LA Angels of Anaheim Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Kole Calhoun, RF7/4/2015 12:09:00 AM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun had four RBI in the, 8-2, victory over the Rangers on Friday.
Insight: Calhoun had a three-run double in the second and then a one-run double in the third. He could have had five RBI, but Johnny Giavotella was thrown out at home on the second double. Calhoun is hitting .260 with seven home runs and 40 RBI in 296 at-bats this season.
Erick Aybar, SS7/4/2015 12:07:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar went 5-for-5 with two RBI and two runs in the 8-2, victory over the Rangers on Friday.
Insight: Aybar singled in two runs in the second inning for his two RBI. He had four singles and a double in the victory. Aybar is hitting .274 with 14 extra-base hits, 25 RBI and 38 runs in 292 at-bats this season.
Garrett Richards, RP7/4/2015 12:04:00 AM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards was excellent on Friday, pitching 7 2/3 innings and allowing just one run versus the Rangers.
Insight: Richards yielded six hits, struck out six and walked just one. He is 9-5 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 74 strikeouts in 94 innings this season.
Mike Trout, CF7/1/2015 10:41:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout hit a solo home run in the, 3-1, loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.
Insight: Trout was obviously responsible for the only scoring for Los Angeles. Trout was 1-for-3 with a walk in the game. He is hitting .303 with 21 home runs and 44 RBI in 290 at-bats this season.
Andrew Heaney, SP7/1/2015 9:42:00 AM
Description: Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney picked up his first big league win.
Insight: Heaney defeated the Yankees by going seven innings and allowing one run on two hits and two walks. He tsruck out seven and s now 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA through two starts.
Albert Pujols, 1B7/1/2015 9:40:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols clubbed a homer during Tuesday's win against the Yankees.
Insight: It was his lone hit in four at-bats and it was a solo shot. Pujols is hitting .265 with 24 homers and 49 RBI.
Jered Weaver, SP6/30/2015 10:04:00 AM
Description: Angels right-hander Jered Weaver threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Monday.
Insight: He'll throw another later this week and hopefully he'll be ready to go. Weaver's 4-8 record with a 4.75 ERA and 1.24 WHIP makes him a less than desired fantasy option.
Erick Aybar, SS6/29/2015 9:40:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar left Friday night's game due to left hamstring tightness, but pinch hit in both weekend games.
Insight: Aybar has dealt with hamstring issues in the past. Call him day-to-day. He has raised his average to .264 with one home run and 22 RBI this season.
Hector Santiago, SP6/28/2015 10:42:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Hector Santiago allowed one Sunday versus Seattle.
Insight: He took a no-decision after going seven innings and giving up three hits and two walks. Santiago struck out six and is 6-6 with a 2.58 ERA overall.
Mike Trout, CF6/28/2015 1:19:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has been tremendously successful in his career versus Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Trout is 20-for-55 (.364) with three home runs and 12 RBI versus Hernandez. Trout has eight extra-base hits against Hernandez. Don't be afraid to start the Angels center fielder on Sunday.
Kole Calhoun, RF6/27/2015 10:05:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun hit a home run in the, 4-2, victory over the Mariners on Saturday.
Insight: Calhoun hit a two-run bomb in the first inning as Los Angeles took a, 2-0, lead. Calhoun was 1-for-4 in the game, and is now hitting .258 with seven home runs and 34 RBI in 275 at-bats this season.
Garrett Richards, RP6/27/2015 10:01:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings in the, 4-2, victory over the Mariners on Saturday.
Insight: Richards also struck out six and walked one. He is 8-5 with a 3.54 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 68 strikeouts in 86 1/3 innings this season.
Erick Aybar, SSHot6/27/2015 9:56:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar left Friday night's game due to left hamstring tightness.
Insight: Aybar has dealt with hamstring issues in the past. Call him day-to-day. He has raised his average to .262 with one home run and 21 RBI this season while on a current seven-game hitting streak.
Andrew Heaney, SP6/24/2015 8:46:00 PM
Description: Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney allowed one run in his major league debut.
Insight: Heaney went six innings and did not factor into the decision. He gave up four hits and one walk, while striking out five in a successful debut. Monitor his progress.
C.J. Wilson, SP6/24/2015 12:30:00 PM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson had a rough start on Tuesday, allowing seven runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings this season.
Insight: Wilson allowed two walks and home runs as well. It was easily his worst and shortest start of the year. Wilson is 5-6 with a 3.92 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 96 1/3 innings this season.
Albert Pujols, 1BHot6/23/2015 11:02:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is as hot as any hitter over the past two weeks, averaging .311 with seven homers and a 1.237 OPS over the past 13 games.
Insight: Pujols is also a career .308 hitter against Tuesday's starter Collin McHugh. He is batting .275 with the 23 homers and 47 RBI this season. He's not 'The Machine" anymore, but for the last few weeks he's been a pretty close facsimile.
Albert Pujols, 1BHot6/21/2015 7:15:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit his 21st of the season and 10th in June, but it wasn't enough to get the Angels past Oakland.
Insight: Pujols is batting .271 with the 21 homers ans 44 RBI. He's not 'The Machine" anymore, but for the first three weeks in June he's been very good.
Matt Joyce, RF6/21/2015 3:32:00 PM
Description: Angels outfielder/DH Matt Joyce will sit on Sunday in favor of rarely used Daniel Robertson
Insight: Joyce is only batting .187 on the season and an even uglier .071 versus left-handers. The A's will throw tough Scott Kazmir, so Joyce understandably sits.
Jered Weaver, SP6/21/2015 2:12:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Jered Weaver has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left hip irritation.
Insight: Hopefully this will explain Weaver's 4-8 record and 4.75 ERA in 2015. It is unclear if he will need longer than the 15 days on the DL.
Jered Weaver, SP6/20/2015 7:48:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Jered Weaver's rough season continued during Saturday's loss to Oakland.
