- 2007 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim season
MLB yearly infobox
name = Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
season = 2007
current league = American League
y1 = 1961
division = West Division
y2 = 1969
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
y4 = 1966
city = Anaheim,
y5 = 1966
owners = Arte Moreno
television = FSN West
radio = KSPN
espntn = laa
brtn = LAA|
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim2007 season was the franchise's 47th season since inception. The regular season ended with a record of 94-68 and the Angels winning the American LeagueWest division title for the sixth time. However, the Angels' playoff run quickly ended, as they were swept by the Boston Red Soxin the American League Division Series, just as they were in 2005.
During the offseason, the Angels released
Adam Kennedyand Darin Erstad, two of the few players remaining from their 2002 World Serieschampionship team, forcing the Angels to rely on their rookies and younger veterans for the early part of the season. In November, they signed former Texas Rangers center fielder Gary Matthews, Jr.to a 5-year contract worth $50 million. OutfielderJuan Rivera broke a leg playing winter baseball in the Venezuelan winter league, leading the Angels to sign free agent Shea Hillenbrand. The Angels solidified their bullpen for the 2007 season by re-signing set-up man Scot Shieldsand closer Francisco Rodríguez each to one-year contracts and acquiring Justin Speierand Darren Olivervia free agency.
Spring Training, third baseman Chone Figginsfractured his finger, putting him out of action for the first month of the season. This unexpected injury led Maicer Izturisto claim the start at third base entering the season.
The Angels' season began with a three-game sweep of the Rangers at home, a series which saw the Angels outscore the Rangers 17-7. The Angels continued their 7-game homestand with a four-game series split with the Athletics. With a solid record of 5-2 and first place in the division after the first week of the season, the Angels traveled onto the road to take on the Indians. However, the Indians' previous four-game series with the Mariners was postponed because of heavy snow in Cleveland,
The large amount of snow that had fallen upon
Jacobs Fieldbrought about the discussion of moving the series to a city with better field conditions. After a discussion about possibly moving the series to Anaheim, [ [http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-angels-indians-seriesswitch&prov=ap&type=lgns MLB might switch Angels-Indians series to California] ] the Indians decided to move the three-game series to the roofed Miller Parkin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. [ [http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=indiansmilwaukee&prov=st&type=lgns Angels-Indians series moved to Milwaukee] ]
The Indians took the three-game series 2 games to 1. The Angels continued their road trip by being swept by the Red Sox in a three-game series and the Athletics in a two-game series, dropping the Angels to a 6-9 record. During the game against the Athletics on
April 18, second baseman Howie Kendrickwas hit by a pitch, and placed on the 15-day disabled list. [ [http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-angels-moves&prov=ap&type=lgns Angels place Howie Kendrick on DL] ] Kendrick would eventually return to the team in mid-May.
The Angels returned home and swept the Mariners in a three-game series, split a two-game series with the
Detroit Tigers, and swept the Devil Rays in a two-game series that saw the Angels outscore the Devil Rays 20-4. After losing the first game on a new roadtrip to the White Sox, the Angels won their final three games of the month, including one to the Royals.
May began with the Angels extending their winning streak to four games with a victory over the Royals. However, the Royals salvaged a series split by winning the last two games of the four-game series. The Angels returned home to greet the White Sox, but the White Sox were rewarded with a series win, winning two of three games. The Angels dropped their third game in a row when they lost the series opener to the Indians. But good pitching and good defense guided the Angels to winning the final two games of the series by a combined score of 11-2, including an 8-0 victory behind
Kelvim Escobar's shutout.
The Angels went to Texas to take three of four games against the Rangers. Then, they went into Seattle to take on the Mariners. The Mariners' offense lit up
Kelvim Escobarand the Angels lost 11-3. But the Angels took the final two games of their series against the Mariners.
The Angels returned to Anaheim to begin a
Freeway Serieswith the Dodgers. The three-game series saw the Angels sweep their crosstown rivals, outscoring the Dodgers 19-4. The series also set an Angels record in attendance. The three-game series averaged 44,341 fans, an Angel Stadium record for highest average attendance for a three-game series since the stadium was renovated in 1998. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270520103 Escobar strikes out five as Angels complete interleague sweep] ] The Angels' short homestand ended and the Angels headed out on the road again to begin a three-game series with the defending World Series runners-up, the Tigers.
