Halos Effect: Rights and wrongs
May, 4, 2012
By Kenton Wong, ESPN Stats & Info
The Angels finally showed signs of life in the last week, going 4-3, including their first three-game win streak of the season.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
Jered Weaver. Last year’s AL Cy Young runner-up is the early leader for the award this year after throwing the 10th no-hitter in Angels history.
Weaver has been extremely confident with his fastball this year. He’s thrown it 63 percent of the time, compared to 56 percent of the time last season. Opponents are hitting just .184 in at-bats ending with his fastball – third best among starters.
WHAT ELSE WENT RIGHT
An afterthought after Weaver’s no-hitter Wednesday was the fact that a day earlier, Jerome Williams threw a three-hit shutout. It was Williams’ second career shutout. His first came as a rookie in 2003 with the Giants. Once one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, Williams couldn’t find a major-league gig from 2008 until the Angels signed him as a free agent last year.
WHAT WENT WRONG
The Halos threw two shutouts in the past week, but they were blanked twice as well. On the year they have been shut out five times, most in the majors. In fact, the three teams that have been shut out the most are all AL West teams (and no the Rangers aren’t one of them).
PUJOLS FLIRTING WITH THE MENDOZA LINE
After going 0-3 Thursday, Albert Pujols’ batting average has dipped to .202. He’s still homerless through 104 at-bats, one at-bat short of tying the longest single-season drought in his career.
In the last week, Pujols is 4-28. Even more alarming is that he didn’t take a walk in the last seven days. His .143 OBP since Friday is tied for seventh-worst among 199 qualifiers.
NO MAGIC FOR ERVIN
Ervin Santana gets the start today, looking to pick up a win for the first time since September 1. Santana has gone 0-8 over his last nine starts and is the first pitcher in Angels history to lose his first 5 starts of a season.
Santana is struggling to get right-handed hitters out this season as they are hitting .319 against him while slugging .723. Last year Santana held righties to a .237 average and .384 slugging.