Insight: Weaver allowed four runs on six hits and one walk, while striking out four over 5 2/3 innings of work. He is now 4-8 with a 4.75 ERA.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/19/2015 11:57:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is just 2-for-19 (.105) against Oakland right-hander Sonny Gray.
Insight: Pujols is batting .270 with 19 home runs and 37 RBI to date, but even with the wind blowing out to center on Friday this doesn't look like a good matchup for the slugger.
Taylor Featherston, SS6/18/2015 7:14:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Taylor Featherston hit his first career home run in the, 7-1, victory over the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Insight: It must feel good for Featherston to get rid of that zero in the home run column, but he only has four hits in 40 at-bats. Hitting .100 isn't exactly fantasy relevant.
C.J. Wilson, SP6/18/2015 6:59:00 PM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson pitched eight innings and allowed one run on eight hits in the, 7-1, victory over the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Insight: It was Wilson's best start of the year. He also struck out nine and walked one. Wilson is 5-5 with a 3.39 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 81 strikeouts in 93 innings this season.
Mike Trout, CF6/18/2015 6:44:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout was 2-for-4 with a triple in the, 7-1, victory over the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Insight: Trout has hits in 11 of his last 12 games. Trout is slashing .300/.382/.584 with 18 home runs and 40 RBI in 250 at-bats this year.
Erick Aybar, SS6/18/2015 1:19:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Aybar just a routine day off. He is hitting .246 with one home run and 19 RBI in 248 at-bats this season, but over the past two weeks has struggled, batting just .143.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/17/2015 10:01:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols blasted another home run on Tuesday night.
Insight: Pujols has nine homers in June already, and is now batting .273 with 19 home runs and 36 RBI overall.
Garrett Richards, RP6/17/2015 10:00:00 AM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards allowed just one unearned run in Tuesday's victory versus Arizona.
Insight: Richards gave up four hits and three walks over seven innings of work. He struck out four and is now 7-4 with a 3.59 ERA.
Mike Trout, CF6/16/2015 10:06:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout had a two-run double in the loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday.
Insight: Trout went 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. He is hitting .297 with 18 home runs and 39 RBI in 239 at-bats this season.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/14/2015 6:58:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols had the only RBI for Los Angeles in the loss to Oakland on Sunday.
Insight: Pujols was 1-for-3 with an RBI-single in the fourth. He also had the only RBI on Saturday with a solo home run in the, 1-0, victory. Pujols is hitting .276 with 18 home runs and 34 RBI in 232 at-bats this season.
Kole Calhoun, RF6/14/2015 12:24:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun may want the day off on Sunday.
Insight: Calhoun is just 2-for-21 (.095 BA) lifetime against Sonny Gray with eight strikeouts. If he is in the lineup, Calhoun will not be a recommended daily option.
C.J. Wilson, SP6/14/2015 9:34:00 AM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson was fantastic Saturday versus Oakland.
Insight: He did not allow a run on just two hits and three walks over seven innings. Wilson struck out eight and is now 4-5 with a 3.60 ERA.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/14/2015 9:33:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols provided the only offense in Saturday's win over Oakland.
Insight: Pujols hit a solo homer in the 1st inning which ended up being the game-winning hit. He finished 2-for-4 and now has 18 homers and 33 RBI this season.
Mike Trout, CF6/11/2015 10:49:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout was 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored in the, 6-2, victory over the Rays on Thursday.
Insight: Trout hit a solo bomb in the sixth to get the Angels offense going. They were behind, 2-0, before Trout's blast, but Los Angeles came back to win, 6-2. Trout and Albert Pujols have a combined 34 home runs this season, which is the most of two teammates this season. Trout is batting .292 with 17 home runs and 36 RBI in 226 at-bats this year.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/11/2015 10:46:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols provided the only offense in Saturday's win over Oakland.
Insight: Pujols hit a solo homer in the 1st inning which ended up being the game-winning hit. He finished 2-for-4 and now has 18 homers and 33 RBI this season.
David Freese, 3B6/11/2015 2:42:00 PM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese was probable for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay while dealing with a right hamstrinmg injury, but is not in the starting lineup.
Insight: He left Tuesday's game, but did pinch hit in Wednesday's contest, so the hamstring issue couldn't be too bad. Kyle Kubitza, who managed two hits in his debut Wednesday night, is starting at third base Thursday.
David Freese, 3B6/11/2015 10:52:00 AM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese is probable for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay while dealing with a right hamstrinmg injury.
Insight: He left Tuesday's game, but did pinch hit in Wednesday's contest, so the hamstring issue couldn't be too bad.
Jered Weaver, SP6/10/2015 10:10:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Jered Weaver allowed four runs on eight hits in 7 2/3 innings in the, 4-2, loss to the Rays on Wednesday.
Insight: Weaver was able to pitch into the eighth inning, but overall, it was another disappointing start for the Angels right-hander. He struck out just one batter and walked three. Weaver is 4-6 with a 4.61 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 84 innings.
David Freese, 3B6/9/2015 10:40:00 PM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese left Tuesday's game with a right hamstrinmg injury.
Insight: It was reported as just a tight hamstring, so for now, consider Freese day-to-day.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/9/2015 10:10:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols had a big game Tuesday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: Pujols went 3-for-4 with a homer, three runs scored, and a walk. The homer was a solo shot and his 16th of the year. He is hitting .268 with 30 RBI this season.
Matt Shoemaker, SP6/9/2015 10:07:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker picked up a victory Tuesday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: He allowed two runs on five hits and one walk over 6 1/3 innings of work. Shoemaker struck out six and is now 4-4 with a 4.86 ERA.
Mike Trout, CF6/7/2015 3:36:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout hit a solo home run for the second day in a row, but Los Angeles lost again, 6-2.
