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Halo Headlines: Giavotella nearing return, Smith out indefinitely

The September 21, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Johnny Giavotella beginning a rehab assignment, Joe Smith’s sprained ankle sidelining him indefinitely, and more… The Story: Johnny Giavotella to begin rehab in Arizona MWAH Says: Johnny G successfully cleared the batting-practice hurdle last week, so now he’s off to join the club’s instructional league in Arizona […]


Boxscore Breakdown #148: Let’s Play Two! – Angels 5, Twins 2

The Angels completed their Twin killing on Saturday with another win to sweep the doubleheader, leapfrog ahead of the Twins in the wildcard standings, and sit just one and a half games behind the Astros for the second wildcard spot with a three-game series with Houston on deck.  Hold on to your hats and glasses, […]


Boxscore Breakdown #147: Overtime Affair – Angels 4, Twins 3

Friday’s rain-out predicated that a doubleheader would be played on Saturday.  The first game took twelve innings and five Angel relief pitchers to resolve, but we’ll take it if it comes with another victory over one of the two teams ahead of the Halos in the tight race for that second wild card slot. Angels […]


Changes at Monkey With a Halo

As you might have noticed, I’ve been absent from MWAH the last week. That absence is going to continue indefinitely. I always knew the day would come where I would have to write this post. I never had any idea when that day would come, but I assumed it would be years from now when […]


Boxscore Breakdown #146: Target Practice – Angels 11, Twins 8

Hey all you naysayers, that Yogi-ism it ain’t over ’til it’s over seems to be more true than ever 146 games into this season.  After twisting on the vine of mediocrity pretty much all season long, the Angels look like they have a legitimate shot at squeaking into the playoffs.  With sixteen games left to […]

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Seth Smith #7 of the Seattle Mariners rounds the bases after hitting a two-run homer against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the second inning at Safeco Field on September 14, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Mariners Dampen Angels’ Playoff Hopes

It was a must-win series, until it wasn’t. The Angels fell on their faces against allegedly inferior competition again, dropping two games in Seattle while scoring a narrow one-run victory over Felix Hernandez in the middle game. And yet, the Angels didn’t lose much ground in the wild card race thanks to the Rangers sweeping […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #145: LOB-ster Fest – Mariners 3, Angels 1

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: The Angels get a runner in scoring position with none or one out in several innings, but then fail to make any kind of solid contact in the plate appearances thereafter and ultimately lose a game they probably should have won. Alongside pitching-staff implosions and underperforming platoon players, the LOBster fest […]

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Halo Headlines: Seager puts Weaver on blast, the impact of Heaney’s stock deal

The September 17, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Kyle Seager calling shenanigans on Jered Weaver, Andrew Heaney potentially messing with the financial possibilities of small-market teams and more… The Story: Kyle Seager says Jered Weaver “quit” on team MWAH Says: This was in response to the HBP fiasco in the fifth inning last […]

SEATTLE - JUNE 14:  Torii Hunter #48 (C) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates with Andrew Romine #18 and Jered Weaver #36 after Weaver threw a complete game shutout against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 14, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Our Last Chance to Watch Torii Play?

This four-game series against the Twins may be the last time Angel fans get to see Torii Hunter in MLB action.  That is, if the Twins don’t win a wildcard spot in the playoffs and Torii retires after the completion of this season.  Way back in 2011, Torii was talking about retirement, telling the Minneapolis […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #144: The Battered King – Angels 4, Mariners 3

Not sure I’m a fan of this new “win every game by one run” thing, but whatever works at this point is gold. Beggars can’t be choosers, especially when taking on King Felix. The club’s four-run output on Tuesday tripled their season run total against Hernandez, and marked the first time since August 2013—a span […]

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Halo Headlines: Angels ramp up GM search, Street battling stomach bug

The September 16, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including the team’s GM search expanding to seven candidates, Huston Street losing 13 pounds in three days due to flu-like symptoms and more… The Story: Angels interviewing at least four external candidates MWAH Says: I guess Billy Eppler isn’t all that special after all. Arte Moreno and […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #143: Shellshocked – Mariners 10, Angels 1

The Angels played Monday like a team still dazed and confused by their ninth-inning implosion the day before. Even if Garrett Richards hadn’t continued his baffling good start/bad start interchange—this was most definitely the bad—the club would have needed a miracle to come away with the win. The offense was completely shut down by youngster Taijuan Walker for […]

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 03:  Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates after scoring with starting pitcher Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners in the first inning during interleague play at Coors Field on August 3, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Mariners vs. The Road

“He walked out in the gray light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable. The blind dogs of the sun in their running. The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like […]

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 18:  Erick Aybar #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats during the sixth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 18, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Angels defeated the Tigers 11-6.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Chasing Jim Fregosi

Erick Aybar reached the 1,200 hit plateau in Sunday’s loss against the Houston Astros.  The only other shortstop to have more hits in his Angel career is, of course, the greatest shortstop the Angels have ever had, Jim Fregosi, who amassed 1,408 hits in his eleven-year Angel career.  With one more year left on his […]

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Pitcher Huston Street #16 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim wipes his face in the ninth inning during the MLB game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 13, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Good Grief

One strike. One damn strike. MLB teams, on average, will win 95% of the time when holding any kind of lead into the ninth inning. This was as true in 1946 as it is today. With a three-run lead in the ninth, specifically, those odds jump up to about 97.5%. And with a three-run lead, […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 06:  Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros throws in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park on September 6, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Astros vs. October

I’m running out of ways to describe the Angels’ place on the precipice of futility. For close to three weeks now, we’ve talked about the team’s battle against irrelevance, the brink, circling the drain, and oblivion. It’s seemed inevitable that each series would decide the team’s fate one way or another, but here we are […]

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 6: Manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scratches his head during a game against the New York Yankees in the third inning at Yankee Stadium on June 6, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

Second Guessing Scioscia – What’s your philosophy?

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, but we aren’t exactly pro-Scioscia either. In particular, we […]