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. […]

SURPRISE, AZ - OCTOBER 21:  Cal Towey #19 (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) of the Mesa Solar Sox bats against the Surprise Saguaros during the Arizona Fall League game at Surprise Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

MWAH Top Angels Prospect Update for April (Part I)

Each month I’ll be providing readers with an overall update on the stock of each prospect, and why they’re either rising or falling. This Angels prospect update is part of an overall effort to provide readers with an ongoing knowledge of Angels prospects and solidify MWAH as your go-to site for Angels prospects. 30. 2B […]

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 […]

Outside Corner: The Angels, Hamilton and the lessons to be learned

As many of you know, I moonlight over at The Outside Corner on a pretty regular basis. I usually save all my Angels-related content for MWAH, but today I wrote a little something about what lessons the Angels and Arte Moreno hopefully learned from the Josh Hamilton debacle. Here’s an excerpt:

The Angels signed Josh Hamilton for $125 million over two years ago seemingly to spite the Texas Rangers. Yesterday, the Angels traded Josh Hamilton back to the Rangers in order to functionally cut off their nose to spite their faces. All they got from the Hamilton experience was a lot of frustration and embarrassment on and off the field, and hopefully, a lesson learned regarding the way they go about spending their money.

But did they actually learn that lesson? The signing of Hamilton was made on the strength of owner Arte Moreno’s hubris. He wanted to show off his spending power and stick it to the rival Rangers at the same time. When the Hamilton signing went bad, that hubris reemerged with Moreno obviously orchestrating Hamilton’s exit from Anaheim for the crime of making Moreno look stupid for signing him in the first place.

You can read the rest right here.

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 4

As the Angels Player Power Rankings enter their fourth week, we still rank all the player 1 through 25, but it is getting harder and harder to justify actually having ten players in the top ten. So, you know, anytime any of you want to start hitting, that’d be super. Not Listed: Josh Hamilton (technically still an […]

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 20:  Grant Green #10 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to his winning hit to score a run and win the game 6-5 over the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 20, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Minor League Options for Fixing the Angels Offense

The Angels offense has been the worst in the American League. Only a third of the lineup is hitting as expected this year, and the other six batters range from somewhere below what’s expected to absolutely dismal. But the good news for the Angels is that their AA and AAA affiliates actually bring about some […]