Insight: The New York Yankees swept the Angels out of the Bronx. Trout and Albert Pujols hit back-to-back bombs in the first inning, but those are the only runs Los Angeles scored. Trout now has 16 homers this season and is slashing .283/.373/.561 with 33 RBI and 42 runs in 212 at-bats.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/7/2015 3:34:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the, 6-2, loss to the Yankees on Sunday.
Insight: Pujols and Mike Trout went back-to-back in the first, but those were the only runs the Angels scored as New York completed the sweep. Pujols is hitting .258 with 15 home runs and 29 RBI in 209 at-bats this season.
Albert Pujols, 1B6/7/2015 11:55:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is just 1-for-12 in his career against Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia.
Insight: This is clearly not a matchup Pujols owners want any part of even though Sabathia isn't the same pitcher he used to be. Sit Albert on Sunday.
Garrett Richards, RP6/6/2015 10:40:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards didn't make it out of the first inning on Saturday versus the Yankees.
Insight: Richards allowed six runs on five hits in 2/3 of an inning on Saturday in the Bronx. He also had two walks and one strikeout. This will certainly hurt his totals, but Richards is still 5-4 with a respectable 4.14 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings.
Mike Trout, CF6/6/2015 10:37:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout hit a solo home run in the lopsided loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
Insight: Trout hit his homer in the six to bring the Angels within five, but they lost, 8-2. After the first, New York led, 6-0. Trout has 15 home runs and is slashing .284/.375/.553 with 32 RBI and 41 runs in 208 at-bats this year.
Albert Pujols, 1BHot6/4/2015 9:35:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols didn't homer Wednesday night, but still collected two more hits to raise his batting average to .258.
Insight: Pujols has 14 home runs this season, including six in the past seven games and is looking more and more like the "King Albert."
Albert Pujols, 1B6/3/2015 9:56:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit a solo home run in the, 6-1, loss to the Rays on Tuesday.
Insight: It was Pujols' 534th home run of his career, which ties him with Jimmie Foxx for 17th all-time on the home run list. Pujols has 14 bombs this season and is batting .254 with 27 RBI.
Matt Shoemaker, SP5/31/2015 10:25:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker went 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits in a no-decision against the Tigers.
Insight: Shoemaker also struck out five, but he had control problems, walking four batters. He remains 3-4 with a 5.08 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings this season.
Erick Aybar, SS5/31/2015 4:49:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar will return to the starting lineup on Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: Aybar missed the last two games with a hamstring issue. he is hitting .273/.318/.328 with one home run and 15 RBI in 183 at-bats this season. Aybar will lead off in front of Mike Trout.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/31/2015 9:39:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols blasted a three-run shot in the second inning on Saturday night.
Insight: It was his lone hit in four at-bats. Pujols is now batting .250 with 11 homers and 23 RBI overall.
Mike Trout, CF5/31/2015 9:37:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout smacked a home run during Saturday's victory against the Tigers.
Insight: It was a solo shot, and he also scored two runs and walked once. Trout is hitting .296 with 12 homers and 26 RBI this season.
Erick Aybar, SS5/30/2015 7:19:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar was not in the starting lineup against the Tigers on Friday, but could return as early as Saturday. Update: Aybar remains out.
Insight: Aybar left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but told Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register that he felt "great." He's a key to the Angels team despite mediocre fantasy numbers.
Erick Aybar, SS5/30/2015 9:55:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar was not in the starting lineup against the Tigers on Friday, but could return as early as Saturday.
Insight: Aybar left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but told Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register that he felt "great." He's a key to the Angels team despite mediocre fantasy numbers.
Erick Aybar, SS5/29/2015 5:53:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is not in the starting lineup against the Tigers on Friday.
Insight: Aybar left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but he isn't expected to go on the disabled list. Aybar will likely just have a few days off.
Matt Joyce, RFHot5/29/2015 10:26:00 AM
Description: Angels outfielder/DH Matt Joyce has started to hit the ball, including home runs in each of his last two games.
Insight: Joyce is only batting .187 on the season, but he's heating up and facing Anibal Sanchez, against whom he's a career .333 hitter with four extra-base hits and a 1.200 OPS. He's worth a flier on Friday.
Erick Aybar, SS5/29/2015 9:46:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar left Thursday night's game against the Tigers with a hamstring injury and manager Mike Scioscia considers him day-to-day.
Insight: The manager also said he wouldn't return until he's 100 percent so expect him to miss some games. He's batting .273 with 15 RBI and 22 runs scored this season.
Chris Iannetta, C5/29/2015 1:23:00 AM
Description: Angels catcher Chris Iannetta hit a grand slam in the, 12-2, victory over the Tigers on Thursday.
Insight: Iannetta was 2-for-4 in the game, but he isn't fantasy relevant. He is batting just .178/..263/.307 in 101 at-bats this season.
C.J. Wilson, SP5/29/2015 1:22:00 AM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson pitched six strong innings in the, 12-2, victory over the Tigers on Thursday.
Insight: Wilson did walk five batters, but he struck out seven and allowed just one run on two hits. He is 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA this season.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/29/2015 1:19:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols started the Angels 12-run onslaught against the Tigers on Thursday with a two-run bomb in the first. Los Angeles won, 12-2.
Insight: Pujols finished the game 1-for-2 with two RBI, two runs and two walks. He, however, is hitting just .238/.294/.436 with nine home runs and 19 RBI in 172 at-bats this season.
Erick Aybar, SS5/28/2015 11:46:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar left Thursday night's game against the Tigers with an apparent leg injury.
Insight: Aybar bunted in a run in the fifth inning and was seen grabbing his hamstring after he finished running to first base. Not good. Check back for updates.
Collin Cowgill, CFCold5/28/2015 6:17:00 PM
Description: Angels outfielder Collin Cowgill has been placed on the 15-day disabled due to a sprained right wrist according to Roto World.
Insight: Cowgill hurt his wrist in batting practice on Sunday. He was only hitting .180 anyway, so he has no fantasy value.
