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Boxscore Breakdown #131: Total collapse – Athletics 11, Angels 5

The collapse of the Angels in August is now complete. That isn’t to say that the collapse is only now official, rather it means that August is done. The Angels are now free to continue collapsing into September and there is little reason to think that they won’t. In fact, their collapse has now reached […]

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 21:  Ben Zobrist #18 of the Oakland Athletics slides past Carlos Perez #58 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to score a run during the sixth inning at O.co Coliseum on June 21, 2015 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3-2. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Athletics vs. The Brink

The Angels are on the brink of falling out of playoff contention. What better team to draw for a series than the team with the worst record in the American League? Oh, sure, the A’s have a +12 run differential and the Angels are at a -18. What’s a mere 30 run differential between division […]

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 13:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels signs autographs for fans before the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 13, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Angels Fan Rooting Guide: August 31 – September 6

Welcome to the first, and possibly last given the way the Angels have played lately, MWAH rooting guide for you, the noble Angel fan. Each week until the end of the regular season — or until it becomes laughable to suggest the Angels could even qualify for the postseason — we’ll inform you of your […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 29: Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam off relief pitcher Joe Smith #38 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the eighth inning at Progressive Field on August 29, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Yan Gomes; Joe Smith

Series Takeaways: R.I.P., 2015?

I keep waiting for some kind of sign that the Angels offense is going to turn things around. Not that they’ll suddenly be a top-to-bottom wrecking crew like the Blue Jays or Cubs, but that they’ll at least stop looking like far and away the worst offense in baseball. Every time they look like they […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 22

The Angels Player Power Rankings had a really bad month of August but we promise to try hard not to keep embarrassing ourselves over the final month of the season. NOT LISTED: Drew Rucinksi (professional innings soaker upper)

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Boxscore Breakdown #130: Mistakes by the lake – Indians 9, Angels 2

Great, now the Angels can’t even catch routine flyballs. On two separate occasions the Angels just up and dropped a flyball because they lost it in the sun. That is fitting because the Angels themselves are quite lost. They just can’t do anything right anymore. The outfield defense is one of the few undeniably strong […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #129: Why? – Indians 8, Angels 3

Why? Someone, please, tell me why. Why do we root for this stupid team? I’m sure this is mostly frustration and recency bias speaking, but I can’t recall an Angels team that I’ve hated more than the 2015 incarnation. OK, well, at least during the Scioscia era, some of those Collins era teams were pretty […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #128: Doubled up – Indians 3, Angels 1

So what if the answer to “when will the Angels offense come around” is “never?” Everyone is waiting for the Halos to find something resembling an actual consistent offense, not even a good offense, just an offense that doesn’t have everyone on no-hitter watch for the first four innings of the game, at least. They […]

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 04:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after striking out swinging for the third out of the fifth inning leaving the bases loaded against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 4, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Indians vs. Convincing

One much-needed series victory down, two more to go on the most important road trip of the year for the Angels. After a couple unconvincing wins in Detroit — winning a game in which you score a lone run against Randy Freaking Wolf is nothing but unconvincing — the Halos head to Cleveland to take […]

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 22:  Daniel Robertson #44 of the Los Angeles Angels bunts the ball allowing Erick Aybar #2 of the Los Angeles Angels to score giving the Angels the lead over the Houston Astros in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 22, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Second Guessing Scioscia – Bunt Party!

Welcome to Second Guessing Scioscia, our look back at some of the questionable decisions that Mike Scioscia made in the last week. And, boy, there are some questionable decisions to be reviewed. In the history of this column, we have never once struggled for content. However, we aren’t anti-Scioscia, but we aren’t exactly pro-Scioscia either. In particular, we […]

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 27: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels scores on the single to left field by Albert Pujols #5 (not in photo) as Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers attempts to put on the tag during the sixth inning of the game on August 27, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: The Art of the Ugly Win

I think I’ve finally given up trying to figure out what this team is doing. Far as I can tell, there are three things about this year’s Angels we know for certain: the offense is bad once you get past Pujols, the base-running is bad all over, and Johnny Giavotella’s defense is atrocious. Everything else is […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #127: The slipper fits, again – Angels 2, Tigers 0

Everyone’s favorite Cinderella starting pitcher is back, fully shod in his glass slippers. The pumpkin form of Matt Shoemaker got shipped down to Triple-A about two weeks ago, but whilst there he discovered a way to turn the clock back before midnight and once again looked like the oft-dominant pitcher we saw last season. With a […]

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver sits on the bench after being removed during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Do the Angels care? The Monkey investigates…

Ladies and gentlemen, I am here to investigate some very grievous charges that have been levied against the 2015 Angels. During their recent losing spree, very serious accusations of playing with no heart, aggravated gutlessness, premeditated lack of urgency and, worst of all, conspiracy to not care have been made by fans and players alike. We here […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #126: Avoiding the inevitable – Tigers 5, Angels 0

The Angels narrowly avoided getting no-hit by Justin Verlander, but only barely. Even with so little time left in the season it seems like this avoidance was just temporary. There isn’t an Angels fan out there who would disagree that ending up on the wrong side of a no-hitter is the manifest destiny for this feast-or-(mostly) […]

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