BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 30: The Toronto Blue Jays celebrate in the clubhouse after defeating the Baltimore Orioles and clinching the AL East Division following game two of a double header at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 30, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Playoff Rooting Guide: Division Series

The baseball grim reaper claimed the Angels over the weekend after the Halos failed to qualify for one of the spots in Bud Selig’s Wild Card Bonanza. Your nights are now free to put up Halloween decorations or get an early start on spooky treats or argue on the internet about the best horror movie […]


Overanalyzing Billy Eppler’s First Day

Before Billy Eppler’s introductory press conference Monday, most of us had never heard him speak. We knew his background, and that he came highly recommended, but we’d never actually heard anything from the man himself. This left room to wonder just what kind of general manager he’d be: Would he focus on scouting, analytics, or some […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 21:  Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts as Evan Gattis #11 of the Houston Astros riounds the bases on his home run in the second inning at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

2015 Angels Retrospective: A Legacy of Mediocrity

The Angels won 85 games in 2015.  This will likely neither be a footnote, or even a faint memory among most that publish their works.  It is neither a low enough or high enough win total to remember.  What will they remembered for?  Not making the playoffs.  Is it fair?  Maybe not, but admittedly, the […]

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Halo Headlines: Eppler introduced, Moreno willing to exceed luxury tax

The October 6, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Billy Eppler’s introductory press conference, Arte Moreno indicating he might go over the luxury tax this winter, and more… The Story: Angels introduce Billy Eppler as new GM MWAH Says: We’ll have a more meaty breakdown of Eppler’s quotes later today. There were some interesting tidbits […]

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 4: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers reacts after scoring a run on a Elvis Andrus RBI double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park on October 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Texas won 9-2 and won the AL West Title. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

Boxscore Breakdown #162: The End – Rangers 9, Angels 2

Well, I suppose that’s that. After a month of breathless, edge-of-your-seat thrills, the Angels’ 2015 season ends with a whimper. One final Buttercup, if you will. It’s easy to point fingers at the manager in a game like this. We could talk about why Cam Bedrosian was even on the bullpen depth chart for a […]

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Halo Headlines: Eppler named GM, Scioscia returning in 2016

The October 5, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Billy Eppler being named the team’s next general manager, Mike Scioscia not opting out of his contract with the Halos, and more… The Story: Mike Scioscia returning for 2016 season MWAH Says: The initial quotes about Mike Scioscia’s opt-out were all “no comments”, but within an […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #160: Staying Alive – Angels 2, Rangers 1

Against all odds, the Angels live to play another day. Jered Weaver came into Friday night’s contest with a 6.33 ERA in 13 road starts this season and a 4.70 ERA in 19 career starts in Arlington. So of course he threw six innings of one-run ball, keeping the Rangers from the division title for […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #159: Hoist With Their Own Petard – Rangers 5, Angels 3

I suppose it’s only fitting that, in a season so wrought with internal strife and public relations snafus, one of the Angels’ much-maligned moves would come back to bite them in one of the most important games of the year. Josh Hamilton didn’t exactly mow down the Halos on Thursday—he was starting against a lefty, […]

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Halo Headlines: Angels out of division race, Scioscia sticking to late-game subs

The October 2, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the club being eliminated from AL West contention, Mike Scioscia defending to his defensive-replacement schemes, and more… The Story: Angels eliminated in AL West race MWAH Says: Given how poorly August went, it’s impressive the Angels hung on to their hopes of being repeat division […]

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 11:  (L-R) Mike Trout #27 and Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrate a run against the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 11, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Rangers vs. Last Chance Blueprint

158 games down, four to go, and I am totally unprepared for the craziness that awaits us fans this weekend. Like most of you, I had given up on the idea of the playoffs in August…Then September happened. Then the Astros faltered. Then the Angels made up a bunch of ground on the Rangers. Now […]

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Eric Sogard #28 of the Oakland Athletics hits a three run double in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 30, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels Settle for Two Wins Against Oakland

So rarely does winning two out of three against a division rival feel so hollow. But that’s where the Angels are after blowing the third game in the series against the A’s, a winnable game considering they faced Barry Zito and took a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning. Then…everything fell apart. The irony of […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #158: Self-Inflicted – A’s 8, Angels 7

The Athletics gave the Angels every opportunity to win Wednesday afternoon. They put Barry Zito on the mound for four innings, pitted five right-handed hitters against Garrett Richards rather than go with their typically platoon-heavy lineup, had Edward Mujica—whom the Halos have torched this year—throw out of the bullpen yet again, made two errors on the field, […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #157: Tropeano Breaks Out – Angels 8, A’s 1

Nick Tropeano picked a heck of a time to put together the best start of his young career. Entering Tuesday night, the right-hander had never gone more than six innings, struck out more than five, or allowed fewer than four hits in any of his six big-league starts. After Tuesday night, none of those things […]

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Halo Headlines: Joe Smith returns, Moreno valued at $1.8 billion

The September 30, 2015 of Los Angeles Angels news includes Joe Smith returning to the bullpen, Arte Moreno being valued at $1.8 billion, and more… The Story: Joe Smith to return to bullpen Wednesday MWAH Says: Well that recovery sure progressed quickly. When Smith sprained his ankle 11 days ago, the best-case scenario seemed to be a […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #156: One-Run Kings – Angels 5, A’s 4

I guess we maybe should have guessed that the Angels would emerge victorious in a one-run game at least once this series. The A’s have had far and away the worst luck of any team this season in close games, going 18–34 (.346) in one-run contests. If you extend that back to last year’s trade […]

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Halo Headlines: Smith could return this week, Gwynn a GM candidate

The September 29, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Joe Smith confident he’ll return this week, Chris Gwynn interviewing for the Angels GM job, and more… The Story: Joe Smith could return this week MWAH Says: Man, would this be a godsend. The bullpen has been great the last few games, but expecting them […]

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  The Big Three, Barry Zito #75 of the Oakland Athletics (R), former Oakland Athletics Mark Mulder #20 (C) and Tim Hudson #17 of the San Francisco Giants (L) is presented with a bottle of chardonnay wine by the the Oakland Athletics prior to the game at Coliseum on September 27, 2015 in Oakland, California. Zito, Hudson, and Mulders were teammates with the Athletics from 2000-2004. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. A’s vs. Survival

The first of the Angels’ three do-or-die series to close the season was a resounding success. By sweeping the Mariners over the weekend, the Halos improved their playoff chances immensely. The odds said they needed to at least go 8–€“2 over their final 10 in order to have a legitimate shot at the second wild […]