Collin Cowgill, CFCold5/28/2015 11:03:00 AM
Description: Angels outfielder Collin Cowgill is doubtful for Thursday's game against Detroit due to a sore right hand/lower back spasms.
Insight: Cowgill is likely headed to the disabled list, which means newly-acquired Kirk Nieuwenhuis could see some playing time. Cowgill is batting .180 and has no fantasy value.
Chris Iannetta, C5/27/2015 8:14:00 PM
Description: Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Padres.
Insight: It's just a normal day of rest. Backup catcher Carlos Perez will start.
Mike Trout, CF5/24/2015 5:40:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout had an RBI-double in the sixth to score the Angels only run on Sunday.
Insight: Trout was 1-for-4 with the RBI, but Los Angeles lost, 6-1. Trout is hitting .301 with 11 home runs and 25 RBI this season.
Mike Trout, CF5/23/2015 11:08:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout was 1-for-4 with an RBI-single in the loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.
Insight: Trout also had a strikeout. He is slashing .302/.395/.553 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI in 159 at-bats this season.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/22/2015 10:34:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols returned in fine fashion on Friday night.
Insight: Pujols missed the past two games, but smacked a homer on Friday. He has eight home runs and 16 RBI so far this season.
David Freese, 3B5/21/2015 10:08:00 PM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese had a homer and three RBI on Thursday night.
Insight: Freese finished the game 2-for-4 and is now hitting .233 with eight homers and 25 RBI so far this season.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/21/2015 3:34:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Wednesday's game with a left hand contusion andf is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Consider Pujols day-to-day for now.
Mike Trout, CF5/20/2015 9:54:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout hit a homer and scored three runs on Wednesday night.
Insight: He went 2-for-3 with his 11th homer of the year. Trout is hitting .288 with 11 homers and 22 RBI this season.
Jered Weaver, SP5/20/2015 9:52:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Jered Weaver picked up his third win of the season.
Insight: He defeated Toronto by allowing three runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings. Weaver struck out four and is now 3-4 with a 4.37 ERA.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/20/2015 9:45:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Wednesday's game with a left hand contusion.
Insight: This is good news. Consider Pujols day-to-day for now.
Hector Santiago, SP5/19/2015 9:42:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Hector Santiago allowed one earned run during Tuesday's victory against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Santiago gave up two total runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out five over seven innings and is now 3-2 with a 2.25 ERA.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/18/2015 4:45:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the loss to the Blue Jays on Monday.
Insight: Pujols hit the solo bomb in the fourth, which is his 527th homer of his career. Pujols is only slashing .237/.287/.424 in 139 at-bats this season, but he is 4-for-9 in the last two games and has 10 hits in the last 10 games.
Erick Aybar, SS5/18/2015 11:40:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is batting leadoff Monday afternoon.
Insight: Aybar started slowly, but has exploded in May, batting .351 in 15 games and the Angels will try to get him the extra at-bat at the top of the order. Kole Calhoun will bat cleanup.
Garrett Richards, RP5/17/2015 4:18:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards pitched well, but not well enough for the victory.
Insight: He allowed two runs and five hits, but did stike out seven in 7 2/3 IP. He's still a fantasy stud.
Mike Trout, CF5/16/2015 10:40:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout was 3-for-5 Saturday versus Baltimore.
Insight: Trout homered and had two RBI. He is now hitting .300 with 10 homers, 21 RBI, and 28 runs scored overall.
C.J. Cron, 1B5/16/2015 4:01:00 PM
Description: Angels DH C.J. Cron is not in the lineup against the Orioles on Saturday.
Insight: Cron is getting the day off. He is batting just .216 with one home run and six RBI this season.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/16/2015 12:33:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is a .316 career hitter with one home run and eight RBI versus Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Pujols hit a home run on Friday, and with this favorable matchup, he should remain in fantasy lineups on Saturday.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/15/2015 10:03:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit his 526th career home run on Friday versus the Orioles.
Insight: Pujols hit a solo shot in the first and that's just about all starter Jered Weaver needed. The Angels added two more runs in the second and ninth to win, 3-1. Pujols is hitting .232 with six home runs and 14 RBI in 125 at-bats this season.
Jered Weaver, SP5/15/2015 9:58:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Jered Weaver pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed just one run on three hits to win his second game of the year, 3-1, versus the Orioles.
Insight: Weaver allowed a solo home run to J.J. Hardy in the eighth. That was the only run Baltimore scored in the game. Weaver isn't the same pitcher he used to be. His ERA is 4.44 and he doesn't strikeout a ton of people anymore, 24 on the season, but he is a serviceable fantasy starter in deeper leagues. He is 2-4 with a 1.18 WHIP in addition to his other numbers in 50 1/3 innings this season.
C.J. Wilson, SP5/13/2015 9:26:00 AM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson pitched very well during Tuesday's victory against the Rockies.
Insight: He went eight innings and allowed two runs on five hits and one walk. Wilson struck out six and is now 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA.
Jerome Williams, SP5/11/2015 8:40:00 PM
Description: Phillies pitcher Jerome Williams allowed three runs Monday versus Pittsburgh.
Insight: Williams went five innings and allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four. He now has a 5.21 ERA overall.
Garrett Richards, RP5/10/2015 5:51:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards struck out 10 Sunday versus Houston.
Insight: He allowed one run on just one hit and four walks over 6 2/3 innings. Richards now has a 2.27 ERA this season.
Erick Aybar, SS5/10/2015 12:29:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is 14-for-33 (.424) versus Astros starting pitcher Scott Feldman.
Insight: Aybar has five extra-base hits and three RBI against Feldman as well. Hopefully this friendly matchup for Aybar gets him going. He is hitting .224/.274/.241 with 11 RBI and eight runs this season.
Mike Trout, CFHot5/10/2015 9:33:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout was 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the, 6-5, loss to the Astros on Saturday.
