catcher Chris Iannetta recorded three RBI in three plate appearances on Friday against the A's.
Insight: Ianetta broke a scoreless tie with a two-run shot off Jon Lester in the fifth inning, then walked with the bases loaded to force in a run during the sixth. In 257 at-bats this year, Ianetta is hitting .257 with six home runs and 37 RBI.
Mike Trout, CF8/29/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: In a matchup of All-Stars, Oakland left-hander Jon Lester has gotten the best of Angels center fielder Mike Trout.
Insight: Trout is 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in their matchups. Trout is just starting to break out of a slump, going 6-for-12 over the past three games. Hopefully, Lester won't slow the progress, but Trout isn't a great option Friday.
Albert Pujols, 1B8/28/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Wednesday's game after fouling a ball of his calf, but is probable for Thursday's game against Oakland.
Insight: Pujols went 4-for-11 in the three-game series with Miami, but without an extra-base hit. Both the Angels and fantasy owners need him to provide more power.
Mike Trout, CF 8/27/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has gone 7-for-19 with a pair of home runs in his last five games.
Insight: Trout has hit .242 with 51 Ks in 153 at-bats since the All-Star break, but he's showing signs of coming out of the slump and could have a big September.
Matt Shoemaker, SPHot8/27/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker has given Los Angeles exactly what it needs in the wake of Garrett Richards' season-ending knee injury.
Insight: In his last two starts, Shoemaker has thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings, struck out 15 and allowed three hits. He's won four straight games and is 13-4 with a 3.33 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and 108 Ks in 110 2/3 innings this season.
Jerome Williams, SPHot8/24/2014 4:43:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Jerome Williams threw another strong game Sunday against St. Louis, hurling eight innings and giving up one run of five hits.
Insight: It was Williams' longest outing since May 21 of last season. The 32-year-old has gone 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in three games since the Phillies picked him up from Texas. He was 2-5 with a 6.71 ERA prior to joining Philadelphia.
Josh Hamilton, LF 8/23/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton has gone 4-for-9 with two doubles, a homer, five RBI and two walks in his last three games.
Insight: Hamilton went 5-for-41 (.122) with 18 strikeouts from Aug. 5 to Aug. 16 and he was out of the lineup on Aug. 17-18 at his own request to clear his head. He hasn't struck out since then.
Mike Trout, CFCold8/23/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday at Oakland.
Insight: Trout has hit just .235 with six homers, 17 RBI, 20 runs, 45 Ks and a .753 OPS in 136 at-bats since the All-Star break, but we can't see the superstar struggling for much longer.
Garrett Richards, RP 8/22/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Garrett Richards underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee.
Insight: Richards suffered the injury on Aug. 20 at Boston. He's been given a timetable of 6-9 months, so while he might be ready for the start of the 2015 season he also could be out through April.
Gordon Beckham, 2BCold8/22/2014 1:23:00 PM
Description: Former White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham was traded to the Angels Thursday night.
Insight: Beckham will back up Howie Kendrick at second and David Freese at third so has little to no fantasy value. Not that he did even when starting every day in Chicago batting .221 with a .598 OPS.
Matt Shoemaker, SPHot8/21/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: With Garrett Richards going down the Angels needed an outing like this from Matt Shoemaker - 7 2/3 IP, one hit and nine strikeouts.
Insight: Shoemaker's record jumps to 12-4 and his ERA falls to 3.56. It's surprising he gets so little publicity and fantasy attention (36 percent ownership in Yahoo) considering he's posted a dozen wins and is striking out almost a batter an inning.
Mike Trout, CFCold8/21/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has batted just .174 (8-for-46) over the past two weeks (11 games).
Insight: Fantasy owners are probably getting a little frustrated, but looking at the big picture shows he's still a fantasy stud. He's batting .288 with 27 HR, 89 RBI, 84 runs scored, 12 SB and a .930 OPS. Still, for fantasy owners it's what have you done for me lately?
Garrett Richards, RPHot8/20/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Garrett Richards suffered a left patellar injury during Wednesday's game. The extent is unknown at the moment, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Richards caught his spike in the dirt as he was covering first base in the second inning and his knee buckled. The right-hander has been the Angels' ace this season and one of the best starters in baseball, going 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 164 Ks in 168 2/3 innings.
Garrett Richards, RPHot8/20/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Garrett Richards suffered what appeared to be a major right leg injury Wednesday against Boston, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Richards caught his spike in the dirt as he was covering first base in the second inning and his knee buckled. The right-hander has been the Angels' ace this season and one of the best starters in baseball, going 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 164 Ks in 168 2/3 innings.
Erick Aybar, SSCold8/20/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar made his first All-Star team this year, but he's been a disaster in the second half, hitting .208 with two RBI in 106 at-bats.
Insight: Aybar is also 3-for-28 (.107) in his career against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz. Avoid him Wednesday.
Josh Hamilton, LFCold8/20/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton went 0-for-3 in his return to the lineup Tuesday at Boston and he's just 2-for-22 (.091) with six Ks against Wednesday's starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Hamilton has gone 5-for-41 (.122) with 18 strikeouts in his last 11 games and he was out of the lineup Sunday and Monday at his own request in order to clear his head. He's not someone fantasy owners should be using right now even if he has a favorable matchup, which isn't the case Wednesday.
Mike Trout, CF 8/20/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is 6-for-13 with two homers against Boston starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Trout has gone 4-for-11 with a double, a triple and two RBI over his last three games after running into a 4-for-37 (.108) slump prior to that. His strikeout rate is up from 19 percent last year to 24.8 percent this season which has contributed to his average dropping from .323 to .291. However, he's put up a much higher extra-base hit rate (12.2 percent in 2014, 10.5 percent in 2013) and is going to drive in more runs than he did in each of his first two seasons. He's a strong choice Wednesday against Buchholz.
Josh Hamilton, LFCold8/19/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. He will hit cleanup.
Insight: Hamilton had requested time off because of his struggles at the plate and manager Mike Scioscia gave him the time. The outfielder is hitting .132 in his last ten games and has gone 10-for-59 (.169) since July 31.
Kole Calhoun, RFHot8/18/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun reached base all four times he came to the plate Monday at Boston.
Insight: Calhoun singled, doubled, walked twice and scored two runs. The right fielder and leadoff hitter has gone 17-for-41 (.415) with five doubles, two homers, eight RBI and five runs in his last nine games.
C.J. Wilson, SP8/18/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson worked around five hits and five walks to hold Boston to one run over 5 1/3 innings in Monday's win.
Insight: Wilson (10-8, 4.59 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) has gone 2-1 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts since he returned from the disabled list, but he's also recorded a 1.64 WHIP and a 12/11 K/BB over 17 2/3 innings in that span.
Jerome Williams, SP8/18/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: In two starts with the Phillies, veteran right-hander Jerome Williams has gone 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA.
Insight: He did it against two AL West opponents, the Angels and Mariners. Williams played for two teams in that division, the Astros and Rangers, earlier this season and had a 6.71 ERA. The last two starts aside, he's not a fantasy option.
Josh Hamilton, LF8/18/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: It's not an injury. Hamilton apparently requested Sunday off because of his struggles at the plate and will get tonight off as well. Brennan Boesch will start in left.
Josh Hamilton, LF8/17/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is not in Sunday's starting lineup. Collin Cowgill will get the start in right field.
Insight: No injury that we know of, just a routine day off. Cowgill is batting .271 this season with five homers and a .745 OPS in 192 at-bats so has limited fantasy appeal.
Mike Trout, CFCold8/16/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has gone 4-for-32 (.125) with 11 Ks the past three games.
Insight: Two of the hits were home runs and he drove in five runs during that stretch, but daily league players should consider other options Saturday. Trout is always one of the most expensive players and you can't afford to eat up a significant portion of your salary with a player who is on a bad run.
Kole Calhoun, RFHot8/16/2014 12:21:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun should receive strong consideration from fantasy owners Saturday against the Rangers.
Insight: Calhoun went 3-for-4 wih a double, a homer and three RBI Friday and is 13-for-29 (.448) with three doubles, two homers and five RBI his last six games. He's hitting .301 with 12 homers and an .860 OPS against righties this season and is 3-for-3 with a double and a triple against Rangers starter Colby Lewis.
Josh Hamilton, LF8/12/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) with a double and three homers against Phillies starter Jerome Williams.
Insight: Williams was bad with Houston and worse with Texas and should be ripe for the picking by Hamilton. The outfielder is just 1-for 20 over the past five games, but might still be worth the gamble.
Mike Trout, CFHot8/10/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has homered in back-to-back games.
Insight: Trout's average is down to .299 from .323 last season, but he's on pace for a career high in doubles, homers and RBI. Plus, he's scored 81 runs and swiped 12 bags without being caught.
Hector Santiago, SP8/10/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Hector Santiago held the Red Sox to two hits over six scoreless innings Sunday.
Insight: Tyler Skaggs needs Tommy John surgery so Santiago will stay in the rotation for the rest of this season. The 26-year-old lefty has recorded a 1.95 ERA in 32 1/3 innings over his last seven games (five starts).
Josh Hamilton, LF8/10/2014 2:14:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Hamilton is getting a day off after going 1-for-23 with nine Ks in his last five games, including 1-for-8 during Saturday's 19-inning affair.
Tyler Skaggs, SP8/10/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Skaggs (5-5, 4.30 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) left his start of July 31 after 4 2/3 hitless innings due to forearm soreness and now he'll miss most of 2015. Hector Santiago (3.84 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) will stay in the rotation.
David Freese, 3B8/6/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese is dealing with a sore patellar tendon, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Freese is out of the lineup Wednesday, but he's available to pinch hit. The 31-year-old former World Series MVP is hitting .251 with six homers, 38 RBI and a .671 OPS this season.
Albert Pujols, 1BHot8/6/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has hit .345 with 10 doubles, four homers, 20 RBI and a .920 OPS in his last 28 games.
Insight: Pujols went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and two RBI Tuesday against the Dodgers, snapping a 21-game home run drought in the process. He's hit just seven home runs in his last 60 games.
Albert Pujols, 1B8/5/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is 8-for-18 (.444) with a 1.176 OPS against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Pujols put together a solid July, batting .310 with four homers and 18 RBI. He's not the St. Louis slugger we all remember, but he's still a fantasy-worthy starter.
Erick Aybar, SS8/4/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is a career .421 hitter (8-for-19) with five extra-base hits versus Dodgers hurler Zack Greinke.
Insight: Aybar (.274, 6 HR, 52 RBI, 12 SB) is just seven RBI away from tying his career high of 59 and has made himself into a low-end fantasy asset at shortstop.
Josh Hamilton, LF8/4/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Avoid Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton Monday as he's faced with an extremely unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Hamilton is a career .045 hitter (1-for-22) versus Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke, including nine strikeouts.
Joe Thatcher, RP8/2/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Angels reliever Joe Thatcher was forced from Saturdaty night's game with an ankle sprain.
Insight: The middle reliever holds little fantasy value with a 2-1 record, 3.00 ERA and 1.259 WHIP.
Brennan Boesch, RF8/2/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Angels minor league outfielder Brennan Boesch is tearing up the PCL, batting .320 with 19 HR, 68 RBI and a .979 OPS at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Insight: Boesch was up for a couple of weeks in April, but didn't do much. He could be a September call up, but for now his way is blocked by a solid Angels outfield of Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun.
Mike Trout, CFHot8/1/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk and two RBI Friday against the Rays.
Insight: Trout struggled a bit near the end of July, but his slumps never last long. He's hitting .302 with 25 home runs, 78 RBI, 75 runs, 10 steals and a .978 OPS on the year.
