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Week 22 Halo Recap: the good, the bad, the meh (Back to 8)

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The Angels lost some close games and had a pretty rough week overall

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Three of their losses were 1 run games last week, but in the end the Angels lost both series they played against the A's and Rangers.  After their 10 runs on Monday, the offense mostly fizzled - scoring just 12 runs over the next 5 games.  Shoemaker officially went on the DL on Monday for hi cracked skull, making Jered Weaver the last starter pitching standing who was there since the beginning of the season.  What kind of crazy is that?

The Angels have moved back to a top 10 draft pick next year and currently sit in the 8 spot, just a hair ahead (behind?) of  the Brewers and Phillies.

Also - 8 stolen bases last week has to be some sort or record this year.  The Angels just don't steal bases and usually only nab a couple per week.

Transactions:

DATE PLAYER POS. TRANSACTION

9/8 Cory Rasmus P Sent to Minors, For Rehabilitation

9/6 Shane Robinson CF Recalled From Minors, Rehab Assignment

9/6 Shane Robinson CF Removed From 15-Day DL, (Right hip flexor strain)

9/5 A.J. Achter P Called Up from Minors

9/5 Matt Shoemaker P Placed on 15-Day DL, (Skull fracture, hematoma)

THE GOOD



Andrelton Simmons was an absolute stud this past week and in the win on Sunday.  He hit .400 with a .455 OBP, 2 homeruns, and 2 SB.

In only 3 games, Yunel Escobar had a .462 OBP

Mike Trout was Mike Trout and even in a week were it didn't seem like he did all that great (was that just me?), he still had a .409 OBP and stole 3 bases.

Jefry Marte is proving himself on this team and had a .429 OBP last week with 11 AB.

Tyler Skaggs pitched a strong 6 shutout innings allowing only 2 hits and striking out 8.  Sadly, he didn't get the win.

Though he through a lot of pitches to make it 3.1 innings, Alex Meyer had a good Halo debut.  He struck out 5 and allowed only 1 hit - though he did walk 4.

Despite a quality start, Ricky Nolasco got the loss when he threw 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on just 2 hits and 2 walks.

Jered Weaver apparently can't lose to the Rangers at home and in 19 career starts vs. the Rangers and the big A, he is now 12-0 after his great start on Sunday.

THE BAD

Old man Albert Pujols must be getting tired since he hit only .182, struck out 5 times and didn't walk once.

Neither Jett Bandy nor Carlos Perez could hit crap last week.  The backstops had a combined 2 hits in 20 AB.  The Bandy luster has been wearing off lately.

It's great to see Kaleb Cowart playing for the Angels, but it's not great to see him hit 0.83 last week.  At least he brings the names starts with K total up 100%.

I had to split up Jered Weaver since his first start was horrible and he gave up 5 runs in just 4 innings against the A's.

Jhoulys Chacin gave up a run in both of his relief appearances for a 6.00 ERA last week.

Jose Valdez lived up to his Exxon Valdez nickname when he blew the save AND got the loss against the Rangers on Saturday.

A.J. Achter had a .429 BAA last week, so it's nice we had a pitcher throwing batting practice.

Daniel Wright was about what we expected and he gave up 4 runs in 5 innings during his first Angel start.

THE MEH

Cliff Pennington was 2 for 8.  That's all I got on him.  Meanwhile, Johnny G isn't playing baseball right now - anywhere.  Not even with the roster expansion?  Ouch.

C.J. Cron wasn't so hot last week and only hit .217 with one HR.  Meh.

Rafael Ortega hit .200 with a .273 OBP.

Kole Calhoun had 2 homeruns, but also only a .222 OBP.