Insight: Trout homered in the fifth to bring the Angels within two runs, but they were only able to muster another run in the game. Trout has lived up to his No. 1 overall hype, hitting .306/.405/.604 with nine home runs, 19 RBI, 26 runs and seven steals in 111 at-bats this season.
Gordon Beckham, 2B5/10/2015 9:27:00 AM
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI against the Reds in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Insight: Beckham drove in Alexei Ramirez on a single in the fourth, hit a solo home run in the sixth and then had a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Chicago won the nightcap, 8-2, after losing the first game of the doubleheader, 10-4. Beckham is hitting .290 with two home runs and seven RBI in 31 at-bats this season.
Mike Trout, CFHot5/8/2015 11:04:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is 4-for-11 (.364) with three home runs versus Houston starter Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Trout has homered in two straight games and this favorable matchup might see him stretch that streak to three games. He's batting .298 with eight homers and 18 RBI through 29 games this season, He's also scored 24 times and is 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts. That's the stats of a fantasy stud.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/6/2015 9:31:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols had a two-run bomb in the, 5-4, victory over the Mariners on Tuesday.
Insight: Pujols was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs in the game. He hit the homer in the first inning. Pujols now has five home runs with 12 RBI and is hitting .239 this season.
Carlos Perez, C5/6/2015 9:22:00 AM
Description: Angels catcher Carlos Perez hit a walk-off home run in his major league debut as the Angels beat the Mariners, 5-4, on Tuesday.
Insight: Perez is the first player to hit a walk-off home run in his major league debut since Miguel Cabrera did it in 2003. Perez was having a fanstastic season down at Triple-A, hitting .361/.418/.556. With the Angels hurting at the catcher position, Perez now has his shot. He was 2-for-4 in the game.
Chris Iannetta, C5/5/2015 6:06:00 PM
Description: Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday versus the Mariners.
Insight: It's just a normal day of rest. Backup catcher Carlos Perez will start.
Mike Trout, CF5/4/2015 10:10:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout owns a career .365 batting average versus Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, including three home runs.
Insight: A .365 batting average against "King Felix" is like a .500 batting average against a "normal pitcher." The problem is that if he doesn't hit it out of the park, who will knock him in as the remainder of the roster includes no one batting more than .215 against the ace right-hander.
Jered Weaver, SP5/3/2015 6:57:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Jered Weaver lost his fourth game of the season, yielded five runs on 10 hits versus the Giants on Sunday.
Insight: Weaver struggled in another start, but he also didn't receive any run support, losing, 5-0. Weaver is 0-4 with a 6.29 ERA this season.
Mike Trout, CF5/2/2015 7:00:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a home run Saturday against the Giants.
Insight: Trout scored two runs as well and is now hitting .333 with six homers and 15 RBI so far this season.
Hector Santiago, SP5/2/2015 5:51:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Hector Santiago allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks Saturday versus San Francisco.
Insight: He did so over five innings and also had four strikeouts. Santiago still has a solid 3.14 ERA this season.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/2/2015 2:40:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is back in the lineup versus for Saturday's game
Insight: Pujols must be much better because he'll play first back and bat in his customary No. 3 spot. There had been speculation that he would miss the series in San Francisco.
Albert Pujols, 1B5/1/2015 11:04:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was not in the lineup versus the Athletics on Thursday and is expected to miss Friday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Pujols will probably not start over the weekend either because the Angels are headed to San Francisco, and they play real base there with no designated hitter.
Garrett Richards, RP4/30/2015 7:36:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards pitched six good innings on Thursday, allowing just one run on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
Insight: That was good enough for Richards to get his second win of the season. The Angels bullpen yielded three runs in the final three innings, but Houston Street finally shut the door for the Angels to win, 6-5. Richards is 2-1 with 3.00 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 18 innings this season.
Mike Trout, CFHot4/30/2015 7:31:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the, 6-5, victory over the Athletics on Thursday.
Insight: Trout had a single and a double, scoring runs in the fith and seventh. The Angels led, 6-0, and allowed three runs in the ninth, but held on to win. Trout is slashing .329/.447/.592 with five home runs and 14 RBI this season.
Albert Pujols, 1B4/30/2015 5:05:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols told reports on Thursday his hamstring feels OK, but he is not in the lineup versus the Athletics according to the Ocean County Register.
Insight: Pujols will probably not start over the weekend either because the Angels are headed to San Francisco, and they play real base there with no designated hitter.
Albert Pujols, 1B4/30/2015 10:12:00 AM
Description: Struggling Angels first baseman Albert Pujols will add a hamstring issue to his early season woes.
Insight: Pujols is likely to miss a couple of games, but at least should avoid a trip to the DL. He's batting just .208 with a very un-Pujols-like .654 OPS.
Mike Trout, CFHot4/30/2015 10:04:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is a .308 hitter with a double and a pair of home runs against Oakland starter Jesse Chavez.
Insight: Trout has home runs in two of his last three games and could add to that on Thursday. He is off to an solid start, slashing .315/.427/.575 with 18 runs and 14 RBI.
Jered Weaver, SP4/29/2015 9:27:00 AM
Description: Angels right-hander Jered Weaver fell to 0-3 after a loss Tuesday against the Athletics.
Insight: He allowed six runs on six hits over seven innings. Weaver struck out only one and now owns a 5.83 ERA.
Albert Pujols, 1B4/28/2015 3:18:00 PM
Description: Struggling Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has had very little success versus Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray in his career.
Insight: Pujols is 1-for-16 with one RBI versus Gray. That's a 0.63 batting average. Pujols' OPS against Gary is .121. It would be wise to find another first baseman for Tuesday night.
Erick Aybar, SS4/26/2015 3:18:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is hitting just .143 versus Angels starting pitcher Hector Santiago.
