Maniac Ball

Because you have to be a maniac to be an Angels fan


The dust has finally settled since the Angels made their trade for closer Huston Street on Friday evening. So now is a good time to take a look at the current bullpen as we head into the second half of the season. You can take a look at the more long-term impacts of the trade here, but what I want to go over is how the relief corps are positioned right now as we head into the stretch run. The bullpen was one of the Angels’ biggest question marks heading into the season and has arguably been the biggest weakness through the first half. Upon closer examination, the bullpen has actually been trending upward, and the addition of Street has actually turned it into a great asset heading into the second half.

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When you think of historical offensive achievements, your first thought is a certain player or team who put up video game like numbers. All of the many 50 home run seasons in the steroid era come to mind and many of the offenses in that time come up as “all time great offenses”. There’s no doubt that many of those steroid era offenses were great but one huge mistake many fans and analysts make is adjusting for context.

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NOTE: These depth charts reflect both the usage of the players at their respective position ranked and the ranked likelihood of a player to be promoted over others for purpose of being used at that position.

OFP = Overall Future Potential (per ESPN.com):
80-65 = Major League Star
65-50 = Solid Everyday Player
50-40 = Bench/Below-Average Regular
Sub-40 = Organizational Player

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NOTE: These depth charts reflect both the usage of the players at their respective position ranked and the ranked likelihood of a player to be promoted over others for purpose of being used at that position.

OFP = Overall Future Potential (per ESPN.com):
80-65 = Major League Star
65-50 = Solid Everyday Player
50-40 = Bench/Below-Average Regular
Sub-40 = Organizational Player

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