How about that Saturday game score, huh? How about the rest of the past week? Never mind, let's go back to Saturday night because it was amazing and the rest of the week - not so much. This Angels team is confusing. Confounding. Con-something. Struggling Carlos Perez all of a sudden has a 5 for 6 game with 6 RBIs. Where the heck did that come from? The Angels scored as many runs in that one game as they had in their previous 6 games.
Aside from that amazing and historic game at Fenway, the Angels were swept last week by the Astros (again) and lost the series to the Red Sox over the weekend. Outside of that one game, the Angles were outscored in their 5 losses, 16 to 36. It's hard not to enjoy the show put on by our Halos over the weekend, but it's hard not to remember that game was a HUGE outlier an the rest of the season is likely going to be long and arduous.
There were actually some good hitting performances last week, though mostly all on the backs of the Saturday night hit parade. Pitching, however, didn't fare so well at all.
Blackjack! Twenty-run freaking runs on Saturday night. If that isn't enough to fall in this section, I don't know what is. C.J. Cron and Carlos Perez were the first duo on the same team to have 5 or more hits and 5 or more RBIs in the same game since 1936.
On the backs of an incredible amount of run support, Hector Santiago threw 6 innings of 4 hit ball, allowing just 1 run (unearned), though he did walk 4 batters.
Yunel Escobar is back and went 5 for 9 in 2 games. His time in a Halo uniform may be expiring soon so it's good to see him working on that trade value.
Carlos Perez was batting .500 last week. Though if you take out the Saturday game, he was only 2 for 11. Still, it was great to see him hitting the ball well and going 5 for 6 with 6 RBIs is pretty bad-ass.
Speaking of bad-ass, C.J. Cron went 6 for freaking 6 on Saturday and raised his batting average 19 points in that one game. Of course he dropped it 5 points by going 0 for 4 on Sunday, but we'll forgive him after putting up those numbers which also included 2 home runs.
Mike Trout stole 3 bases last week, which has to be the most he's stolen over 6 games in years (it seems like). Oh, he also hit a modest .476 with an OBP of .607 which I think is pretty good.
Albert Pujols actually drove in runs last week (8 of them), and had a .519 OBP (second only to Trout).
Andrelton Simmons had one of his better weeks, slugging .480 and hitting 3 doubles on his way to a .360 batting average.
In 15 at bats last week, Daniel Nava hit .333 which is better than he has done in quite some time.
Jhoulys Chacin blew up another start and gave up 5 runs in 4.2 innings of work. Sunday it was announced that Nick Tropeano will (finally) be rejoining the roster and Chacin will be moved to the bullpen.
Jered Weaver had his second bad start in a row, and 4th in his last 5 games. He gave up 6 runs in 5.1 innings.
The freaky freak, Tim Lincecum lasted just 4.1 innings and gave up 5 runs on 4 walks and 7 hits, though he did notch 7 strike outs.
Huston Street entered the game Wednesday in a non-save situation, but couldn't even get though the inning. Street allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in .2 IP. Not the type of stuff you are looking for in your closer. During June, Street gave up 8 runs in 6.2 IP with a 10.80 ERA, .469 BAA, and 3.45 WHIP.
Aren't we glad Joe Smith is back? Smith put the final nail in the coffin on Sunday when he gave up 3 runs in 1 inning on the mound.
Fernando Salas pitched in 3 games last week and he gave up run(s) in all of them. He gave up 4 runs in 3.1 IP and put up a 10.80 ERA over the past week.
In total, the Angels bullpen had a 7.14 ERA over the past week and a .378 BAA.
Jefry Marte put up since second sucky week in a row and only batted .100 in 20 trips to the plate.
Looks like Carlos Perez will be staying on the team and Jett Bandy will be sent down when Geovany Soto returns to the roster. Bandy has been hitting better in general than Perez, but Perez had a monster night Saturday and was hitting the ball hard. Bandy went 1 for 10 last week with his only hit being a home run. The Jettster picked a bad week to start struggling.
Kole Calhoun had a rough week, and while he only struck out twice, he only hit .214
JC Ramirez pitched well enough in a few games last week, but not so well when he gave up a couple runs agains the Astros (at least that game was already a lost cause).
I really hate putting Matt Shoemaker here, but his performance on Sunday was not so great. Shoemaker gave up 5 runs over only 4.2 innings. The saving grace for Shoey last week is that he also pitched a 6 inning scoreless game against the Astros earlier in the week.
Jose Alvarez had some good outings against the Astros, but in the series finale in Boston he couldn't even get an out when he came in to relieve Matt Shoemaker, and gave up a few runs before he was yanked.
Deolis Guerra has been a bright spot in the dull luster that is the Angel's bullpen. He pitched 4.1 innings last week, allowed zero runs. Over the lats 30 days, he has just a 1.02 ERA. He did however, blow a save on Monday.
Johnny Giavotella only hit .227 last week, but he is 5 for his last 15 (.300 AVG).