Insight: Aybar is off to a very slow start as well, so it would be wise for fantasy owners to go with someone else on Sunday. He is hitting just .190 in 24 at-bats this year.
Kole Calhoun, RFHot4/26/2015 9:26:00 AM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun was 3-for-4 in the, 4-1, victory over the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: Calhoun didn't score or drive in a run, but he continued his hot stretch at the plate. He has nine hits in his last five games with two home runs, five RBI and four runs during that stretch.
Jason Grilli, RP4/25/2015 9:41:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Jason Grilli recorded his seventh save of the season with a one, two, three ninth versus the Phillies on Saturday.
Insight: Grilli didn't allow a base runner and struck out one batter. He has seven appearances and is 7-for-7 in save chances with a 1.29 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, 11 strikeouts and two walks.
Chris Iannetta, C4/25/2015 6:00:00 PM
Description: Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is not in the starting lineup on Saturday versus the Rangers.
Insight: It's just a normal day of rest. Backup catcher Drew Butera, who is 2-for-8 this season will start.
Kole Calhoun, RFHot4/25/2015 11:18:00 AM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun is 6-for-13 (.462) with four extra-base hits against Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis.
Insight: Calhoun has six hits in his last four games, including a pair of home runs and is a nice play in this favorable matchup with an expected strong wind blowing out to right field tonight.
Josh Hamilton, LF4/24/2015 6:20:00 PM
Description: Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is reportedly close to being traded to the Texas Rangers, according to TR Sullican of MLB.com.
Insight: This definitely makes sense, as Hamilton would return to the place he became a household name. Stay tuned.
Kole Calhoun, RF4/23/2015 9:23:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun smacked a home run Thursday versus Oakland.
Insight: It was his only hit in four at-bat. Calhoun now has three homers and 10 RBIs this season.
Nick Tropeano, SP4/23/2015 8:53:00 PM
Description: Angels pitcher Nick Tropeano pitched very well Thursday against the Athletics.
Insight: He went six innings and allowed no runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five in his first start of the season.
Albert Pujols, 1B4/23/2015 10:31:00 AM
Description: Struggling Angels first baseman Albert Pujols gets a favorable matchup on Thursday.
Insight: Pujols is batting below the Mendoza Line thorugh his first 56 at-bats this season, but does have three home runs. He's a career 7-for-14 versus Oakland's Thursday starter Jesse Chavez.
Albert Pujols, 1B4/22/2015 11:21:00 AM
Description: It might be time to finally sit the struggling Angels first baseman Albert Pujols.
Insight: Pujols is batting below the Mendoza Line in the first 52 at-bats this season, and against Athletics starter Sonny Gray, Pujols is just 1-for-13 in his career. Pujols does have two 2-for-4 games in the last three days, so there's always a chance he breaks out, but if owners have a better option, it is alright to sit Pujols.
David Freese, 3B4/22/2015 9:50:00 AM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the, 14-1, victory over the Athletics on Tuesday.
Insight: Freese had a two-RBI single in the sixth to really open up things up against Oakland. After the inning, the Angels led, 10-1. Freese is hitting .236 with three home runs and 11 RBI this season.
Kole Calhoun, RF4/22/2015 9:46:00 AM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun was 4-for-5 with a three-run home run in the, 14-1, victory over the Athletics on Tuesday.
Insight: It was his second home run of the season. Calhoun finished the game with three RBI and three runs. Calhoun is also hitting .293 with eight RBI this season.
Josh Hamilton, LF4/20/2015 11:35:00 AM
Description: Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton adds filing for divorce to his laundry list of on and off field issues.
Insight: He's also dealing with a bad shoulder, a drug relapse and a team that doesn't want to pay him for his underachieving production. There is no timetable for his return.
Albert Pujols, 1B4/19/2015 6:20:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit a solo bomb in the loss to the Astros on Sunday.
Insight: Pujols went deep in the eighth to pull the Angels within one, but they didn't score again. Pujols has three home runs in 43 at-bats this season, but he is hitting just .186.
Erick Aybar, SS4/19/2015 11:08:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar may be able to break out of his early-season slump on Sunday.
Insight: He will be facing off aganst Houston starter Scott Feldman, who he has a career .452 BA (14-for-31) against, wth three doubles and two triples.
C.J. Wilson, SP4/18/2015 9:41:00 PM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson allowed two runs Saturday against Houston.
Insight: He pitched well over 6 2/3 innings of work, and allowed just t hree hits, but did walk four while striking out eight. Wilson left down 2-0.
David Freese, 3B4/18/2015 10:30:00 AM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese is 7-for-11 (.636) against Houston starter Dallas Keuchel.
Insight: Freese has already hit three home runs this season after blasting just 10 all last season. If you can deal with a low batting average (.205), he may have some fantasy value.
Mike Trout, CF4/17/2015 11:28:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout hit two home runs with five RBI in the, 6-3, victory over the Astros on Friday.
Insight: The home runs were Trout's second and third of the season. He is off to an incredible start, slashing .444/.500/.750 with nine RBI.
Kole Calhoun, RF4/17/2015 5:57:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun returns to the Angels lineup on Friday.
Insight: Calhoun missed nearly a week with a strained right calf although he was used as a pinch hitter. Owners can put him back into their lineups.
Albert Pujols, 1B4/15/2015 5:49:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI in the, 10-2, blowout victory over the Rangers on Wednesday.
Insight: Pujols is still hitting just .188 this season despite the two hits Wednesday, so he is off to a very slow start. He singled in the second and sixth to score a run in each inning. Pujols came around to score in those frames as well.
Mike Trout, CF4/15/2015 5:46:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI on Wednesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Trout also walked and stole his second bag of the season. He recorded his RBI on a single in the fourth. Trout is hitting .438 with one home run and four RBI in nine games this season.
Kole Calhoun, RF4/14/2015 10:53:00 AM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun is questionable for Tuesday's game against Texas due to a strained right calf.