Josh Hamilton, LF8/1/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton left Friday's game with a left middle finger contusion after being hit by a pitch.
Insight: Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a solo homer before getting plunked. He stayed in the game initially but then was pulled.
Tyler Skaggs, SP8/1/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs (forearm) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Skaggs left Thursday's start after 4 2/3 hitless innings with a forearm strain and we're waiting for the MRI results. Hector Santiago is expected to join the rotation in his place.
Tyler Skaggs, SP7/31/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs was cruising along through 4 2/3 hitless innings Thursday night, but he left with tightness in his left forearm, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Forearm soreness can sometimes be indicative of a ligament issue. Skaggs has a 3.55 FIP this season, but his ERA is 4.30 because he's stranded just 63.9 percent of baserunners.
Tyler Skaggs, SP7/31/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs was crusing along through 4 2/3 hitless innings Thursday night, but he suffered an apparent injury, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Skaggs appeared to gesture at his forearm and didn't even throw a warm-up pitch before leaving. The left-hander has a 3.55 FIP this season, but his ERA is 4.30 because he's stranded just 63.9 percent of baserunners.
C.J. Wilson, SP7/31/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson (ankle) will return Saturday against the Rays, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Wilson has been out with a right ankle sprain and hip tightness since July 10. He had a 6.81 ERA over his last eight starts before the injury and has a 4.33 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP on the season.
Josh Hamilton, LF 7/31/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton has gone 6-for-15 (.400) with a double and a homer against Orioles starter Bud Norris.
Insight: Hamilton is starting to get his bat going. Over his last 15 games, he's batted .317 with six doubles and a homer. He struggled initially after returning from a torn ligament in his thumb.
C.J. Wilson, SP7/30/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson (ankle) could be back Saturday against the Rays, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Wilson has been out with a right ankle sprain and hip tightness since July 10. He threw a bullpen session Wednesday and said he's ready to start. For the season he has a 4.33 ERA and 1.332 WHIP, and he had a 6.81 ERA over his last eight starts before the injury.
C.J. Wilson, SP7/29/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson (ankle) threw 81 pitches at Double-A Arkansas Monday and came away healthy.
Insight: Wilson has been out with a right ankle sprain since July 10, but should be ready to go by the weekend or early next week. For the season he has a 4.33 ERA and 1.332 WHIP, though his ERA was 6.81 over his last eight starts before the injury.
Josh Hamilton, LFCold7/29/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is just 1-for-12 (.083) versus Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: It's a little unusual in that Hamilton is a .305 hitter against right-handers in his career 35 points higher than against lefties, but this season he's been better against left-handers. Avoid this matchup.
David Freese, 3B7/27/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese hit the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday at Detroit.
Insight: Freese has had a poor season, hitting .245 with six homers and 34 RBI in 277 at-bats. He has a career worst 28.2 percent K rate.
Josh Hamilton, LFCold7/27/2014 1:29:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (knee) is back in the lineup Sunday, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: He left Friday's game with a sore left knee, but manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that he's made "a lot of progress." In 46 games since he returned from his thumb injury, Hamilton has batted .268 with three home runs. He's batted .462 (6-for-13) with two homers against Tigers starter Rick Porcello.
Josh Hamilton, LFCold7/27/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (knee) may return to the lineup Sunday against the Tigers, according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: He left Friday's game with a sore left knee, but manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that he's made "a lot of progress." In 46 games since he returned from his thumb injury, Hamilton has batted .268 with three home runs. He's batted .462 (6-for-13) with two homers against Tigers starter Rick Porcello.
Josh Hamilton, LFCold7/26/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton left Friday's game with a sore left knee and is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Hamilton went 0-for-1 before leaving. In 46 games since he returned from his thumb injury, Hamilton has batted .268 with three home runs. Efren Navarro will get the start in left field and has batted .313 in limited action (64 ABs).
Josh Hamilton, LFCold7/25/2014 11:30:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton left Friday's game with a sore left knee, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Hamilton went 0-for-1 before leaving. In 46 games since he returned from his thumb injury, Hamilton has batted .268 with three home runs.
Erick Aybar, SS7/22/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (groin) is back in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Aybar (.282, 6 HR, 50 RBI) strained his groin Friday night and missed the last three games. He's nine RBI away from tying his career high of 59.
C.J. Wilson, SP7/21/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson (ankle) threw a bullpen session Monday, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: Wilson has been out with a right ankle sprain since July 10. He had a 6.81 ERA in his last eight starts before going on the DL. Wilson says he'll probably need a rehab assignment, so he likely won't be back before early August.
Erick Aybar, SS7/21/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (groin) is not in Monday's lineup.
Insight: Aybar (.283, 6 HR, 50 RBI) strained his groin Friday night and will miss his third straight game Monday. He's played very well this season and should set a career RBI mark early next month.
Erick Aybar, SS7/21/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (groin) was out of the lineup Sunday and is questionable for Monday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: Aybar (.283, 6 HR, 50 RBI) strained his groin Friday night and missed the next two. He's played very well this season and should set a career RBI mark early next month.
Mike Trout, CFHot7/20/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: Since he started off May 10-for-62 (.161) with 22 Ks, Angels outfielder Mike Trout has batted .358 with 19 doubles, one triple, 15 home runs, 46 RBI, 39 runs and five steals in his last 49 games.
Insight: Trout went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk and three runs Sunday against the Mariners. He's hitting .313 with 23 home runs, 74 RBI and an AL-leading 1.012 OPS.
Kole Calhoun, RFHot7/20/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun hit another home run Sunday against the Mariners.
Insight: That makes eight since June 6 and 11 on the year for Calhoun. The outfielder went 3-for-5 Sunday and has hit .346 in his last 34 games.
Erick Aybar, SS7/20/2014 12:55:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (groin) is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Aybar strained his groin Friday night. He's day-to-day for now.
Mike Trout, CF7/19/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout is a career .386 hitter with a 1.067 OPS against Felix Hernandez.
Insight: King Felix may be the best pitcher in baseball, certainly in the top-five, but Trout doesn't seem to have a problem with him. Trout leads the league in OPS (1.008) and total bases (214) to go along with his .313 batting average, 22 HR and 73 RBI.
C.J. Wilson, SP7/18/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson (sprained ankle) isn't ready to start throwing off a mound yet, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Wilson has been playing catch on flat ground, but his ankle is still sore. The left-hander had a 6.81 ERA in his last eight starts before the injury.
Albert Pujols, 1B7/18/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is 2-for-19 (.105) against Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: Pujols has rediscovered his home run stroke after hitting just two round-trippers in 24 June games. He has hit four in the first two weeks of July and has 20 homers for the season.
Mike Trout, CF7/18/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout is 3-for-16 (all singles) against Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: Trout leads the league in OPS (1.005) and total bases (209) to go along with his .310 batting average, 22 HR and 73 RBI, but don't expect much tonight.
Mike Trout, CFHot7/13/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout had two doubles and four RBI Sunday at Texas.
Insight: Trout had 29 doubles, 15 homers and 59 RBI at the All-Star break last year, but somehow he's managed to improve again. He's hit .310 with 22 home runs, 73 RBI and a 1.005 OPS this season.
Collin Cowgill, CF7/12/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Angels outfielder Collin Cowgill left Saturday night's game after gettting hit by a pitch.
Insight: Cowgill has played well in a part-time role, but fantasy owners can find better outfield help than this. He's batting .273 with five homers and 16 RBI over 69 games.
Mike Trout, CFHot7/11/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout went 1-for-4 with a homer Friday at Texas.
Insight: Trout (.310) already has 22 home runs and 69 RBI, up from 15 and 59 at last year's All-Star break.
Garrett Richards, RPHot7/11/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Garrett Richards blanked the Rangers over seven innings Friday night to improve to 11-2.
Insight: Richards has a 2.55 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP and 127 Ks in 123 1/3 innings this season, but he won't be representing the AL in the All-Star game. He lost the Final Vote to Chris Sale.
Kole Calhoun, RFHot7/11/2014 12:39:00 AM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun punched out four more hits to raise his average to .305.
Insight: Calhoun is making fans and fantasy owners forget Mark Trumbo. He's got 10 homers in 55 games with a .908 OPS.
C.J. Wilson, SP7/10/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain.
Insight: Wilson hasn't pitched well since mid-June and it's likely fantasy owners haven't been using him of late anyway. He's 8-6 with a high 4.33 ERA and 1.332 WHIP, but was 0-0 with a 10.13 ERA and 2.375 WHIP in two July starts.
C.J. Wilson, SPCold7/9/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson's struggles continued Wednesday against the Blue Jays as he allowed six runs (three earned) on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings (1 K, 3 BB).
Insight: In his last 39 2/3 innings, Wilson has given up 30 earned runs on 49 hits and walked 21 batters (6.81 ERA, 1.76 WHIP).
Albert Pujols, 1BHot7/9/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has gone 12-for-25 (.480) with three homers and 10 RBI in his last six games.
Insight: Pujols has rediscovered his home run stroke after hitting just two round-trippers in June. He's fifth in the AL with 20 homers and tied for eighth with 60 RBI.
Kole Calhoun, RFHot7/9/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun went yard for the 10th time this season Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Since May 29, Calhoun has batted .353 with nine doubles, seven homers, 18 RBI and 32 runs in 34 games (27 starts). He's a must-add in all leagues.
Jered Weaver, SP7/8/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Jered Weaver (back) played catch Tuesday and said he feels "a lot better," according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Weaver (9-6, 3.50 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) left Monday's game prior to the third inning due to lower back tightness. That he was able to play catch just one day later leaves the door open for him to make his next start.
Jered Weaver, SP7/7/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Jered Weaver left Monday's start with lower-back tightness, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Weaver (9-6, 3.50 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) displayed obvious frustration after throwing a warm-up pitch prior to the third inning and he was removed from the game. The good news is that he doesn't have an arm injury. Matt Shoemaker, Wednesday's scheduled starter, came on to pitch in place of Weaver, so Hector Santiago is likely to start in Shoemaker's place.
Matt Shoemaker, SP7/7/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Matt Shoemaker will remain in the Angels rotation, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Hector Santiago will move to the bullpen. Shoemaker has been very good in three of his last four starts, but he gave up eight runs on 11 hits at Kansas City on June 27 and has a 4.35 ERA overall in 14 appearances (nine starts). The 27-year-old also has a career 4.52 ERA in 786 2/3 minor league innings.
Kole Calhoun, RFHot7/2/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun will get a night off Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Calhoun has hit .351 with five homers, 15 RBI, 26 runs and a .996 OPS over his last 27 games. The Angels will give him a break with left-hander John Danks on the mound for Chicago.
Josh Hamilton, LF7/2/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton has gone 7-for-16 (.438) with a double and a homer against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Hamilton went 3-for-6 with a homer and three walks during Tuesday's doubleheader against Chicago. He's also hitting .421 with a 1.095 OPS in 38 at-bats against lefties this season and will get Danks Wednesday.
Garrett Richards, RPHot7/1/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Garrett Richards went 4-0 with a 1.05 ERA and 35 Ks over 34 1/3 innings in June, and he threw eight innings while giving up three runs on two hits and striking out nine Tuesday at Chicago.
Insight: Richards is now 9-2 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP and it's no fluke. He has some of the best stuff in the majors and although he sometimes has a hard time controlling it (3.3 BB/9, 15 WP), batters have a much harder time hitting it (77 H in 109 IP).
