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Boxscore Breakdown #129: Back on top – Angels 9, Athletics 4

Disaster averted, everyone. Go back to your homes. Nothing to see here. Move along. The Angels are back on top of the AL West and MLB, just as everything should be. All is right with the world once again. No need to panic. Run Expectancy Rundown Basically, everyone was terrific on offense except for David […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #128: Passed by – Athletics 2, Angels 1

The Angels and the A’s playing a one-run game is nothing new. The Angels losing on a passed ball, however, is. This loss really hurt. Not only did they lose the game in a really stupid and frustrating way, but they also threw away one of C.J. Wilson‘s best starts in month. Maybe we should […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #127: First blood – Athletics 5, Angels 3

The playoffs are over a month away, but this game sure felt like the post-season. It is a complete cliche, but this game very much had a playoff atmosphere. Every play seemed to be of the utmost importance. The players certainly appeared to be taking it more seriously. Heck, even the notoriously sparse A’s fans came […]

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Series Preview: Angels vs. Athletics vs. The showdown begins

So it begins. The two teams poised to battle to the metaphorical death for the AL West crown finally get to meet again for the first time in over two months. With this series, the Angels and A’s kick off the first three games of the ten they have left against each other. That’s ten […]

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Second Guessing Scioscia – Week 21: Relapse

Welcome to Second-Guessing Scioscia, our look back at some of the questionable decisions that Mike Scioscia made in the last week. This isn’t because we dislike Scioscia, in fact, MWAH is officially pro-Scioscia. However, we do realize that he is not infallible and hope to use this series to bring light to the decisions in which he […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #126: Long time coming – Angels 2, Red Sox 0

It may not have had a high degree of difficulty given the roster the Red Sox have right now, but for the first time since 1962, the Angels completed a four-game sweep of the Red Sox in Boston. I think that’s impressive, primarily because I assume something that happens once every 50+ years is always impressive. In […]

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Halo Headlines: How will the Angels get by without Garrett Richards? edition

The August 22nd, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels: How will the Angels get by without Garrett Richards? edition! The Story: Losing Garrett Richards doesn’t bury the Angels. The Monkey Says: After everyone had a chance to calm down, this was the general consensus. There are certainly nuances involved, but the Angels should still […]

Angels acquire Gordon Beckham for some reason

What do you do as a GM when your team loses its #1 starter? Acquire an underachieving middle infielder, of course!

Yes, for some reason the Angels have traded for Gordon Beckham, apparently to come off the bench. I guess. I don’t really know what he brings to the table though. He is a below average hitter and an average (at best) fielder. He can play third and short, but is primarily a second baseman. There is nothing he brings to the table that a combination of John McDonald and the soon-to-return Grant Green couldn’t provide.

Unless the other shoe drops and we find out that David Freese or Howie Kendrick is hurt, this doesn’t make much sense. For what it is worth, Beckham is under team control in 2015, but is more likely to be non-tendered unless he agrees to take a drastic pay cut.

 

Garrett Richards out 6-9 months with torn patellar tendon

You can go ahead and uncross your fingers now. It didn’t work:

Obviously, Richards is done for the season. Less obviously, Richards might even miss the first month or two of the 2015, though there is hope that he could actually be good to go come training camp. According to Jeff Passan, that seems likely:

The bigger question, to which there is no current answer, is what the impact this injury will have on his career? Cursory searches of the ol’ internet tubes haven’t turned up any examples of other MLB starting pitchers who have suffered the same injury. That’s probably good, but it might also be bad. Who knows. I don’t. I just want to cry, mostly.

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The Angels can survive without Garrett Richards, but it won’t be easy

99.7% and 97.3%. Those are the current odds of the Angels reaching the post-season according to Baseball Prospectus and Fangraphs, respectively, as of this morning. That would be the morning after Garrett Richards’ season presumably came to an early and agonizing end. Now take a deep breath or two and let that sink in. The Angels are going to be […]

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Garrett Richards suffers devastating knee injury

OH. MY. GOD. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! That, folks, is Garrett Richards evidently shredding his knee trying to cover first. Just a random freak accident where he apparently caught a spike, wrenched his knee and collapsed in a heap of agony. Listening to the Angels radio broadcast, Smith and Langston were in apparent shock as they described seeing “something bulge […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #124: Staying “hot” – Angels 4, Red Sox 3

The Angels win again and stay “hot.” Hooray! Hooray? Hooray, right? How a team wins shouldn’t matter so much as the fact that they do win, but this Angels team is not winning pretty right now. In their last seven wins, they’ve only won by more than two runs once and been out-hit three times. There […]

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