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Rangers don't back down to Trout

September, 12, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- This is what you have to handle if you're a young pitcher like Nick Martinez and a young slugger like Mike Trout: Pitching inside.

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AP Photo/Tony GutierrezMike Trout was hit twice Thursday, but Nick Martinez was simply trying to establish his inside fastball.
Martinez, who fell to 3-11 after the Texas Rangers' 7-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night, hit Trout twice with inside fastballs.

Martinez has to establish the inside portion of the plate, if he expects to be around with this team next year, and getting in on hitters is important in his development.

"Just establishing the fastball inside and it got away from me," Martinez said.

Trout also understands the game of baseball and he didn't like it. In the three-game series, he was hit three times, all near the same spot of the left arm and he almost got popped there a fourth time.

Trout said he was fine, yet after getting plunked in the fifth inning he flipped his bat and had an exasperated look on his face.

"You go up there trying to have at-bats not thinking you're going to get hit," said Trout, who has 102 runs scored and 103 RBIs. "They're pitching inside the whole series, I understand it."

It doesn't mean you have to like it.

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Sum of little mistakes Dodgers' new plague

August, 4, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers were in a series with a lot at stake in a stadium filled with revved-up fans stoked by a rivalry, they played their best baseball of the season, outscoring the San Francisco Giants 17-4 over a three-game sweep at AT&T Park two weekends ago.

Where did that team go?

A sloppy weekend against the last-place Chicago Cubs seemed pretty easy to explain, as the back of the Dodgers’ rotation continued to sputter in two of those games.

But the lights were bright again Monday night, the steamrolling Los Angeles Angels were in town and it felt as if it would once again bring out the Dodgers’ best. Their second-best starting pitcher, Zack Greinke, was on the mound.

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY SportsCarl Crawford misjudged a ball off Mike Trout's bat that led to an RBI double in the first inning. It was one of several miscues for the Dodgers on Monday.
Instead, it brought out their bad habits. They fumbled the ball around at times, paid scant attention at times and made, according to the man who threw it, “one of the worst pitches ever thrown.”

Of course, there’s always tomorrow. The Dodgers are still in first place -- by a dwindling 1½ games -- and they have three more cracks to capture Southern California bragging rights for their fans over the next three nights, one of them behind Clayton Kershaw.

But the sloppiness that plagued the Dodgers in April and May has crept back into their play over the past four games. And it has begun to get on some peoples’ nerves. Some people who matter.

“You look at this game as a playoff-type game from the standpoint of the type of team you’re playing, and you make mistakes, you pay,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “It’s as simple as that.”

Hanley Ramirez, who had a -1.0 defensive WAR entering the game, according to Baseball Reference, made two throwing errors, one of which led to an unearned run in the first inning. The end of the half-inning saw the Dodgers in a quick 4-0 hole. Carl Crawford made two failed attempts at sliding catches, one of which was hit by Mike Trout -- one of the fastest players in baseball -- and it got by Crawford and went to the wall for an RBI double.

Yasiel Puig put his head down and allowed Albert Pujols -- far from one of the fastest players in the game -- to tag up and take second base.

It was the kind of effort that would get you beaten by a team like the Cubs. Against a team like the Angels, who play strong defense and are 23 games over .500 in the powerhouse AL West, it’s a good way to get embarrassed.

It was not the way the Dodgers wanted to start off this interleague series, especially in front of more than 53,000 fans.

“We’ve had three games [in the past four] where we basically lost in the first inning,” Mattingly said.

That trend is beginning to bother Greinke, too. Like fellow starter Dan Haren, many of his worst starts have seen him labor early. He has a 5.87 ERA in the first inning.

“It seems to be the problem too often,” Greinke said. “I was not even close to hitting the spot to Trout and Pujols, and they did what they should have.”

His sixth-inning changeup to Josh Hamilton was thrown too hard and right down the middle, and Hamilton pummeled it over the right-field wall.

“That was probably up there with the worst pitches ever thrown,” Greinke said. “I just couldn’t believe I could throw that bad a pitch at that important a time.”

The Dodgers described Angels starter Garrett Richards as “electric,” and he certainly was that, touching 96 mph in the ninth inning and striking out nine batters to get the shutout. But he mostly just piled up ground balls, 12 in all. The Dodgers got only four balls airborne off Richards.

