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I wrote recently about the Angels’ own prestigious “Big Three” of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton — how they could potentially hold up historically and in this era.
But how do they hold up in 2013? There’s little debate that the Angels now have the most talented and celebrated lineup trio in baseball, giving them arguably the game’s most potent offense. But I was a little stunned that their 2012 stats didn’t show it.
In fact, when combining each of their OPS from 2012, the Angels’ trio ranked third, behind those of the Tigers and Reds. Below is the top 15, based on combined OPS of the top three current players in each lineup (minimum is 400 plate appearances) …
- Tigers (Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Austin Jackson): 2.795
- Reds (Joey Votto, Ryan Ludwick, Jay Bruce): 2.759
- Angels (Trout, Pujols, Hamilton): 2.752
- Brewers (Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, Corey Hart): 2.729
- Red Sox (David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli*): 2.635
- Blue Jays (Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera): 2.627
- Cardinals (Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, Yadier Molina): 2.627
- Rangers (Adrian Beltre, David Murphy, A.J. Pierzynski): 2.607
- Rockies (Carlos Gonzalez, Dexter Fowler, Tyler Colvin): 2.602
- Pirates (Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones, Pedro Alvarez): 2.569
- D-backs (Aaron Hill, Paul Goldschmidt, Jason Kubel): 2.565
- Yankees (Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira): 2.547
- Twins (Josh Willingham, Joe Mauer, Ryan Doumit): 2.532
- Giants (Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt): 2.527
- Dodgers (Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez): 2.524
* Napoli’s deal still hasn’t been finalized.
** A special thanks to all of you for making this blog the 10th-most popular among MLB.com beat writers in 2012. You’re the whipped cream on my sundae.
Jered Weaver is activated off the DL today, looking to pick up right where he left off and give the Angels eight series wins over their last nine …
Pitching: RH Ryan Vogelsong (6-2, 2.29 ERA)
Pitching: RH Weaver (6-1, 2.61 ERA)
Some pregame notes …
- Jerome Williams was placed on the DL on Wednesday, with the breathing problems that caused him to go to the hospital after his Monday night start. With that, the Angels opened a spot on the roster for Weaver. Williams passed out in the Angels clubhouse after pitching against the Giants, likely due to an asthma attack. He’ll take it easy for now, and there’s no timeline for his return. More on the site soon.
- With Williams on the DL, Ervin Santana will start Saturday against the Dodgers and the young Garrett Richards will go Sunday. Dan Haren is the Friday starter.
- The Blue Jays claimed reliever David Pauley off waivers from the Angels.
- Scioscia was asked about the recent pine tar scandal between the Rays and Nationals. Scoiscia didn’t really have a problem with Davey Johnson bringing it up — which his former coach, Joe Maddon, took exception to — but said using pine tar is hardly an advantage for a pitcher. “Pine tar’s an accepted practice in baseball. And I don’t think hitters have much of an issue with it, especially when it’s cold or guys are really sweaty or it’s wet. It doesn’t change the flight of the ball, it’s in the rules, and obviously you have to abide by what’s in the rules. It’s like getting pulled over for going 66 mph in a 65 mph zone.”
Angels.com links from Tuesday …
- Offense finally busts out in support of shaky C.J. Wilson
- Notebook, on Williams, Richards’ mindset, Trumbo’s numbers and other stuff
- Preview, on Weaver’s return to the mound
- Question of the Day, on All-Star worthy Angels
Some AL West links …
- Roy Oswalt will make his Rangers debut on Friday
- The A’s expect to lose Bartolo Colon to the DL
- Charlie Furbush moving up Mariners’ bullpen ladder
And the Miami Heat are ONE WIN AWAY from championship glory.
A matchup of southpaws tonight, with Barry Zito going up against C.J. Wilson. In tune with that, the Angels are giving Kendrys Morales the day off, putting Mark Trumbo in at DH and giving Peter Bourjos a rare start …
Pitching: LH Zito (5-4, 3.61 ERA)
Pitching: LH Wilson (7-4, 2.30 ERA)
Some pregame notes …
- Jerome Williams is resting comfortably at UC Irvine Medical Center and is feeling better. Mike Scioscia visited with him in the hospital last night, saying: “He felt much better once everything had calmed down a little bit. He continues to feel better today, but we have to evaluate exactly what his situation is and await direction from our medical department.”
- Scioscia still doesn’t know — or simply remained coy about — what the corresponding roster move will be when Jered Weaver is activated off the DL for his Wednesday start. My hunch on two options: Williams going on the DL, buying them a little time; Andrew Romine getting optioned, again buying them some time.
- Ervin Santana hasn’t been told whether he’s starting Saturday.
- Since May 27, Trumbo is tied for the Major League lead with 10 homers and leads with 23 RBIs. Asked if Trumbo could be his everyday cleanup hitter, including against lefties, Scioscia said: “As of right now, against left-handed pitching, you’re going to see Mark hitting in the cleanup spot. For our team to really get to where we need, Kendrys really needs to be a big part of it. There’s no plans right now to move him out of the cleanup spot against lefties.”