Josh Hamilton, LF7/1/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton hit his first home run since June 3 Tuesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Hamilton homered in his first game back from the disabled list on June 3 after missing seven weeks due to a torn ligament in his left thumb, but he didn't do much for the rest of the month. He's still hitting .318 with four homers, 20 RBI and an .870 OPS in 129 at-bats this season.
Albert Pujols, 1B7/1/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Angels 1B Albert Pujols homered Tuesday at Chicago.
Insight: He hit just two home runs in June after putting up 14 in the first two months of the season. Pujols has a career-low fly-ball rate and a career-high infield fly-ball rate, so he's batting just .244 on balls in play and .259 overall.
Albert Pujols, 1B7/1/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Angels 1B Albert Pujols is probable for Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox with a groin injury, but its an unfavorable matchup which fantasy owners should avoid.
Insight: Considering he's just 1-for-9 against Tuesday's first game starter. Hector Noesi, he could easily sit this one out. Fantasy owners can't start him anyway based on this unfavorable matchup.
Mike Trout, CFHot7/1/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout is 4-for-8 (.444) with a 1.250 OPS versus White Sox starter Hector Noesi.
Insight: Trout (.307, 17 HR, 56 RBI) is hitting with more power this season. Add in a wind blowing out to left at 15 mph and you have a must-start candidate.
Tyler Skaggs, SP6/30/2014 9:35:00 PM
Description: Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs (hamstring) will start Wednesday against the White Sox, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: Skaggs has been out for nearly a month due to a strained hamstring. He was 4-4 with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP prior to the injury.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/30/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Angels 1B Albert Pujols was questionable for Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox with a groin injury, but is in the starting lineup.
Insight: Considering he's just 1-for-9 against Monday's starter. Hector Noesi, he could have easily sat this one out. Fantasy owners can't start him anyway based on this unfavorable matchup.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/30/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Angels 1B Albert Pujols is questionable for Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox with a groin injury.
Insight: Considering he's just 1-for-9 against Monday's starter. Hector Noesi, he'll probably sit this one out. Fantasy owners can't start him anyway based on this unfavorable matchup.
C.J. Wilson, SPCold6/29/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson will be happy to see June end. He had a 5.97 ERA in six starts during the month.
Insight: Wilson allowed seven hits, four walks and four runs in 3 2/3 innings Sunday at Kansas City and is now 8-6 with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He had a 3.05 ERA coming into June.
Erick Aybar, SS6/29/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar hit his sixth home run of the season Sunday at Kansas City.
Insight: Aybar has had a strong month of June, batting .303 with 12 RBI, 13 runs and four steals.
Kole Calhoun, RFHot6/29/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun has gone 28-for-81 (.346) with six doubles, four homers, 13 RBI and 20 runs in June.
Insight: Calhoun entered the month with a .227 average, three homers, six RBI and 16 runs. After going 2-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs Sunday at Kansas City, the Angels leadoff hitter is batting .284 with seven home runs, 19 RBI, 36 runs and an .822 OPS in 169 at-bats this season.
Josh Hamilton, LF6/29/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton is 9-for-28 (.321) with four home runs and a 1.228 OPS versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Hamilton hasn't homered in the past two weeks and has just one this month, but that could change that in this favorable matchup.
C.J. Cron, 1BHot6/28/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: Angels 24-year-old 1B C.J. Cron hit two home runs Friday night and is putting together a second consecutive big month with the bat.
Insight: Cron hit .301 in May with three homers in 73 at-bats and is batting .300 in June with five home runs in just 50 at-bats. He's been best on the road against right-handers and the Angels are in Kansas City this afternoon facing right-hander Yordano Ventura. Start him.
Jason Grilli, RP6/27/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: The Pirates have traded right-hander Jason Grilli to Los Angeles for reliever Ernesto Frieri. SOURCE: Bob Nightengale, USA Today
Insight: An All-Star for Pittsburgh in 2013, Grilli has cooled off this year, compiling a 4.87 ERA in 20 1/3 innings pitched. Despite his recent struggles, Grilli could eventually have a chance to pitch the ninth inning for the Angels, especially if current closer Joe Smith begins to falter.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/27/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Angels 1B Albert Pujols is a career .316 hitter with four extra-base hits against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: We're excited about Pujols on Friday because he's in a good matchup and the wind in Kansas City will be blowing out to left field at 15-20 mph. That's a favorable combination.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/26/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Angels 1B Albert Pujols belted three hits in Thursday's win over Minnesota.
Insight: Even with five hits in his last nine at bats, Pujols is still hitting just .262 with a .795 OPS. Pujols continues to be useful in fantasy but he's no longer a first-round value.
David Freese, 3B6/26/2014 2:26:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles third baseman David Freese was doubtful for Thursday's game against Minnesota, but is in the starting lineup.
Insight: Freese (.226, 2 HR, 18 RBI) got hit in the elbow. He's a career .500 hitter versus Thursday's starter Ricky Nolasco, making him a viable fantasy option.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/26/2014 9:23:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Albert Pujols is a career .526 hitter (10-for-19) with four doubles and three home runs against Minnesota starter Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: After a productive April, Pujols has failed to help fantasy owners in May and June. Pujols is batting .250 for the month and hit just two homers in 20 games. He's been dealing with a tight back of late, but we expect much more from the future Hall of Fame first baseman.
David Freese, 3B6/25/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles will be without third baseman David Freese Wednesday against Minnesota. SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Insight: Freese (.226, 2 HR, 18 RBI) got hit in the elbow yesterday and will need a day or two to recover. Grant Green (.333, 1 HR, 6 RBI) will get the start at third base.
Joe Smith, RP6/25/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Joe Smith has taken over the closer role for Los Angeles. SOURCE: Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register
Insight: He'll pitch the ninth inning while Ernesto Frieri (0-3, 5.64 ERA) works out some of his issues. Smith (2-0, 3.06 ERA) should be owned in all leagues until further notice.
Mike Trout, CFHot6/25/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout went 1-for-2 with a homer, two RBI, two walks, two runs and a steal Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: Trout (.307, 17 HR, 56 RBI) has the reputation of being an all-around excellent player rather than a power hitter, but his .604 slugging percentage is third in baseball. He has stolen five bases this month after stealing that many in the first two months combined.
Tyler Skaggs, SP6/24/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: Instead of joining the rotation this weekend, Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs will make a rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday. SOURCE: Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register
Insight: He's coming back from a strained hamstring. Hector Santiago (0-7, 4.41 ERA) will get the start on Saturday. If the rehab outing goes well, Skaggs (4-4, 4.34 ERA) should be able to re-join the rotation sometime next week.
Howie Kendrick, 2B6/22/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick has gone hitless in 19 career at bats against Rangers ace Yu Darvish.
Insight: Kendrick (.273, 4 HR, 29 RBI) has struck out seven times against Darvish. You might want to avoid this matchup.
Jered Weaver, SP6/22/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver held the Rangers to one run in eight innings Saturday at Angel Stadium.
Insight: Kevin Jepsen blew the save, denying Weaver what would have been his eighth win of the year. This was Weaver's second-longest outing of the season (108 pitches). He'll be on the mound Friday against Kansas City.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/21/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Albert Pujols will take a seat Saturday versus Texas. SOURCE: Alden Gonzalez, MLB.com
Insight: He's dealing with a tight back. Pujols (.255, 16 HR, 44 RBI) has slowed down considerably since his sizzling April, batting just .240 over his last 175 at bats. Efren Navarro (.310, 0 HR, 2 RBI) will handle things at first base.
Raul Ibanez, DH6/21/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: The Angels have released designated hitter Raul Ibanez. SOURCE: Alden Gonzalez, MLB.com
Insight: At age 42, this might be the last we see of Ibanez in the major leagues. He wasn't bringing much to the table with just three homers and 21 RBI in 166 at bats. Ibanez's batting average has been under .200 most of the season.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/20/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hasn't seen many pitchers he can't hit, but apparently Joe Saunders is one of the few.
Insight: Pujols is hitless in 11 at-bats against Saunders. Pujols started the season strong, slipped in May and has still not recovered to his earlier level, though he's batting .348 over the past week. It's best to avoid him Friday.
Ernesto Frieri, RP6/19/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: The Angels will use a committee at closer, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Ernesto Frieri allowed his eighth homer of the year, a walk-off grand slam to Nick Swisher, Thursday at Cleveland and has given up six runs on eight hits in his last 1 1/3. Joe Smith, Cam Bedrosian and Frieri will pitch depending on the matchups.
Josh Hamilton, LF6/19/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton is 10-for-17 with a 1.670 OPS versus Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson.
Insight: Hamilton has cooled this week, batting just .208 over the past five games, but is still batting .333 with a .908 OPS for the season (22 games).
Matt Shoemaker, SP6/17/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker did a good job of keeping the Indians in check Tuesday at Progressive Field.
Insight: Cleveland managed just two runs against him in eight innings. Shoemaker's ten strikeouts Tuesday were a career-high. Fantasy owners shouldn't get too attached as top prospect Tyler Skaggs is expected to take Shoemaker's place in the starting rotation later this week.
Mike Trout, CFHot6/17/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout slugged two homers in Tuesday night's win over Cleveland.
Insight: He's hitting .380 this month with five homers and 16 RBI. Trout (.311, 16 HR, 54 RBI) is the best outfielder in baseball right now and it's not close.
Howie Kendrick, 2B6/17/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Howie Kendrick delivered three hits Tuesday in a victory over Cleveland.
Insight: Kendrick was caught stealing but that tends to go unnoticed on a night when you're a triple shy of the cycle. The No. 6 hole seems to suit Kendrick as he's hitting .297 from that spot in the lineup this season.
Kole Calhoun, RFHot6/17/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Kole Calhoun led the Angels with four hits Tuesday in a rout of Cleveland.
Insight: He scored three times with one of those runs coming on a solo homer in the ninth inning. A .265 lifetime hitter, Calhoun has hit .370 in 46 at bats this month.
Tyler Skaggs, SP6/17/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs (hamstring) will not start this weekend, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Skaggs was hoping to pitch in a simulated game Tuesday but wasn't ready. He has gone 4-4 with a 4.34 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 58 Ks in 76 2/3 innings this season. Skaggs will try to throw a bullpen session in the next day or two.
Erick Aybar, SS6/17/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (hip) is in the lineup Tuesday, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: Aybar left Sunday's game with a hip injury and didn't start Monday, though he was able to pinch hit. He's hitless in nine at-bats against Indians starter Josh Tomlin.
Chris Iannetta, C6/17/2014 2:51:00 PM
Description: Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is getting Tuesday off. Hank Conger will start behind the dish.
Insight: Ianetta had a career year in 2008 for the Rockies but has done little since.He's batting .261 with five homers and 20 RBI this season. Conger is batting .250 with three homers and 16 RBI in 100 at-bats.
Erick Aybar, SS6/17/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar, who left Sunday's game because of a sore hip and only pinch hit on Monday, could sit Tuesday as well due to an unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Aybar is hitless in nine tries against Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin. John McDonald (.237, 0 HR, 7 RBI) would likely take Aybar's place at shortstop.
Erick Aybar, SS6/16/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar left Sunday's game against Atlanta because of a sore hip and is not in Monday's starting lieup.
Insight: Manager Mike Scioscia said it wasn't a serious injury, but he won't start Monday. John McDonald (.250, 0 HR, 3 RBI) will take Aybar's place at shortstop.
Erick Aybar, SS6/15/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar had to leave Sunday's game against Atlanta because of a sore hip. SOURCE: Angels on Twitter
Insight: John McDonald (.235, 0 HR, 3 RBI) replaced him in the bottom half of the third. Aybar homered and hit into a fielder's choice in his only two at bats of the night.