There are games when the opposing pitcher is simply going to be better than you. It hurts more when you make it that much easier for him.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Angels 2

July, 2, 2014
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox salvaged their only victory against the Los Angeles Angels this season with a 3-2 walk-off win Wednesday.

How it happened: Pinch hitter Leury Garcia singled through a five-man infield in the ninth inning to give the White Sox the victory. John Danks struck out 10 batters but couldn’t hold a late lead when he gave up a game-tying home run to Josh Hamilton in the eighth inning. David Freese also hit a home run off Danks. Alexei Ramirez had given the White Sox a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning with a bases-loaded two-run single off Angels starter Tyler Skaggs, who was returning from the disabled list. The White Sox finished the season series against the Angels with a 1-5 record.

What it means: Like any good roller coaster, the White Sox manage to keep things interesting. They lost all four games at Minnesota on their last road trip, won three consecutive at Toronto, got swept in a doubleheader at home Tuesday against the Angels and put that behind them with the walk-off victory Wednesday. The win was the White Sox’s 40th of the season. They didn’t win their 40th game last season until July 25.

Outside the box: Jose Abreu managed to extend his hitting streak to 17 games with a broken-bat bloop single to center field. It is the longest active hitting streak in the major leagues. Abreu had just swung through a hanging slider before getting the single, which was aided because the Angels’ outfield was playing so deep.

Offbeat: It’s understandable if Gordon Beckham had hard feelings toward the Angels’ outfield. In the first inning Wednesday, Beckham was robbed of a home run by Angels left fielder Hamilton, who reached over the wall to make a catch. In 2012, it was Angels center fielder Mike Trout that went to the wall in left center to take away a home run from Beckham.

Up next: Following an off day Thursday, the White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (7-1, 2.30 ERA) to the mound against the Seattle Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias (7-6, 3.96) in Friday’s 7:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Rain forces White Sox-Angels twin bill

June, 30, 2014
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CHICAGO -- The opener to the Chicago White Sox's six-game homestand will have to wait a day after Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels was postponed by rain.

The teams are now scheduled to play a straight doubleheader starting at 4:10 p.m. CT on Tuesday.

Scheduled starting pitchers Hector Noesi of the White Sox and Garrett Richards of the Angels will now pitch in Tuesday's first game. In Game 2, the White Sox’s Scott Carroll will face off against the Angels’ Jered Weaver.

The Angels will make one rotation change. Instead of starting right-hander Matt Shoemaker in Wednesday's game, they will go with left-hander Tyler Skaggs, who is coming off the disabled list. The White Sox are staying with John Danks for Wednesday's game.

The White Sox are coming off an 11-game road trip, their longest of the season, and are set to play the Angels for three games and the Seattle Mariners for three starting Friday. After struggling to start the trip, the White Sox won their final three games, all at Toronto.

Frieri settling back into ninth-inning role

June, 12, 2014
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AP PhotoErnesto Frieri has regained his closer role after struggling earlier this season.
Ernesto Frieri contributed to the Los Angeles Angels' slow start with his early-season struggles. The righty quickly lost his closer job to Joe Smith after racking up a 9.35 ERA in his first 10 appearances, in which he allowed five home runs and blew two saves.

The one bright spot during that rough patch for Frieri was that he was still striking batters out, whiffing 12 in 8⅔ innings.

He’s now settled back into his ninth-inning role, having allowed just four earned runs in 19⅓ innings. In three straight games from June 7 to June 9, Frieri closed each out, allowing just one hit while striking out seven of the 11 batters he faced.

Bringing the heat
Frieri’s fastball velocity sits at 94.5 mph, topping out at 97 mph in recent appearances. Both of those figures are up about a mile per hour from the start of the season. The small uptick has meant wonders to Frieri in the past 19 games, as opponents are hitting just .120 against his fastball. In the beginning of the season, Frieri’s fastball was getting torched at a .355 clip.

In two-strike situations, Frieri turns to the fastball as a kill pitch about two-thirds of the time. Hitters are one for their past 30 when trying to catch up to his fastball in two-strike counts.

Backward splits
One trend that has continued for Frieri this season is that he has been more effective against left-handed hitters (.185 BA) than right-handed hitters (.275 BA). Going back three seasons, the splits are even more severe: .141 versus lefties, .248 versus righties. Among right-handed relievers who have pitched in at least 100 games over that span, the only pitcher who has been tougher on lefties is Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (.131).