The Angels won the series opener to extend their winning streak to a season-high six games, in which the Angels outscored their opponents 37-10. However, the Tigers won the final two games, and the series. The Angels then went to New York to begin a three-game series with the Yankees. The Angels, entering the season as the only
American Leagueteam with a winning record against the Yankees in the Joe Torre-era at 55-52, [ [http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/preview?gid=270527110&prov=ap Angels-Yankees preview, May 27, 2007, 10:05 AM start] ] added to their win total with a three-game series sweep, in which the Yankees were outscored 17-10. The Angels ended the month by taking two of three against the Mariners and losing the first game of a four-game series with the Orioles. The final game of the month, a 4-3 come-from-behind victory, saw Angels' John Lackeybecome the first Major League pitcherto win his 8th game of the season. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270527110 Yankees' bullpen melts down again as Angels sweep] ]
The Angels continued their trend of winning the first game of the month when they beat the Orioles with a 3-2 comeback win.
John Lackeybecame the first Major League pitcher in 2007 to win his 9th game of the season. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270601103 Angels, Lackey end Orioles winning streak at six] ] The Angels won the remaining two games of the series and began a three-game series with the Twins with an offensive explosion, scoring season-highs in runs (16), hits (23), runs in an inning (8 in the 8th), and home runs (4), as the Angels beat the Twins 16-3. The Angels split the final two games of the series before leaving to finish interleague play.
The Angels went on the road to face the
2006 World Serieschampion Cardinals. After falling behind 4-0 early in the game, the Angels offense exploded for 10 runs in a 10-6 victory. The Angels split the remaining two games of the series and continued their roadtrip against the Reds. Kelvim Escobarstriking out a career-high 14 batters in the series opener, but the Angels lost, 5-3. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270612117 Reds overcome Escobar's career-high 14 K's for win] ] The loss gave the Angels their first two-game losing streak since May 23-24. John Lackey became the first Major League pitcher to win his 10th game of the season and Francisco Rodríguez became the first closer in the American League to earn his 20th save of the season in the second game of the series, which the Angels won 6-3. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270613117 Lackey pitches streaking Angels past Reds] ] In the final game of the series, the Angels scored 6 runs in the 7th inning to fuel the offense to a 9-7 victory.
The Angels came back home, but went to
Dodger Stadiumto complete their Freeway Series with the Dodgers. Ervin Santanapitched 7 strong innings, allowing only two runs; however, Santana was outdueled by Dodgers' pitcher Derek Lowe, who struck out a career-high 11 batters in 7 innings. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270615119 Lowe whiffs career-high 11 over seven innings to beat Angels] ] The Dodgers took game one of the three-game series 2-1. Jered Weaverwon his 5th consecutive decision in a costly effort; Weaver jammed his shoulder sliding into 2nd base, Garret Andersoninjured his right hip and was placed on the 15-day disabled listafter the game, and Casey Kotchmansuffered a concussion when a pickoffthrow hit him in the helmet. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270616119 Weaver keeps rolling, but Angels lose two] ] Weaver's sixth win of the season gave the Angels' starters 38 wins on the season, which led the league. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/preview?gameId=270617119 Angels-Dodgers preview, June 17, 2007, 1:05 PM start] ] Kelvim Escobar struck out 8 batters and only gave up three runs in seven innings. Gary Matthews, Jr.hit his first career inside-the-park home runand the Angels won the final game 10-4. The paid attendance for all three games of the series was 56,000, the overall capacity of Dodger Stadium. This marked the first time in Dodger Stadium history that this mark was set. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270617119 Angels rout Dodgers, drive off with Freeway Series] ]
The Angels returned home to begin an interleague series with the
Houston Astros. Chone Figginshad a career night in the series opener. Figgins went 6-for-6, becoming the second player in team history to go 6-for-6; outfielder Garret Andersonaccomplished this feat in 1996. Figgins also became the first player in Major League history to go 6-for-6 with a walk-off hit in a 9-inning game. The Angels trailed 9-4 going into the bottom of the 7th inning, where they scored 5 runs, capped off by Figgins' 5th hit of the night, an infield single. In the 9th inning, Figgins drove in Reggie Willitswith an RBI triple to win the game 10-9. The Astros continued their incredible offense and took the second game. Recent call-up Terry Evanshit his first Major League home run in his first home at-bat, but the Angels trailed until the 7th inning. Astros pitching walked 4 consecutive Angels batters, tying up the score, before Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run home run. Guerrero's home run was the Angels' only hit in a 6-run 7th inning. The Angels held on to win the series' finale 8-4. The Angels' 6-run inning marked the third time in a span of one week that the Angels had scored 5 or more runs in the 7th inning.
