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Boxscore Breakdown #23: Regression? – Rangers 4, Angels 2

Hector Santiago turned in his first sub par start of the season and the Angels dropped the series opener in Arlington 4-2. All told, it really wasn’t that poor of a start for Santiago, allowing four runs in 5⅔ innings. As has haunted him in the past, though, a two-out rally by Texas in the […]

during the  inning of a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Texas Rangers   at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 9, 2016 in Anaheim, California.(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Rangers vs. First Place

The offense has been a mess for most of the month. Jered Weaver and Matt Shoemaker have been bombed more than once each. Huston Street, Daniel Nava, and Andrew Heaney hit the DL. The bullpen caught a case of blowpen-itis against an 0-9 team. And yet, if the Angels win today and tomorrow they’ll be […]

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Unique Names In The Angels System

My wife and I are expecting our first. The last name of Allen hardly bears any unique qualities about it, but searching for a first name has brought us in contact with a lot of fun, downright comical names. This had made me think a lot about Minor League Baseball, where unique names seem to come […]

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Series Takeaways: Royals, Flushed

The Angels returned home Monday needing the offense to show up in the worst way. As laid out in the series preview, the team began the series with the fewest runs scored in baseball and with few signs of turning things around against the reigning World Champs. Thankfully, though, they did. The club provided the rotation […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #22: Home Run Derby – Angels 4, Royals 2

A week ago the Angels had just six home runs as a team through 15 games, resulting in an AL-worst .302 SLG. In the seven games since then the club has added 14 dingers to that total—including three Wednesday—raising the team slugging percentage by 47 points in just a week. That’s still last in the […]

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Halo Headlines: Street heading to DL; Heaney getting second opinion

The April 28, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news is chock-full of injury notes, with Huston Street suffering an oblique strain, Andrew Heaney going for a second opinion on his forearm strain, and more… The Story: Raul Ibanez is joining ESPN’s Baseball Tonight crew MWAH Says: Awesome. A huge upgrade over Schilling. The Story: Nintendo of America […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #21: Johnny on the Spot – Angels 9, Royals 4

It finally happened. It took an absurdly long time—21 games, for those counting—but it finally happened. No, not Mike Trout tallying his first base hit with a runner in scoring position, nor Andrelton Simmons making a play no one else on earth even thinks about, and not even the Angels at last scoring more than […]

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Halo Headlines: Calhoun going oppo; No contract extensions on table

The April 27, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Kole Calhoun returning to a more balanced approach at the plate, Billy Eppler indicating that any potential contract extensions are still a ways away from happening, and more… The Story: Kole Calhoun raises average thanks to opposite-field hits MWAH Says: I mean, sort of. Calhoun’s average […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings: Week 4

Another week of Angels Player Power Rankings that features mostly guys jockeying for position on the lower half of the list. One of these weeks there will be more than five Angels players who are performing well at the same time. It might not be until July, but it will happen eventually. Oh yeah, there’s […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #20: Lucky No. 13 – Angels 6, Royals 1

Albert Pujols continued to break out of his slump in a big way Monday night, blasting two home runs off of an uncharacteristically erratic Ian Kennedy to not only move into sole possession of 13th place on the all-time home run list but also to give Garrett Richards the run support he’s been missing all year. […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 24:  Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Kauffman Stadium on April 24, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Royals vs. Run Support

There are only so many ways to talk about how awful a team’s offense is before it becomes a stale and frustrating topic. No one wants to hear over and over again how bad something is—they just want it to get better so they can talk about positive things. When that doesn’t happen, though, we’re left with […]

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 24:  Johnny Giavotella #12 of the the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to striking out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  The Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 9-4.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Dipoto’s Revenge

Jerry Dipoto got to leave Anaheim on Sunday feeling pretty great about his inaugural return to Southern California. The Angels would have been swept over the weekend for the second time in three series if not for the elite baseball stylings of Mike Trout. Even with Trout doing Trout things the Halos still hit just .200/.248/.411 in […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #19: Clobbering the Cobbler – Mariners 9, Angels 4

So much for those back-to-back quality starts. Matt Shoemaker was right back to his dinger-allowing ways and put the Angel offense in a hole they couldn’t dig out of. Shoemaker has now allowed five homers on the season, only two behind Michael Pineda‘s MLB-high. The homers would be less concerning if Shoemaker was still sporting […]

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Halo Headlines: Pujols ties Reggie; All-Star ballot released

The April 25, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Albert Pujols moving up another spot on the all-time homer leaderboard, the 2016 All-Star voting kicking off, and more… The Story: Albert Pujols snaps slump with 563rd home run MWAH Says: There’s no better way to snap an 0-for-26 skid than with a one-hopper into the […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #18: Trout Slays The King (Again) – Angels 4, Mariners 2

Mike Trout is officially back to being MIKE TROUT. The perennial MVP candidate went 2-for-3 with a double and crucial two-run home run off of Felix Hernandez on Saturday, improving his career line against King Felix to an absurd .368/.400/.706 with five home runs in 75 plate appearances. The rest of the Angels offense again did a […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #17: No Way, José – Mariners 5, Angels 2 (F/10)

Another strong start spoiled by an anemic offensive performance, culminating in the inevitable bullpen implosion. This time it was a pair of costly double plays from Albert Pujols and a second straight three-run outing from José Álvarez that did the Angels in, giving Jerry Dipoto and the Mariners an opening victory in the former’s first trip back to Anaheim. The […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 21: Robinson Cano #22 celebrates with Norichika Aoki #8 of the Seattle Mariners after the Mariners defeated the Cleveland Indians 10-7 at Progressive Field on April 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Mariners vs. Dipoto

The ten-game road trip is finally over and the Angels head back home exactly as they left it: two games under .500. The sweep in Oakland got everyone’s hopes up, then the sweep at the hands of the then 0-9 Twins left fans despondent, then the split in Chicago left everyone pretty meh. But hey, […]

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