Top stats to know: Athletics at Angels

April, 14, 2014
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The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels face off in part two of an ESPN doubleheader Monday night (read about part one here). Here are some of the statistical storylines we’ll be tracking from that matchup.

Oakland’s economical pitching
The Athletics are going with a very low-budget starting rotation this season as they’ve spent only $11.3 million on their five starters. Only the Marlins ($3.2 million) have spent less.

Scott Kazmir accounts for $9 million of the starting pitching budget. The next highest paid starter, Jesse Chavez ($775,000), starts Monday night.

Chavez, a 42nd-round pick in 2002, is now pitching for his seventh major league team, and he seems to have found a groove early this season.

In 13 innings pitched, Chavez has posted a 1.38 ERA, 13 strikeouts and only two walks (6.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio). He has done most of the damage with his cutter.

Chavez has thrown his cutter on nearly 37 percent of his pitches, second only to Travis Wood (44 percent, min. 2 starts). Opponents have gone 4-for-24 (.174) against the pitch with eight strikeouts and no extra-base hits in 2014. The Angels have struggled against cutters so far this season, batting .160 against those pitches.

A more aggressive Mike Trout
Mike Trout mentioned this past offseason he wanted to be more aggressive early in the count. While the sample is small, so far he’s staying true to his word.

Trout has increased his swing percentage on the first pitch by 47 percent, which has led to him doubling his chase percentage against the first pitch as well.

Trout hasn’t put many of these balls in play (just 1-for-3), but falling behind early hasn’t been a detriment. Trout is batting .346 this season after falling behind in the count 0-1.

Josh Donaldson’s early slump
Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson has gotten off to a slow start in 2014, hitting .222 through the first dozen games. The biggest difference for Donaldson is in his strikeout and walk totals. He’s struck out 15 times and walked only once this season, after 110 strikeouts and 76 walks in 2013.

An early issue for Donaldson has been the inside pitch. He’s 3-for-22 (.136) against pitches thrown to the inner third of the plate or off the inside corner this season, after hitting .330 against those pitches last season.

Hector Santiago’s fastball a concern
Hector Santiago pitches tonight for the Angels. He has posted a 7.71 ERA in his first two starts, both losses.

Opponents have posted a .346/.485/.577 slash line against Santiago’s fastball this season, which is compounded by Santiago throwing the pitch 74 percent of the time. Against Santiago’s other pitches opponents have hit .250 with a .500 OPS.

Mike Trout keeps getting better

September, 6, 2013
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ESPN Stats & InformationMike Trout's discipline at the plate has been key to his improvement this season.
Not to be lost in another rough season for the Los Angeles Angels is the fact that Mike Trout is having another amazing year. Trout will eclipse the 139 games he played at the big-league level last year in a few days. On the surface it looks as if his numbers have dipped as he has fewer homers and steals than last year, but his rate stats show that he has actually improved over his 2012 season.

Last season Trout put up a triple slash of .326/.399/.564. This season, he has improved all three of those numbers to .335/.433/.574. Thanks to an increase in doubles and triples, Trout's isolated power is exactly what it was last year (.238).

Staying disciplined
In addition to his power/speed combo, Trout showed good plate discipline last year, ranking 39th in baseball with a 25 percent chase rate on pitches outside the zone. This season as pitchers gave him even fewer quality pitches to hit, Trout has become more patient, chasing just 22 percent of pitches out of the zone, which ranks 23rd in baseball.

Trout's pitch recognition doesn't just apply to pitches out of the zone though. As he has learned to lay off a higher percentage of pitches out of the zone, he has also been more aggressive when recognizing strikes.

Walk this way
One of the biggest jumps Trout has made is in his walk rate. Last season he walked 10.5 percent of the time. This season he's up to 14 percent, which is tied for the fifth-best in baseball trailing only Joey Votto, Shin-Soo Choo, Paul Goldschmidt and Carlos Santana.

Trout is on pace to become the seventh Angel to walk 100 times in a season and the first since Chone Figgins did it in 2009.

Say Hey!
Assuming Trout doesn't go into a massive slump that drops his batting average more than 10 percentage points, he will have his second straight season with at least a .325 average, 20 home runs and 30 steals.

There have been only 14 such seasons in the live ball era and Trout would join Hall of Famer Willie Mays as the only players with a pair of them.

