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Boxscore Breakdown #158: Self-Inflicted – A’s 8, Angels 7

The Athletics gave the Angels every opportunity to win Wednesday afternoon. They put Barry Zito on the mound for four innings, pitted five right-handed hitters against Garrett Richards rather than go with their typically platoon-heavy lineup, had Edward Mujica—whom the Halos have torched this year—throw out of the bullpen yet again, made two errors on the field, […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #157: Tropeano Breaks Out – Angels 8, A’s 1

Nick Tropeano picked a heck of a time to put together the best start of his young career. Entering Tuesday night, the right-hander had never gone more than six innings, struck out more than five, or allowed fewer than four hits in any of his six big-league starts. After Tuesday night, none of those things […]

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Halo Headlines: Joe Smith returns, Moreno valued at $1.8 billion

The September 30, 2015 of Los Angeles Angels news includes Joe Smith returning to the bullpen, Arte Moreno being valued at $1.8 billion, and more… The Story: Joe Smith to return to bullpen Wednesday MWAH Says: Well that recovery sure progressed quickly. When Smith sprained his ankle 11 days ago, the best-case scenario seemed to be a […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #156: One-Run Kings – Angels 5, A’s 4

I guess we maybe should have guessed that the Angels would emerge victorious in a one-run game at least once this series. The A’s have had far and away the worst luck of any team this season in close games, going 18–34 (.346) in one-run contests. If you extend that back to last year’s trade […]

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Halo Headlines: Smith could return this week, Gwynn a GM candidate

The September 29, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Joe Smith confident he’ll return this week, Chris Gwynn interviewing for the Angels GM job, and more… The Story: Joe Smith could return this week MWAH Says: Man, would this be a godsend. The bullpen has been great the last few games, but expecting them […]

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  The Big Three, Barry Zito #75 of the Oakland Athletics (R), former Oakland Athletics Mark Mulder #20 (C) and Tim Hudson #17 of the San Francisco Giants (L) is presented with a bottle of chardonnay wine by the the Oakland Athletics prior to the game at Coliseum on September 27, 2015 in Oakland, California. Zito, Hudson, and Mulders were teammates with the Athletics from 2000-2004. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. A’s vs. Survival

The first of the Angels’ three do-or-die series to close the season was a resounding success. By sweeping the Mariners over the weekend, the Halos improved their playoff chances immensely. The odds said they needed to at least go 8–€“2 over their final 10 in order to have a legitimate shot at the second wild […]

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 03:  A Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fan cheers during game two of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium on October 3, 2008 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Angels Fan Rooting Guide: September 28 – October 4

Here we are. The last week of the season. One week to separate teams that will compete for a World Series title and those that will spend the next month catching up on Narcos. For us fans, this isn’t going to be fun. Even though the Angels have been successful the last 13 years, we’re […]

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Johnny Giavotella #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after hitting a triple in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Sweep Satisfaction

I think it might be time to break out the Cardiac Kids moniker for these Angels. The club was a mediocre 16-13 in one-run games entering August, but are 16-3(!!) in such games since. Nine of their last 12 victories overall have come by a single run and four of five on their current winning streak. […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #155: Johnny Hustle – Angels 3, Mariners 2

Another night, another player making a huge play to keep the season alive. They already had the big hit and the big catch, and now they have the uhh… big hustle(?) and are just one big pitch away from the clutch cycle. It’s no secret that Brad Miller isn’t a real center fielder, but it still […]

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Halo Headlines: Street has mild strain, Shoemaker still battling soreness

The September 28, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes an update on Huston Street’s groin strain, Matt Shoemaker suffering a setback, Jered Weaver dealing with shoulder tightness, and more (mostly injury) news. Some mood music for you… The Story: Huston Street has Grade 1 groin strain MWAH Says: On the muscle tear scale, a Grade 1 […]


Boxscore Breakdown #154: The Catch 2.0 – Angels 3, Mariners 2

My goodness. Just when you think Mike Trout has demonstrated everything his preternatural baseball talents make him capable of, he goes and does something like this: Your browser does not support iframes. The thing that I find most remarkable about Trout’s season-saving snag, among the many, many remarkable things about it, is that he made […]


Boxscore Breakdown #153: Finally – Angels 8, Mariners 4

When Garrett Richards threw the first pitch of this game the Rangers had a sizable lead on the Astros in the middle innings of their contest. It looked likely that if the Angels won this game, they would move to only a half-game behind Houston for the second Wild Card and, perhaps more importantly, tie […]

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Starter Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the third inning at Safeco Field on September 15, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Mariners vs. Time

The Angels ended their road trip about as well as possible, winning five of seven games against the teams directly in front of them in the Wild Card race. Time is running out for the Halos, though, and each loss puts them closer October tee times. With ten games left and one loss to make […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23:  Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros receives congratulations from Carlos Correa #1 and Jake Marisnick #6 aftefr scoring on a triple by George Springer #4 in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on September 23, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Second Guessing Scioscia – Walk This Guy

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, but we aren’t exactly pro-Scioscia either. […]

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Halo Headlines: GM finalist hired by Boston, Angels face tough SP match-ups

The September 25, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a GM candidate getting hired elsewhere, the team facing tougher opposition than the Astros down the stretch, and more… Story: Red Sox hire Mike Hazen as new GM MWAH Says: Another GM candidate off the board. Unlike new Brewers GM David Stearns, Hazen was reportedly […]

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 22:  The Chicago Cubs celebrate with Jake Arrieta #49 on his 20th win of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on September 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 4-0.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Halo History: Twenty-Game Winners Still a Thing?

With the baseball world abuzz over Cub starting pitcher Jake Arrieta’s twentieth win of the season, it seems as though the twenty-win plateau is still an admirable achievement, even in this modern age where sabermetricians have proven beyond a doubt that a pitcher’s win total has very little bearing on his overall effectiveness.  So what […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 22:  Chris Iannetta #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gives Huston Street #16 a shake after the last out against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 22, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels Survive in Houston

The Angels are alive and I have no idea how. After winning an absolute must-win series in Houston, the Halos trail the Astros by 1½ games overall and only one game in the loss column for the precious second wild card spot. Dallas Keuchel cruised through the first game, setting up two nail-biting match-ups the […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #152: Freese Saves the Season – Angels 6, Astros 5

This one had all the makings of a fitting end to the Angels’ 2015 season. You had the huge miscue to let the other team back into the game, the offensive disappearing in the mid-innings, the weird bullpen maneuvering that led to an overworked pitcher throwing in a high-leverage spot, and a managing blunder that […]