Insight: It doesn't appear to be serious, but he hasn't started either of the last two games. Calhoun batted .272 with 17 HR, 58 RBI and 90 runs in 127 games and proved to be a reliable fantasy outfielder.
Garrett Richards, RP4/13/2015 10:23:00 AM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards will pitch a minor league game on Tuesday and if all goes well could be back in the Angels rotation soon.
Insight: Richards is returning from offseason surgery on his patellar tendon in his left knee. He exploded on to the scene last season with a 13-4 record, 2.61 ERA and 1.038 WHIP.
Albert Pujols, 1B4/12/2015 6:34:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went 2-for-3 Sunday against Kansas City.
Insight: He had a double and a homer, and now has two home runs and three RBIs through six games this season.
C.J. Wilson, SP4/12/2015 6:03:00 PM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson did not pitch well Sunday against Kansas City.
Insight: He allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and one walk over 5 2/3 innings. Wilson struck out four, but left the game in line for the loss. He has a 3.95 ERA through two starts this season.
Gordon Beckham, 2BCold4/12/2015 10:09:00 AM
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham is not a good fantasy play on Sunday against Twins starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: Beckham is 2-for-18 with seven strikeouts in his career versus Hughes. Beckham's two hits are doubles, but it would be wise to go with someone else on Sunday.
Mike Trout, CF4/12/2015 9:57:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a RBI in the loss to the Royals on Saturday.
Insight: Trout has started the season very strongly, slashing .389/.429/.611 with one home run and three RBI. The strikeouts, however, haven't come down yet, but fantasy owners are probably ok with that.
C.J. Cron, 1B4/10/2015 11:05:00 AM
Description: Angels DH C.J. Cron only has three official at-bats against Royals starter Jason Vargas, but he's taken him deep twice.
Insight: Cron is still seeking his first hit of the season, but he showed some nice power in part-time work last season with 11 homers in just 242 at-bats.
Jason Grilli, RP4/8/2015 10:00:00 PM
Description: Right-hander Jason Grilli picked up his second consecutive save.
Insight: He has looked good in the early going. Grilli struck out one and 13 of his 14 pitches on Wednesday night were for strikes.
Mike Trout, CF4/8/2015 12:02:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is 5-for-26 lifetime against Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: That's just a .192 batting average. Trout also has a home run, seven strikeouts and two walks versus Iwakuma. In standard leagues, Trout should never come out of the lineup, but he should be avoided in daily leagues on Wednesday.
Albert Pujols, 1B4/8/2015 11:59:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is a career .185 hitter against Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: Both Pujols and Mike Trout struggle against Iwakuma, so expect a nice start from the Mariners starter. Pujols is 1-for-6 with two walks and a strikeout in two games this season.
David Freese, 3B4/8/2015 9:36:00 AM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese hit a two-run homer in the, 2-0, victory over the Mariners on Tuesday.
Insight: Freese's 396-foot homer in the fourth inning scored Albert Pujols and was the only runs of the game. Overall, Freese went 1-for-4.
C.J. Wilson, SP4/8/2015 9:32:00 AM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson had an excellent start to begin the 2015 season.
Insight: This is reassuring for Angels fans and Wilson's fantasy owners although those owners are probably mostly in dynasty leagues because Wilson was not highly rated in redraft leagues. Wilson pitched shutout innings and allowed only two hits. He also struck out two and walked one. Owners, however, should wait to see if Wilson can sustain this success before claiming he is actually back to his former self.
Jason Grilli, RP4/6/2015 7:43:00 PM
Description: Right-hander Jason Grilli earned the save for the Braves in the team's, 2-1, victory over the Marlins on Monday.
Insight: Atlanta traded their long-time closer Craig Kimbrel to the Padres on Sunday, so the closer role for the Braves is now open. If Grilli pitches well, he should earn the spot. He did not allow a base runner and struck out two in the ninth inning versus Miami.
Mike Trout, CF4/6/2015 7:22:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout had a solo bomb against the Mariners on Opening Day, but Seattle won, 4-1.
Insight: Trout pretty much began this season the same way he finished last as he went 1-for-4 on Monday with three strikeouts. Trout changed his approach this spring in an attempt to cut down on those strikeouts, but it obviously didn't work on Opening Day. Perhaps he will have more success when he isn't facing "King Felix".
Mike Trout, CF4/6/2015 10:36:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is a career .367 hitter (18-of-49) with seven extra base hits and a 1.022 OPS against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: The only problem is that everyone else in the Angels lineup is batting .216 or worse against "King Felix" so unless Trout goes deep, he has taken Hernandez deep twice, he might not score very often.
Jason Grilli, RP4/5/2015 7:43:00 PM
Description: Right-hander Jason Grilli appears to be the leading candidate to replace Craig Kimbrel as Atlanta's closer.
Insight: The Braves shipped Kimbrel the day before Opening Day and didn't receive a relief pitcher in return, so Grilli, who was projected to be the Braves setup man, has the best chance at becoming the team's closer. If owners need someone already think they need to improve in the saves category, be proactive and pick up Grilli.
Johnny Giavotella, 2B4/4/2015 11:25:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella has beaten out Josh Rutledge and will open the 2015 season as the starter.
Insight: Giavotella is a career .238 hitter without much power and no speed, so fantasy owners should ignore him at this time.
Josh Rutledge, 2B4/4/2015 11:20:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Josh Rutledge has been sent to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Insight: Rutledge obviously lost the battle for the second base job to Johnny Giavotella. It was just 2012 when Rutledge took advantage of the light Colorado air to post solid fantasy numbers after a July call up, but he has never repeated those numbers.
Kole Calhoun, RF3/24/2015 2:02:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun was hit on the hand Monday and will not swing a bat for a day or two.
Insight: It doesn't appear to be serious, but keep an eye on his return. Calhoun batted .272 with 17 HR, 58 RBI and 90 runs in 127 games and proved to be a reliable fantasy outfielder. He should be again this season.