Kole Calhoun, RFHot6/15/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Kole Calhoun won't start Sunday's series finale against the Braves. SOURCE: Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register
Insight: He's had a great month (.343 AVG in 35 June at bats) and an even better series (4-for-9) but the Angels would prefer to sit Calhoun against left-hander Mike Minor. Collin Cowgill (.297, 5 HR, 15 RBI) is filling in at right field.
Erick Aybar, SSHot6/15/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Erick Aybar had four hits, all singles, in six at bats Saturday against Atlanta.
Insight: Aybars (.288) is 16-for-46 (.348) with four doubles and seven RBI this month. He's a decent shortstop option, but his fantasy value would be better if he was still a threat to steal 20-30 bases. He's swiped just 17 bags on 28 attempts in 203 games going back to the start of last season after picking up 24 steals per season from 2010-12. He also hits near the bottom of the order so he's scored between 67-71 runs in each of the last five seasons.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/15/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went 3-for-6 with a double, a homer and four RBI Saturday against the Braves.
Insight: Pujols has produced 16 doubles and 16 homers in 294 plate appearances this season, but he has to sacrifice average to hit for power these days. His line-drive rate is a career-low 16.1 percent and he has career highs with a 46.1 percent ground-ball rate and a 19.5 percent infield-fly-ball rate. As a result, he's hitting .235 on balls in play and .255 overall.
Mike Trout, CFHot6/15/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has hit safely in each of his last 20 starts. He went 3-for-6 with a double, a homer and four RBI Saturday night.
Insight: Trout didn't have a hit in a pinch-hitting appearance on June 3 so his hitting streak currently stands at nine, but he's provided fantasy owners with a .372 average, five homers, 21 RBI, 17 runs, two steals and a 1.116 OPS over his last 21 games.
Ernesto Frieri, RP6/15/2014 9:17:00 AM
Description: Angels closer Ernesto Frieri came into a 5-1 game in the ninth inning Saturday against the Braves and gave up five hits and four runs without getting an out.
Insight: Frieri had settled in over his previous 19 appearances, posting a 1.86 ERA and nine saves after giving up 14 hits, nine runs and five homers in his first 8 2/3 innings, but he had nothing Saturday. He's a low-tier closing option because of these types of implosions.
Garrett Richards, RPHot6/14/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Garrett Richards was dominant again Saturday, firing six shutout innings and striking out 10 against the Braves.
Insight: Richards has allowed just one run on 12 hits while posting a 23/3 K/BB over 21 innings since his worst start of the season on May 30 (2/3, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB). He has a 2.87 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP this season.
Josh Hamilton, LFHot6/14/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton is 8-for-15 with a 1.455 OPS versus Braves starter gavin Floyd.
Insight: Hamilton has continued his hot hitting since returning from the injured list. He's batting .308 in his last 10 games. For the season he's batting .364 with a 1.016 OPS and in this favorable matchup should be a must start.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/14/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles 1B Albert Pujols is a career .538 hitter with two homers and eight RBI in 13 at-bats against Braves starter Gavin Floyd.
Insight: Pujols has cooled after a hot start and is hitting .249 with a .786 OPS this season, though he does have 15 homers, 37 RBI and 35 runs. We still like him in this favorable matchup.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/13/2014 11:34:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles 1B Albert Pujols is a career .342 hitter with five homers and 16 RBI in 79 at-bats against Braves right-hander Aaron Harang.
Insight: Pujols has cooled after a hot start and is hitting .249 with a .790 OPS this season, though he does have 15 homers, 35 RBI and 35 runs. We still like him in this favorable matchup.
Josh Hamilton, LFHot6/12/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton is 6-for-9 with four extra-base hits and a 2.367 OPS versus Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Hamilton has continued his hot hitting since returning from the injured list. He's batting .333 in his last nine games. For the season he's batting .381 with a 1.054 OPS and in this favorable matchup should be a must start.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/11/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles 1B Albert Pujols has doubled six times and batted .421 in 19 at-bats against Athletics starter Tommy Milone.
Insight: Pujols hasn't had a multi-hit game since May 24 and is hitting .245 with a .783 OPS this season, though he does have 15 homers, 35 RBI and 35 runs. He should be used Wednesday with Milone on the mound for Oakland.
Howie Kendrick, 2B6/11/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick has gone 10-for-26 (.385) with two homers against Oakland's Tommy Milone.
Insight: Kendrick has hit just .188 in 32 at-bats this month, but he's crushed Milone in the past and will face him Wednesday.
Josh Hamilton, LFHot6/11/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton has picked up multiple hits in four of his last five games.
Insight: Hamilton has flourished since he returned from a torn ligament in his thumb and is hitting .390 with three homers and a 1.073 OPS in 59 at-bats this season. He's also 9-for-29 (.450) with two homers against Oakland's Tommy Milone, so make sure he's in your lineup Wednesday.
Hector Santiago, SP6/11/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Angels starter Hector Santiago hurled six shutout innings and struck out eight in his return to the rotation Tuesday against the Athletics.
Insight: Santiago was sent to the minors in May after he went 0-6 with a 4.82 ERA. He replaced Tyler Skaggs, who went on the DL with a hamstring injury Tuesday. Santiago has solid strikeout potential but allows a lot of baserunners and should only be considered in AL-only leagues.
Tyler Skaggs, SP6/9/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs is heading to the disabled list with a hamstring injury, according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Hector Santiago will start Tuesday against the Athletics. Skaggs has gone 4-4 with a 4.34 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 58 Ks in 76 2/3 innings this season.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/9/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles 1B Albert Pujols is 5-for-7 with a 1.893 OPS against Oakland starter Jesse Chavez.
Insight: Pujols started the season with a bang, but his May was less than acceptable for fantasy owners, batting just .234 with a .732 OPS. He's been even worse in June (4-for-27 with one home run) and isn't a must start anymore.
Josh Hamilton, LF6/8/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton unleashed his third home run of the season Sunday in a victory over the White Sox.
Insight: He's looked sharp since making his return from the DL earlier this week (.348 AVG in 23 at bats). Injuries have plagued Hamilton off and on for the past several seasons but when he's healthy, he's been one of the most productive hitters in all of baseball.
C.J. Wilson, SP6/8/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson improved to 7-5 Sunday with a win against the White Sox.
Insight: Wilson (7 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 6 K's, 2 BB) has pitched like an ace this season, compiling a 3.32 ERA over 86 2/3 innings. Opponents are batting just .220 against him with 79 strikeouts. We'll see if Wilson can top this outing next time out against Atlanta.
Mike Trout, CF6/8/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout hit a game-tying grand slam off White Sox ace Chris Sale in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday night.
Insight: Sale took a 5-0 lead into the eighth but didn't get an out while allowing five runs to score. Trout has his average up to .295 and he has hit 12 homers with 43 RBI. His appears to be over the back injury that forced him to miss a few games this past week.
Josh Hamilton, LF6/7/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton should be avoided on Saturday versus tough left-hander Chris Sale.
Insight: Hamilton is just 1-for-11 (.091) against the best left-hander in the American League. After a scalding hot first week of the season, Hamilton is 3-for-15 since his return from the disabled list.
Howie Kendrick, 2B6/6/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick will have the night off Friday against Chicago. SOURCE: Eric Kay, Angels Communication Department
Insight: Kendrick (.283, 3 HR, 25 RBI) has only missed one other game this season. There's no injury to report so Kendrick should be back in the lineup Saturday.
Mike Trout, CF6/5/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout (back) had a double and a triple in his return to the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Trout was only able to play one and a half innings in the past four games due to back discomfort, but his MRI revealed only inflammation.
Mike Trout, CF6/5/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout (back) is in the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Trout missed two games over the weekend and only lasted an inning and a half Tuesday after getting treatment on his back Monday, but his MRI revealed only inflammation. He's serving as the DH Thursday.
Garrett Richards, RPHot6/4/2014 11:07:00 PM
Description: After failing to get out of the first inning on May 30 at Oakland, Angels starter Garrett Richards went eight innings and struck out nine without allowing a walk or a run Wednesday at Houston.
Insight: It was the second time this season Richards didn't walk a batter. The flamethrowing right-hander has a 3.25 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 73 Ks in 74 2/3 innings.
Mike Trout, CF6/4/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: The MRI on Angels center fielder Mike Trout's back revealed only inflammation, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: Trout missed two games over the weekend and only lasted an inning and a half Tuesday after getting treatment on his back Monday. He's not in the lineup Wednesday but isn't expected to need a DL stint.
Mike Trout, CF6/3/2014 9:12:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout (back) left Tuesday's game after the top of the second inning due to mid-back discomfort, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: It's the same ailment that kept him out of the lineup the previous two games. Trout had treatment on his back Monday and said he felt fine during batting practice Tuesday, but the effects didn't last long.
Mike Trout, CF6/3/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout (back) left Tuesday's game after the top of the second inning, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: Trout missed the last two games with back tightness and likely aggravated it.
Mike Trout, CF6/3/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout (back) is back in the lineup Tuesday, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: After missing two games with a stiff upper back, Trout is ready to rejoin the lineup at the same time as Josh Hamilton, providing a significant boost to LA's offense. Despite his unusually high number of strikeouts this season (63 in 242 plate appearances) the superstar obviously is a must-start in all formats.
Mike Trout, CF6/3/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout (back) is expected to start Tuesday against Houston. Source: Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times.
Insight: After missing two games with a stiff upper back, Trout appears ready to rejoin the lineup at the same time as Josh Hamilton, providing a significant boost to LA's offense. Despite his unusually high number of strikeouts this season (63 in 242 plate appearances) the superstar obviously is a must-start in all formats.
Josh Hamilton, LF6/3/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: The Angels will activate Josh Hamilton from the 15-day disabled list in time for Tuesday's series opener against Houston. Source: Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Hamilton was scalding the ball (.444, 2 HR, 6 RBI) before he injured his thumb sliding into second base on April 8. Both he and Mike Trout (back stiffness) are expected to be in Tuesday's lineup, putting the Angels' offense at full strength for the first time since the season's opening week.
Mike Trout, CF6/1/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout expects to play Tuesday against Houston. SOURCE: Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register
Insight: He's missed the last two games with a stiff upper back. The Angels are also getting Josh Hamilton (thumb surgery) back on Tuesday.
Josh Hamilton, LF6/1/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: The Angels will activate Josh Hamilton from the 15-day DL Tuesday against Houston. SOURCE: Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register
Insight: Hamilton (.444, 2 HR, 6 RBI) had thumb surgery a little less than two months ago. Los Angeles has gone 27-21 during his absence.
Mike Trout, CF6/1/2014 1:39:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout (back) is not in the lineup Sunday, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: Trout said he expected to play Sunday after missing Saturday with upper back stiffness, but the Angels are playing it safe. The off day Monday will give Trout three days off in a row, so if he's not back Tuesday it would be a cause for concern.
Mike Trout, CF6/1/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout said he expects to play Sunday after missing Saturday's game with a stiff back.
Insight: Every day Trout is out of the lineup is a loss for fantasy owners. He's leading the AL in strikeouts but has batted .294 with 11 homers, 38 RBI, 34 runs, five steals and a .929 OPS.
Mike Trout, CF5/31/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout won't suit up Saturday versus Oakland. SOURCE: Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
Insight: He's dealing with a stiff upper back. We don't anticipate Trout (.294, 11 HR, 38 RBI) missing more than a game or two.
Josh Hamilton, LF5/31/2014 2:45:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton has started his rehab assignment and could be back with the big club as early as Tuesday.
