You don't get much more up and down than a sweep followed by being swept, and thanks the Angels we all got to experience that this past week. Although there are some good things happening with the team, there are a whole lot of bad things as well.
Kole Calhoun continues to impress and hit a home run this past week, along with a .360 AVG and only 4 Ks, which is pretty good for him.
Other standout hitting performances were put on by Albert Pujols who had a .385 OBP and hit 2 home runs, Yunel Escobar with 5 doubles, only 1 K, and a team leading .433 OBP, and Geovany Soto who only had 7 AB but hit a HR and batted .429.
Matt Shoemaker had a bounce back pitching performance which begs the question - which Shoemaker will we get next time around? Let's hope it's the one who dominated through 6 innings and allowed only 1 hit.
Nick Tropeano pitched twice last week to the turn of 10.2 inning and only allowed 1 earned run, though he did give up 11 hits and 4 walks.
Garrett Richards put up a quality start going 6 innings with 6Ks and holding the A's to 2 earned runs and a .182 AVG.
Greg Mahle (Molly? Malley? Mall?) had an impressive rookie week, though he only pitched 2 innings. He struck out 3 and allowed only one hit. His earned runs would be zero if he hadn't been pulled before Morin gave up the run for him.
I guess our bullpen is a great place to start isn't it? Joe Smith had two bad nights in a row when he gave up back to back home runs against he Twins Saturday, then gave up the tying run on Saturday. Talk about a bad weekend. Smith gave up 8 hits, 4 runs, and a walk last week. Opponents hit .421 off Smith in the process.
Mike Morin and Fernando Salas did their part to destroy their ERA numbers as well. In total, our bullpen threw 20 innings last week, giving up 21 hits, 9 runs, and 2 blown saves.
Jered Weaver pitched great in his debut last week, but turned it the other direction when he only lasted 4.1 against the Twins and giving opposing hitters a .400 average, 8 hits and 4 runs.
Offensive struggles continued across the lineup with notable turd-worthy performances from Johnny Giavotella (0 for 12), C.J. Cron (2 for 18), and Craig Gentry (1 for 10).
Being swept by the Twins was especially bad, especially considering they hadn't yet won a game and have scored the least runs in all of baseball (the Angels aren't far behind that)
Mike Trout's punch in the lineup has been mostly missing. He did have a fun home run last week, stole a base, and hit .261, but has been mostly bad to meh all year so far.
We finally started stealing bases! After zero in week one, the Angels swiped 3 bags last week. It's kinda meh in the grand scale of things but at least we aren't last in this category any more.