Monday, May 14, 2007

Reggie Willits

After the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim paid Gary Matthews Jr. a hefty contract to leadoff their lineup, they found out Gary wasn't the best leadoff hitter on their team. Youthful outfielder Reggie Willits has proven to have extreme patience and contact at the plate. He was named the starting left=fielder when Garret Anderson headed to the DL, and has held that spot ever since. Reggie has a .359 batting average with 3 RBI and 7 SB's, leading all rookies. His OBP of .432 is also among league leaders.

Gary Matthews has also prospered, just not in the spot he thought he would be in. The Angels played Matthews Jr. in the 4th spot, protecting Vladimir Guerrero. Matthews is hitting .303 with 6 HR and 28 RBI. He combines this with 7 SB's and is looking worth every penny the Angels handed over for his duties.

The play of these two teams have given the Angels an offensive surge, winning 5 of their last 6 games, going 22-17 overall.

KC Recalls Angel Berroa

The Kansas City Royals announced the placement of IF Ross Gload on the DL. This move allowed them to bring up a familiar face in Angel Berroa. Angel's story is one of huge suprise turning into extreme downfall. He won the 2003 American League Rookie of The Year, but got worse and worse as time came. He ended up hitting less than .230 last year and embarrassing the Royals with a horrendous fielding percentage.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Clemens to sign with NYY

Roger Clemens admitted to a crowd yesterday that he will in fact sign with the New York Yankees to pitch for the rest of the season. Clemens will most likely begin pitching sometime in June, but the news should inspire the Yankees. If the Yankees do not make the playoffs however, Clemens will be another wasted $15-20M.

EDIT: Clemens salary is upwards of $28M. This means he will recieve approximately $4.5M per month. I just can't believe how much money they give out these days...

Tim Lincecum

Tim Lincecum, the young pitcher who posted a 0.29 ERA in AAA is getting the rock today to face off against the Phillies. Tim, who I have written an article on before, has very commanding stuff and will show that today. I predict he gives up 5H, 1 ER, with 5 K's in his first start of his career.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Snelling for Langerhans

The Oakland Athletics traded cash and APTBNL to Atlanta for Ryan Langerhans, a left-fielder that was once thought high upon. Great move by Oaktown right? Only problem is Ryan flew to Oakland started in centerfield, dropped a pop fly, and was told after the game that he was being traded to the Washington Nationals for young outfielder Chris Snelling. In my eyes, Langerhans had all the skills to be a good left-fielder, but never put the skills together. He only hit .068 in the first month with Atlanta and went 0-4 in 1 game for Oakland. Hopefully Ryan will get a shot and make the most of it in Washington.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Gary Matthews Jr.

Still think Matthews is a flop? After an eye-popping 5 yr. $55M contract was granted to a 32 year old journeyman outfielder with one good year under his belt. The Angels took a lot of heat last offseason for giving Matthews so much money, but they are quickly being silenced this season. Matthews is hitting at a .318 clip with 2 HR, 9 RBI, and 6 SB. His stolen base total for this season is already more than he had all of last season. I am a fond believer that Gary will be a great defensive outfielder who will hit over .300 for at least the next 3 seasons. The only problem I have is the length of the deal. As by the end of the deal he will be 37 years old.

Jason Schmidt out for Season?

Newly acquired Dodger starting pitcher Jason Schmidt, who is currently on the DL with shoulder problems, looks to have shoulder surgery soon. This would mean the 3 year $47M pitcher, who was known for being a workhorse in San Francisco, would miss the entire season, a big blow to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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