Insight: He's had to overcome a thumb injury and a bone bruise. Hamilton was off to a blazing start before the injury, batting .444 with a pair of homers and six RBI in his first eight games. His return will force Collin Cowgill (.271, 2 HR, 9 RBI) back to the bench.
Howie Kendrick, 2B5/31/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Howie Kendrick is a .435 hitter (10-for-23) with two homers and a a 1.174 OPS against Oakland left-hander Tommy Milone.
Insight: Kendrick is off to a good start, batting .291 with 24 RBI and 32 runs scored in the first 53 games, including a home run Friday night.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/31/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles 1B Albert Pujols is 7-for-16 with six doubles and a 1.283 OPS against Oakland starter Tommy Milone.
Insight: Pujols has played a lot of games this season and he could be a little tired based on his .105 batting average over the past five games (2-for-19). Pujols leads the Angels in home runs (14) and is second on the team in slugging percentage (.519) and RBI (32).
Josh Hamilton, LF5/29/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: After sitting out a week with a bruised thumb, Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton is finally ready to resume his rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake. SOURCE: MLBlogs.com
Insight: He's hoping to return to the Angels' lineup sometime early next week. Hamilton's return will force Collin Cowgill (.276, 2 HR, 9 RBI) back to the bench.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/29/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles 1B Albert Pujols is getting the night off Thursday against Seattle. SOURCE: Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Pujols hasn't had a day off all season so he was due for a rest. Though Pujols no longer hits for a high average (.262 in 210 at bats), he leads the Angels in home runs (14) and is second on the team in slugging percentage (.529) and RBI (32).
Sean Burnett, RP5/28/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles reliever Sean Burnett is likely headed for Tommy John surgery after an MRI revealed a torn UCL in his left elbow. SOURCE: Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register
Insight: It would be Burnett's second Tommy John surgery. Injuries have limited the left-hander to just 16 appearances over the last two seasons.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/28/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has a .207 average in 29 career at-bats against Mariners starter Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Pujols is tied for fifth in the majors with 14 home runs so it doesn't matter that he hasn't hit for a high average (.262). Avoid him in daily leagues with Hernandez on the mound Wednesday.
Jered Weaver, SPHot5/28/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Angels starter Jered Weaver has won six of his last seven decisions.
Insight: Weaver gave up five home runs and had a 5.79 ERA in his first three starts this season, but he's recorded a 2.01 ERA while giving up four home runs in 53 2/3 innings his last eight starts. Weaver's four-seam fastball sitting around 86 mph for the second straight season, but he's figured out how to cope with the velocity loss by using more two-seamers, curveballs and changeups.
Jered Weaver, SPHot5/27/2014 2:11:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Jered Weaver has won five of his last seven starts to raise his record to 5-3.
Insight: The right-hander has yielded two runs or less in all seven of the starts to lower his ERA to 2.85 and his WHIP to 0.995. That's pitching at an extremely high level. He'll face a Seattle team on Tuesday averaging just 3.66 rpg over the past six contests.
Josh Hamilton, LF5/26/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton has a bone bruise in his surgically repaired left thumb, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: Hamilton missed the last three games of his rehab assignment with soreness in his thumb after getting jammed by a pitch in the ninth inning Thursday. He'll try to take batting practice Wednesday and will resume his rehab assignment if he gets through it.
Tyler Skaggs, SP5/26/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs gave up five runs in seven innings Monday at Seattle, but just two were earned. He struck out eight, walked two and allowed seven hits.
Insight: A two-out error by Erick Aybar in the bottom of the second led to three unearned runs for the Mariners. Skaggs has a 3.97 ERA, but fantasy owners have to like his 1.14 WHIP and improving strikeout rate (19 Ks in last 20 IP, 28 in first 45 2/3).
Josh Hamilton, LF5/26/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (thumb) joined the team in Seattle on Monday to have his surgically repaired thumb re-evaluated, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Hamilton missed the last three games of his rehab assignment with soreness in his thumb after getting jammed by a pitch in the ninth inning Thursday. If he's cleared Monday in Seattle he'll join the Salt Lake Bees, who are playing in nearby Tacoma from Tuesday-Friday, to resume his rehab assignment.
Mike Trout, CF5/25/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout has gone 5-for-12 with a double, two homers and two walks in his last three games.
Insight: He missed Wednesday's game with minor hamstring soreness, but he appears to be fine. Trout's strikeout rate is way up this season, but he's also improved his power output.
Howie Kendrick, 2BHot5/24/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Howie Kendrick is a .565 hitter (13-for-23) with a 1.522 OPS against Royals veteran right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Kendrick is off to a solid start, batting .311 with 22 RBI and 30 runs scored in the first 46 games. Make sure he's in your lineup on Saturday.
Josh Hamilton, LF5/23/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton was scratched from his rehab appearance on Friday. SOURCE: Alden Gonzalez, MLB.com
Insight: He was supposed to suit up for Triple-A Salt Lake but sat out because of a sore thumb. Hamilton was hoping to return on Memorial Day but now his return date may have to be pushed back.
Mike Trout, CF5/23/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout is back for Friday's series opener against the Royals. SOURCE: Alden Gonzalez, MLB.com
Insight: He missed a game with hamstring tightness earlier this week. Last year's MVP runner-up is hitting just .185 in the month of May.
Mike Trout, CF5/23/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout (hamstring) was not in the lineup Wednesday, but is expected to return on Friday.
Insight: Trout has been dealing with soreness in his hamstring and started as the DH Tuesday before leaving early. The two consecutive days off should do him good.
Hector Santiago, SPCold5/21/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: The Angels sent Hector Santiago to the minors on Wednesday.
Insight: Santiago went 0-6 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP in his first seven starts with the Angels, who acquired the lefty from the White Sox in the offseason, and appeared in just two games since he was demoted to the bullpen on May 9.
Kole Calhoun, RF5/21/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun (ankle) has been activated from the disabled list and is in the lineup Wednesday night.
Insight: A sprained ankle ligament has kept Calhoun (.250, 3 HR, 6 RBI) out of the lineup since April 15th.
Mike Trout, CF5/21/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout (hamstring) is not in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Trout has been dealing with soreness in his hamstring and started as the DH Tuesday before leaving early. He was expected to play Wednesday, but the team is being cautious.
Mike Trout, CF5/21/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout doesn't expect to miss any time after tweaking his hamstring Tuesday in a win over Houston. SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Insight: Grant Green pinch-ran for Trout in the fifth inning. Trout has hit for more power this season (8 HR, 31 RBI) but it's come at the expense of his batting average (.270) and stolen base totals (five steals in 45 games).
Josh Hamilton, LF5/20/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton (thumb surgery) is targeting May 26 for his return to the lineup, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: Hamilton tore a ligament in his thumb when he slid into first base in April. He was hitting .444 with two homers at the time of his injury and physically looked much more powerful than last season after packing on muscle in the offseason.
Erick Aybar, SS5/20/2014 11:26:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Erick Aybar is hitting .455 (10-for-22) against Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: It included four extra-base hits and a 1.227 OPS. Aybar is batting .259 this season, but has scored 22 runs and knocked in 20. He's worth a flier.
David Freese, 3B5/19/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese (finger) could be back Tuesday, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. He's homered twice in three rehab games.
Insight: Freese fractured his right middle finger on May 2. He'll return to a .202 average, two homers and eight RBI.
Kole Calhoun, RF5/19/2014 9:09:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun (ankle) will be back no later than Friday, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: He may be activated as soon as Wednesday. A sprained ankle ligament has kept Calhoun (.250, 3 HR, 6 RBI) out of the lineup since April 15th.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/18/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Albert Pujols clobbered a pair of home runs Sunday in a win against the Rays.
Insight: Pujols' second homer was the 504th of his MLB career. That ties him with Eddie Murray for 25th on the all-time home run list. Next up is Gary Sheffield at 509. Pujols is tied for second in the AL with 12 jacks this season.
Howie Kendrick, 2B5/18/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Howie Kendrick is a .214 hitter with a .554 OPS against Rays starter David Price.
Insight: Kendrick has struck out nine times in 23 at-bats against Price. Avoid him Sunday.
C.J. Wilson, SPHot5/18/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson hurled a five-hit shutout Saturday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Wilson's inconsistency prevents him from being a top-tier starting pitcher, but he's settled in just below that level. He's 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and a 61/21 K/BB in 62 2/3 innings this season.
Josh Hamilton, LF5/16/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton (thumb surgery) took batting practice on Thursday and didn't have any problems.
Insight: We are expecting Hamilton (.444, 2 HR, 6 RBI) back in the Angels lineup by the end of the month. If any impatient owner dropped him, you should scoop him up and stash him for the next couple of weeks.
Kole Calhoun, RF5/15/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun expects to return from the DL Tuesday against Houston. SOURCE: Pedro Moura, Orange County Register
Insight: Friday he'll begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake. A sprained ankle ligament has kept Calhoun (.250, 3 HR, 6 RBI) out of the lineup since April 15th.
Albert Pujols, 1BCold5/14/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols broke out of a 1-for-25 (.040) slump with two hits in five at-bats Wednesday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Pujols' average dropped from .302 to .260 during the frigid stretch. He's up to .264 after Wednesday's game.
Joe Smith, RP5/14/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Angels reliever Joe Smith picked up his fifth save of the season Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: It wasn't like Ernesto Frieri wasn't available; he pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Manager Mike Scioscia used Frieri and Smith in the reverse order Tuesday and Frieri got the save. In fact, Smith and Frieri have alternated the Angels' last four save opportunities.
Garrett Richards, RPHot5/14/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Garrett Richards held the Phillies scoreless on five hits while striking out eight batters in seven innings Wednesday afternoon to improve to 4-0.
Insight: Here's the kicker: Richards (2.42 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) had zero walks. So far, walks have been the young right-hander's only issue. However, he has issued just six free passes in his last 27 innings while striking out 30 batters in that span.
Howie Kendrick, 2B5/14/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Howie Kendrick won't be in action Wednesday versus the Phillies. SOURCE: Angels on Twitter
Insight: The absence does not appear to be injury-related. Grant Green (.348, 0 HR, 1 RBI) is filling in at second base.
Erick Aybar, SS5/14/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Erick Aybar is hitting a mere .083 in 12 lifetime at bats against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Aybar didn't play Tuesday night so at least he'll be well-rested for today's 1 p.m. start. The 30-year-old has produced 18 RBI this season, sixth-best among major league shortstops. Hopefully he's not your only option at shortstop today given the bad matchup.
Matt Shoemaker, SP5/13/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right-hander Matt Shoemaker registered his first career win Tuesday against the Phillies.
Insight: Shoemaker made it through five innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs. Tuesday was the 27-year-old's second major league start and his first of the 2014 season. The Angels haven't announced who their starter will be Sunday versus Tampa Bay but don't be surprised if Shoemaker gets the nod.
Josh Hamilton, LF5/13/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton (thumb surgery) is almost ready to resume batting practice. SOURCE: Bob Nightengale, USA Today
Insight: He should be able to take cuts again by this weekend. We'd expect Hamilton (.444, 2 HR, 6 RBI) back in the major leagues by the end of the month.
Raul Ibanez, DH5/13/2014 3:35:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles Angels DH Raul Ibanez will take a seat for Tuesday's series opener in Philadelphia.
Insight: No DH makes it tough for Ibanez to get into the lineup. He's batting an ugly .139 with three homers and 18 RBI this season and has played only seven games in the outfield. Ibanez played three seasons in Philadelphia and should get a nice ovation from the fans whenever he gets into the batter's box.
