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Week 23 Rankings - Position Players

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The good, the bad, and the meh - The Machine shuts us up

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Oakland Athletics Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

I’ll cover the entire 40 man roster and will split it between position players and pitchers (generally 20 or so guys on each list). Each week the list will change based on the past week’s performance - but also taking into account their performance year to date.


Mike Trout AND Justin Upton showed up in Sunday’s game and just like that - a win. Trout had only 2 hits all week and while a .346 OBP is pretty great, walking only gets you so far and eventually someone needs to start driving in runs. Upton led the way last week with 5 RBIs and Valbuena, Pujols, and Calhoun trailed close behind with 4. Trout? He had just 1 and that was in Sunday’s victory.

Hitting was pretty spotty all around with Trout, Valbuena, Pennington, and Simmons all hitting below .168. Maldanado, Phillips, and Upton were all below .223.

After a fun offensive surge of 59 runs in 7 games, the bats fell silent and the Angels only scored 10 runs over their last 4 games.

Finally, was no one else bothered by the Angels giving up when they were 8 runs down? It’s not like it was the 9th inning. Even if it were, it was just this year the Angels scored 7 runs to stun the the Mariners in just one single inning. In this case, the Angels yanked all their starters with 3 innings / 9 outs to go. That’s just 2-3 runs per inning and they are in a playoff chase.

These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, scribblings on Cam Bedrosian’s Five Guys wrappers, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Matt Shoemaker’s beard.

Not on this list:


9/8 Shane Robinson, Purchased from Minors
9/8 Jefry Marte, placed on 10 day DL