during the MLB game at Chase Field on August 12, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Talking myself into a Chase Utley trade

I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit this, but I think I might have talked myself into a Chase Utley trade for the Angels. Normally such a deal would go against every single shred of my moral fiber, but sometime in the last few weeks, I unwittingly came around to the idea. I don’t know if […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #118: Barely enough – Angels 2, White Sox 1

Sometimes barely enough is all you need. You might even say it enough. That’s some great kind of circular definition, eh? Well, barely enough appears to be all the Angels are capable of lately. The Halos never manufactured a run in this game, they just made good contact twice. They got the win, but they […]

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 12: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches the ball he was unable to catch at first base as Melky Cabrera #53 of the Chicago White Sox runs to second base at U.S. Cellular Field on August 12, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. White Sox vs. Panacea

We all know the Angels have been dreadful on the road in the second half, so that means coming home from their devastating road trip will cure everything that ails them, right? I mean, they kind of need it to be because they don’t have anything else at their disposal to serve as a panacea. […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 20

The Angels Player Power Rankings were originally meant to be fun, but now they’ve devolved into a weekly reminder of how woefully imbalanced this roster is and how that imbalance will ultimately spell doom for the 2015 Angels. But, yeah, other than that, fun. SO MUCH FUN. NOT LISTED: Ryan Jackson (possible Royal sleeper agent)

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 05:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates a solo homerun from Kole Calhoun #56 to tie the game 1-1 with the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 5, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The anatomy of a rebuilt Angels offense

The season is far from over. Yeah, school will soon start in most parts of the country, August continues to wind down, and the All-Star break is a distant memory, but there’s still over a month left of ball games to play. The Angels offense have been the worst in baseball in August. This comes on […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #117: Royal blue balls – Royals 4, Angels 3

After so much strife and consternation with this road trip, the Angels had a golden opportunity to split the series with the league-leading Royals. That’s nothing to brag about, but something that could’ve served as a stepping stone for the Angels getting their confidence back. They were even given the rare and special gift of a […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #116: This again – Royals 9, Angels 4

Oh? So we’re doing this again. I thought we got past the whole “Shoemaker turned into a pumpkin” phase, yet here we are again with Shoe turning in the worst start of his career at an inopportune time. Granted, the Angels probably weren’t going to beat Johnny Cueto anyway, but having another concern in the rotation […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #115: That makes sense – Royals 4, Angels 1

Just in case you thought the Angels had turned a corner after their huge comeback against the vaunted Royals bullpen, I present you with this clunker. It had all the earmarks of the same slumping Angels only they mixed in shoddy defense and moronic baserunning, just to up the ante. Honestly, nobody really thought their […]

during the MLB game at Chase Field on June 18, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Taylor Featherston’s Historically Bad/Good Season

OPS is not a good statistic. If you were to explain its formula to a statistician unfamiliar with baseball, he’d probably have a conniption. Summing two numbers yielded from equations that share many of the same variables is typically a no-no, and I’m pretty sure doing so when different denominators are involved is a cardinal […]


MWAHdcast Episode 6: Slump City

After a one month hiatus for no good reason whatsoever, MJ Lloyd and I got back together last night to record a new episode of the MWAHdcast. You can tell us in the comments how much you missed us.

Here’s a breakdown of how the show went:

  • State of the Angels – Second place or bust, the C.J. Wilson injury and left field still looking a lot like Matt Joyce.
  • Mike Trout Propaganda Machine – Slump city.
  • Trade Rumor – The Angels are keeping tabs on Chase Utley. MJ wants Utley. MJ might possibly be Bill Stoneman.

You can follow the show on SoundCloud, or you can subscribe to the show on iTunes. Follow MJ (@MnkysThrwngDrts), Monkey With A Halo (@MonkeyWithAHalo) and myself on Twitter and you can email the MWAHdcast at MWAHdcast [@] gmail [dot] com.

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 12:  Manager Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim argues with first base umpire Chris Conroy after Johnny Giavotella was called out at first in the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 12, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  Scioscia was ejected during the exchange.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Second Guessing Scioscia – The worst inning of the season

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 (mostly) pro-Scioscia […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #114: Nothing makes sense – Angels 7, Royals 6

Baseball, it makes no sense. Somehow the Angels offensive ineptitude extended so far and deep that they got two-hit over six innings by Jeremy Guthrie. This is the same Jeremy Guthrie who might literally be the worst starting pitcher in all of baseball this year. He hasn’t had a game even close to this good […]

1990:  Pitcher Chuck Finley of the California Angels throws a pitch during a game at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn  /Allsport

All-Time Angels Southpaw Squad

So today is International Left-handers Day.  How do you even celebrate such a thing?  How about with an Angel all-time left-handed team?  One twenty minute excursion searching through the databases at baseball-reference, and you can assemble a roster of all-time Angel lefties, according to the WAR they accumulated while wearing an Angel uniform. In the outfield, […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 05: Kevin Jepsen #40 and Jason Grilli #39 of the Los Angeles Angels look on from the bench during Game Three of the American League Division Series against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Royals vs. Deathblow

The Angels are struggling and can’t win on the road. Now they have to face the best team in the American League and the team that pwned them so hard in the ALDS. What could possibly go wrong? Other than that Royals delivering the deathblow to the Angels season, I don’t see any potential downside […]

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 12:  Conor Gillaspie #22 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim walks off the field after Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox (not pictured) hit a walkoff one run RBI double during the thirteenth inning at U.S. Cellular Field on August 12, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago White Sox won 3-2 in thirteen innings.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Chasing Tails

Just when we thought it was safe to believe in the Angels, they go and get swept by the perpetually mediocre Chicago White Sox. Of course Chris Sale would find his form in his game one start against the Angels. Of course Carlos Rodon would show his promise in his game two start against the […]