Series Takeaways: Death. Taxes. Angels Beat Detroit.

Michael Fulmer‘s dominance prevented the sweep on Wednesday, but the Angels took the three-game series from Detroit anyway thanks to Jhoulys Chacin on Monday and a dinger parade on Tuesday. It was the Halos’ first series victory since taking three of four games from the Dodgers two weeks ago. Defeating Detroit is nothing new for […]

Boxscore Breakdown #50: Unlucky 13 – Astros 8, Angels 6

The Angels lost the rubber match against the Astros 8-6, dropping the Halos to only a half-game out of last place in the AL West. Nick Tropeano had his worst start since early May, allowing four runs and tying a season-high in walks at five. Although that might not have mattered if Johnny Giavotella was […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Series Preview: Angels vs. White Sox vs. Blowpen

Hey, baseball is pretty lame when the Angels are losing! Just three days ago I was so optimistic about the Angels’ chances, and now after one weekend I think the Halos are one of the worst teams in the American League. April baseball is a fickle thing. So anyway, yeah, sorry about jinxing the Angels […]

Series Preview: Angels vs. Twins vs. .000

Hey, baseball is pretty fun when the Angels win! After sweeping three games from the A’s in Oakland behind strong pitching, let the record show that the Angels were in first place for at least two days this season. That’s more than a lot of teams can claim. Disregard that Oakland probably isn’t very good. […]

Series Takeaways: The Cubs Are Good

Welp, that couldn’t have gone much worse. It didn’t take long for the Cubs to wipe the sheen off of baseball’s return for Angel fans, as they crushed the Angels by a combined score of 15-1 in the mini two-game series. If you hoped the Cubs would fall flat on their faces to open the […]

2016 AL West Preview: Houston Astros

The tanking and rebuilding paid off for Houston last season when they made the postseason for the first time in a decade. It was a bit surprising the Astros made the playoffs so soon into Jeff Luhnow’s #process, but they took advantage of a hot start and weak American League. As an Angel fan, it’s […]

2016 AL West Preview: Texas Rangers

When we last saw the Texas Rangers, they were on the brink of an unlikely ALCS berth. Then Jose Bautista broke everyone’s brain: Your browser does not support iframes. The Bat Flip left a sour taste in the mouths of the Rangers and their fans, but it should be considered a victory that they were even […]

2016 Angels Preview: Craig Gentry

Before 2015, Craig Gentry had spent the prior four seasons serving as a valuable fourth outfielder for Texas and Oakland. In 2012 and 2013 he posted consecutive seasons worth at least 3.0 fWAR, causing havoc on the bases, saving 28 total runs with his glove, and delivering respectable wOBAs in the high .330s. Even when […]

2016 Angels Preview: Fernando Salas

After Jason Grilli and Kevin Jepsen departed the lights-out Angels 2014 bullpen, Fernando Salas was tasked with a more important role in the 2015 bullpen. And, judging by some his peripheral numbers, Salas stepped up for the Angels. Salas threw five more innings in 2015 while also posting a career-best 27.5% strikeout rate, an also […]

2016 Angels Preview: Huston Street

Huston Street’s 2015 wasn’t bad, per se, but it was disappointing given the Angels inked Street to a three-year extension in early May. Even if saves are a silly stat, a team would happily take their closer reaching the 40-save plateau every year; it means he was a) healthy/good enough to pitch that many innings, […]

2016 Angels Preview: Matt Shoemaker

The Angels struck gold in 2014 when Matt Shoemaker, a 27-year-old rookie who wasn’t even viewed as a legitimate prospect in a weak Angels system, threw 136 innings and netted 2.1 fWAR. A strong strikeout-to-walk rate and an attack that resembled many of the best Japanese pitchers suggested Shoemaker was no fluke, either. After Garrett Richards […]

2016 Angels Preview: Andrew Heaney

In a lot of seasons, Andrew Heaney’s 2015 would have been a legitimate contender for AL Rookie of the Year. He amassed 1.6 fWAR in 18 starts, just 0.5 fWAR less than Matt Shoemaker finished with (in 30 more innings) as the runner-up in RoY balloting one season earlier. Unfortunately for Heaney, his rookie campaign coincided […]

2016 Angels Preview: Cliff Pennington

For as horrific as the bench (and left field) was for the Angels last season, they still finished only one game behind Houston for a playoff berth. Taylor Featherston was the primary utility infielder and he has since been designated for assignment—that should tell you how much the Angels valued him. Featherston is a nice […]