TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 5: Derek Holland #45 of the Texas Rangers is visited on the mound by Bryan Holaday #8 in the first inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 5, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Rangers vs. Southpaws

The Angels’ offense has really come alive in the last two weeks, averaging six runs and 11 or so hits a game since May 12. As the Halos are armed with one of the more unbalanced lineups (i.e. RHH-heavy) in the game, one would think that facing the Texas Rangers, who have the most lefty-heavy rotation in the […]

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 22:  Yunel Escobar #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim returns to the dugout after scoring in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 22, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels Take Pros From Struggle With O’s

The Angels emerged victorious in only one of the final three games of their Freeway Series-shortened homestand, but there were still far more positives than negatives to take from their weekend set against the Orioles. A non-exhaustive list of the pros from the series: 1) Matt Shoemaker pitched the best game of his life, racking […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #43: Smith Spoils Shoemaker Gem – Orioles 3, Angels 1

Matt Shoemaker cobbled together easily the best (and perhaps most important) start of his career Saturday night against the Orioles, striking out a career-high 12 and allowing just three hits in 7⅓ innings of shutout ball. The plus-plus splitter that had all but abandoned him since the end of 2014 was back with a vengeance, inducing a […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #42: Hector Gets The Heave-Ho – Orioles 9, Angels 4

The frustration of surrendering three home runs in less than three innings must be great. But veterans like Hector Santiago aren’t supposed to let that kind of thing get to their heads, especially not to an extent that gets them ejected and saddles the already taxed Angels bullpen with six-plus innings of work. There’s no […]

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 16:  Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 16, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Orioles vs. Dingers

The Angels welcome the Baltimore Orioles into town riding an offensive high, having scored 52 runs (6.5 per game) in their last eight contests. The recent surge has been a nice reprieve from the constant flow of injuries, but if the Halos want to stay competitive against the high-powered O’s they’re going to have to keep […]

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 18:  Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during the seventh inning of a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 18, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels Claim Freeway Dominance

It seems we were a little hasty in our decision to eulogize the Angels last week—there may be life in this team yet. Since getting swept by the Rays and Cardinals last week the Angels have won six of seven, their only defeat this week coming at the hands of the somehow-still-improving Clayton Kershaw. The driving force […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #41: Bullpen Lockdown – Angels 7, Dodgers 4

It would be easy (and reasonable) to make Mike Trout‘s three-RBI night or the return of Johnny Giavotella‘s magic clutch powers the story of Thursday’s series-clinching win over the Dodgers, but I feel the that Angels bullpen, which held LA hitless over the final 4⅔ innings, deserves some love. Everyone rags on relievers when things are […]

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Halo Headlines: Lincecum passes physical; Jackson rejoins Angels

The Friday, May 20, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Tim Lincecum officially joining the team, an old friend returning to the organization, and more… The Story: Tim Lincecum passes physical, will get $2 million base salary MWAH Says: It was initially reported as a minor-league deal, but with that kind of money involved it’s […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #40: Hitting ‘Em Where They Ain’t – Angels 8, Dodgers 1

If you put enough people on base, eventually good things are bound to happen. Sometimes those good things are dingers, sometimes they’re broken-bat singles, and other times they’re seeing-eye hits. The Angels got a whole lot of the latter Wednesday night, including a particularly fun stretch in the fifth inning that resulted in four runs: On […]

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Halo Headlines: Soto needs knee surgery; Cotts granted his release

The Thursday, May 19, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes yet another integral player going on the disabled list, a far less integral player becoming a free agent, and more… The Story: LHP Neal Cotts granted his release MWAH Says: Not surprising. The Angels simply didn’t have room for him in the bullpen right now. […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 08:  Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on April 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Series Preview (Part 2): Angels vs. Dodgers vs. Not Kershaw

The first two games in Freeway Series featured legitimate pitching matchup intrigue. Clayton Kershaw is always must-watch (provided you’re a Time Warner customer) and he showed why last night in his evisceration of the Angels. But the other three starting pitchers involved were intriguing in their own way. Angel fans got their first intimate look at […]

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Anatomy of an Angels Rebuild: The Fire Sale

Welcome to Part III of our rebuild series: The Fire Sale. In Part I, we examined what a Slight Retooling of the Angels roster could look like over the coming year. Then in Part II, we looked into what a New Direction might mean for the Angels, which involved trading assets like Yunel Escobar, Hector Santiago, […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #39: Kershaw and the Kids – Dodgers 5, Angels 1

The Angels had the rare chance to get to Clayton Kershaw early Tuesday night. The best pitcher on the planet found himself momentarily rattled in the second inning following a balk call and gave up three straight hard-hit balls, one of which went for an RBI single. Unfortunately for the Halos the next two batters were Jered […]

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Halo Headlines: Nava, Rasmus hit DL; Huff gets minors deal

The Wednesday, May 18, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes two more players joining an already crowded disabled list, the team adding another lefty arm to the Triple-A roster, and more… The Story: Daniel Nava and Cory Rasmus placed on DL with groin strains MWAH Says: That’s now nine Angels on the major league disabled list, which […]

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Anatomy of an Angels Rebuild: A New Direction

Yesterday we kicked this series off by examining what a slight retooling of the Angels roster could look like over the coming year. In Part II, we look into what going a new direction might mean for the Angels. First, let’s understand what a “New Direction” means, beyond the literal sense, and when a team might […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #38: The Surge Continues – Angels 7, Dodgers 6

The Angels not only extended their winning streak to four Monday night, they also snapped a four-game losing skid at Dodger Stadium. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols led the way, driving in five of the team’s seven runs on the evening. The offense has now scored 36 runs over the last five games, which is […]

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Halo Headlines: Angels to sign Lincecum; Richards forgoes surgery

The Tuesday, May 17, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team closing in on a minor-league contract with Tim Lincecum, Garrett Richards opting for stem-cell therapy rather than Tommy John, and a bunch more… The Story: Angels close to signing former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum MWAH Says: This is the part where I […]

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 06:  Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the foufth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 6, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Series Preview (Part 1): Angels vs. Dodgers vs. Time Warner

Just when we think we’ve got the Angels figured out, they go out and sweep the first place Seattle Mariners on the road. The sweep wasn’t particularly convincing, seeing as how the first two wins were thanks to late-inning rallies against Steve Cishek. But the wins are welcome after the team played like they were […]

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 14: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Safeco Field on May 14, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Sweepness in Seattle

The 2016 Angels continue to live life at the extremes. Following a demoralizing homestand in which the team was swept for the third and fourth times this season, the Halos went on the road and swept the Seattle Mariners right out of first place. The Angels have now either swept (3x) or been swept (4x) seven times in 12 […]

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