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Week 17 Halo recap: The good, the bad, the meh (Catchers rule!)

Angels should have won more than they lost last week, but 2016 has been a season full of "shoulds"

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The Angels lost more than they won last week but if you are lucky you got this awesome soccer scarf, right?  If you didn't make it to that game, then you can always visit ebay.  Or just forget about it since you may want to forget about most of this season anyway.

30 runs in 6 games is not too shabby, but giving up 35 runs in those 6 games isn't that great.  Win some, lose some.  Tim Lincecum was DFA'd last week, so the era of the Freak is over (at least for now).  Will we see him again after he tries to find himself the minor leagues?

It's possible Mike Scioscia may be on to something when it comes to the importances of catchers, since the two highest batting average of last week belong to Bandy and Perez.  Who'd of thought??


Jett Bandy hit two bombs last week, had a .467 OBP and only struck out once.  He has impressed fast this year and should be around to stay for a while.

Not to be outdone too much, Carlos Perez also hit well with a .375 AVG and zero Ks in 8 AB, but he didn't hit any long balls.

Grand-slam robbing Mike Trout led the team with a .478 OBP and sadly, 9Ks.  He also hit two homeruns and drove in almost a third of the Angels' runs last week.

Jefry Marte was one of 4 Angels who hit 2 homeruns last week.  He also hit .333.

Yunel Escobar hit only .250 which is not great for a leadoff hitter.  However, he DID have a .348 OBP thanks to drawing 3 walks.  He had zero strikeouts in 20 AB.

Andrelton Simmons rounds out the best of the offense with a .333 AVG and .360 OBP.  He's hitting .286 on the season.

Matt Shoemaker wasn't in rare form last week,  but still in good form.  He had a 3.21 ERA in 14 innings with only 5 ER allowed and 7 Ks.

Jhoulys Chacin continues to do a good job out the pen with a .100 BAA last week and only 1 run allowed in 3 innings.

Diamond-in-the-rough Deolis Guerra allowed just one run in 3.1 innings (a homerun), but also had a not so great .308 BAA

Jose Alvarez held opponents scoreless through his 2 innings and allowed only 2 hits and zero walks.


Yep.  Shane Robinson still sucks.  How is a .100 AVG for you?

Slumpy slump slump! Johnny Giavotella didn't start 3 games in a row because he can't hit right now.  His .091 AVG was second worst  of the week.

Cliff Pennington had to out-suck Johnny G so he only hit .083 with 12 AB.

Jose Valdez made his Halo debut and gave up 3 runs in .1 innings on Saturday.  At least he made up for it by pitching one scoreless on Sunday.  Looking forward to seeing what he can do though.

Tim Lincecum is the very definition of bad, and not just this past week.  He was finally DFA'd after putting up a 9.16 ERA in 9 games with a 2.37 WHIP.

Mike Morin is back and he lost the game for the Angels on Thursday and ruined the chance at an Angels sweep of the A's.

New Angel Ricky Nolasco was far from impressive in his first start, giving up 5 runs over 6 innings.  He also gave up 3 homeruns just so we don't miss Hector too much.

Fernando Salas is horrible in 2016.  Trash.  Worthless.  No good.  Shall I go on?  He only pitched 1.1 total innings but still managed to suck.  He has blown 5 saves this year and lost 6 games.

Tyler Skaggs was maybe more meh, but he did did give up 4 runs and 2 homeruns over just 5.1 innings.  His BAA was .400 so he was pretty much lit up.


Gregorio Petit only had 4 AB and only got on base once.

Kole Calhoun had a pretty rough week with a .269 OBP and .208 AVG.  He just missed being put on the bad list.  Really could have gone either way.

Albert Pujols hit a homerun and drove in 5, so that almost makes up for his .208 AVG.  Or maybe not..

I know Ji-Man Choi hit two homeruns in one game, (and should of hit 3 if Coco Crisp didn't rob him), but that was ALL he did all week, going 2 for 13 which was a .154 AVG.

Cam Bedrosian got his first save EVER!  He did it by impressively striking out the side.  Then he not so impressively blew a save the next day.  Thanks for ruining the high Cam.

JC Ramirez did okay last week.  He did give up 2 runs against the A's but still registered the Hold.

Technically 6 innings and 3 ER is a quality start, but Jered Weaver had a .346 BAA and 1.50 WHIP in his game.