The 2013 Angels In a Nutshell

8th inning, Angels lead the White Sox 4-2. Dane de la Rosa starts the inning.

Alejandro de Aza singles.
Alexei Ramirez singles.
Alex Rios strikes out.
Alejandro de Aza scores on a wild pitch.
Adam Dunn singles, Alexei Ramirez scores.

At this point, de la Rosa has lost the lead, and is pulled before the White Sox can do any further damage. Taking the hill is Michael Kohn, who has been among the Angels best bullpen arms so far this season.

Paul Konerko grounds out.
Conor Gillaspie walks.
Dayan Viciedo walks.

At this point, the bases are now loaded. The score is tied at 4-4. Jeff Keppinger is due to hit for the White Sox. Jeff Keppinger entered the day with a .185 batting average and a .182 on base percentage. His BA was higher than his OBP because, through 137 plate appearances, he had two sacrifice flies (which don’t count against your BA but do count against your OBP) and he had not yet drawn a walk. He didn’t walk in his first three trips to the plate either, so Keppinger was up to 140 plate walkless appearances to begin the season.

Bases loaded. Tie game. The batter at the plate has not drawn a walk all season.

Keppinger

Jeff Keppinger walks. White Sox 5, Angels 4.

Ladies and gentleman, the 2013 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.



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Robert L
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Robert L
3 years 3 months ago

And in picture form:

PG
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PG
3 years 3 months ago

Trout made a bonehead play as well, launching a throw to third on Ramirez’ single in an ill-advised attempt to get De Aza. He had no chance whatsoever, and the throw allowed Ramirez to stroll into second base. Of course we can’t assume the results would be the same if it was 1st and 3rd instead of second and third, but after Rios struck out, Dunn hit what likely would have been a double play ball….had the infield not been drawn in. It’s all hypothetical at this point, because the change in results can’t be assumed, but it does help to illustrate the Angels troubles.

A lone fish
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A lone fish
3 years 3 months ago

Pujols should have not given Trout TWTW; he needs it more than him. Better yet, he should have replicated the clutchiness and desire and distributed it to the other guys on the team.

ezb230
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ezb230
3 years 3 months ago

Alas, even someone so imbued with TWTW as Albert cannot simply transfer said property to TWTW-less hacks like Trout. Scioscia and Albert are saints for suffering Trout’s un-clutichiness.

Woot
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Woot
3 years 3 months ago

You guys made me look up TWTW, and now I feel stupider for it.

odbsol
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odbsol
3 years 3 months ago

You can thank Hawk Harrelson/Harold Reynolds for that one.

msg333
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msg333
3 years 3 months ago

The Angels should sign Tebow. I hear he’s available and he used to pitch…

Adam
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Adam
3 years 3 months ago

Yeah, but all of his pitches would be in the dirt and the catcher wouldn’t be able to catch them.

Adam B
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Adam B
3 years 3 months ago

He would probably get called for a balk when he “Tebows”TM during his windup.

David
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David
3 years 3 months ago

But he wants to win sofrigginbad.

A lone fish
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A lone fish
3 years 3 months ago

Mike Trout is doing well. Hamilton and Pujols are starting to look like contract albatrosses. End of summary.

Brazen Reader
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Brazen Reader
3 years 3 months ago

What about the Starters? Third base?

ezb230
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ezb230
3 years 3 months ago

But you would agree that the Albert/Hamilton deals were not the best of ideas, right?

willl
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willl
3 years 3 months ago

‘Contract albatrosses’ doesn’t quite do justice to how awful these contracts are. The Angels are paying these two players $365M. Together, they’re worth -0.3 WAR right now. ZIPS optimistically projects them to be worth about 2 WAR each by the end of the season.

In 2015, Pujols and Hamilton will be paid $47m at ages 35 and 34, respectively. And it only gets worse from there. 2016- $55m. 2017- $56m for their age 37 and 36 seasons!! And they both have full no trade clauses (as if someone besides the Angels would be willing to trade Mike Napoli for a crazy-bad contract).

It’s incomprehensible that the Angels still owe $322M to two below replacement level players starting next season!

Scott
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Scott
3 years 3 months ago

They are not below replacement level hitters, and ZIPS isn’t ‘optimistic’. ZIPS is objective. And Pujols and Hamilton are historically above replacement, even after factoring in aging curves.

Horrible contracts? Absolutely. But let’s not use 1.5 months of the season as evidence that they are toast. At this point last year, Hamilton was a god and Pujols was an old man. Then the rest of the season happens, as it always does.

Cidron
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Cidron
3 years 3 months ago

In defense of the contracts, The masses were all for signing both of them.. The front office okay’d them, the analysts were high on the signings, the stat-nerds were okay with them.. okay, everybody knew that there would be some decline years in there. But, most agreed it would be some years away. Nobody saw this happening this year.

willl
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willl
3 years 3 months ago

That’s revisionist history. Go back and read some of the stat-nerds analysis:
http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/josh-hamilton-signs-with-angels-out-of-nowhere/
http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/angels-sign-albert-pujols/

Both of them come across as pretty negative to me. They say that there is a chance these deals could work about but the risk (in Hamilton’s case) or the added benefit over existing options (in Pujols’ case) largely overshadows the benefit. In fact, Jeff Zimmerman talked about Hamilton’s Olivo-esque contact problems:
“We haven’t really seen a season like Hamilton’s 2012, with so much success but so many red flags.