Comparing Torii Hunter and Josh Hamilton

August, 9, 2013
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AP Photo, Getty ImagesJosh Hamilton's contract will be tough to live up to, while Torii Hunter's could end up being a bargain
Just like they did in the offseason before 2012, the Los Angeles Angels made a big-name splash for this season by signing Josh Hamilton. In what turned out to be a corresponding move, fan favorite Torii Hunter was allowed to walk. Hunter voiced his displeasure, tweeting in December, "I was told money was tight but I guess the Arte had money hidden under a Mattress. Business is business but don't lie." As unhappy as Hunter was then, it is the Angels that have been left wanting. Let's compare the two outfielders head-to-head.

Defense
At one point Hamilton was a well-above average outfielder. In his MVP season in 2010, Baseball Info Solutions calculated Hamilton's Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) at +11. This season Hamilton has cost the Angels seven runs in the field. The warning signs were there though, as he cost the Texas Rangers nine runs last season.

Hunter has been equally below average in the field this year (-7 DRS), coming off a 2012 campaign in which the nine-time Gold Glover saved 15 runs for the Angels. So despite Hunter having a better overall track record in the outfield, this category is a wash in 2013.

Offense
At the plate is where Hunter has really outperformed Hamilton, hitting nearly 100 points higher. Hamilton has a home run edge 16 to 12, but from a slugging percentage it's not even close with Hunter at .472 and Hamilton at .397.

For Hamilton, the offensive woes have been even more magnified with runners are in scoring position, hitting .163 with just four extra-base hits. Hunter is hitting .313 in these situations.

Overall from an offensive WAR perspective, Hunter has been worth two more wins this season (2.3 to 0.3).

Contract
The most unbalanced numbers actually are in the two players' contracts. Hunter signed a two-year deal with Detroit worth $26 million total. Hamilton's deal is for $99 million more than that and takes him through the 2017 season. In the last two seasons of the deal, Hamilton will make over $32 million each season. That's a tough pill to swallow for the Angels given the slugger has been replacement level in the first year of the deal.

With the monetary value of a win roughly $5 million, Hamilton would have to be a 5 WAR player per season over the remainder of his contract. Hunter, at 2.3 WAR is on pace to outperform his contract this season.

Analyzing Mark Trumbo at the plate

August, 2, 2013
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ESPN Stats & InformationSome better plate discipline would allow Mark Trumbo to take the next step in his career.
On July 21, a 5-for 38 slump had Mark Trumbo's batting average down to .241 on the year. After going 2-for-4 on Thursday with his 24th home run of the year, the slugger is starting to get his average going in the right direction. He now has multiple hits in six of his last 11 games. Let's take a look at what he's doing well at the plate and where his trouble areas are.

Punishing mistakes
Most players are successful against pitches over the middle, but Trumbo is one of the best players in baseball at taking advantage when a pitcher makes a mistake over the heart of the plate. On pitches considered "center cut," Trumbo is hitting .511 this season.

Looking at the strike zone as a whole, 22 of Trumbo's 24 home runs this season have come up on pitches that were in the strike zone. Again this is not surprising at all, but it does lead us to Trumbo's biggest problem.

Gone fishin'
Trumbo has chased over a third of pitches to him that are out of the strike zone this season. That's 34.5 percent to be precise, which ranks 12th-highest in baseball.

Plate discipline has been a serious issue for the Los Angeles Angels all season. The scary part is Trumbo's chase rate is only fourth-worst on his own team. Josh Hamilton (39 percent), Howie Kendrick (38 percent) and Erick Aybar (38 percent) are each in the top ten of this lamentable leaderboard.

Change won't do you good
Another problem for Trumbo at the plate is his ability to pick up changeups. His aggressive approach makes it easy for pitchers to take advantage of him with as he is hitting just .122 against slow stuff. The only hitters who have been victimized worse against changeups are Dan Uggla (.070) and Russell Martin (.115).

Today's matchup
Redmond (TOR) vs Hanson (LAA)
The Angels will look to get to the Blue Jays Todd Redmond today. The journeyman righty is coming off of the best start of his career in which he struck out 10 Houston Astros on Sunday.

Redmond is a fastball-slider pitcher who throws an occasional changeup. Unlike a lot of pitchers that rely on those two pitches, Redmond has had most success finishing off hitters with his fastball, which tops out at 93 mph. This season hitters are just 1-for-36 against Redmond’s fastball in a two-strike count.

