Huston Street and the Essence of Baseball

Angel closer Huston Street was standing on the orange, clay mound at Minute Maid Park last night, ready for the ninth inning to begin.  He had fired up his arm in the bullpen.  He had thrown all of his warm-up pitches while first baseman CJ Cron was slinging grounders to his fellow infielders behind him.  […]

Halo Headlines: Tropeano Close to Return; Pujols Banged Up

The Tuesday, June 21, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a rehabbing player getting set to join the club, a veteran playing through leg issues, and more… The Story: Nick Tropeano to have one, maybe two more rehab starts before joining Angels MWAH Says: The Tropedo had been one of the better Angel […]

Series Preview: Angels Vs. Astros Vs. Third Place

The Angels are off to Minute Maid Park to play a three-game set with the Houston Astros, and if the 31-38 Angels could pull off a sweep against the 34-36 Astros, the Halos could actually take over third place by half-a-game.  The Astros will have a fully healthy squad ready to welcome an Angel team […]

The Angels’ Father-Son Combos

Pictured above — Casey and Tom Kotchman During the past fifty-five years, there have been countless numbers of fathers and sons (and daughters) who have enjoyed watching Angel baseball together, and this will obviously continue to be a tradition for many years to come.  But did you know that that there are three sets of […]

Cal Towey – Sleeper Prospect?

The Angels have a lot of prospects.  Not necessarily good ones, but there are hundreds of names to sort through.  I’ve only just begun gathering my list for a potential Top 30 prospects this upcoming offseason and already, we have 60-70 prospects listed.  So understandably, it’s easy for prospects to get lost int he shuffle. […]

Angels Draft History 2001-2003

Every draft comes with some awesome stories.  That’s part of what makes this event so exciting, the fact that with it, comes a thousand plus stories and even more that we never heard of.  Let’s check out part one the last 15 years of the Angels draft. 2001 Draft Major Leaguers: 1B Casey Kotchman, C […]

Jered Weaver’s Top Five Games

At the end of the 2016 season, Jered Weaver’s contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will expire, and it could very well mean the end of Weaver’s illustrious career.  He has provided Angel fans with a decade full of highlights and is clearly one of the best pitchers the franchise has ever had.  […]

Preliminary Draft Reactions Rounds 1-3

The first or second week of June is my favorite time of the year, every year.  School is out for Summer (at least for most of us), the lakes and rivers are just beginning to heat up, fishing is in full swing, my baby boy was born, and oh yeah, the Angels find themselves a […]

Time To Let The Kids Play?

As of writing this article, the Angels currently sit six games out of a second wild card spot (entirely too early for such talk), and 10 games out of first place in the AL West (this is a pretty good time to bring that up).  There continues to be no timetable for Richards, Heaney, Skaggs […]

Prospect Surprises May Edition

I certainly don’t need to tell you the reader that Angel fans could use any bit of good news these days.  It seems every article is about another injury, another rehab stalled, another loss, and no prospects.  Well as it turns out, there are a few prospects, and those few are doing everything they can […]

Eppler Gearing Angels To Compete Or Sell

The Angels are one of the most injury-plagued teams in Major League Baseball this year.  While they currently run sixth in most DL stints, the teams ahead of them have not lost a Garrett Richards–Andrew Heaney 1-2 punch or a 4-5 win player in all-world shortstop Andrelton Simmons.  Understandably, this has gone from a young, […]

Series Takeaways: Death. Taxes. Angels Beat Detroit.

Michael Fulmer‘s dominance prevented the sweep on Wednesday, but the Angels took the three-game series from Detroit anyway thanks to Jhoulys Chacin on Monday and a dinger parade on Tuesday. It was the Halos’ first series victory since taking three of four games from the Dodgers two weeks ago. Defeating Detroit is nothing new for […]

Boxscore Breakdown #53: Game of Shadows – Tigers 3, Angels 0

The Angels offense would have you believe the reason they were held to just two hits Wednesday against rookie flamethrower Michael Fulmer and the Tigers is that the shadows hanging over the area between home plate and the mound wreaked havoc on their hand-eye coordination. Never mind that their opposition managed 10 hits against an arguably […]

Boxscore Breakdown #52: Dinger Frenzy – Angels 11, Tigers 9

The Angels might have finally discovered the solution to their GIDP problems: just hit the dang ball out of the ballpark. The team was able to overcome four double plays and an epic bullpen collapse Tuesday thanks to four home runs, the last a walk-off shot from C.J. Cron. Of course, it’d be easier to […]

Halo Headlines: Pennington returns to DL; Wilson undergoes MRI

The Wednesday, June 1, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes another player returning to the disabled list, a pitcher already on the shelf getting relatively good news, and more… The Story: C.J. Wilson shoulder MRI reveals no new damage MWAH Says: I suppose that’s good, but he’s still shut down indefinitely. Wilson seemed to be […]

Boxscore Breakdown #51: Jhoulys Cruiser – Angels 5, Tigers 1

If you had Jhoulys Chacin down on your bingo card as the first Angels pitcher to throw a complete game this season, you are a time traveler who is severely wasting his/her time machine. Seriously, why are you playing Angels bingo? Anyway, Chacin was brilliant Monday night, needing just 114 pitches to get 27 outs (10 by […]

Halo Headlines: Huston Street activated; Mike Morin optioned to Triple-A

The Tuesday, May 31, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Huston Street returning to the bullpen in an undetermined role, Mike Morin pitching his way back to Salt Lake, and more… The Story: Mike Morin optioned to Triple-A  MWAH Says: A surprise demotion of sorts. Morin has been knocked around a bit this month, raising […]

Boxscore Breakdown #50: Unlucky 13 – Astros 8, Angels 6

The Angels lost the rubber match against the Astros 8-6, dropping the Halos to only a half-game out of last place in the AL West. Nick Tropeano had his worst start since early May, allowing four runs and tying a season-high in walks at five. Although that might not have mattered if Johnny Giavotella was […]

Boxscore Breakdown #49: Dallas Stars – Astros 4, Angels 2

Historic home runs from Mike Trout and Albert Pujols early weren’t enough to best reigning AL Cy Young winner. The Halos got to Dallas Keuchel early, putting up a two-spot in the first thanks to the aforementioned dingers, but were then shut down the rest of the night. Like, completely shut down. The final 24 Angels to come to […]

Boxscore Breakdown #48: Shoemaker’s Encore – Angels 7, Astros 2

Any worries that Matt Shoemaker‘s brilliant start last week was a one-off thing were washed away Friday night, as the right-hander’s encore performance proved to be just as good as the first. Shoemaker struck out 11 and allowed zero free passes in 8⅓ innings on Friday, making him just the third pitcher this season to strike out 10 […]