Then regarding Pujols, Cameron got it wrong. He expected the Angels to start feeling the consequences in 2014, not this year:
“The Angels are now contenders in 2012, but I don’t know if the present value added for the next year or two is worth the long term consequences of this contract. The Angels are going to need a lot of things to break their way in order for this to work.

Also, be sure to scroll down to the comments, you’ll also see that the masses weren’t all for signing both of them either.

rbt
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rbt
3 years 3 months ago

They were always destined to be contract albatrosses; the problem is just that nobody expected it to happen so soon.

Cidron
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Cidron
3 years 3 months ago

that is basically what i was saying.. they knew that the value would be early, and the albatross late.. they didnt know that the albatross would arrive so soon.

Brazen Reader
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Brazen Reader
3 years 3 months ago

So true and so sad. Well, we’ve got the Kings! When’s PuckGraphs going online?

Tim
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Tim
3 years 3 months ago

The White Sox have a lot of players whose names start with A.

rusty
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rusty
3 years 3 months ago

The newest market inefficiency!

Jaack
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Jaack
3 years 3 months ago

Three of those are forms of Alexander! Are the White Sox going all Macedonian on us?

Dirck
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Dirck
3 years 3 months ago

I thought Tony Reagins was a moron because of the horrible deals he made when he was Angels GM . With the Angels tradition of horrible deals alive and well with another GM ,you have to wonder if maybe the real moron is higher up in the organization .

Richie
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Richie
3 years 3 months ago

No, the real moron is one step lower. Managers typically are made very much part of such discussions, and Sciosia’s long been more important within the organization than the man ostensibly above him.

msg333
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msg333
3 years 3 months ago

the moron ultimately responsible is the moron who gave his field manager a 10 year guaranteed contract

Mike Green
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Mike Green
3 years 3 months ago

Michael Kohn has had a career-long battle for control. Jeff Keppinger over his career has walked almost as often as he has struck out. The outcome wasn’t that surprising, in light of Kohn’s walks to the previous two batters.

The Angels were thin in starting pitching to begin with and Weaver’s injury has hit especially hard. Here in Toronto, we feel their pain.

Radivel
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Radivel
3 years 3 months ago

I can only imagine how many runs Jose Reyes would have scored by now, and how many solo HRs would be 2-run shots.

Richie
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Richie
3 years 3 months ago

A, fine. B? Naah. Other than when he’s leading the League in BA, Reyes has had mediocre OBPs for a leadoff hitter.

brendan
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brendan
3 years 3 months ago

“Jeff Keppinger over his career has walked almost as often as he has struck out”

of course if you never strike out…

angels didn’t need him to strike out, weak grounder or a fly out would have been fine.

Hurtlockertwo
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Hurtlockertwo
3 years 3 months ago

Pujols and Hamilton will start to hit, but the Angels cannot make up 11 games under .500 easily.

Wobatus
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Wobatus
3 years 3 months ago

Hamilton has at least slightly heated up, with a 108 wRC+ in May.

His k% has come down a bit, and is “only” 25.8%, which is only a slight uptick from last year. It’s funny, but we sometimes get the feeling Hamilton is K’ing at an astronomical rate, and then we also know K’s matter less than people think.

Across the board pretty much Hamilton’s plate discipline numbers are an improvement over last season. O swing% down, Zone Swing% down, Swing % down, O-Contact up, Zone Contact up, contact% up, swinging strike% down. In some of these the improvement is slight to negligible, some a bit more pronounced. And last year was an outlier as far as successful seasons for hitters with that type of discipline.

Where Hamilton is hurting is power, hard contact and walk rate. he does seem to have improved the plate discipline slightly from last year, and in May his K% is down to 23.7%. It’s getting a bit more manageable.

He’s still making too much contact on pitcher’s pitches. But there are some signs of improvement and I expect more. But no, that contract appears to have been a bad idea. Too much that looked possible from last year’s red flags have come home to roost in spades. To mix a bunch of metaphors.

Steve
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Steve
3 years 3 months ago

i feel bad for LAA, I really do. All that money for Hamilton was idiotic and Pujols is falling faster than his age curve really predicted. They’re done. The same can be said for LAD as well. LA is going to have to put up with some frustrating baseball.

Richie
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Richie
3 years 3 months ago

Heck, I haven’t been screamed at for this for ages now. For the past few years now Pujols has been falling as fast as his age curve would predict provided you just, ummm, add 2-4 years to it. Just have to stop assuming every major league scout operating in the year 1999 got it wrong.

Bip
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Bip
3 years 3 months ago

Gonzalez and Crawford are playing very well actually. Kemp’s struggles are probably more injury-related than age-related. Kershaw is going to get a big deal and he is every bit worth it. Greinke was injured in a freak incident, but has shown no performance problems. Ryu looks like a real catch. Hanley has hit well while he hasn’t been hurt.

The only contracts that look really bad right now are League, Beckett and Ethier, and none of them are supposed to be the stars of the team. The other contracts could turn bad, but at the moment, I’d say the Dodgers have been victimized far more by luck than by their players.

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