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An inventory of the Angels trade assets

It’s no secret the Angels will be (and currently are) on the hunt for offense come trading season. Even with Chris Iannetta heating up and Pujols’ inevitable “resurgence” (really, it just means he won’t be as bad as he has been) the Angels offense would merely grade out as weak. They’ll be on the lookout for a left fielder and likely a DH that could help propel the offense...
Via Monkey with a Halo
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #39: The Iannetta Redemption Tour – Angels 3, Blue Jays 2

Chris Iannetta is back! His awful, terrible, no-good start to the season is slowly becoming a fading memory as the veteran backstop has apparently remembered how to hit. We kind of all figured that would happen sooner or later, but hadn’t counted on it being more towards the later side. It was taking so long that plenty of us had clearly given up on him. Then Chris goes and has...
Via Monkey with a Halo
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Miller mocked with outline on dressing room floor after taking pitch off knee

During Friday’s game between the Angels and Giants, home plate umpire Bill Miller took a pitch square off his knee after it appeared pitcher Joe Smith and catcher Chris Iannetta weren’t on the same page. Saturday, members of the umpiring crew had a little fun at Miller’s expense. On the umpires dressing floor was a...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #23: The catch is there is no catch – Giants 3, Angels 2

The Angels have a catching problem. I mean that in two ways. For one, their catcher just isn’t performing. For reasons I don’t think anyone understands, Chris Iannetta has completely forgotten how to hit. He is just a disaster at the plate right now. The second way is that Iannetta now apparently literally can’t catch. He had a passed ball that set up one Giants run and allowed...
Via Monkey with a Halo
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Iannetta’s Transformation

By framing runs above average on StatCorner, Chris Iannetta was 54th of 78 catchers that caught at least 1000 pitches last year. This year, he’s first. All it took was a little studying. After reading up, a little twist of the butt and a new relaxation technique was enough to change the fortunes of a […]
Via Fangraphs
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Weaver wants a longer leash, Iannetta discusses framing improvements

The April 24th, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Weaver wants a longer leash, Iannetta discusses framing improvements and much more… The Story: Jered Weaver wants a longer leash.The Monkey Says: Well, he should pitch better. He was a little hot about getting pulled with only 93 pitches on Wednesday, but he also staved off a scoring opportunity in just about...
Via Monkey with a Halo
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Finding Chris Iannetta In an Unexpected Place

Guess what! It’s time for my first pitch-framing post of the season. There will probably be dozens more of these. I don’t know what those ones will be about, but the purpose of this one is to highlight the early performance of Angels catcher Chris Iannetta. I know, of course, it’s super early! I know, […]
Via Fangraphs
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Angels: A rivalry renewed

Albert Pujols, and six other Angels, are batting less then .200 to begin the year. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (5-7) and the Oakland A’s (6-7) share a common letter on their hat, an American League division, and a four game series that starts today, April 20th of 2015. The season series was close in 2014. The Angels skated by with a 10-9 season record against the A’s....
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Shaky seventh inning costs Royals in 4-3 loss to Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chris Iannetta hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning Sunday, lifting the Los Angeles Angels over the Kansas City Royals 4-3. Reliever Tim Collins (0-3) retired the first batter in the eighth before Iannetta lined a drive into the lower seats in the left-field corner for his fifth homer of the season and second of the series. Michael Kohn (2-1) pitched...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Iannetta's walk-off HR lifts Angels past A's in 12

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chris Iannetta is no stranger to the moment but even he was a bit surprised by his results Wednesday night. The ball doesn't carry particularly well at Angel Stadium at night, but Iannetta got just enough of a Drew Pomeranz pitch to lift the Angels to a 5-4 win over Oakland in 12 innings. Even in the dugout, there were some reservations when Angels players heard...
Via Fox Sports West
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

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