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Boxscore Breakdown #46: Less than zero – Padres 4, Angels 0

What’s the only thing worse than a typical shutout? Getting shutout in extra innings. It is a shutout plus some. It is an exaggerated display of your own incompetence. You’ve been given extra opportunities to get on the board and yet you still fail. It is the salt in an already open and festering wound. It […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 25: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers takes a selfie with a fan prior to the game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on May 25, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Josh Hamilton returns, the Angels fan perspective

There was a slugfest in Cleveland yesterday that the Texas Rangers won 10-8. While a Memorial Day match between two sub .500 teams may not seem like the biggest deal to Angels fans, it was actually a very interesting game for the Halos. The Rangers have won six in a row and sit just a […]

Angels Quote of the Day: Jered Weaver was doing what to the ball?

After his last successful start, Jered Weaver was telling Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com what he did to solve his early season problems:

“I’m just not jerking off the ball anymore.”

Uh, well, yeah. That seems like a bad idea. I was never a pitcher, but I’m pretty sure that is not what you are supposed to do to the ball. So what are you supposed to do?

“My front side was kind of erratic and I wanted to clean that up. But my front side has been a lot better, which leads to a better arm slot, so everything’s coming out of the same slot now. It’s a good feeling.”

Oooohhhh! Now I understand, that makes a lot more sense than the other thing. A lot more family-friendly, too.

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 21: Matt Shoemaker #52 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim exits the game as he is relieved by manager Mike Scioscia #14 in the seventh inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 21, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Will the real Matt Shoemaker please stand up?

Coming into last season, Angels fans didn’t know what to expect from the teams’ starting rotation. Garrett Richards was finally going to get a full season as a starter, but would there be growing pains? Jered Weaver had lost even more velocity on his fastball, how was that going to translate? Hector Santiago and Tyler […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 8

The Angels Player Power Rankings return after a taking the day off for Memorial Day. Rest assured, if this were the uniform power rankings, the Memorial Day uniforms would rank dead last. *EDITOR’S NOTE: The rankings are updated through Sunday, so the events of Monday’s games are not factored in

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Boxscore Breakdown #45: The bat dies a hero – Angels 4, Padres 3

The true hero of this game was the bat of Albert Pujols. It gave its life for the greater good. Though it has shattered into dozens of tiny splinters, we shall remember Albert’s bat for the truly selfless sacrifice that it made. We will also remember Albert for his defiant stare into the Padres bench for having […]

No, blue, you're not listening. Ziti is and always will be better then elbow macaroni. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Padres vs. Jet Lag

As a blogger, I am very good at separating myself from the Angels, regardless of fandom. Very rarely will I use terms like “we” or “us” when referring to the team and anything that happens on the field. With that being said, I hate losing to Boston. Hate hate hate it. Especially when losing to Boston […]

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Remembering Earl Averill

With the Angels playing the San Diego Padres this week, it got me thinking about Earl Averill, one of the original Angels, who won a Most Valuable Player award while playing for the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League in 1958.  The Major League Padres began as a franchise in 1969, but there […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #44: Repeat – Red Sox 6, Angels 1

Remember yesterday when I said that the Boxscore Breakdown for that game was basically going to be the same one as today? Yeah, I wasn’t kidding. The numbers may have been a bit different, but the storyline was the same. Napoli got a big homer. The bullpen let a close game get away. The Angels […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #43: Nap time – Red Sox 8, Angels 3

Lesson #1: The Angels should never pitch to Mike Napoli Your browser does not support iframes. Lesson #2: Never means NEVER Your browser does not support iframes. Seriously, just walk him. Napoli lives to torture the Angels. It is all he does. He wouldn’t have a career if not for his 1.163 OPS against the Halos. He didn’t […]

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 11:  Vinnie Pestano #63 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 11, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Stat Sunday: The Weak Shall Inherit The Runners

Earned-run average isn’t the most precise measure of a pitcher’s performance over the course of a season, but it usually does a pretty good job of separating the best from the worst. Well, at least for starting pitchers it does. For bullpen guys, things are bit more complicated. One of the primary roles of a […]

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