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Boxscore Breakdown #53: Sterling Archer – Rays 6, Angels 1

Chris Archer really gave it to the Angels. Um, phrasing. The Angels offense has been decidedly un-terrible lately, but they were helpless against Archer. I guess you could say that Archer was, Sterling. Sterling Archer. This was just one of those games where the starter is so good that there really just isn’t anything anyone can […]

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 08:  Art Moreno (L) owner of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and manager Mike Scioscia look on during batting practice before Game One of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Angel Stadium on October 8, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

A reckoning is coming to Anaheim

Winter is coming to Westeros, but it might be coming to Anaheim after this season as well. We learned last week that Manager For Life Mike Scioscia actually has an opt-out in his absurdly long contract after this season and that he couldn’t be troubled to deny that he might exercise that clause. His only […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #52: Moonshots – Angels 7, Rays 3

First the Angels couldn’t score any runs, now they can’t stop hitting homers. They also can’t score runs without hitting homers, so it is kind of the best of one world while still being saddled with the worst of another. That reliance on homers is another topic for another time. I’d really just rather talk […]

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 15:  (L-R) James Loney #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays walks off the field, as Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates his three-run walk off home run with first base coach Alfredo Griffin #4 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 15, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  The Angels defeated the Rays 6-5.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Rays vs. Finishing Strong

17 games down, three to go. During the Angels current, grueling, 20 games in 20 days stretch of their 2015 schedule, the have managed to go 10-7, and will close it up this week with a three-game series against the Tampa Bay “don’t call us devil” Rays. 10-7 isn’t a bad run considering what the […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 9

Thanks to all the Halo homers this week, I finally don’t feel like Angels Player Power Rankings is an ironic post title. Thanks for making this completely unnecessary and pointless feature seem slightly less ridiculous for one week. NOT LISTED: Marc Krauss (doesn’t work here anymore), Collin Cowgill (wrist problems), Efren Navarro (no room at the […]

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 30: Matt Joyce #20 of the Los Angeles Angels rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 30, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Matt Joyce is not subtle about tipping his stolen base attempts

The Angels have not been a great baserunning team this season, to put it mildly. Through Friday, they’ve been thrown out on the bases like nincompoops an MLB-worst 26 times, and that doesn’t take into count the 13 times they’ve been caught stealing. A generally aggressive approach — their 46% extra-base taken rate is fifth in […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #51: Price check – Angels 4, Tigers 2

Just when the Angels had us all doubting them (again), they go and sweep the Tigers. Sure, they are a struggling team in their own right, but a four-game sweep is no easy task, especially when one of those games comes against David Price. This was a game the Halos easily could’ve just rolled over for, considering the […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #50: Slug it out – Angels 8, Tigers 6

The Angels have been in the middle of the pack, at best, with runners on base this year. It is one of the many reasons that their offense has struggled so much. For one game, they finally figured a way around that problem. Just drive yourself in! With five homers in the first two innings, the […]

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Stat Sunday: Jered Weaver No Longer The Flyball King

Heading into the 2015 season, Jered Weaver owned the fifth-lowest ground-ball rate (33.2%) among starting pitchers with at least 600 innings pitched this century. If you bumped that minimum up to 1250 IP, Weaver stood alone at the top. In no season of his career did his GB rate eclipse 36%, and he almost never […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #49: No explanation required – Angels 2, Tigers 0

Hector Santiago just shut down one of the top offenses in the American League, one loaded with several dangerous right-handed hitters. He didn’t struggle with them one bit. Now he leads the Angels in ERA, is top 15 in all of baseball and only seems to be getting better. How did this happen? I don’t know […]

TEMPE, AZ - MARCH 13:  Danny Reynolds #65 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the San Diego Padres at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 13, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Angels Prospect Spotlight: Relief Pitcher Magic

As I’ve stated before in the Angels Prospect Spotlight series, the Angels have more relief prospects than Santa has elves. Jerry Dipoto, being a former reliever himself, definitely seems to have an affinity for them, and not in the way you’d think.  If I asked you to picture a typical major league relief pitcher in your mind, what […]


Introducing the MWAHdcast!

Rejoice, everyone, Monkey With A Halo has a new Angels podcast. Well, the site has a new podcast. MJ Lloyd and I sat down today and discussed a few Los Angeles Angels topics (because, of course) including the state of the team, Garrett Richards‘ recent performances and our lord and savior, Mike Trout in our […]