Angels Power Rankings Roundup: Week 9
Below is a graph of where the Angels have ranked over the course of the season.
And here is what Power Rankers are saying about the Angels this week:
Angels ranked 22nd - "Here's a positive: Matt Shoemaker has fanned 23 batters in his past two starts while allowing just two runs in 15.2 innings. The last Angels starter with 11 or more K's in consecutive outings: Jered Weaver, back in 2010. Only others to do it: Nolan Ryan (many times), Mark Langston (twice), Frank Tanana, Bill Singer, Dean Chance. Weaver also did it in 2009. "
Angels ranked 23rd - In Jonah Keri’s weekly power rankings he selects four teams to write about. Although your team was not chosen this week, Jonah’s work is well worth the read.
Angels ranked 22nd - "Albert Pujols is hitting .241 over a span of nearly 800 at-bats."
Angels ranked 26th - "With a chance to make up some ground in the AL West standings and potentially get their season on track, the Los Angeles Angels lost two of three to both the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros last week.
That drops them to six games under .500 and just a half-game out of last place.
With three home runs last week, Albert Pujols is now tied with Mike Trout for the team lead with 11, but he's still hitting only .229/.307/.427 on the year.
On the mound, Matt Shoemaker has emerged as the team's best starter in recent weeks. After opening the year with an 8.49 ERA in his first seven starts, he's turned in a pair of gems against the Baltimore Orioles (7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K) and Houston Astros (8.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 11 K).
"This is reminiscent of a couple years ago, but with a little something extra," manager Mike Scioscia told reporters (via the Los Angeles Times). "These last two games have been as good as you can pitch.""