August Preliminary Report: Angels

California Angels

• The Angels had their second straight plus-.500 month in July, clawing back from an embarrassing 4-game sweep by the Tigers (where the Halos were outscored 36-5) to go 7-1 over their last eight games of the month to finish at 15-14.

• California’s 5-man starting rotation for August will consist of Nolan Ryan, Frank Tanana, Chris Knapp, Dave Frost, and newcomer John Caneira. Don Aase, currently on the disabled list, will likely return to the rotation when his 15-day DL stint ends.

• Aase isn’t the only Angels player out with injuries: outfielder Merv Rettenmund and infielder Jim Anderson are plagued as well, though Rettenmund is due to come off the disabled list on August 2nd, after sitting out the past 75 days of the season. He’s the last SP78 player to come off the DL who was placed there in May, having been injured in a May 18th game against the White Sox.

• With Dave Machemer tearing up the American League since his call-up from AAA on July 19th (.368, 4 HR, 14 RBI in seven games), it was a no-brainer for manager Jim Fregosi to keep Machemer in the line-up; with regular shortstop Jim Anderson injured, and Rance Mulliniks demoted to Salt Lake City, Machemer will now take over at short, allowing veteran Bobby Grich to remain at second base and Dave Chalk to serve as the team’s utility infielder.

• Talk about crowding the plate: California players were hit by pitch 21 times in July, with designated hitter Don Baylor leading the way with six.

• With manager Dave Garcia’s dismissal on June 1st, his season-long experiment in the outfield, where Joe Rudi was moved to center field, has come to an end. Current manager Fregosi has decided to move Rudi back to his natural position in left, with Lyman Bostock shifting to right and both Rick Miller and Ken Landreaux handling duties in center.

• August 5th is Seat Cushion Night at Anaheim Stadium!

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2 responses to “August Preliminary Report: Angels

  1. While I like the Angels outfield as you’ve described, will Rettenmund at least be called on the pinch hit or DH after being shelved for so long? If not, can we at least make sure he gets a free cushion on the 5th?

    • At first, I was going to send Rettenmund straight to the minors when he came off the DL, then I thought, hell with that, the guy’s been out of action for 75 days, let him play! What, I’m going to end his season after just five games and four at-bats? No way! So when Merv comes back, he’ll PH and back-up the outfield, while Danny Goodwin will be sent down to Salt Lake City, since he can only serve as a DH, and there’s no way he’s going to force Don Baylor out of that position.

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