ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 18:  Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during the seventh inning of a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 18, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels Claim Freeway Dominance

It seems we were a little hasty in our decision to eulogize the Angels last week—there may be life in this team yet. Since getting swept by the Rays and Cardinals last week the Angels have won six of seven, their only defeat this week coming at the hands of the somehow-still-improving Clayton Kershaw. The driving force […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #41: Bullpen Lockdown – Angels 7, Dodgers 4

It would be easy (and reasonable) to make Mike Trout‘s three-RBI night or the return of Johnny Giavotella‘s magic clutch powers the story of Thursday’s series-clinching win over the Dodgers, but I feel the that Angels bullpen, which held LA hitless over the final 4⅔ innings, deserves some love. Everyone rags on relievers when things are […]

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Halo Headlines: Lincecum passes physical; Jackson rejoins Angels

The Friday, May 20, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Tim Lincecum officially joining the team, an old friend returning to the organization, and more… The Story: Tim Lincecum passes physical, will get $2 million base salary MWAH Says: It was initially reported as a minor-league deal, but with that kind of money involved it’s […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #40: Hitting ‘Em Where They Ain’t – Angels 8, Dodgers 1

If you put enough people on base, eventually good things are bound to happen. Sometimes those good things are dingers, sometimes they’re broken-bat singles, and other times they’re seeing-eye hits. The Angels got a whole lot of the latter Wednesday night, including a particularly fun stretch in the fifth inning that resulted in four runs: On […]

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Halo Headlines: Soto needs knee surgery; Cotts granted his release

The Thursday, May 19, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes yet another integral player going on the disabled list, a far less integral player becoming a free agent, and more… The Story: LHP Neal Cotts granted his release MWAH Says: Not surprising. The Angels simply didn’t have room for him in the bullpen right now. […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 08:  Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on April 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Series Preview (Part 2): Angels vs. Dodgers vs. Not Kershaw

The first two games in Freeway Series featured legitimate pitching matchup intrigue. Clayton Kershaw is always must-watch (provided you’re a Time Warner customer) and he showed why last night in his evisceration of the Angels. But the other three starting pitchers involved were intriguing in their own way. Angel fans got their first intimate look at […]

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Anatomy of an Angels Rebuild: The Fire Sale

Welcome to Part III of our rebuild series: The Fire Sale. In Part I, we examined what a Slight Retooling of the Angels roster could look like over the coming year. Then in Part II, we looked into what a New Direction might mean for the Angels, which involved trading assets like Yunel Escobar, Hector Santiago, […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #39: Kershaw and the Kids – Dodgers 5, Angels 1

The Angels had the rare chance to get to Clayton Kershaw early Tuesday night. The best pitcher on the planet found himself momentarily rattled in the second inning following a balk call and gave up three straight hard-hit balls, one of which went for an RBI single. Unfortunately for the Halos the next two batters were Jered […]

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Halo Headlines: Nava, Rasmus hit DL; Huff gets minors deal

The Wednesday, May 18, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes two more players joining an already crowded disabled list, the team adding another lefty arm to the Triple-A roster, and more… The Story: Daniel Nava and Cory Rasmus placed on DL with groin strains MWAH Says: That’s now nine Angels on the major league disabled list, which […]

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Anatomy of an Angels Rebuild: A New Direction

Yesterday we kicked this series off by examining what a slight retooling of the Angels roster could look like over the coming year. In Part II, we look into what going a new direction might mean for the Angels. First, let’s understand what a “New Direction” means, beyond the literal sense, and when a team might […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #38: The Surge Continues – Angels 7, Dodgers 6

The Angels not only extended their winning streak to four Monday night, they also snapped a four-game losing skid at Dodger Stadium. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols led the way, driving in five of the team’s seven runs on the evening. The offense has now scored 36 runs over the last five games, which is […]

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Halo Headlines: Angels to sign Lincecum; Richards forgoes surgery

The Tuesday, May 17, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team closing in on a minor-league contract with Tim Lincecum, Garrett Richards opting for stem-cell therapy rather than Tommy John, and a bunch more… The Story: Angels close to signing former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum MWAH Says: This is the part where I […]

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 06:  Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the foufth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 6, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Series Preview (Part 1): Angels vs. Dodgers vs. Time Warner

Just when we think we’ve got the Angels figured out, they go out and sweep the first place Seattle Mariners on the road. The sweep wasn’t particularly convincing, seeing as how the first two wins were thanks to late-inning rallies against Steve Cishek. But the wins are welcome after the team played like they were […]

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 14: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Safeco Field on May 14, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Sweepness in Seattle

The 2016 Angels continue to live life at the extremes. Following a demoralizing homestand in which the team was swept for the third and fourth times this season, the Halos went on the road and swept the Seattle Mariners right out of first place. The Angels have now either swept (3x) or been swept (4x) seven times in 12 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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