Erick Aybar, SS5/13/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is an ugly 2-for-18 (.111) against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Aybar (.274, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 21 runs) is a decent middle infielder who can help fill in when needed with a .712 OPS, but should be avoided in this unfavorable matchup.
Ian Stewart, 3B5/12/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles 3B Ian Stewart has been placed on the 15-day DL.
Insight: He'll need at least a couple weeks to recover from a bruised hand. Luis Jimenez has been called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to take his place on the active roster.
Raul Ibanez, DHCold5/12/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles DH Raul Ibanez will take a seat for Monday's series opener against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Ibanez has been useless recently, collecting just one hit in his last 24 at bats (.042 AVG). Even with 18 RBI in 32 games, Ibanez isn't worth owning in any fantasy leagues right now.
C.J. Cron, 1BHot5/12/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Angels 24-year-old 1B C.J. Cron is back in the lineup for Monday, batting fifth and playing first base.
Insight: Cron has gone 10-for-24 (.417) with three doubles, one homer and five RBI since he was summoned from the minors. Cron's presence has allowed Albert Pujols to DH lately to rest his ailing hamstring.
Ian Stewart, 3B5/12/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Angels third baseman Ian Stewart left Sunday's game after being hit on the hand and is doubtful for Monday's game against Toronto.
Insight: With his .169 batting average and .571 OPS he isn't likely in any fantasy lineups.
Howie Kendrick, 2B5/11/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick had a nice outing Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Kendrick delivered three hits, one walk and two stolen bases. His .313 batting average this season is fourth-best among MLB second basemen.
Hank Conger, C5/11/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Angels catcher Hank Conger plated five runs in Sunday's win against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Three of those runs came across on a sixth inning home run to right field. Conger has done a nice job in a backup role this season, hitting .314 with 13 RBI over 51 at bats.
Ian Stewart, 3B5/11/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Angels third baseman Ian Stewart left Sunday's game after being hit on the hand.
Insight: With his .169 batting average and .571 OPS he isn't likely in any fantasy lineups.
Chris Iannetta, C5/11/2014 12:24:00 PM
Description: Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is getting Sunday off. Hank Conger will start behind the dish.
Insight: Ianetta had a career year in 2008 for the Rockies but has done little since. Conger is batting .277 with a pair of homers and eight RBI in 47 at-bats.
Joe Smith, RP5/10/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Angels reliever Joe Smith blew a lead in the eighth inning Friday night, but he came back and saved Saturday's game.
Insight: We really have no idea what manager Mike Scioscia plans to do with the closer role. Ernesto Frieri has allowed one hit, one run and zero walks in 5 2/3 innings and saved two games since he was removed from the ninth inning, and Smith was used in the eighth Friday but Scioscia went back to him in the ninth Saturday for his fourth save.
C.J. Cron, 1BHot5/10/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Angels 24-year-old 1B C.J. Cron hit his first homer of the season Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Cron has gone 10-for-24 (.417) with three doubles, one homer and five RBI since he was summoned from the minors. He hit .319 with six home runs, 26 RBI and a .971 OPS in 28 games with Triple-A Sacramento before his callup. MLB.com ranked him as the No. 3 first base prospect in baseball prior to this season. Cron's presence has allowed Albert Pujols to DH lately to rest his ailing hamstring.
Tyler Skaggs, SP5/10/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits with zero walks over eight innings Saturday at Toronto.
Insight: Skaggs only lasted 2 2/3 innings and gave up six earned runs on eight hits his last start, but he came back strong Saturday. The left-hander's ERA is 4.14 but he's only been hit hard in one of his seven starts.
Grant Green, 2B5/10/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Angels utility player Grant Green, just called up a week ago, is 4-for-13 (.308) through his first five games and will start in LF on Saturday.
Insight: Green batted .349 with 2 HR and 428 RBI for Salt Lake before begin promoted. He can also play 2B and 3B if needed.
C.J. Cron, 1B5/10/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Angels 24-year-old 1B C.J. Cron has allowed Albert Pujols to DH a couple of days and Cron will start at first again on Satruday.
Insight: Cron is batting .400 with three doubles in his first 20 mlb at-bats. He's yet to hit a home run, but hit six with a .971 OPS at Salt Lake at Triple-A before being brought up to the big club.
Ernesto Frieri, RP5/9/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: After Angels reliever Joe Smith blew a one-run lead in the eighth inning Friday night, Ernesto Frieri picked up the save in the ninth.
Insight: The Angels took the lead in the top of the ninth on a Raul Ibanez sacrifice fly. Frieri appears to have regained the closer role after losing it to Smith in late April. He's still not someone who inspires confidence because he has allowed six homers in 15 1/3 innings this year, but the right-hander has given up just one hit and no walks in his last 6 2/3 innings.
Garrett Richards, RPHot5/9/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Garrett Richards threw his fourth straight quality start Friday against Toronto.
Insight: Richards gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings. The 25-year-old flame-thrower has a 2.80 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, 46 strikeouts and just one home run allowed in 45 innings this season. His only issue is a 4.0 BB/9.
Hector Santiago, SPCold5/9/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: The Angels have moved Hector Santiago to the bullpen, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times.
Insight: Santiago went 0-6 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP in his first seven starts with the Angels, who acquired the lefty from the White Sox in the offseason. It will probably be a temporary move because the Angels are lacking quality starters.
Josh Hamilton, LF5/8/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: According to MLBlogs, Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is targeting late May for his return to the lineup.
Insight: Specifically, he's hoping to be back for the series against Kansas City that begins on May 23rd. Hamilton tore a ligament in his thumb about a month ago. He had been hitting .444 with six RBI before the injury.
Hector Santiago, SPCold5/8/2014 9:27:00 AM
Description: Angels starter Hector Santiago dropped to 0-6 this season Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Santiago allowed six runs (two earned) on five hits and walked three in 2 1/3 innings. The left-hander had a 3.56 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP with the White Sox last season, but he's recorded a 5.19 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP in his first seven starts with the Angels.
Ernesto Frieri, RP5/7/2014 1:33:00 PM
Description: Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri gave up a go-ahead homer to Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts Tuesday night.
Insight: Frieri took the loss and may have blown his chance to reclaim the closer job. The right-hander had thrown 4 2/3 scoreless innings without allowing a hit or walk since his demotion and picked up a save Monday with Joe Smith unavailable due to illness. Smith also missed Tuesday's game with tightness in his right side, so the Angels' closer role is up in the air right now. Frieri has given up six homers in 14 1/3 innings this season.
Jered Weaver, SPHot5/6/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Jered Weaver has gone 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA over his last four starts.
Insight: He started out 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA in his first three starts. The right-hander worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in a 1-1 game in the top of the eighth inning Monday against the Yankees and finished with eight innings, one earned run and seven strikeouts in a 4-1 win. Weaver's velocity is down again but he continues to limit hard contact (13.9 LD%).
Ernesto Frieri, RP5/6/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: With Angels closer Joe Smith unavailable Monday night due to a stomach ailment, manager Mike Scioscia went back to Ernesto Frieri.
Insight: Frieri struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning to get his third save of the season. The right-hander hasn't allowed a hit, walk or run in 4 2/3 innings since the Angels removed him from the closer role following several implosions. Smith saved three games and hasn't allowed a run since the switch, but he may end up losing the job due to his stomach issue Monday.
Raul Ibanez, DHCold5/6/2014 1:38:00 PM
Description: Don't bother with Angels DH Raul Ibanez on Tuesday against the Yankees. He's 3-for-17 (.176) in his career against starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Ibanez has gone 0-for-14 over his last five games and is hitting .144 with three home runs and 30 strikeouts in 90 at-bats this season. Kuroda is right-handed so Ibanez will probably be in the lineup, but he's never had success against the Yankees starter.
Ian Stewart, 3B5/6/2014 1:36:00 PM
Description: Angels third baseman Ian Stewart owns a .500 career average against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Stewart has gone 8-for-16 with one homer, six RBI and two walks against the New York right-hander. The former first-round pick is batting .193 with two homers and 25 Ks in 57 at-bats this season.
Albert Pujols, 1BHot5/4/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Sunday against the Rangers.
Insight: Pujols has been dealing with hamstring tightness and served as the DH the last two games. His injury has allowed prospect C.J. Cron to start at first base in two straight games, and Cron went 5-for-9 with two RBI.
Tyler Skaggs, SP5/4/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs ran into trouble Sunday against the Rangers.
Insight: Skaggs only lasted 2 2/3 innings and gave up six earned runs on eight hits. The left-hander watched his ERA rise from 3.34 to 4.54.
Howie Kendrick, 2BHot5/4/2014 1:49:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Howie Kendrick is hitless in 16 career at bats against Texas starter Yu Darvish.
Insight: That's not very encouraging. Fantasy owners will be tempted by his four-game hitting streak but benching Kendrick (.314, 2 HR, 16 RBI) is the right move on Sunday.
David Freese, 3B5/4/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: The Angels have gone ahead and placed third baseman David Freese on the 15-day DL. SOURCE: Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register
Insight: He's been diagnosed with a broken middle finger. The team expects Freese to return as soon as his 15 days are up. Luis Jimenez (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI) and Ian Stewart (.220, 2 HR, 6 RBI) will split playing time at third base while he's out.
Howie Kendrick, 2BHot5/4/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick went 4-for-5 with two doubles in Saturday's win over Texas.
Insight: He's now on a four-game hitting streak (.467, four RBI). Among American League second basemen, only Kansas City's Omar Infante has more RBI than Kendrick this season (16).
Erick Aybar, SS5/3/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar shouldn't be in your fantasy lineup Saturday against Texas.
Insight: That's because he's hitting .167 against tonight's starting pitcher, Matt Harrison. Aybar (.269, 1 HR, 14 RBI) has had a handful of good games this season but he's not a must-start.
David Freese, 3B5/3/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: The Angels will probably be without third baseman David Freese Saturday when they take on the Rangers. SOURCE: Scott Braun, MLB Network
Insight: Freese (.202, 2 HR, 8 RBI) has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right middle finger. Doctors said he won't make the injury worse by playing so Freese doesn't expect to go on the DL. For now, consider him day-to-day.
C.J. Wilson, SPHot4/30/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Cleveland managed just two hits and one earned run while striking out eight times in eight innings against Angels starter C.J. Wilson Wednesday night.
Insight: Wilson won 61 games in the previous four seasons and already has four in 2014. After giving up six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first start, the left-hander has allowed eight earned in his last 34 innings (2.12 ERA).
Erick Aybar, SSHot4/30/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Erick Aybar drilled four hits Tuesday in a win over Cleveland.
Insight: It's Aybar's second four-hit game of the season. Aybar is 17-for-33 (.515) with eight RBI over his last eight contests.
Raul Ibanez, DHCold4/28/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Angels DH Raul Ibanez is just a .071 career hitter versus Indians right-hander Justin Masterson (1-for-14).
Insight: Ibanez has been sidelined by illness, though he did pinch hit on Sunday. He's hit just .153 with three homers, 15 RBI and a .524 OPS in 72 at-bats this season. Don't expect to see him on Monday.
Josh Hamilton, LF4/28/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Too bad Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton is injured as he's a career .588 hitter 10-for-17 with a pair of homers against Cleveland starter Justin Masterson.
Insight: Hamilton is still sidelined with UCL tear in his left thumb, but could start baseball activities at the end of this week. The 32-year-old was off to a great start, batting .444 with two doubles, two homers and six RBI in eight games.
Raul Ibanez, DHCold4/27/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: An illness will keep Angels DH Raul Ibanez out of the lineup Sunday night against the Yankees, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Ibanez has hit just .155 with three homers, 15 RBI and a .531 OPS in 71 at-bats this season. Of course, he also looked washed up last April (.158) and batted .254 with 27 home runs over 107 games after that.