Halo Effect: Wilson finding his confidence

July, 11, 2013
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AP Photo/Jae C. HongC.J. Wilson got off to a rough start to his season, but adjustments have keyed his recent success
Wednesday marked one of the best all-around games for the Los Angeles Angels this season as they outscored the Chicago Cubs by 11 runs -- their second-highest differential of the season behind only a 12-0 shutout of the Seattle Mariners in May.

The offense came up with a season-high five home runs including the first two-homer game for Josh Hamilton as an Angel. But not to be lost in the fireworks was another outstanding start by C.J. Wilson.

Warming up with summer
After having an ERA just south of 4.00 in the first two months of the season, Wilson has a 2.60 ERA since the start of June. In four of his last five starts, the left-hander has given up one earned run or fewer. So has Wilson made some adjustments? Or has it merely been a result of better luck on balls in play.

Fast and furious
Pitch selection-wise, Wilson has regained confidence in his fastball in the last six weeks. In the first two months of the season, opponents were hitting .281 against it, causing Wilson to shy away from throwing it (47 percent of pitches). Since the start of June though, he has thrown fastballs 55 percent of the time as opponents have hit .194 against the pitch.

One of Wilson's most effective starts came against the Mariners on June 19 he threw a season-high 74 fastballs, inducing 13 outs and giving up no hits on the pitch.

Back in control
Another adjustment for Wilson has been in how he has pitched to right-handed hitters. Early in the season, 30 percent of Wilson's pitches in the strike zone to righties were to the inner-third of the plate. He was punished for these mistakes to the tune of a .542 slugging percentage.

Since the beginning of June, 24 percent of Wilson's pitches to righties have been in this location.

Friday's matchup
Williams (LAA) vs Saunders (SEA)
Joe Saunders
Saunders
Jerome Williams
Williams
Friday's opposing starter is former Angel Joe Saunders, who has had a very inconsistent season. In 10 of Saunders' 18 starts this season he has give up one run or fewer, but in five other starts he has given up six or more runs.

The Angels faced the "good" version of Saunders in their only previous time facing him this season. Saunders gave up one run and six hits in eight innings but took the loss in a 1-0 Angels win.

Angels sweep Tigers, but Astros (yes, Astros) loom

June, 27, 2013
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Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesJered Weaver was solid Thursday, but is a drop in velocity a cause for concern?
The Los Angeles Angels completed an impressive sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, becoming the first team to sweep the AL Central leaders in Detroit this season. In fact, the Angels have won all six meetings with the Tigers by outscoring them 46-17.

Houston, we have a problem
But there is really no time to celebrate those wins because the Angels have a big series this weekend against the Houston Astros. The Halos have inexplicably played some of their worst baseball this season against Houston – the worst team in the American League.

The Astros have a total of 30 wins, second-fewest in baseball behind only the Miami Marlins. But they are 7-3 against the Angels. That’s nearly a quarter of their wins. Two of those losses for the Angels were shutouts and in two others the offense scored just one run.

Weaver running out of gas?

Jered Weaver had to settle for another no-decision Thursday and is still stuck on one win on the season. In his eight starts, four have seen him allow exactly one run, while in his other four starts -- all losses -- he has given up four runs or more.

The big problem for Weaver the rest of this year and in the future is his drop in velocity. The best season of his career was in 2011 when he posted a 7.0 WAR. That year Weaver's fastball averaged 89 mph. It dropped to 88 mph last season and an alarming 86 mph this season. Weaver will have to find a way to adapt to this new velocity by being even finer with his location or suffer through the inconsistency that has befallen other velocity victims like Tim Lincecum.

Weaver's contract runs through the 2016 season and has $54 million remaining.

Friday's matchup
Jerome Williams (LAA) vs Dallas Keuchel (HOU)
Dallas Keuchel
Keuchel
Jerome Williams
Williams
After serving as a reliever all of April and then a starter all of May, Williams has had split duty in June. For the most part, the Hawaii native has kept the Angels in games during his starts.

Williams has had a lot of success with offspeed pitches this year. Opponents are hitting .129 against his curveball and .034 against his changeup -- which ranks best in baseball among pitchers to throw at least 100 changeups.

Mike Trout still producing on offense

June, 21, 2013
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AP Photo/David KohlMike Trout is having another incredible season despite falling behind last year’s numbers
A couple of weeks ago my colleague Mark Simon wrote about Mike Trout and his defensive shortcomings this season, but on the offensive side of the ball Trout has been one of the best in the game. His 4.2 Offensive WAR ranks tied for second in all of baseball with Chris Davis, behind just Miguel Cabrera.

