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Boxscore Breakdown #41: What to make of Shoe? – Blue Jays 8, Angels 4

I don’t know what to make of Matt Shoemaker anymore. He’s either dominant or gets dominated. There is no in between. One start the opposition can barely touch him, the next he can’t locate his fastballs and is leaving non-splitting splitters directly down the middle of the plate. Every time I want to give up […]

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 20:  Hector Santiago #53 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the fourth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 20, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Angels 2-1.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

An inventory of the Angels trade assets

It’s no secret the Angels will be (and currently are) on the hunt for offense come trading season. Even with Chris Iannetta heating up and Pujols’ inevitable “resurgence” (really, it just means he won’t be as bad as he has been) the Angels offense would merely grade out as weak. They’ll be on the lookout […]

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 19: Matt Joyce #20 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after grounding out in the fifth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 19, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Arguing with ourselves: The wretched Angels offense

Welcome to the 2015 version of the Los Angeles Angels. I’ll bet most of the fans coming into this season didn’t expect to see the Angels offense be the team’s largest question mark. Or, in all actuality, it’s only question mark. It’s crazy, right? It is borderline absurd even that of all the things that […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #40: Unbroken – Angels 4, Blue Jays 3

Albert Pujols is bruised but not broken. Literally. That’s not just a metaphor. His hand got hit by a pitch, but he escaped with just a contusion and no fractures. Now if you want a metaphor, the Angels were bruised in this game but unbroken. They fell behind early after a big inning, but survived […]

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after striking out against the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum on September 22, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

What does the Angels offense need more: power or OBP?

The Angels offense is a problem. They are the worst offense in the American League with a wRC+ of 84. As you might imagine, this is not the result of one particular flaw. The Angels offense is actually a problem made up of a multitude of smaller problems. They are 27th in batting average, 29th in on-base percentage, 26th in […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11: Center fielder Ben Revere #2 of the Philadelphia Phillies winces after beating out an infield single in the bottom of the third inning against the New York Mets on August 11, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Angels trade targets to be avoided

The Angels need to make a trade. We all know this. The repeated display of offensive ineptitude is going to make the Angels buyers on the upcoming trade market, but what exactly are they going to buy? No offense to Jerry Dipoto, but the trades he made to round out the lineup last offseason didn’t exactly […]


Sean Newcomb comes up aces in first start for Inland Empire

After seven smooth starts this season for the Low-A Burlington Bees, the Angels’ top draft pick last June, Sean Newcomb, pitched in his first game for the High-A Inland Empire 66ers on Saturday and impressed those who witnessed his performance.  The six-foot-five left-hander went five innings, walked one batter, and struck out seven others.  He […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #38: @#$%! – Blue Jays 10, Angels 6

So many expletives, so little time. Actually, it was more about the timing of all those expletives. It should be seen as no strange coincidence that Josh Donaldson had his expletive-laden display at almost the exact same time that the Angels middle relief had their expletive-inducing display to cost the Angels the game. How is […]