MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 17: Joe Smith #38 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after pitching coach Charles Nagy #41 and catcher Carlos Perez #58 visit the mound during the ninth inning of the game on April 17, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Angels 3-2 in twelve innings. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels Swept Away By Twins

When writing about the volatility of early-season narratives after the sweep in Oakland, I really didn’t expect the Angels’ story to then re-shift so abruptly by the end of the week. I suppose that’s on me for not taking my own message to heart. The Angels getting swept by the Cubs in the opening series hurt, but it at […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #12: The Hidden No-Hitter – Twins 3, Angels 2 (F/12)

It would be easy to pin Sunday’s heart-wrenching loss on the bullpen yet again, but that would overlook the elephant in the room: the feckless offense. Like Saturday, the Angels opened up an early lead with their bats only to disappear completely. From Carlos Perez’s groundout in the fourth to his strikeout to end the top of […]

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Halo Headlines: No timetable for Heaney; Angels stop shifting

The April 18, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Andrew Heaney playing catch but no more, the team seemingly abandoning the defensive shift, and more… The Story: Angels have no timetable for Heaney’s return MWAH Says: The left-hander played catch before each of the weekend’s games in Minnesota, but there’s no set plan for when […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #11: The BLolpen Returns – Twins 6, Angels 4

Joe Smith sure picked a bad time to start giving up home runs. The side-armer has made a career of keeping the ball in the park, never once allowing more than one in an appearance. Well, until Saturday that is. Smith surrendered back-to-back jacks in the eighth, pulling the Twins not only out of a […]


Boxscore Breakdown #10: (T)winless No More – Twins 5, Angels 4

No one expected the Minnesota Twins to go winless for the entire 2016 season, but it would have been nice if the Angels bullpen hadn’t handed them their first victory of the year. Garrett Richards left the game after six with a two-run lead, but wasn’t in the dugout for more than 15 minutes before […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 14: Trevor Plouffe #24 of the Minnesota Twins sits in the dugout after a loss of the game against the Chicago White Sox on April 14, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The White Sox defeated the Twins 3-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Twins vs. .000

Hey, baseball is pretty fun when the Angels win! After sweeping three games from the A’s in Oakland behind strong pitching, let the record show that the Angels were in first place for at least two days this season. That’s more than a lot of teams can claim. Disregard that Oakland probably isn’t very good. […]

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 13:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after hitting a single while wearing a black and gold version of Nike batting gloves in honor of Kobe Bryant's retirement during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at the Coliseum on April 13, 2016 in Oakland, California. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-1. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels Sweep Out The Bay

It’s fun how quickly the narrative can shift for a baseball team in the season’s first few weeks. When the Angels’ current road trip started, there was a lot of hand-wringing about the offense getting off to a slow start yet again and whether the rotation could hold together in its battered state. Four days […]


Boxscore Breakdown #9: It’s Cobblin’ Time – Angels 5, A’s 1

Wednesday afternoon had to feel great for Matt Shoemaker. The right-hander hadn’t made it through any kind of start—be it MLB, spring, or minor-league—without allowing a run since August 27, 2015, and had only once since then survived a start without surrendering at least one home run. Shoemaker managed to do both against the A’s Wednesday, holding […]

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Halo Headlines: Shoemaker shines; Radinsky hospitalized

The April 14, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Matt Shoemaker putting together a much-needed strong start, bullpen coach Scott Radinsky being taken to the hospital, and more… The Story: Aggressive approach yields results for Shoemaker MWAH Says: I usually reserve post-game analysis for our Boxscore Breakdowns or Series Takeaways, but Shoemaker pitched so well […]


Billy Eppler Bringing Balance Back to the Angels

The day after the Winter Meetings ended in December, general manager Billy Eppler was asked if he thought the Angels’ projected lineup leaned too right-handed. It was a fair question, as at that point in the offseason: 1) the big additions to the roster were Andrelton Simmons, Yunel Escobar, Geovany Soto, Craig Gentry, and Cliff Pennington, […]


MWAH Top 30 Angels Prospects Update

Let’s quickly check in on how the Top 30 Angels prospects are faring a week into the 2016 season: 30. Samuel Pastrone – RHP Will likely head to Rookie Ball in Orem as expected. 29. Andrew Daniel – 2B/3B Somewhat surprisingly, Daniel was promoted to AA and finds himself playing 3B exclusively. Hitting in the […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #8: Soto Power – Angels 5, A’s 4

Geovany Soto picked a heck of a time to pull the Angels out of last place in the home run rankings. The veteran catcher took an 0-1 fastball from Sean Doolittle in the ninth Tuesday and drove it deep into the Oakland night sky, helping complete the Halos’ second come-from-behind victory in as many starts […]

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Halo Headlines: Rotation not shuffling; Mike Trout can dunk

The April 13, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team electing not to rearrange the rotation after their off-day on Thursday, Mike Trout dunking in a shootaround with the Warriors, and more… The Story: Roberto Baldoquin aggravates hamstring injury in High-A game MWAH Says: Dude just can’t seem to stay on the field long […]


Boxscore Breakdown #7: The Tropedo Strikes Oakland – Angels 4, A’s 1

The Angels got the first evidence Monday of how their stockpile of starting pitching might actually pay off over the course of the season, with Nick Tropeano matching Sonny Gray pitch for pitch through five shutout innings in Oakland. The Tropedo shut down the A’s in order only once in his five frames but made […]

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Halo Headlines: Mahle called up; Heaney hopes to throw soon

The April 12, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Greg Mahle getting the call to Anaheim for the first time, Andrew Heaney working on building strength in his forearm, and more… The Story: Greg Mahle called up from Triple-A; A.J. Achter optioned MWAH Says: Mahle didn’t get into the game Monday night, but he did warm […]

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 28:  Starting pitcher Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a MLB game at Chase Field on August 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Athletics 6-4.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. A’s vs. A Series Win

The Angels have a series loss and a series split on their 2016 bingo card, but are still on the lookout for their first series win. Their first opportunity to get it this week will be in Oakland against the division-leading A’s (4-3), whose horrid misfortune in one-run games might finally have hit a turning point. […]

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 10:  Shortstop Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers throws to first after forcing out Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to complete a double play to end the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Rangers Have Halos Seeing Double

The Angels exit their first weekend of 2016 tied for the MLB lead in double plays grounded into. This in itself is not remarkable, as most teams are within one or two of each other in every counting stat after the season’s opening week. Except that, well, the Angels entered the weekend having grounded into zero […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings: Week 2

Had the Halos put together a strong first week of 2016, the Angels Player Power Rankings for Week 2 probably wouldn’t have needed much updating. Seeing as how just about everyone but Jered Weaver, Hector Santiago, and Yunel Escobar had a horrible Week 1, however, there’s a whole lot of shifting going on, including a new […]