Some Angels.com links …
- Williams struggles against his former team and Angels continue to struggle with runners on
- Breathing trouble sends Williams to hospital
- Weaver to return on Wednesday
- Notebook, on Trout making adjustments, the 2002 World Series, attendance figures, injury updates and roster moves
- Pujols remains fifth in ASG voting
- Preview, on the Zito-Wilson matchup
Some AL West links …
- Matt Harrison dominates Padres
- Brandon McCarthy to rejoin rotation tonight
- With Ichiro Suzuki sitting, Mariners stumble in Phoenix
Two more wins, and LeBron James can silence the critics.
Very intriguing pitching matchup today, as the Angels look to make it three straight and put themselves to win their fourth straight series. In one corner, you have Matt Cain, fresh off hurling a perfect game against the Astros. In the other, you have Jerome Williams, whose trade from the Giants helped pave the way for Cain’s callup …
Pitching: RH Cain (8-2, 2.18 ERA)
Pitching: RH Williams (6-4, 4.20 ERA)
Some pregame notes …
- Jered Weaver (lower back) felt fine one day after a Sunday bullpen session and will get the ball on Wednesday, for the series finale against the D-backs in what will be his first start since May 28. Mike Scioscia said he’ll be on an 80-90 pitch limit. More on Angels.com soon.
- Wilson (concussion) was activated off the disabled list, with the young Hank Conger being optioned. The Angels also called up infielder Andrew Romine and once again designated reliever David Pauley for assignment, giving them 12 pitchers and 13 position players once again.
- Chris Iannetta (right wrist surgery) felt tightness in his forearm, which delayed his rehab assignment, but played catch again on Monday and continues to hit. Still, Scioscia said a rehab assignment is not imminent at this time.
- Scott Downs (side) threw a bullpen session on Sunday and feels ready to go today.
- The Angels enter tonight on a 21-inning scoreless stretch, allowing five hits over their last two games.
- This, in case you don’t already know, marks the first time the Giants visit Angel Stadium since the 2002 World Series. It’s their first regular-season stop since 2000.
- Scioscia, on the decision to option Conger: “It’s a tough decision, because I think Hank in some ways is ready for the challenge. And then in some other ways, there’s no doubt that he needs to work on some things for consistency that, for his long-term development, is going to be important to him. I think the bottom line is, Hank’s upside is very important to us in the organization, and right now, he needs to be playing every day to reach that upside. And I think at some point, he’ll be better prepared for the opportunity to come up here, and not only contribute, but the opportunity to come up here and win a job and get out there and catch every day.”
Some Angels links from Father’s Day …
- Peter Bourjos, dad celebrate Father’s Day together
- Halos get another gem as Richards stifles D-backs
- Pacific Ocean gives hitters fits
- Williams to oppose former team
- Notebook, on Ervin Santana‘s parents, Bourjos’ status, RISP struggles and injury updates
Some AL West links …
- Roy Oswalt feels ready to return to big leagues
- A’s Brandon Moss finding greener pastures at first base
- Felix Hernandez solid as Mariners walk off
And a big key to the Heat’s success has been Dwyane Wade learning to defer to LeBron James.
Some notes from this morning …
- Bobby Cassevah (slight tear in labrum) still hasn’t been able to throw his bullpen session, and now it’s looking “doubtful” that he’ll start the season off in the big leagues, manager Mike Scioscia said. With Cassevah out, and Michael Kohn shut down for a bit while nursing a forearm injury, there are definitely spots to be won in that bullpen. A big key this week: How Jason Isringhausen looks. Isringhausen is throwing a bullpen today and then will pitch on back-to-back days.
- Jered Weaver, Mike Trout and Kendrys Morales will all be seeing playing time at the Rockies/D-backs complex while the Angels are playing the Giants.
- Scioscia, on this last full week of Spring Training: “This is an important week for us as a team, and some individual players in that room. In respecting that, we’re not going to miss any steps. The tendency would be to just get out there and go through it, but we’re still doing right-side defense, we’re still doing things that are going to important for us to win games and letting that process move forward with these guys tightening up any last things we need to this week, whether it’s pitcher-catcher relationship, whatever we need. You have to let that process play out and you can’t just miss a step.”
Some Angels links …
- Dan Haren used to flying under the radar
- AL West: Two heavyweights, two contenders
- Jerome Williams sharp in spring debut
- Infielder Andrew Romine sent down
- Trout, Cassevah resume throwing
- Morales’ hot streak continues in Angels’ loss
Some AL West links …
- Rangers’ plan for crowded outfield is uncertain
- Transformed Brandon McCarthy ready for opener
- Consumate pro, Felix Hernandez strives for more
And the Miami Heat are not looking good right now. They lost a second straight game by double digits to the Pacers on Monday.