2003 Anaheim Angels Baseball Graphs Review

Following are graphs and commentary regarding the 2003 season of the Anaheim Angels. Questions or comments can be sent to me at dave@baseballgraphs.com.



AL West Standings The American League West Race

It was a tough year for the defending World Champs. At the All-Star break, they were within hailing distance of the A's, but the two teams went their separate ways after that. The last half of July and the first half of August were the worst period of the season for Anaheim.

Unlike last year, the Angels were hit by the injury bug this year, as Erstad, Fullmer, Glaus and others spent significant time on the Disabled List. The Angels were also hurt a bit by the Pythagorean forumla (three wins below their projected won/loss record, based on runs scored). But the real hurt was in the offense.





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Both Runs Scored and Runs Allowed per game were slightly below average (that's good for the defense, bad for the offense). Net result was that the Angels were just a tad under the .500 isotope.

To see the Angels at midyear, hold your mouse over the graph. At that point, they were in a very good position, with very good pitching/fielding and a decent offense. Take the mouse away, and you'll see that they sank fast in both categories. The offense sank slightly faster than the defense.

Over the full season, the Angels' OBP was somewhat below average, but their SLG was further below average, and their ISO (isolated power) was fifth from the bottom. Also, they were ninth in the league in at bats with runners in scoring position; last year, they were first.

Move your mouse over this graph to view the status of each team at the season's midpoint (July 1st).


Pitching and Fielding

Fielding Independent Pitching is based on the following formula: (13*HR+3*BB-2*K)/IP. Defense Efficiency Ratio is (Non-catcher putouts/Batted Balls in Play), adjusted for ballpark. Circle sizes in this graph are proportional to the percent of fieldable balls successfully converted into outs by the fielders.
The Angels' Pitching and Fielding

Like last year, the Angels had one of the best fielding teams in the majors. Unfortunately, it was not quite as good as last year's, when they had the best DER in the league. The pitching, which was slightly better than average, was not as good as in 2003.

The Angels had some good fielders all around, but two guys who deserve mention are Bengie Molina and Darin Erstad, when healthy.

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Anaheim Angels Ten Game Averages
April May June July Aug Sept
OBP .351 .334 .323 .303 .347 .322
SLG .437 .398 .460 .400 .423 .358
FIP 1.74 1.00 1.20 1.39 1.10 1.72
DER .734 .697 .747 .732 .708 .735
The DER stats in this table are based on limited data; the trend between months per team is more valid than the absolute number.
The Angels Day-by-Day

During the worst stretches of the Angels' year, the hitting was primarily to blame. During that run in August, the defense was somewhat worse than average, but the offense was way worse than average. At one point, average runs scored over a ten-game stretch dipped to 1.5/game. Same sort of thing happened in the end of June and the middle of September.

Part of this was due to the schedule. Anaheim played some tough pitching teams during their worst offensive stretches, such as the Yankees, Dodgers and Mariners. When your primary competition in interleague play is Los Angeles, your offense is going to suffer.



Anaheim Angels' Win Shares

Player          Team    Pos     Hit     Field   Pitch   Sum     WS 	
--------	-----	----	----	----	-----	-----	---	
G Anderson      ANA     OF      21.51   3.75    0.00    25.26   25	
T Salmon        ANA     OF      15.83   1.20    0.00    17.02   17	
B Molina        ANA     C       7.98    7.86    0.00    15.84   16	
A Kennedy       ANA     2B      8.26    5.26    0.00    13.51   14	
S Spiezio       ANA     1B      10.52   1.91    0.00    12.42   12	
S Shields       ANA     P       0.00    0.00    12.04   12.04   12	
B Donnelly      ANA     P       0.00    0.00    11.71   11.71   12	
J DaVanon       ANA     OF      9.31    2.29    0.00    11.60   12	
D Eckstein      ANA     SS      5.56    4.98    0.00    10.54   11	
J Washburn      ANA     P       0.00    0.00    9.64    9.64    10	
T Glaus         ANA     3B      7.45    1.72    0.00    9.17    9	
F Rodriguez     ANA     P       0.00    0.00    9.09    9.09    9	
B Weber         ANA     P       0.00    0.00    8.04    8.04    8	
C Figgins       ANA     OF      5.98    2.03    0.00    8.01    8	
T Percival      ANA     P       0.00    0.00    7.74    7.74    8	
B Fullmer       ANA     DH      7.48    0.20    0.00    7.69    8	
J Lackey        ANA     P       0.00    0.00    7.65    7.65    8	
R Ortiz         ANA     P       0.00    0.00    5.22    5.22    5	
D Erstad        ANA     OF      0.59    2.65    0.00    3.23    3	
E Owens         ANA     OF      1.22    1.57    0.00    2.79    3	
D Turnbow       ANA     P       0.00    0.00    2.45    2.45    2	
J Molina        ANA     C       0.00    2.32    0.00    2.32    2	
S Schoeneweis   ANA     P       0.00    0.00    2.29    2.29    2	
K Gregg         ANA     P       0.00    0.00    2.15    2.15    2	
K Appier        ANA     P       0.00    0.00    1.94    1.94    2	
A Sele          ANA     P       0.00    0.00    1.78    1.78    2	
S Wooten        ANA     1B      0.22    1.30    0.00    1.52    2	
B Gil           ANA     2B      0.00    1.46    0.00    1.46    2	
W Delgado       ANA     SS      0.80    0.56    0.00    1.36    1	
A Amezaga       ANA     SS      0.00    1.32    0.00    1.32    1	
G Glover        ANA     P       0.00    0.00    1.03    1.03    1	
A Riggs         ANA     1B      0.66    0.32    0.00    0.99    1	
G Jones         ANA     P       0.00    0.00    0.96    0.96    1	
R Quinlan       ANA     1B      0.08    0.28    0.00    0.36    0	
R Rodriguez     ANA     P       0.00    0.00    0.33    0.33    0	
G Johnson       ANA     OF      0.13    0.07    0.00    0.20    0	
B Wesson        ANA     OF      0.05    0.10    0.00    0.15    0	
T Gregorio      ANA     C       0.00    0.09    0.00    0.09    0	
T Durrington    ANA     2B      0.00    0.08    0.00    0.08    0	
J Ramirez       ANA     OF      0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
C Bootcheck     ANA     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
M Callaway      ANA     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
B Miadich       ANA     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	

The Angels' Individual Players

Garret Anderson had a very good year, and even beat his team-best Win Share total from last year. He is about the only Angel for whom that's true. Scott Shields had a very fine year, but only started 13 games and is may be a bit underrated by Win Shares.

Troy Glaus went from 22 to 9 WS. Salmon went from 22 to 17; Eckstein: 20 to 11; Washburn: 18 to 12; Spiezio 17 to 12; Kennedy: 17 to 14; Erstad: 17 to 3; Percival and Fullmer: 13 to 8.

Two guys who stepped it up from last year: Bengie Molina and the amazing Brendan Donnelly.

You can view all American League Win Shares data via the following links:
All Players, Top to Bottom
Players Ranked by Position
Players Fielding WS by Position