Josh kicks up “failure” to epic proportions; Angels fall to the Mariners, 3-2

  Josh Hamilton grounded into three double plays and struck out the other two times he came to the plate. Mike Trout did everything he could to will his team's offense into something resembling legitimacy. Instead, he was anchored at first, with Scioscia failing to employ his favorite (until this year) offensive tactic of activating […]

Aybar “slams” it home and cracks O’s Pen; Angels defeat the Orioles 9-5

  It was looking to be another snoozer with a familiar storyline. Angels offense struggles and sputters to another defeat while another starter pitches well enough to win, but doesn't. But it wasn't to be, thanks to a clutch bases-clearing, inside-the-park "grand slam" by Erick Aybar. Sure, it was technically a 3-run triple, with an […]

Not good enough; Angels fall to the Orioles, 3-2

The Angels continue to confound with their winless ways. They pitched well, they played remarkable, stunning, jaw-dropping defense, and still couldn't defeat the Baltimore Orioles. Starter Jason Vargas pitched as well as he could've. Peter Bourjos, fresh off the DL, showed just why he is in centerfield instead of Mike Trout, robbing JJ Hardy (the […]

Back to Their Losing Ways; Angels fall to the Cubs, 8-6

  Despite a Herculean 2-home-run effort by Mark Trumbo, the Angels continued to baffle with their losing ways. At this point, we can talk about the fact that Jason Vargas essentially made one mistake (a 3-run home run to Cody Ransom), or we can talk about Erick Aybar swinging at a 2-0 pitch and popping […]

Weaver Is Back; Angels defeat the Dodgers, 4-3

  The Dodgers nearly made a comeback against an tottering Ernesto Frieri in the 9th inning, but the story of the night is definitely the return of Angels ace Jered Weaver. The now-healthy starting pitcher, the anchor for the staff, finally made a triumphant return to the Big A, eight weeks after shattering his left […]

Bats are Ryu’d to sleep; Angels fall to the Dodgers, 3-0

  It's still too soon to declare the 8-game winning streak a mirage for the Angels, but boy have they looked uninspiring these past couple games. After the offense roared to a 5-run lead yesterday, C.J. Wilson returned to his wild-boy tendencies. Today, the bats decided to stay home.   Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu spotted […]

Mike Trout hits for the Cycle, Angels trounce the Mariners, 12-0

The evening began with birthday boy Josh Hamilton launching a deep 2-run home run into left centerfield. The star of Arte Moreno's 2012 offseason looks like he is finally ready to climb out of his season-long funk. And that could very well have been the story of the night, but the 32-year-old's birthday bash was […]

They’re still waiting to land, Marine Layer be damned; Angels beat the Royals, 6-2

  Who would've thought it? The Angels knocked the cover off the baseball Tuesday night, riding solo home runs to victory over the Kansas City Royals. Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick, Josh Hamilton, and Mike Trout all absolutely clobbered baseballs, sending them screaming into orbit.   A night after Joe Blanton laid another solid turd out […]

Conger throws the game away; Angels fall to the Astros, 7-6

  When CJ Wilson unraveled during his trademark one-inning stink fest, one couldn't help but have a sinking feeling about this Angels season. While many fans have already jumped ship, the national news has begun to really converge upon the Halos like sharks around a near-dead whale carcass. The Angels aren't simply bad anymore. They […]

Bullpen almost blows it again; Angels hang on, defeating the A’s, 5-4

  CJ Wilson began the afternoon hurling 37 pitches in the first inning. So, too see him coming out to the mound in the 7th inning was a minor miracle. Credit the lefty for navigating in and out of trouble, wiggling out of a first inning bases loaded jam and another in the 6th.   […]

Staff Day, Bad Day; Angels fall to the Rangers, 11-3

The Angels actually aren't terrible. A game like this one, an 11-3 laugher at the hands of the Rangers, would normally indicate that the losing team is not a particularly good one. But, injuries. As Michael Roth, a college pitcher less than a year ago, valiantly navigated through 3 spotless innings before finally tiring, it […]

This is Howie Do It; Angels defeat the Rangers, 5-4

In a game that looked uncomfortably similar to last night’s meltdown, Howie Kendrick sent his teammates back to the locker room with something to celebrate. The Angels battled to a 4-3 lead heading into the eighth behind a gutsy performance from starting pitcher Jason Vargas. But a rough, rough defensive eighth inning brought Vargas’ first […]

It’s still early… okay, maybe it’s not; Angels Fall to the Twins, 8-6

It couldn't possibly get worse, right? No. Actually, it seems like it can. After Joe Blanton stunk up the joint last night, serving up taters to the whole ballpark out in frigid Minnesota, Jason Vargas out-stunk him. One could try to rationalize the sudden loss of Vargas' command of his pitches, chocking it up to […]

Dumpster Fire in the 9th, Angels lose to Reds 5-4

  Sure the game ended in as miserable, shocking, and abrupt fashion as you could expect. But one can give the Halos some props in this game.   They have overcome a tepid 2-26 from the three players who got their own special press conference at the outset of Spring Training to remain competitive in […]

The optimist’s perspective on Mike Trout’s contract situation.

It’s well-documented. Mike Trout had one of the greatest individual seasons ever in 2012. Mike Trout is your new favorite Angels player. He is the Phenom of all Phenoms. Naturally, Angels fans young and old want him to stick around, and to be perhaps the first player to enter the hallowed halls of Cooperstown with […]