The Angels trailed 4-0 late in their series opener against the Pirates, but came from behind once again to win 5-4 in 11 innings. In the second game, the Angels took an early lead and took the game 10-1. The Angels blew a late-inning lead when
Xavier Nadyhit an RBI-single off Francisco Rodríguez to tie the game 3-3. However, in the 10th inning Erick Aybarhit the Angels second walk-off ground-rule double in the series to win the game 4-3. The three-game series sweep was the Angels' first since they swept the Yankees in May. The Angels also won their 9th series in a row.
The Angels were prepared to play their first games against an American League team in three weeks, but were swept by the Royals, marking the first time in two months that the Angels were swept and the first series the Angels lost since May 4-6. The Angels traveled to Baltimore,
Marylandto begin a three-game series with the Orioles. In the series opener, the Angels blew a 5-run lead, an Oriole rally highlighted by Aubrey Huff hitting for the cycle. But Howie Kendrickhit a two-run home run in the 9th inning and the Angels won 9-7. Baltimore took the second game, 6-3, and the Angels ended the month with an MLB-best 50-31 record.
The Angels improved to a 4-0 record in the first game of the new month with a 4-3 victory against the Orioles, taking the series. The Angels, hoping to end the first half with a successful week, continued their road trip in Texas. In the first game,
Ervin Santanathrew a career-high 11 strikeouts. But it was all for nothing, as the highlight of the game came when the Rangers' Brad Wilkersonhit his third home run of the game, becoming the first American League player (third throughout the league) to hit three home runs in one game. The Angels split the final two games of the series, and concluded their road trip, and the first half of the season, by taking on the New York Yankees.
Three Angels players represented the American League in the
2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game; Vladimir Guerrerowas the leading vote-getter amongst American League outfielders in fan balloting, while John Lackeyand Francisco Rodriguez were selected by Jim Leyland, the American League manager for the event. Guerrero won the Home Run Derby, and Rodriguez earned the save in the American League's 5-4 victory.
Guerrero did not hit a home run in a regular-season game in July, in the midst of the longest home run drought of his career. He turned the page once August began, smashing four home runs in two games on the second and third of the month. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270802111 Guerrero's homers end streak, help Angels to victory] ]
ALDS vs. Boston Red Sox
"Stats as of
August 15, 2007"
*Game Logs::1st Half: [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/teams/schedule?team=laa&season=2007&seasonType=2&half=1 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Game Log] on ESPN.com:2nd Half: [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/teams/schedule?team=laa&season=2007&seasonType=2&half=2 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Game Log] on ESPN.com
*Batting Statistics: [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/teams/stats?team=laa Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Batting Stats] on ESPN.com
*Pitching Statistics: [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/teams/pitching?team=laa Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Pitching Stats] on ESPN.com
Farm system["Baseball America 2008 Directory" and milb.com. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America]
* Class AAA:
Salt Lake Bees( Pacific Coast League; Brian Harper, manager)
* Class AA:
Arkansas Travelers( Texas League; Bobby Magallanes, manager)
* Class A:
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes( California League; Bobby Mitchell, manager)
* Class A:
Cedar Rapids Kernels( Midwest League; Ever Magallanes, manager)
* Rookie: AZL Angels (
Arizona League; Tyrone Boykin, manager)
Orem Owlz(Pioneer League; Tom Kotchman, manager — League Champion
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