ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 07:  Johnny Giavotella #12 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to a single from Hank Conger #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 07, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Anatomy of an Angels Rebuild: The Slight Retooling

Just under a year ago I posted an article of a similar kind to this one, outlining who the Angels would keep and who the Angels would shuffle out of the organization after 2015. The purpose was to highlight what a rebuilt offense could look like, but most of it was vanilla—I’d stated the obvious and […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #37: Santiago Shines in Seattle – Angels 3, Mariners 0

The better side of Hector Santiago‘s fortnightly Jekyll/Hyde routine found it’s way back to the mound on Sunday, shutting out the Mariners for eight innings on just two hits. The start was the Angels’ second in a row of seven innings or more—the first time all season they’ve accomplished that feat—and sealed the team’s (highly improbable) third series sweep […]

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Halo Headlines: Choi clears waivers; Wilson to throw simulated game

The Monday, May 16, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Ji-Man Choi staying with the organization, C.J. Wilson planning to throw a simulated game at Dodger Stadium, and more… The Story: Tyler Skaggs could resume throwing this week MWAH Says: “Could” is the operative word there. Skaggs will endure a strength test on Monday to […]


Boxscore Breakdown #35: Snapping the Streak – Angels 7, Mariners 6

The Angels were well on their way to their seventh consecutive loss Friday night, trailing 5-1 after six innings with just three measly hits to their name. But then a funny thing happened: They didn’t lose. The offense came to life in the seventh, erupting for 10 hits and six runs over the final three innings and […]

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 10:  Javy Guerra #40 talks with Geovany Soto #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the St. Louis Cardinals at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 10, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Cards Sweep Halos Out Of Anaheim

The Angels embarked on their six-game homestand against the Rays and Cardinals last Friday with hopes of getting their season back on track following a rough road trip. It’s safe to say that did not happen. The news of Garrett Richards’ season-ending injury surfaced before the team even had the chance to set foot on […]


Imagining A Revamped Angels Offense

As of this morning, May 13, the Los Angeles Angels sit in last place in the AL West at 13-21. Though their starting pitching woes have been garnering the headlines lately, their (lack of) offense might be an even bigger problem. Even with Thursday’s 10-run outburst, the Angels have still scored the fewest runs of any […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #34: Outslugged – Cardinals 12, Angels 10

The Angels set a season-high in runs (10) and matched their season-high in hits (15) Thursday night but still couldn’t manage to walk away with a win. Instead, thanks to a 12-run, 18-hit onslaught from the Cardinals, they extended their losing streak to six and got swept for a second straight series. And to make matters […]

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Halo Headlines: Escobar, Pennington day-to-day; Javy Guerra DFA’d

The Friday, May 13, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the whole left side of the infield suffering minor injuries, a reliever getting booted off the roster one game too late, and more… The Story: Yunel Escobar and Cliff Pennington day-to-day with hand, leg injuries MWAH Says: Both Escobar and Pennington left Thursday night’s game early […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #33: The Spiral Continues – Cardinals 5, Angels 2

Same stuff, different day. On Wednesday, for what feels like the 20th time this season, the Angels produced: a starting pitcher that couldn’t reach the sixth inning; an offense that couldn’t muster more than a few stray hits; and a relief corps that pitched far better than it had any right to. Unfortunately this formula always leads to a […]

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Halo Headlines: Angels add rotation help; Lincecum still on radar

The Thursday, May 12, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team acquiring Jhoulys Chacin to bolster the rotation, looking into adding Tim Lincecum as well, and more… The Story: Angels one of three teams “most interested” in Tim Lincecum MWAH Says: Among the Halos, Giants, and White Sox, the Angels are probably the best bet […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #32: A New Low – Cardinals 8, Angels 1

It can always get worse. This is a lesson you’d think I would have learned by now, but apparently not. On Tuesday, just 48 hours after they seemed to hit rock bottom, the Angels suffered their worst loss since Opening Day. The 8-1 battering at the hands of the Cardinals put all of the team’s shortcomings […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 05:  Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 5, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Cardinals vs. Legacy

The St. Louis Cardinals come into town on Monday for just the second time since Albert Pujols left the team after the 2011 season. There was a lot of consternation among the Best Fans in Baseball in the immediate aftermath of Pujols leaving for Southern California, but I imagine few feel the same now. And I imagine fewer still envisioned that the […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings: Week 6

The Angels Player Power Rankings for Week 6 are an especially depressing exercise in seeing which key players are the next to drop off the list entirely because of injury and which bullpen arms are close to cracking the Top 10 because of the sudden dearth of quality players elsewhere. Not Listed: Matt Shoemaker (Optioned, LW: […]

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Halo Headlines: Simmons needs surgery; Strasburg gets Nats extension

The May 10, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Andrelton Simmons needing surgery to repair his “other” UCL, Stephen Strasburg deflating the 2017 free-agent pitching class, and more… The Story: Andrelton Simmons needs thumb surgery, will miss at least six weeks MWAH Says: Of course. And it’s more than a little fitting that the ligament […]

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 06:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits the center field wall and is unable to catch a double hit by Logan Forsythe #11 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the first  inning of a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 6, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Rays Sweep Angels Into Oblivion

It’s technically about four months premature for a eulogy of the 2016 Angels—they’re only five games out with 131 to play, after all—but practically the season ended Friday morning when the news broke that Garrett Richards is out for the year and that Andrew Heaney might be too. Getting swept the Tampa Bay Rays over the […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #31: Rock Bottom? – Rays 3, Angels 1

Apparently the baseball gods aren’t done sucking the air out of this team. Andrelton Simmons became the latest Angels franchise player felled by an injury, jamming his left thumb while ranging for a ground ball to his right in the third on Sunday. While the severity of the injury isn’t known at this point, anything […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #30: A Comedy Of Errors – Rays 4, Angels 2

When it rains, it pours. The Angels got their first strong performance from a starting pitcher in weeks Saturday night, but it was all undone by a pair of costly errors. The mistakes themselves didn’t directly put the Rays ahead, but they created the opportunities from which the deciding runs would eventually come, which in […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #29: Fuel On The Funeral Pyre – Rays 5, Angels 2

The last time Garrett Richards was unexpectedly sidelined for the season, in 2014, the rest of the rotation stepped up in a big way and posted a 3.21 ERA over the final month-plus of the season. Any lingering hope that might happen again this year was summarily snuffed out Friday night, as fill-in starter Cory Rasmus was lit […]