Know Your Foe #20: Is the Angels' Visit To Coors Field A Blessing For The Rockies?

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 23: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim attempting to go from first to third on a single to center is thrown out, tagged by Josh Donaldson #20 of the Oakland Athletics in the six inning at O.co Coliseum on May 23, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

As bad as the Rockies pitching is and as badly as I think they're going to get beaten this weekend, I'm really looking forward to the Angels coming into town. Back on April 29, the Angels were 7-15 and looking like the biggest disappointments in MLB when you consider that out of the entire lineup, only Kendrys Morales, Mark Trumbo, and Mike Trout are hitting worth a damn.

Albert Pujols cracked that 1st HR barrier, and has hit 7 more since then, but is still sporting a .702 OPS.

Out of their 9 "Regulars" as decided by Plate Appearances, the only 2 batters with an OBP above .300 are Torii Hunter and Morales. Trout, Trumbo, Maicer Izturis, and Chris Iannetta also have .300+ OBPs. Oh, and I guess Kole Calhoun and John Hester as well.


Mark Trumbo

#44 / Left Field / Los Angeles Angels

6-4

220

R

R

Jan 16, 1986


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Mark Trumbo 48 175 25 59 14 1 12 31 13 42 4 1 .337 .384 .634



Trumbo was picked in in the 18th round of the 2004 draft by the Angels, 533rd overall. He was the Angels' 9th best prospect and best power hitter in the farm according to Baseball America in November of 2010 and projected to be the team's DH come 2014. One year later, Trumbo had fallen out of that "prospect" circle and had his projection with the organization and "best power hitter" standing replaced by C.J. Cron.

After a decent rookie season, Trumbo has rewarded the Angels with a fantastic 1.018 OPS and a team-leading 12 HR. The major trouble the Angels have with Trumbo is trying to find him playing time. He's a 1B by trade, and a decent one, but there's a very expensive man holding the 1B position right now. DH is always an option, but Kendrys Morales and his mighty .757 OPS have taken the majority of the playing time there. So as a result, Trumbo has mixed his time between 1B, RF, DH, 3B, and LF. Hardly defensively optimal, but it's a fine problem to have.

Pitching has carried the Angels though, with the only unsightly ERA in the rotation belonging to Ervin Santana (5.33). Scott Downs has yet to allow an earned run in 20 innings pitched. 39-year-old Jason Isringhausen is strangely unhittable and is using pure veteran grit to chew his way through his innings. Ernesto Frieri also hasn't allowed a run and has punched out 30 batters in 15 innings of work.

It's like they're the opposite of the Rockies.


Expected Pitching Matchups:

Friday, June 8 at 6:40 MT: Alex White vs CJ Wilson

Saturday, June 9 at 2:10PM MT TBD (Jeff Francis?) vs Dan Haren

Sunday, June 10 at 1:10PM MT Christian Friedrich vs Ervin Santana


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Jered Weaver 11 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .500 .667 .500
Mark Trumbo 48 175 25 59 14 1 12 31 13 42 4 1 .337 .384 .634
Hank Conger 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Mike Trout 35 139 24 46 9 3 5 22 13 30 9 3 .331 .385 .547
John Hester 13 22 3 7 1 0 1 1 4 4 0 0 .318 .423 .500
Kendrys Morales 47 163 19 47 6 0 6 20 9 38 0 0 .288 .322 .436
Kole Calhoun 6 11 0 3 1 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 .273 .385 .364
Howie Kendrick 53 199 22 50 7 2 4 21 9 46 3 3 .251 .280 .367
Vernon Wells 38 135 18 33 6 0 6 12 7 17 2 0 .244 .282 .422
Albert Pujols 56 220 25 53 12 0 8 31 19 29 3 0 .241 .298 .405
Torii Hunter 40 143 18 34 4 0 6 16 15 40 1 0 .238 .319 .392
Alberto Callaspo 42 136 13 32 3 0 2 16 11 19 0 0 .235 .293 .301
Maicer Izturis 38 119 12 28 4 0 0 6 13 17 10 0 .235 .316 .269
Erick Aybar 54 192 15 42 7 2 0 12 7 25 5 1 .219 .254 .276
Peter Bourjos 43 93 10 20 3 0 1 9 7 25 1 1 .215 .275 .280
Bobby Abreu 8 24 1 5 3 0 0 5 2 5 0 0 .208 .259 .333
Chris Iannetta 26 66 10 13 4 0 3 9 10 18 0 1 .197 .312 .394
Bobby Wilson 32 76 4 13 0 0 0 1 6 14 0 0 .171 .232 .171
Dan Haren 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ervin Santana 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ryan Langerhans 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Alexi Amarista 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Scott Downs 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Rich Thompson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
LaTroy Hawkins 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jason Isringhausen 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Hisanori Takahashi 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
C.J. Wilson 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jerome Williams 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
David Carpenter 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ernesto Frieri 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Garrett Richards 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
David Pauley 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jordan Walden 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Kevin Jepsen 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Bobby Cassevah 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Scott Downs 0-0 22 0 0 0 5 2 19.2 13 1 0 0 5 14 0.00 .92
Ernesto Frieri 0-0 14 0 0 0 4 0 14.1 1 0 0 0 11 30 0.00 .84
LaTroy Hawkins 0-1 10 0 0 0 1 0 8.1 8 2 1 0 3 4 1.08 1.32
Garrett Richards 1-0 2 1 0 0 0 0 8.0 4 1 1 1 2 8 1.13 .75
Jason Isringhausen 1-0 21 0 0 0 0 1 20.2 15 5 5 1 11 14 2.18 1.26
C.J. Wilson 6-4 12 12 0 0 0 0 71.0 48 24 20 4 32 64 2.54 1.13
Jered Weaver 6-1 11 11 2 1 0 0 69.0 49 23 20 5 15 57 2.61 .93
Jordan Walden 2-1 21 0 0 0 1 1 18.2 14 6 6 1 13 20 2.89 1.45
Dan Haren 3-6 13 12 1 1 0 0 76.2 79 32 30 7 16 68 3.52 1.24
Jerome Williams 6-2 10 9 1 1 0 0 66.0 66 28 27 6 20 42 3.68 1.30
Hisanori Takahashi 0-2 20 0 0 0 0 1 19.1 18 10 10 2 6 15 4.66 1.24
David Pauley 0-1 4 0 0 0 0 0 9.1 15 6 5 1 3 4 4.82 1.93
Ervin Santana 2-7 12 12 0 0 0 0 74.1 73 45 44 16 34 53 5.33 1.44
David Carpenter 1-1 15 0 0 0 0 0 16.2 21 11 11 0 8 13 5.94 1.74
Bobby Cassevah 1-0 3 0 0 0 0 1 5.0 4 4 4 2 5 2 7.20 1.80
Kevin Jepsen 0-1 9 0 0 0 0 2 7.0 9 9 8 1 2 4 10.29 1.57
Rich Thompson 0-1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.1 5 4 4 1 1 3 15.43 2.57


Los Angeles Angels Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Vernon Wells thumb 05/21/2012
Jered Weaver lower-back 05/29/2012

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jeremy Moore hip 03/26/2012
Michael Kohn elbow 03/26/2012
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