Jered Weaver Finishes 2013 strong; Angels Defeat the A’s, 3-1

Jered Weaver closed his trying 2013 campaign on Wednesday afternoon, shutting down the Oakland Athletics (as usual) with seven innings of one-run ball. With a weary Mike Trout getting the day off, Josh Hamilton and Erick Aybar provided just enough offense to squeeze past the A's, who are gearing up for their postseason run. The […]

Hamilton Slugs the Angels back from defeat; Angels defeat the Athletics, 5-4

  This is the guy Arte Moreno envisioned he was signing back in December of 2012. While we can dwell on the too-little-too-late-ness of Josh Hamilton's resurrection from the dead, it's just plain nice to see him hitting the ball with authority again.   With the Angels trailing the A's 4-2 heading into the ninth, […]

Donaldson bolsters MVP case; Angels fall to the Athletics, 2-1

Sabermetricians have had quite an interesting past few days, mainly because Miguel Cabrera is no longer the most valuable third baseman in baseball according to WAR. That now would be Oakland's Josh Donaldson. And not to belabor the point, but the A's third baseman stung the Halos on Tuesday night.   After young starters Garrett […]

Mark Trumbo destroys the Jays; Angels win 12-6

  In what turned out to be an historic offensive performance, Angels DH Mark Trumbo continued to break out of his offensive slumber in a huge way. Totally five hits and five runs scored, Trumbo homered and also laced three doubles to lead what was a fine all-around Angels attack. Outfielder Josh Hamilton also had […]

Weaver not quite sharp enough; Angels fall to the Rays, 3-1

  Jered Weaver has rounded back into form as the season has worn on, but tonight, he didn't quite have his sharpest command. The ace surrendered two long home runs to Rays rookie Will Myers, and just didn't seem to ever get his fastball control quite where it needed to be. Still, the pitcher didn't […]

Vargas, offense fade; Angels fall the Rays, 7-1

  Last night, the Ray's Chris Archer fell apart against an Angels team that he absolutely dominated the week before. Tonight, it was Jason Vargas' turn to do the ol' switcheroo. A week after holding the Rays to just two hits in 7 innings, the Angels lefty struggle mightily with command, surrendering 10 hits and […]

Offensive woes return; Angels fall to the Rays, 4-1

Garrett Richards, the no. 3 starter of the Angels 2014 rotation, turned in a bad one outting on Wednesday night, and the offense failed to mount very much resistance in response. The young righthander, who had given up just two runs in his last 20 1/3 road innings, failed to pitch out of the fourth […]

Halos continue to plunge down the draft ladder; Angels defeat the Rays, 6-5

  The Angels had themselves a dramatic, come-from-behind-in-late-innings victory in August. In the weird, pre-season alternate universe in which this ball club was projected to contend, this would've been quite the morale-boosting game. With the Angels in close contention with the A's and the Rangers, this could've been a key game in turning the tide […]

Get the brooms out; Angels swept by the Indians, 3-1

  Jerome Williams finally turned in a solid outing, his only egregious mistake a hanging fastball that was clobbered into the right-field seats by Nick Swisher for a two-run home run. that was all the offense Cleveland needed against these hapless, punchless Halos. The only run the Angels scored came on an RBI double that […]

Not even Weaver can pitch well; Angels fall to the Yankees, 11-3

  Jered Weaver had arguably the worst outing of his career, and the Angels' offense once again crept quietly into the night on Wednesday. As is the theme in these remaining games of this, the abysmal 2013 season, the Angels did nothing well. They didn't pitch well and they didn't hit well either.    And, […]

Angels continue to look to 2014; Yankees crush the Angels 14-7

  Another example of what has made this season the craptastical madhouse that it's been was Tuesday night's loss to the Yankees. The Angels are no longer in contention. This particular blogger is actively rooting for the team to lose every possible game from here on out, and looking to the great oasis that is […]

Mike Trout is awesome, the Angels are not; Rangers again bludgeon the Angels, 10-3

  Happy birthday, Mike Trout! The newly 22-year-old superstar-in-the-making further cemented his budding legendary resume on Wednesday night. Yes, the Angels lost again, but we've been over this. They are a horrible team, pitching is terrible, Tommy Hanson's arm is completely in shreds, etc. etc.   But folks, we are witnessing one of the greatest […]

Angels historically terrible; Rangers walk all over the Halos again, 2-1

  It had the makings of an oasis win in the desert of a desolate, hopeless 2013 season for the Angels. Jerome Williams, he of the 12.50 July ERA, twirled a strong 7 2/3 innings of one-run baseball against the Rangers. Josh Hamilton, former Ranger, launched his first home run in Arlington as a member […]

Angels Implode, lose to the Rangers 14-11

  What more can be said about a game like this than, "Who's ready for 2014?" On a night in which third baseman Alberto Callaspo was traded to the Oakland A's mid-game, the Angels showed just why they are closer to last than first place in the West.   The undermanned, injury-laden Texas Rangers still […]

The Halos clobber Samardzija; Angels defeat the Cubs, 13-2

If this is how it's going to be the rest of the season, the Angels may still be in for quite the postseason run. When owner Arte Moreno lured Josh Hamilton away from the Texas Rangers last winter, he envisioned nights like this one occurring all summer long. Angels fans anticipated an offense so prodigious […]

Angels fall, listlessly, to the Woeful Cubs, 7-2

It was as if a fairy tale had come to a shuddering, depressing, fiery end. Joe Blanton, bringer of home runs, feigning effectiveness as a major league starting pitcher the past few weeks, decided to lay a new rotten egg. The latest trick of his was to surrender four home runs to the second-to-last-place Cubs. […]

Albert’s reunion not really about Albert; Angels beat the Cardinals 5-1

  It was becoming quite nauseating. National baseball writer after national baseball writer had written puff piece after puff piece about how Albert Pujols missed his old team. The gist of the story lines ran a little like "Albert Pujols is bitter towards the Cardinals. But Albert Pujols also loves his old teammates, so it's […]

Mike Trout and CJ Wilson win the game; Angels defeat the Mariners, 1-0

Rarely in baseball can you see two players basically win the game for their team. It's simply not typical of sport that allows its teams to carry 25 players on their active rosters.   However, this Angels season has been anything but typical, and they won a game in untypical fashion Wednesday night. CJ Wilson […]