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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.

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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 […]

at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Deep inside the newfound Angels pitching depth

Chances are, the Angels won’t be making any significant moves this August, now that the trade deadline has passed. But what many fans originally believed to be a strength (the pitching) has now come into question. Eventually, the offseason will come upon us, and for 29 teams, it’ll come in disappointing fashion. With the Angels’ lead […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #112: Rodon’t – White Sox 3, Angels 0

So we’re doing this again, huh? The whole “Trout and Pujols aren’t hitting, so the Angels aren’t scoring” thing? For the third time in seven games and the fifth time since the All-Star break, the Angels got shutout. They’ve faced some very tough pitchers in that time and Carlos Rodon certainly had the look of being […]

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 05:  C.J. Cron #24 of the Los Angeles Angels watches his hit to score two runs to tie the game 3-3 with the Cleveland Indians during the bottom of the ninth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 5, 2015 in Anaheim, California. The Angels would win the game 4-3.   (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The future (and past) for C.J. Cron

If I’m reading fans right, they’re pretty jaded when it comes to C.J. Cron. I don’t blame them. When guys like me start popping off right after the draft about how these kids are going to come up and save the Angels, it gets people’s hope up. He was going to hit 30 home runs a […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #111: Full Sale – White Sox 8, Angels 2

When you’re facing Chris Sale, you really just need to hope that your starting pitcher can keep the game close and that your offense can scratch a run or two off Sale, run up his pitch count and take advantage of the bullpen. Matt Shoemaker failed at the first part of that and the offense […]

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)

Series Preview: Angels vs. White Sox vs. Regression

Hello, winning. I have you missed you so much. After dropping six straight games to the Astros and Dodgers, and three straight series starting with the Rangers series on July 24th, the Angels have won four of the last six games and their last two series. At the same time, the Astros are sputtering. The ‘Stros […]

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 09:  David Murphy #19 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is lifted by Albert Pujols as they celebrate after  Murphy's walk off RBI single in the 11th inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 9, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  The Angels won 5-4 in 11 innings.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Halos Keep Finding Ways to Win

No one ever said wins have to be pretty. Just as Baltimore chops, line drives, and duck snorts all count the same toward a player’s batting average (assuming the batter reaches), an ugly victory counts the same as a shutout in the win column. The Angels have played the best baseball in the last week, […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 19

The Angels Player Power Rankings are emerging from the dog days of summer, which is good because we rank Angels players here, not their dogs. Although, that does give me an idea… NOT LISTED: Cam Bedrosian (still not ready, possibly never ready)