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Boxscore Breakdown #48: Shoemaker’s Encore – Angels 7, Astros 2

Any worries that Matt Shoemaker‘s brilliant start last week was a one-off thing were washed away Friday night, as the right-hander’s encore performance proved to be just as good as the first. Shoemaker struck out 11 and allowed zero free passes in 8⅓ innings on Friday, making him just the third pitcher this season to strike out 10 […]

DENVER, CO - JULY 7:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim singles against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of a game at Coors Field on July 7, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Mike Trout at 40

After watching anything for a prolonged period of time, it is inevitable that that thing, no matter how incredible, will become normalized and lose some of its luster. Our brains can be a bummer that way. Given that, it’s important to take a step back from time to time to re-instill some of that initial sense […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 06:  Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros throws in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park on September 6, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Astros vs. The Cellar

The Angels have had a pretty tough go of things this year, but no MLB team has had as disappointing a start to their 2016 season as the Houston Astros. The general consensus in March was that this year was to mark the beginning of a baseball dynasty in Houston, but so far the Astros have only carried […]

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Halo Headlines: Erik Kratz added on minors deal; Angels hiring in stats dept

The Friday, May 27, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team bolstering their high-minors catching depth, the front office seeking another systems developer for their new analytics department, and more… The Story: LHP Lucas Luetge clears waivers, is outrighted to Triple-A MWAH Says: I guess it’s good that all the relievers the Angels are putting […]

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 25: Jett Bandy #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim misses the tag on Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Global Life Park in Arlington on May 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels A Mess In Texas

When the Orioles took two of three from the Angels over the weekend, there was still good reason to look past the team losses to the underlying positives on an individual level. Several players seemed to be trending up, especially on offensive side, and a three-game set in Texas seemed the perfect opportunity for those positive strides […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #47: Ugly Baseball – Rangers 15, Angels 9

Woof. The Angels played about as sloppy a game as is possible at the big-league level on Wednesday. The team blew two leads, committed two errors, made at least one bone-headed throw, and failed to have even one of their five pitchers survive the day without giving up a run. In the end, they lost by their third-largest […]

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Halo Headlines: Kaleb Cowart recalled; Tyler Skaggs takes step forward

The May 26, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team adding some versatility and bench depth, Tyler Skaggs possibly starting a rehab assignment this weekend, and more… The Story: Tyler Skaggs could begin minor-league rehab assignment this weekend MWAH Says: It all hinges on how he feels today following his Wednesday bullpen session. If […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #46: Southpaw Shutdown – Rangers 4, Angels 1

The Angels’ strange struggles against left-handed starters continued Tuesday night. Martin Perez held the Halos offense to just five hits—all singles—and no runs in six innings, striking out six. His gem was already the 10th quality start (out of 16 chances) a southpaw has tossed against Angels this season, and it lowered the lineup’s OPS vs LHPs to […]

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Halo Headlines: Achter, Albuquerque clear waivers; Simmons still weeks away

The Wednesday, May 25, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a pair of relievers dropping off the roster but staying in the organization, Andrelton Simmons resuming baseball activities, and more… The Story: Andrelton Simmons resuming baseball activities MWAH Says: Simmons is back to hitting, fielding, and throwing, but it’ll be a while still before he’s cleared […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #45: The Tropedo Strikes Texas – Angels 2, Rangers 0

With each start, Nick Tropeano makes it harder and harder to fathom how he began the 2016 season in the minors. The right-hander tossed his second straight gem Monday, holding the Rangers to just four hits in 6⅔ innings, and now boasts eight starts this season (out of nine total) of three runs allowed or fewer. He’s easily […]

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Halo Headlines: Craig Gentry still out indefinitely; Josh Hamilton to miss 2016

The Tuesday, May 24, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Craig Gentry remaining out for undisclosed reasons, Josh Hamilton needing yet another knee surgery, and more… The Story: Josh Hamilton will have surgery, miss all of 2016 MWAH Says: The decision to unload Hamilton last April continues to look better and better. No matter how well […]

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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