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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 […]

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Halo Headlines: Simmons to the DL?; Lincecum on radar

The May 9, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Andrelton Simmons spraining some part of his left hand/wrist, the team zeroing in on Tim Lincecum as a potential rotation addition, and more… The Story: a left thumb sprain, but the OC Register has an entire article calling it a wrist sprain. So which is […]

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)

Angels and Tanking: Hitting The Reset Button

There are a few things in life that you simply can’t attach words too. Sure, there are words that we have in our lexicon that we use to describe those situations, but it is my opinion that those words don’t truly encompass the feelings associated with those moments in life, no matter how broad the […]

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The Garrett Richards Fallout

Angels fans awoke to terrible team news Friday morning: Garrett Richards‘ dehydration problem had taken an unexpected right turn into a torn-elbow-ligament problem, putting him on the track for Tommy John surgery and a tentative return date of June 2017. The loss of the proverbial staff ace for the next year of course brings with it a bunch of questions […]

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Halo Headlines: Richards needs Tommy John; Heaney’s UCL damaged too

The Doomsday edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Garrett Richards reportedly needing Tommy John surgery, Andrew Heaney dealing with similar but (hopefully) not as severe elbow issues, and more… The Story: Garrett Richards has torn UCL, needs Tommy John surgery MWAH Says: Absolutely devastating. The already paper-thin Angels rotation is now in tatters, removing just about […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 03: Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 03, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels Can’t Capitalize Against Lowly Brewers

The Angels’ 2016 season thus far has been one long exercise in demonstrating that team momentum is a grand illusion. Be it the embarrassing sweep at the hands of the previously winless Minnesota Twins or this week’s stumble in Milwaukee against a tanking Brewers team that literally put a 31-year-old rookie on the mound and won, […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #28: Trout Saves The Day – Angels 7, Brewers 3

Since Mike Trout broke onto the scene as the Best Player In Baseball in 2012, each Angels season has begun with the creeping worry that this will be the year he stops being a perennial 10-win player. Thankfully, that year appears to still be far into the future, at least beyond 2016. Trout got a […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #27: Double Trouble – Brewers 5, Angels 4

Putting the ball in play more often is a good thing… until it isn’t. The Angels have been better than everyone this season at avoiding third strikes—putting the ball in play in an absurd 84.3 percent of their at-bats—but that high-contact approach has come at a cost. The odds of a strikeout turning into a […]

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Angels Prospects’ Surprise April Performances

As it goes every year, the stock values of prospects inevitably rise and fall.  This is part of what makes baseball such a fun game to watch—one element always remains a fixture in this prospect game we play: surprise. These are the Angels prospects that surprised us this April: Hutton Moyer – 2B/3B Sure, he has a cool […]

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