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Week 9 Halo recap: The good, the bad, the meh

Calhoun continues to rake and the bullpen continues to suck, but at least Huston Street is back!

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A pretty good week is when the Angels win back-to-back series, and almost sweep the Pirates.  A bad week is one in which you lose one of your utility players (Pennington) - again- and you lose one of the top pitchers (Tropeano) in your already decimated rotation.  Unfortunately, the Angels had both of those weeks these past 7 days.  Our ownership of the Tigers continued, at least until Michael Fulmer mowed down the Angels and allowed only 2 hits.  Their bats were obviously tired from scoring 16 runs the previous two games.  We also just missed a 3 game sweep over the Pirates when our bullpen went into full meltdown mode.

The Angels had the 2nd best Team OBP this past week with .389 and they scored 37 runs over 6 games.  Not bad offensive numbers.  Pitching, however, struggled and was among the worst in ERA and HR/9.


C.J. Cron led the team with 7 RBIs last week, and racked up 5 of them in a 2 HR night against the Tigers on Tuesday, leading the Angels to their 11-9 win.  Cron also didn't have a single strikeout in his 15 AB.

Jefry Marte made the most of his 10 AB with a .455 OBP and a HR this past week.

Kole Calhoun put up the best line of the week with a .391/.481/.729.  He only had 2 Ks and hit 2 HR with 5 RBI and a team high 8 runs scored.

Albert Pujols only hit 1 HR last week, but it came with one on in the 8th inning of a one-run game against the Pirates.  He also had a .435 OBP.

Jhoulys Chacin was dominant when he threw a complete game, allowing only 1 run and striking out 10.  Not nearly as dominant in his second start, but he only allowed 3 runs through 5 IP.

Matt Shoemaker was on the bad end of a sleeping Angels offense when he only gave up 2 runs over 7 IP and struck out 8.  He got the loss because the Angels couldn't score a run.

Huston Street is back from the DL and has a win and a save in his two appearances, allowing only 1 hit.  He got himself out of a bases loaded jam for a save and series win against the Pirates.


Rafael Ortega is now hitting .245 on the year after slumping lately and only hitting .200 over the past week.

Carlos Perez hasn't had a great offensive year and only hit .200 last week.  He did manage to hit 3 doubles out of his 4 hits.

Johnny Giavotella turned into a pumpkin recently and hit just .190 over his last 6 games.

Speaking of pumpkins, Hector Santiago has been pretty bad lately.  In his last two starts, he gave up 9 ER and threw 10.2 innings.  He also gave up 3 HR and 6 walks.  The fact that he also struck out 13 is pretty useless considering his other numbers.

The latest victim of the voodoo curse or whatever is plaguing the 2016 Angels is Nick Tropeano.  He landed on the DL with a shoulder issue.

Fernando Salas laid a big turd on the mound when he gave up a HR on his first batter and allowed in 4 more in a game where the Angels only lost by one run.  He also gave up a run his prior outing, so he notched a blown save and a loss in two appearances.

Only the Red Sox pen was worse than the Angel's bullpen who put up a 6.38 ERA last week and allowed 5 HRs.


Mike Trout walked 6 times and hit a HR, but he also batted .250 on the week and just .214 his last 3 games.