Not exactly a buy low scenario.
Hamels’ average fastball velocity in May is 93.59 mph, a monthly figure he did not reach last season until August. His strikeout rate, over a full season, would rank among the best of his career.
His walk rate is dropping, and after allowing seven homers in his first three starts, his home run rate also is returning to normal. Hamels has allowed only one homer in his last seven outings, none in his last four.
Get him now, get him while he’s hot.
Manager Mike Scioscia has juggled the batting order in an effort to spark the offense, but it doesn’t matter how the Angels line up if the majority of them aren’t hitting.
“All the things we need to create offense are not there on a consistent basis,” Scioscia said. “We have confidence in the guys on our roster and some of the guys on our depth chart, but they haven’t performed.”
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“I got into a discussion with a random fan at a game and they were saying, ‘How smart can you guys be? You missed the best player on the planet,’ ” said the Red Sox’ Northeast region scout. “I just said, ‘You want to hear the real story?’
It was simply more comforting getting the chance to see a player play more baseball. Both Red Sox scouts had seen him a bunch. (“He was a kid who was fun to watch. He was fun to scout,” Fagnant said. “I never dreaded that 5 1/2-hour drive to Millville ...
There is an app for that.
When you look at Richards’ full repertoire, you can see that he’s actually got several pitches that rank near the top in spin:
• Four-seam fastball: 2498.88 (seventh)
• Two-seam fastball: 2468.69 (first)
• Cutter: 2390.75 (seventh)
• Slider: 2779.35 (second)
When the ball leaves Richards’ hand, it’s got just a ton of spin to it, almost no matter what he’s throwing.
That sounds impressive. It is impressive. But so what—why, in other words, should you care about spin rate?
And then they ...Read More...
Actually, Josh, there is one person responsible for you…you.
“When you haven’t been yourself for a while, it’s not that easy to just flip back over and do it every time,” said Hamilton, who was 4-of-19 with two RBIs in Round Rock. “You need people around you that can remind you and help get you back to where you need to be.”
During Wednesday night’s Rockies-Angels game, Colorado’s Root Sports Rocky Mountain broadcast crew of Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson provided even more of those hot takes, dressing Hamilton down for not thanking the Angels for paying him tens of millions of dollars *and* for not apologizing to Angels fans for… not playing well? ...
Here’s a transcript of their comments.
“Howie Kendrick is gone. You can focus on that certainly. Also, the whole Josh Hamilton situation. A lot of guys ...
Anything can happen. Mike Trout could literally get hit by a bus tomorrow or could figuratively fall off a cliff like Dale Murphy did, but as things are going right now, we’re watching a player that we’ll be telling our grandkids about one day.
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I can’t imagine you need background. Everyone knows what was going on. Everyone saw what the Royals did to Mike Trout in last year’s ALDS. Trout’s strikeouts went up because teams realized they could throw him fastballs upstairs. OK, this, we’re all familiar with. It was probably unrealistic to expect Trout to make an adjustment last year on the fly. He’d need an offseason to work out how he wanted to respond. I think we’ve now seen his response. That glaring, obvious weakness? ...
Throughout spring training indications were that Huston Street and the Angels both had an interest in keeping him from next offseason’s free agent market with a contract extension and now the two sides have agreed to a two-year deal.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll get $18 million in guaranteed money and the deal also includes a team option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout.
Street is currently finishing up a six-year, $43 million deal originally signed with the ...
“It’s really a small miracle that I got back here because it was a whole, big, long, ugly process,” Hamilton said. “I feel like the Lord had his hand on it to get me back here. I feel like I’m in the place I’m supposed to be in now.”
Weaver never threw particularly hard and his velocity has been trending in the wrong direction for a while now:
2010: 89.9 mph
2011: 89.1 mph
2012: 87.8 mph
2013: 86.5 mph
2014: 86.3 mph
2015: 83.3 mph
However, while a decent number of pitchers are able to thrive with high-80s fastballs once the velocity dips into the mid-80s consistently the tightrope they need to walk becomes incredibly thin. Weaver won a league-leading 18 games last season with a 3.59 ERA, but at age 32 there’s ...
Ken Rosenthal’s latest.
Only here we are, in May, four full weeks of the baseball season past, and Weaver – 20-game winner and Cy Young runner-up within the past half-decade – is averaging around 83 miles per hour with his fastball. Considering the biggest in-season leap from April to the end of the year last year was 1.2 mph, the prospect of the 32-year-old Weaver regaining his velocity grows unlikelier by the day.
The odds of two games ending in such fashion on the same day were probably far greater than anything spectators saw in the Kentucky Derby or the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Baseball wins again.
Heyman is taking over as editor of Halos Heaven.
It’s to the point where Hamilton is so convincing he doesn’t even have to try. And he hasn’t been trying.
In his Texas press conference, Hamilton never once took responsibility for causing the Angels a lot of heartache. Instead, what he said was Moreno should have known better. That strikes me as a very different message than the one he gave him when selling him on the $125 million deal, which is among the all-time worst from a team ...
Although the Angels should have worked to give Hamilton as much support as they could, I can’t buy into the idea it was some type of moral responsibility for them. Hamilton’s sobriety was his responsibility. As such it was on him (and his representation) to make sure he had the support system he needed. I hope, for Hamilton’s sake, that his sobriety isn’t dependent on the Rangers because, no matter how well his battle goes while he is a Ranger, he’ll have a lot of life left to live when his ...Read More...
I wonder how much other players with drug problems will be impacted by this whole mess.
“I worked my butt off to be that guy this year going into this season with the Angels,’’ Hamilton said Monday. “They just didn’t want that to happen for some reason.’‘
Hamilton also challenge Moreno’s assertion that he was not accountable, saying, “I have no clue what he’s talking about. I showed up every day and played hard when I was there.’‘
He added: “[Moreno] knew what the deal was when he ...
This sounds workable.
Sources said Friday evening that the Angels and Rangers had yet to agree on all terms of the deal, meaning it could be several days before the full matter is resolved. But under the deal’s general parameters as of Friday, the Rangers will not send any players to the Angels, and the Rangers will take on less than $15 million in financial obligations to Hamilton. He is owed $83 million over the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons.
One key element of the trade is that Hamilton will ...
No info in the article about how this will be accomplished.
Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who in February admitted to relapsing and abusing drugs and alcohol, may never play for Los Angeles again and could be gone from the team in a matter of days, according to an industry source.
They are in no rush.
Josh Hamilton has a lot on his plate.
Jon Heyman covers a bunch of different things.
If he’s physically ready to play, I would think his agent would be pushing to have him activated. If he is, it looks like the Angels need to either activate him or release him.
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