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Boxscore Breakdown #129: Why? – Indians 8, Angels 3

Why? Someone, please, tell me why. Why do we root for this stupid team? I’m sure this is mostly frustration and recency bias speaking, but I can’t recall an Angels team that I’ve hated more than the 2015 incarnation. OK, well, at least during the Scioscia era, some of those Collins era teams were pretty […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #128: Doubled up – Indians 3, Angels 1

So what if the answer to “when will the Angels offense come around” is “never?” Everyone is waiting for the Halos to find something resembling an actual consistent offense, not even a good offense, just an offense that doesn’t have everyone on no-hitter watch for the first four innings of the game, at least. They […]

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 04:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after striking out swinging for the third out of the fifth inning leaving the bases loaded against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 4, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Indians vs. Convincing

One much-needed series victory down, two more to go on the most important road trip of the year for the Angels. After a couple unconvincing wins in Detroit — winning a game in which you score a lone run against Randy Freaking Wolf is nothing but unconvincing — the Halos head to Cleveland to take […]

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 22:  Daniel Robertson #44 of the Los Angeles Angels bunts the ball allowing Erick Aybar #2 of the Los Angeles Angels to score giving the Angels the lead over the Houston Astros in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 22, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Second Guessing Scioscia – Bunt Party!

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. In particular, we […]

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 27: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels scores on the single to left field by Albert Pujols #5 (not in photo) as Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers attempts to put on the tag during the sixth inning of the game on August 27, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: The Art of the Ugly Win

I think I’ve finally given up trying to figure out what this team is doing. Far as I can tell, there are three things about this year’s Angels we know for certain: the offense is bad once you get past Pujols, the base-running is bad all over, and Johnny Giavotella’s defense is atrocious. Everything else is […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #127: The slipper fits, again – Angels 2, Tigers 0

Everyone’s favorite Cinderella starting pitcher is back, fully shod in his glass slippers. The pumpkin form of Matt Shoemaker got shipped down to Triple-A about two weeks ago, but whilst there he discovered a way to turn the clock back before midnight and once again looked like the oft-dominant pitcher we saw last season. With a […]

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver sits on the bench after being removed during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Do the Angels care? The Monkey investigates…

Ladies and gentlemen, I am here to investigate some very grievous charges that have been levied against the 2015 Angels. During their recent losing spree, very serious accusations of playing with no heart, aggravated gutlessness, premeditated lack of urgency and, worst of all, conspiracy to not care have been made by fans and players alike. We here […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #126: Avoiding the inevitable – Tigers 5, Angels 0

The Angels narrowly avoided getting no-hit by Justin Verlander, but only barely. Even with so little time left in the season it seems like this avoidance was just temporary. There isn’t an Angels fan out there who would disagree that ending up on the wrong side of a no-hitter is the manifest destiny for this feast-or-(mostly) […]

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 25:  Kole Calhoun #56 and Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrate after Pujols hit the game-winning RBI single to left field as teammate Mike Trout #27 looks on in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 25, 2015 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Padres 4-3.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

How the Angels offense lost its balance

The Angels have a lot of problems right now, but one problem that has plagued them most of the season is that the Angels offense, well, it sucks. It is one of the most bizarre developments of the 2015 season considering that the Angels offense was one of the best in all of baseball last year. […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #125: Fired up? – Angels 8, Tigers 7

The narrative from this game is that Jered Weaver “fired up” the Angels by pulling his typical redass act and screaming at everyone in the dugout after Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun had a miscommunication in the outfield. This display of rage and frustration allegedly inspired the team. Here are the things that happened after […]

during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 22, 2015 in Anaheim, California.

Series Preview: Angels vs. Tigers vs. Irrelevance

The bad news is that the Angels’ playoff odds have fallen 66 percentage points—from 89% to 23%—in the last 30 days. The good news, if you can call it such, is that the Halos hit rock bottom over the weekend, meaning the only way to go from here is up. “Up” is a relative term, […]

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 23:  A fan holds up his rally monkeys in support of  the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the sixth inning of the baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on July 23, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Monkeying around with the most important Angels road trip of the year

The Angels are a mess. They have been an embarrassment on the road since the All-Star break going 1-12. They then embarrassed themselves again in their last homestand, losing four in a row and setting franchise records for how badly they got their butt whipped by the Jays. Now they get the privilege of going […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 21

The Angels Player Power Rankings get literal this week because the Angels players are rank. A powerful rank. Seriously, you guys, this team stinks. NOT LISTED: Nick Tropeano (spotty spot start duty)

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 23:  Starting pitcher Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim walks to the dugout after giving up three runs and the lead in the third inning aganst the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: The Hall of Fame Weekend Massacre

If this weekend made one thing abundantly clear, it’s that no team in baseball was more in need of a day off than the Angels. The club went into the weekend having played 14 days in a row and in 23 of the last 24 overall. Every other AL team but the Twins had at […]

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