Garrett Richards, RP3/23/2015 8:47:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards threw four shutout innings in a minor league game on Monday.
Insight: Richards is returning from offseason surgery on his patellar tendon in his left knee. Richards threw 53 pitches, struck out three and walked two.
Garrett Richards, RP3/18/2015 4:37:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards will pitch in a minor league game on Monday according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Richards was supposed to pitch in an Angels spring training game on Monday, but the team has decided not to rush him. Richards is expected to be back with Los Angeles by the middle of April.
Garrett Richards, RP3/18/2015 3:52:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards (knee) will make his spring debut next Monday.
Insight: This is fantastic news, as this puts Richards on pace to be ready by mid-April. He holds a ton of potential heading into fantasy drafts.
Garrett Richards, RP3/10/2015 6:28:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards threw 40 pitches on Tuesday in two innings of a simulated appearance.
Insight: Richards is expected to throw a bullpen session on Thursday and Friday. He also could debut in a game next week. Richards is recovering from a torn left patellar tendon he suffered last August.
Matt Joyce, RF3/10/2015 11:16:00 AM
Description: Angels outfielder/DH Matt Joyce has returned from missing two days due to a rib injury.
Insight: Joyce is normally a platoon player, but could see additional time depending upon the outcome of the Josh Hamilton situation. 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, RP3/9/2015 2:31:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards threw to live hitters over the weekend and is scheuled to throw a simulated game on Tuesday.
Insight: Richards had surgery on his patella tendon after he suffered a knee injury in August and is looking to return to the rotation in mid-April. He posted a 2.61 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP in 168 2/3 innnings last season.
Mike Trout, CF3/8/2015 9:20:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout hit his first home run of Spring Training in Los Angeles, 6-4, loss, to Kansas City on Sunday.
Insight: Trout hit a home run and a single on Sunday. He is easily the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy this season, having led the league in runs and RBI with 36 home runs and 16 steals last season.
Mike Trout, CF3/5/2015 5:50:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has a plan to cut down his league-leading 184 strikeouts from last season.
Insight: Trout told the Los Angeles Times that he plans to be more aggressive early in counts this spring. He said he believes swinging at more first pitches will lead to fewer punchouts. Regardless, there is hardly an argument that Trout shouldn't go No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts this season.
Josh Hamilton, LF3/4/2015 9:45:00 PM
Description: Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton could enter a rehabilitation program for his drug abuse according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: A four-person panel is currently split on whether he should enter rehab. An arbitrator will join the group to break the tie. It is also possible that the league considers Hamilton a fourth-time offender, which would mean a year-long suspension. New commissioner Rob Manfred, however, will ultimately make that decision. To say there is major risk in drafting Hamilton for your fantasy team this season seems to be the understatement of the year.
Garrett Richards, RP3/1/2015 3:06:00 PM
Description: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday that he is expecting Garrett Richards to rejoin the rotation in the middle of April according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: It sounds like the Angels have given up on Richards being available for Opening Day. Richards had surgery on his patella tendon after he suffered a knee injury in August. His recovery has gone well, which is great news for the young arm. He posted a 2.61 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP in 168 2/3 innnings last season.
Josh Hamilton, LF2/25/2015 5:40:00 PM
Description: The Angels are bracing for a serious penalty in reagrds to outfielder Josh Hamilton.
Insight: Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that it is "worse" than the use of performing-enhancing drugs. We do not want to speculate, but Hamilton is seemingly in a ton of trouble. Brace yourselves.
Mike Trout, CF2/25/2015 3:22:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout told the Los Angeles Times that he wants to increase his stolen bases and cut down on his strikeouts in 2015.
Insight: This is music to fantasy owners' ears. Trout stole just 16 stolen bases last season after swiping 33 in 2013 and 49 in 2012. He also led the AL with 184 strikeouts last season. Fantasy owners would love to see another 30-steal season, but regardless, it's hard to argue Trout isn't the first overall pick off draft boards this spring.
Josh Hamilton, LF2/20/2015 6:47:00 PM
Description: Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told the Los Angeles Times on Friday that left fielder Josh Hamilton could miss up to 12 weeks with his shoulder injury.
Insight: Hamilton's original timetable was six-to-eight weeks, so that's quite a difference. The weird thing is Hamilton hasn't suffered a setback; Dipoto has simply just changed the prognosis. This situation just indicates that the Angels really have no idea when Hamilton will be back, and he may not return until May.
Garrett Richards, RP2/17/2015 8:17:00 AM
Description: Angels starter Garrett Richards (knee) threw a short bullpen session on Monday - about 20 pitches, according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: This is great news as he progresses from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee suffered late August after a breakout season - 13-4, 2.61 ERA, 1.038 WHIP, 164 Ks in 168 2/3 IP. He probably won't be ready for Opening Day, but a late April or early May goal is a reasonable expectation.
Garrett Richards, RP2/13/2015 10:42:00 AM
Description: It may be Friday the 13th, but there is good news for Angels starter Garrett Richards (knee) as he's been cleared to start bullpen sessions on Monday, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: He tore the patellar tendon in his left knee in late August after a breakout season - 13-4, 2.61 ERA, 1.038 WHIP, 164 Ks in 168 2/3 IP. He probably won't be ready for Opening Day, but a late April or early May goal is a reasonable expectation.
Josh Hamilton, LF2/3/2015 7:02:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will be sidelined the next 6-8 weeks.
Insight: He needs surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. This will likely give Hamilton a late start, and there is now doubt that he will be ready for opening day.
Garrett Richards, RP1/8/2015 4:30:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Garrett Richards (knee) will start running on a de-weighted treadmill on Monday.
Insight: He suffered the unfortunate injury in late August, when he tore his patellar tendon in his left knee. Look for Richards to be ready to pitch sometime in May. He is still just 26-years-old, and could make for a steal on draft day.
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.

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