Last night Trout went 4-for-4 with all four hits coming on pitches inside in the strike zone, the seventh time in his young career he’s reached four hits.

2012 tough to duplicate
This offseason there were plenty who expected some regression from Trout, but this wasn’t necessarily a knock on him – merely a realization of how rare a season Trout had in 2012.

Trout’s OPS is top ten in baseball, but it is down about 50 points from last year through 73 games when it sat at a gaudy 1.003. Part of the reason for the dip can be traced to how often he’s made hard contact. Last year at this point, 25 percent of his at-bats ended in a well-hit ball while this year that number is down a couple percentage points. That, along with a little less luck, has contributed to his batting average on balls in play dropping from .409 to .357.

No need for speed?
The most noticeable drop-off has been in steals. Trout has 16 bags, which is tied for eighth in baseball. But last year through this many games he had 31. Trout’s success rate on the base paths is only slightly down from 91 percent to 84 percent, but he’s attempted 15 fewer thefts.

Some may point to Trout putting on extra weight this offseason, but the bigger reason is likely that he’s spent 55 games batting second in the order this season and just 18 leading off. He might be more hesitant to run with Albert Pujols at-bat.

Tonight's matchup
Gerrit Cole (PIT) vs Jered Weaver (LAA)

The Los Angeles Angels face former UCLA ace Gerrit Cole tonight in an interleague matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cole went to Orange Lutheran high school before becoming a Bruin where he starred before being drafted first overall by the Bucs in 2011.

Cole is looking to continue his dominance of California teams after picking up wins against the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers in his first two career starts.

Lost opportunity at home for Angels

June, 7, 2013
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AP Photo/Mark J. TerrillMike Scioscia has a lot of work to do to get the Angels back in contention.
This time last week the Los Angeles Angels had pulled to within four games of the .500 mark and 8 1/2 games of the division lead.

With four games against the Houston Astros and two against the Chicago Cubs -- all in Anaheim -- there was definitely reason for optimism. All that hope was quickly crushed as the Angels proceeded to go 1-5 in those games.

Disappointing week
The four-game sweep at the hands of the Astros was especially disturbing considering Houston is the second-worst team in baseball this season. To put it in more perspective, Houston has 22 wins this season and seven of them are against the Angels.

One of the big issues lately has been getting the final out of innings. The Angels are allowing opponents to hit .273 with two outs this season, tied for the second highest in baseball. In Wednesday's extra-innings loss, Robert Coello gave up two hits and a walk after he had gotten two outs in the top of the 10th inning.

Prospect Hunter
The Angels didn't have a pick in the first round of the draft this season after signing Josh Hamilton this offseason, so they had to wait until the 59th overall pick before nabbing high school lefty Hunter Green out of Warren East in Kentucky.

Green measures 6 feet 4 but weighs only 175 pounds, so there is definitely potential for him to fill out a little bit and get his fastball up from the low 90s, where it currently maxes out, to the mid 90s.

It looks as if the Angels received good value on their pick as ESPN.com's Keith Law had Green projected to go in the first round in his final mock draft.

Today's matchup
Tommy Hanson (LAA) vs. Felix Doubront (BOS)
Hanson got roughed up a bit last Friday against Houston, but one positive from the start was that he hit 91 mph on the radar gone after not reaching 89 mph in his two previous starts.

The only current Angel who has more than one at-bat against Doubront is Hamilton. He has three hits in seven at-bats against the Red Sox lefty including a double and a triple.

Angels edge Astros to end four-game skid

May, 9, 2013
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HOUSTON -- Mark Trumbo hit a two-run double in the eighth inning before Alberto Callaspo's go-ahead sacrifice fly sent the Angels to a 6-5 victory over the Houston Astros in a long game that Los Angeles played under protest Thursday night.

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Hamilton homers, but Angels lose to Astros again

May, 8, 2013
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HOUSTON -- Bud Norris pitched into the ninth inning and Chris Carter homered for the second straight game to help the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Howie Kendrick
BA HR RBI R
.291 7 71 84
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Trout 34
RBIM. Trout 107
RM. Trout 109
OPSM. Trout .940
WJ. Weaver 17
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOG. Richards 164