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Boxscore Breakdown #25: Nadir – Giants 5, Angels 0

Does it get any lower than this for Jered Weaver? He’s had worse statistical starts in his career or even this season, but the context of this one gives it the appearance of Weaver hitting rock bottom. Weaver has given up two homers before, but never two homers to start the first inning, followed by a […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #24: Direct hit – Giants 5, Angels 4

Well, Matt Joyce finally hit something. Unfortunately, it was Taylor Featherston. Now, one can argue that the ball would’ve gone right to a shifted Joe Panik had Taylor not gotten clipped by the ball, but you never know what can happen on a ball hit that hard. Regardless, it was just another example of new […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #23: The catch is there is no catch – Giants 3, Angels 2

The Angels have a catching problem. I mean that in two ways. For one, their catcher just isn’t performing. For reasons I don’t think anyone understands, Chris Iannetta has completely forgotten how to hit. He is just a disaster at the plate right now. The second way is that Iannetta now apparently literally can’t catch. He […]

TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Infielder Kensuke Tanaka #88 of the San Francisco Giants catches the ball as Andrew Romine #7 of the Los Angeles Angels steals second base during the fifth inning of the spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium on February 27, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Angels vs. Giants Series Preview: Not quite marquee

Coming into the season, Angels vs. Giants was a marquee match-up. The defending World Series champs and the defending regular season champs (which is a thing I just made up to try and make it seem like the Angels having the best record in baseball is a great accomplishment despite their ALDS flameout). However, now the […]

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Second Guessing Scioscia – The ends don’t justify the means

Welcome to Second Guessing Scioscia, our look back at some of the questionable decisions that Mike Scioscia made in the last week. And, boy, there are some questionable decisions to be reviewed. In the history of this column, we have never once struggled for content. However, we aren’t anti-Scioscia. The official MWAH stance on Scioscia is pro-Scioscia overall. […]

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 11:  Pitcher Jered weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts during the five run fourth inning by the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 11, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Deserved Run Average and the Angels

Earlier this week, Baseball Prospectus introduced a new metric called Deserved Run Average. DRA is a new and improved version of measuring pitcher performance. The old standard of ERA has not been truly relevant since it unfairly penalizes or credits pitchers for what the fielders behind them do. From there, FIP was born, which tried to filter out all that fielding nonsense. […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #21: Hamstrung – Angels 6, Athletics 3

Even when the Angels win, they lose. This should’ve been an encouraging victory where the offense showed a bit of life and Matt Shoemaker quelled some (though not all) fears about his sluggish start to season. Instead, it was marred by the injury to Albert Pujols. We know now that Albert should avoid the disabled […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #20: First offense – Athletics 6, Angels 2

Why even bother playing the other eight innings? The Angels blew their wad in the first inning against Sonny Gray only to have Jered Weaver just plain blow in his half of the first to gift the game back to A’s. After that? Crickets. The way the Angels are hitting right now, if you drop a […]

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 27:  Josh Hamilton, outfielder for the Texas Rangers, talks with the media at Globe Life Park on April 27, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Hamilton was acquired from the Los Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Angels vs. Athletics Series Preview: Moving on

The Josh Hamilton is saga is over. That’s great news, not because Josh is gone and not because it means that maybe Angels management will finally stop making fools of themselves, but because we don’t have to talk about it anymore. The whole Hamilton story was depressing on multiple fronts but also entirely unavoidable. But now that […]

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