Raul Ibanez, DHCold4/26/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Angels DH Raul Ibanez is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Los Angeles is going with David Freese at 3B, Ian Stewart at 1B and Albert Pujols at DH. Ibanez is hitting .157 this season.
Ian Stewart, 3B4/26/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Anaheim infielder Ian Stewart will get another start at Saturday, but at first base instead of 3B.
Insight: It's Stewart's reward for his 2-for-5 Friday night, including a home run and two RBI. He's batting .250 this season, but showing power with an .818 OPS in 40 at-bats.
Albert Pujols, 1BHot4/26/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols will start at DH on Saturday with Ian Stewart playing 1B and Raul Ibanez getting the day off.
Insight: All nine of Pujols' home runs this season have come in the last 15 games. He has one more home run than he has strikeouts. Don't you dare take Pujols out of the lineup.
C.J. Wilson, SP4/25/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson limited New York to one run on four hits in six innings to earn his third win Friday night.
Insight: Wilson (3.69 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) has 12 walks in 31 2/3 innings but he balanced them out with 33 strikeouts. He's allowed seven earned runs in 26 innings since giving up six in 5 2/3 on Opening Day.
Erick Aybar, SSHot4/25/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar went 4-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and four runs Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Aybar has collected 11 hits in his last 17 at-bats to raise his average 100 points (.175 to .275). The shortstop only has one steal this year after swiping 12 bags a year ago. He doesn't provide power, doesn't score more than 65-75 runs because he hits near the bottom of the order and is a career .277 hitter, so if he's not giving you speed he's not doing much fantasy-wise.
Howie Kendrick, 2BHot4/25/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Howie Kendrick has gone 29-for-83 (.349) after starting out 0-for-10.
Insight: Kendrick hasn't gone more than one game without a hit since that three-game cold streak to start the season. He went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs Friday against the Yankees.
Albert Pujols, 1BHot4/25/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: All nine of Pujols' home runs this season have come in the last 15 games. He has one more home run than he has strikeouts.
Ernesto Frieri, RPCold4/25/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Ernesto Frieri is out as Angels closer, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com. Joe Smith will get a chance to run with the job.
Insight: Frieri has a 9.35 ERA and has given up an astounding five home runs in 8 2/3 innings. He'll pitch in low-leverage situations to try to work out what coach Mike Scioscia referred to as a release-point issue.
Joe Smith, RP4/25/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Though Angels manager Mike Scioscia gave closer Ernesto Frieri a vote of confidence after Wednesday's blown save, he has made the switch to Joe Smith. SOURCE: Alden Gonzalez, mlb.com
Insight: Frieri allowed an abysmal five home runs and nine earned runs in 8 2/3 innings this season and Scioscia really had no choice but to make a change. Joe Smith has a 3.60 ERA, though all four of the runs he's allowed came in one appearance. He's been unscored upon in his other 10 appearances.
Ian Stewart, 3B4/25/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Anaheim infielder Ian Stewart will get another start at 3B this evening replacing the slumping David Freese.
Insight: Stewart is batting just .229, not good, but better than Freese's .145 number. The former first-round pick hasn't done anything noteworthy since leaving Colorado in 2010.
David Freese, 3B4/25/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese is not in Friday's starting lineup against the Yankees. Ian Stewart will get the start.
Insight: Freese can't buy a hit right now, batting .145 in 17 games including one his in his last 15 tries. When will the guy who slammed 20 HR and 79 RBI with an .839 OPS in 2012 for the Cardinals return?
Jered Weaver, SP4/23/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Jered Weaver gave up one run on seven hits in six innings and was in line for the win Wednesday at Washington, but Ernesto Frieri blew a 4-1 lead in the ninth.
Insight: Weaver (4.11 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) has allowed two runs over his last 12 innings after giving up 12 in his first 18 2/3.
Ernesto Frieri, RPCold4/23/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Angels closer Ernesto Frieri blew a 4-1 lead Wednesday at Washington, but manager Mike Scioscia said he's sticking with him, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: Frieri allowed four runs on three hits with a walk in 1/3 of an inning. He has a 9.35 ERA and has given up an astounding five home runs in 8 2/3 innings. Joe Smith is probably next in line for saves, though Fernando Salas has some experience in the ninth inning.
Mike Trout, CF4/23/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout is hitless in nine lifetime at bats against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Unfortunately, that's who he's facing on Wednesday. Obviously you're not going to bench Trout (.306, 5 HR, 13 RBI) but expectations do need to be lowered.
Tyler Skaggs, SP4/22/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs worked around four walks Tuesday at Washington to grab his second win of the season.
Insight: Skaggs threw seven innings and gave up two runs on three hits while striking out five. The left-hander's velocity is back up to where it was when he was a top-10 MLB prospect prior to 2013, and he has a 3.21 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 28 innings.
Albert Pujols, 1BHot4/22/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit home runs No. 499 and 500 Tuesday at Washington.
Insight: "The Machine" is officially back up and running. Pujols has eight homers, 19 RBI and a .956 OPS in his first 20 games this season. He didn't hit his eighth homer last year until May 23.
Howie Kendrick, 2BHot4/20/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Howie Kendrick torched the Tigers for three hits on Sunday afternoon.
Insight: It was Kendrick's second three-hit performance in the last three games. He's gone 10-for-23 (.435) during his five-game hitting streak.
Raul Ibanez, DHCold4/20/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Angels DH Raul Ibanez will take a seat Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: Los Angeles is going with David Freese at DH, Ian Stewart at third base and Brennan Boesch in right field. Ibanez is 1-for-21 over his last five games and hitting .150 this season.
Howie Kendrick, 2B4/20/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick hasn't gotten the better of Tigers starter Rick Porcello when they've faced off in the past.
Insight: Kendrick (.264, 2 HR, 11 RBI) is 5-for-22 (.227) with eight strikeouts against Porcello, who will toe the rubber Sunday against Los Angeles.
Albert Pujols, 1BHot4/19/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols launched his sixth homer of the season Saturday against the Tigers.
Insight: All six have come in the last 10 games. The 34-year-old Pujols is in a much better physical condition than last season and it has shown at the plate. He's hitting .282 with 11 extra-base hits, 14 RBI, 11 runs, a .960 OPS and a 7/7 K/BB in his first 17 games this year.
Howie Kendrick, 2B4/18/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Howie Kendrick found his home run stroke on Friday.
Insight: Kendrick belted two homers in the Angels' 11-6 victory. Friday marks Kendrick's first multi-homer game since April 23rd of last season.
Kole Calhoun, RF4/16/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Kole Calhoun has been diagnosed with a severe ankle sprain. He'll miss 4-to-6 weeks. SOURCE: Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register
Insight: It's awful timing as Calhoun was just starting to find his groove offensively (seven for his last 15). Former Tiger Brennan Boesch will take Calhoun's place on the active roster.
Howie Kendrick, 2B4/16/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick has gone 9-for-20 (.450) with two homers and seven RBI against Oakland's Tommy Milone.
Insight: Kendrick is hitting . 241 with zero home runs and 12 Ks in 58 at-bats this season but he may be able to get his bat going Wednesday against Milone.
Albert Pujols, 1B 4/16/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is 7-for-14 with six doubles against Oakland's Tommy Milone.
Insight: Don't be fooled by Pujols' .237 average. The 34-year-old has hit four home runs in his last seven games and flew out to the deepest part of Angels Ballpark in dead center Tuesday night. He also has struck out just four times and physically looks much better than he did last year.
Mike Trout, CFHot4/16/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has hit three home runs in the last five games.
Insight: Trout went 3-for-6 with a homer, three RBI, two runs and his first steal of the season Tuesday against Oakland. He's hitting .317 with five round-trippers, 10 RBI and 11 runs in 60 at-bats.
Raul Ibanez, DHCold4/16/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Angels DH Raul Ibanez went 0-for-6 Tuesday against Oakland.
Insight: He has three homers and 12 RBI this season but his average is down to .163 and he has struck out 17 times in 49 at-bats.
Kole Calhoun, RF4/16/2014 9:10:00 AM
Description: Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun badly rolled his ankle during Tuesday's game and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: Calhoun is hitting .250 with three homers, two steals and 12 runs in 14 games this season. Collin Cowgill is expected to fill in.
Albert Pujols, 1BHot4/13/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols homered for the third time in his last five games Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Pujols is hitting just .240 so far, but he extended his hitting streak to nine games Sunday and hasn't struck out in his last seven. Overall he looks much better and healthier than he did in 2013.
Mike Trout, CFHot4/13/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Trout homered in two of the three games and went 7-for-15 in Los Angeles' series against New York to raise his average from .257 to .320. He still hasn't attempted a steal but has four homers and nine runs.
Josh Hamilton, LF4/9/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton will miss 6-8 weeks because of a complete UCL tear in his left thumb, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Hamilton will undergo surgery for the injury, which he suffered while sliding head-first into first base Tuesday night. The 32-year-old was off to a great start, batting .444 with two doubles, two homers and six RBI in 27 at-bats, after a down year in 2013.
Josh Hamilton, LF4/9/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton suffered a thumb injury late in Tuesday night's loss to Seattle and will now need an MRI. SOURCE: MLBlogs
Insight: His X-rays came back negative so there is reason to be cautiously optimistic. Either way, Hamilton (.444, 2 HR, 6 RBI) probably isn't going to play Wednesday in the series finale.
Albert Pujols, 1B4/9/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols drove in two runs Tuesday against the Mariners, giving him 1,501 RBI for his career.
Insight: Only 52 players in MLB history have reached that milestone. Among active players, he's second behind New York's Alex Rodriguez. Pujols (.219, 1 HR, 3 RBI) could realistically move into the top-40 before the end of this season.
C.J. Wilson, SP4/7/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson dominated Houston Monday for his first win of the season.
Insight: Wilson (1-1, 4.61 ERA) got rocked in his first outing (8 H, 6 ER in 5 2/3 IP against the Mariners) but was much better this time around. In eight innings, he only allowed four hits and one run. The seven strikeouts Wilson recorded were his most since September 22nd.
Ian Stewart, 3B4/7/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Anaheim infielder Ian Stewart will get his first start of the season on Monday afternoon against Houston, replacing David Freese.
Insight: The former first-round pick hasn't done anything noteworthy since leaving Colorado in 2010. There is no reason to think things will change in Los Angeles.
David Freese, 3B4/7/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese is not in Monday's starting lineup against Houston.
Insight: Freese is off to an ugly start (.162, zero homers, two RBI) and will sit while Ian Stewart gets the start. Stewart has just one at-bat this season. A solid power guy in Colorado, he's yet to prove he can hit elsewhere.
Erick Aybar, SS4/6/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar has batted .476 in his career against Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Aybar is 10-for-21 with two doubles and two triples off Feldman. He's hitting .222 in 2014.
Howie Kendrick, 2B4/6/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick started off 0-for-10 but has gone 4-for-10 with two doubles and two RBI the last two games. He also has a terrific matchup Sunday.
Insight: Kendrick has gone 8-for-18 (.444) against Astros starter Scott Feldman.
Tyler Skaggs, SP4/5/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs tossed eight innings and allowed four hits and one run (unearned) Saturday at Houston. He struck out five and walked one.
Insight: Skaggs, who was considered a top-10 overall prospect by mlb.com in 2012 when he was with the Diamondbacks, worked on his mechanics after posting a 5.43 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP and an 89.4 mph four-seamer the last two years. He was clocked at 93-95 mph Saturday. Granted, it was against the Astros, but it was still an encouraging performance.
