Halo Headlines: Angels season ticket sales are down, De La Rosa to resume throwing

The March 21st, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels season ticket sales are down, De La Rosa to resume throwing and much more…

The Story: Season ticket sales are down once again for the Angels.

The Monkey Says: They were at 31,000 in 2006 then 24,000 in 2012 and 21,000 last season. This year, they are looking at between 18,000 and 19,000. It is almost like fans stop coming out when a team stops winning. Weird, right?

The Story: Dane De La Rosa will resume throwing today.

The Monkey Says: He still has a good chance at being ready for the season, but first this throwing session needs to go well.

The Story: The Angels traded Mike Scioscia's son to the Cubs in exchange for Wayne Gretzky's son.

The Monkey Says: That's just weird. Neither guy is a legit prospect, so part of me wonders if this wasn't done just because the teams knew it would make the internet go crazy for like three minutes.

The Story: Tyler Skaggs still likely has a rotation spot despite his recent struggles.

The Monkey Says: He has had major command issues the last two starts, but it is still spring training. He has two more starts left before the season starts to address those issues. Even then, Joe Blanton would still need to pitch well in his remaining appearances for there to be any real position battle. Even if that then happens, it still very much appears that the Halos want Skaggs to win the job.

The Story: Baseball Prospectus unveiled their initial Playoff Odds for the 2014 season.

The Monkey Says: The Angels narrowly have the best playoff odds in the AL West and the third best odds in the American League. They have the sixth-best odds at winning the World Series. In other words, start planning the parade down Katella.

The Story: A look at payroll efficiency by playoff odds.

The Monkey Says: The Angels aren't as inefficient as you might think, but that is likely just because Mike Trout is still working for cheap.

The Story: Can Mike Trout get better?

The Monkey Says: I've said it before, I will say it again: Trout is a special talent, so I don't think there is a precedent for him in history. Even if there is, the number of precedents are so small that it is clearly too small of a sample size to draw any meaningful conclusions from other than "maybe."

Garrett Wilson

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