Josh Hamilton, OFHot4/5/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton hit his second homer of the season Saturday at Houston.
Insight: The 32-year-old put on 20+ pounds of muscle this offseason in response to a loss of power last season and he looks good so far. He's hitting .500 after going 3-for-5.
Kole Calhoun, RF4/5/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun is not in Saturday's starting lineup against the Astros, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com. He's getting the day off.
Insight: The Angels leadoff hitter has started off 3-for-18 with one homer and three runs. He batted .282 with eight home runs in 58 games last season. Colin Cowgill is starting in his place.
Chris Iannetta, C4/1/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is getting the night off Tuesday, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com. Hank Conger will start behind the dish.
Insight: Ianetta had a career year in 2008 for the Rockies but has hit .227 with an average of 12 homers, 40 RBI, 36 runs and a .756 OPS over the last five seasons. This is his third year with the Angels.
Josh Hamilton, OF3/31/2014 2:49:00 PM
Description: Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton could be in for a tough evening Monday against Felix Hernandez.
Insight: He's hitting .164 against the right-hander in 61 trips to the plate. The .250 clip Hamilton hit for in 2013 was the lowest of his seven-year career.
Albert Pujols, 1B3/31/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Albert Pujols hasn't had much luck against M's ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: He's hitting only .192 in 26 at bats against the former Cy Young winner. Pujols (.258, 17 HR, 64 RBI in 2013) set career-lows in almost every statistic last season. Of course, much of that had to do with the torn plantar fascia he played through most of the year. We'll see if Pujols can stay healthy in 2014.
Raul Ibanez, DH3/31/2014 2:35:00 PM
Description: Angels DH Raul Ibanez could be in for a rude awakening Monday against his former team.
Insight: He's going up against Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez, who has limited Ibanez to two hits in 11 previous encounters. Ibanez's next home run will be the 301st of his major league career.
Mike Trout, CF3/28/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: The Angels and Mike Trout have agreed to a six-year contract extension that will pay him $144.5 million and keep him with the club until 2020. SOURCE: Alden Gonzalez, mlb.com
Insight: The contract will kick in after 2014 and cover his three arbitration years and first three years of free agency. Trout will hit the market again at age 29. For a player who put up 10 WAR in two straight seasons, an average annual value of $24.1M is a bargain for the Angels.
Joe Blanton, SP3/26/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: The Angels have released Joe Blanton, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Blanton went 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP last year and had a 7.08 ERA this spring.
David Freese, 3B3/25/2014 7:55:00 PM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese is expected to return to the lineup Thursday after sitting out Tuesday with tightness in his quad, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Freese batted just .262 with nine home runs, 60 RBI and a 721 OPS last year with the Cardinals, down from .293 with 20 homers, 79 RBI and an .839 OPS the year before. He's 11-for-44 (.250) with 11 singles this spring.
Josh Hamilton, RF3/16/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Josh Hamilton will indeed make his Cactus League debut Monday against the Giants. SOURCE: Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Hamilton (.250, 21 HR, 79 RBI last season) strained his calf about three weeks ago. Assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks, Hamilton should be a go for Opening Day against Seattle on March 31st.
Tyler Skaggs, SP3/14/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs was clocked at 92-94 mph Friday, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Skaggs was considered a top-10 overall prospect by mlb.com in 2012 when he was with the Diamondbacks, but he has recorded a 5.43 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP over 68 innings in the majors while averaging 89.4 mph with his fastball. Los Angeles acquired him along with Hector Santiago for Mark Trumbo this winter.
Josh Hamilton, RF3/14/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton (calf) felt good taking live BP Thursday and could make his Cactus League debut Monday, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: Hamilton suffered a calf strain late February and the Angels have been bringing him along slowly. The 32-year-old put on 20+ pounds of muscle this offseason in an attempt to regain power after hitting just 21 homers in 151 games last season. He should be ready for Opening Day, barring a setback.
Josh Hamilton, RF3/13/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton (calf) is scheduled to take live batting practice Thursday, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Hamilton suffered a calf strain late February and is targeting early next week for his Cactus League debut. The 32-year-old put on 20+ pounds of muscle this offseason in an attempt to regain power after hitting just 21 homers in 151 games last season. He should be ready for Opening Day, barring a setback.
Mark Mulder, SP3/11/2014 9:00:00 PM
Description: The Angels parted ways with lefthander Mark Mulder on Tuesday.
Insight: Mulder (103-60, 4.18 ERA in nine seasons) was likely to miss the whole season anyway after rupturing his Achilles in spring training. The 36-year-old will have to put his comeback on hold for now.
Josh Hamilton, RF3/11/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: The earliest Los Angeles right fielder Josh Hamilton (calf) will make his Cactus League debut is Sunday, according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Hamilton has been running and hitting on the field after strain his calf in late February. The 32-year-old put on 20+ pounds of muscle this offseason in an attempt to regain power after hitting just 21 homers in 151 games last season. He should be ready for Opening Day, barring a setback of course.
Ernesto Frieri, RP3/11/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Angels manager Mike Scioscia doesn't want to use his closer, Ernesto Frieri, in four-out (or more) saves this season after he led the league with seven last summer. SOURCE: Orange County Register.
Insight: Frieri posted 37 saves with a 3.80 ERA, 1.238 WHIP and 98 Ks in 68 2/3 IP. However, if Scoiscia keeps to this limiter it might cost him a couple of save in 2014.
Kole Calhoun, RF3/11/2014 2:11:00 PM
Description: Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun is not in Tuesday's lineup due to a sore hip.
Insight: The 26-year-old shouldn't be out long, its sore, not a serious injury. He hit .282 with eight homers, 32 RBI and an .809 OPS in 58 games last season after putting up a .354 average, 12 homers and a 1.047 OPS in 59 games at Triple-A. He's expected to start in left field for the Angels and could leadoff which would be a great spot for fantasy owners.
Josh Hamilton, RF3/8/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Josh Hamilton will make his Cactus League debut in about a week, according to manager Mike Scioscia. in his recovery from a strained calf.
Insight: Hamilton suffered a strained calf. He'll be fine for Opening Day, though expectations are unclear after a lackluster .250 batting average in 2013.
Josh Hamilton, RF3/2/2014 2:26:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Josh Hamilton is reportedly making great progress in his recovery from a strained calf. SOURCE: Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register
Insight: Hamilton suffered the injury on Tuesday. He'll be fine for Opening Day, though fantasy owners might have a hard time trusting him after slumping to a lackluster .250 batting average in 2013.
Josh Hamilton, RF2/26/2014 4:31:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton (strained calf) will miss at least two weeks, manager Mike Scioscia said. SOURCE: Alden Gonzalez, mlb.com.
Insight: The team is optimistic he'll still be ready for Opening Day, but we would have liked to see him get a full slate of spring training at-bats after his disappointing 2013 season. The outfielder came to camp having gained 20-25 pounds of muscle to try to regain his power.
C.J. Wilson, SP2/25/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson tweeted out a lighthearted message to say he's fine after taking a comebacker off the left side of his head during live batting practice on Tuesday. SOURCE: mlb.com
Insight: "He was very cognizant; he was aware of what was going on, what was happening, and never lost consciousness," Angels GM Jerry Dipoto said. "The initial read is that neurologically he is fine." Wilson went 17-7 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP last season even though the Angels only won 78 games and has averaged 15 wins per season with a 3.37 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in four years since becoming a full-time starter.
Josh Hamilton, RF2/25/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton will be shut down for a few days due to a strained left calf, according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Hamilton was seen leaving the clubhouse on crutches. Coming off a disappointing season in 2013 (.250, 21 HR, 79 RBI, this is the last thing that Hamilton needed. For now, consider him day-to-day.
C.J. Wilson, SP2/25/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson was hit in the head while throwing batting practice, according to the Los Angeles Angels.
Insight: Wilson walked off under his own power, but we'll know more after he goes through all the tests. He was 17-7 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.342 WHIP last season.
Mike Trout, CF2/23/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: The Angels and Mike Trout are working on a six-year contract extension that could pay him close to $150 million. SOURCE: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Trout's current salary pays him just over $500,000 a year so this would represent a hefty raise. After finishing second in AL MVP voting two years in a row, the move seems like a wise investment. Trout recently said that he would like to steal more bases this season. That's obviously good news for his fantasy owners.
Mark Mulder, SP2/16/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Angels lefty Mark Mulder's comeback appears to be over before it began. He suffered a ruptured left Achilles during agility drills, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Mulder's surgery has a 5-8 month recovery time. The left-hander was attempting to pitch in the big leagues for the first time since 2008. He initially retired due to mechanical issues related to multiple shoulder injuries but made a major adjustment to his motion during the winter and was expected to compete for a rotation spot with the Angels.
Mark Mulder, SP2/15/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Mark Mulder hurt his ankle in warmups on Saturday. SOURCE: Alden Gonzalez, MLB.com
Insight: He was scheduled to pitch a bullpen session but now that's probably not going to happen. Consider the lefthander day-to-day.
Kole Calhoun, RF2/14/2014 8:56:00 AM
Description: According to mlb.com, Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun looks like the leading candidate to lead off for the Angels this season.
Insight: The 26-year-old hit .282 with eight homers, 32 RBI and an .809 OPS in 58 games last season after putting up a .354 average, 12 homers and a 1.047 OPS in 59 games at Triple-A. He's expected to start in left field for Los Angeles and would be in a great spot for fantasy production if he leads off in front of the Angels' probable 2-3-4 hitters Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.
Albert Pujols, 1B2/13/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is down seven pounds and says both his knee and foot are 100 percent.
Insight: Pujols had knee surgery before last season and then played through a torn plantar fascia in his foot. In 99 games, he hit a career-low .258 with 17 home runs and a .767 OPS, but he should bounce back at least to his 2012 numbers this season now that he's healthy.
Albert Pujols, 1B2/6/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: In the no news is good news category, Los Angeles first baseman Albert Pujols is having a "normal" offseason, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Insight: Pujols didn't play after late July and produced a career-low 17 HR and 64 RBI. He might end up being a fantasy bargain if fantasy owners think at 34-years-old he might not return to his regular production level.
Jerome Williams, SP2/3/2014 2:56:00 PM
Description: Pitcher Jerome Williams has reportedly reached an agreement with the Houston Astros for 2014.
Insight: Williams wasn't going to be a starter in Anaheim, but could be in Houston. He was 9-10 with a 4.57 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 25 starts last season. In eight seasons he's yet to prove he's a fantasy-worthy pitcher.
Carlos Pena, 1B1/28/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have signed 35-year-old first baseman Carlos Pena to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Insight: Pena has hit just .211 with a .767 OPS over the last five seasons. He hit .207 with eight homers in 89 games with Houston and Kansas City last year and will try to earn a bench role with the Angels in spring training. The Angels also signed former Tigers and Yankees outfielder Brennan Boesch to a minor league deal Tuesday.
Mark Mulder, SP1/1/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: According to Jerry Crasnick of espn.com, the Angels have signed Mark Mulder to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The 36-year-old retired in 2009 due to mechanical issues caused by two shoulder surgeries, but he decided to make a comeback after tweaking his delivery to emulate Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez.
Insight: Mulder's fastball was clocked at 89-90 mph during a mound session for three teams last month, and the Angels were considered the frontrunner to sign him. It's unclear if Mulder will attempt to come back as a starter or reliever. The lefty is 103-60 with a 4.18 ERA in his career, but he was 97-50 with a 3.87 ERA in his first six seasons and finished second in AL Cy Young voting in 2001.


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