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 […]

Mike Trout at 40

After watching anything for a prolonged period of time, it is inevitable that that thing, no matter how incredible, will become normalized and lose some of its luster. Our brains can be a bummer that way. Given that, it’s important to take a step back from time to time to re-instill some of that initial sense […]

Series Preview: Angels vs. Astros vs. The Cellar

The Angels have had a pretty tough go of things this year, but no MLB team has had as disappointing a start to their 2016 season as the Houston Astros. The general consensus in March was that this year was to mark the beginning of a baseball dynasty in Houston, but so far the Astros have only carried […]

Halo Headlines: Erik Kratz added on minors deal; Angels hiring in stats dept

The Friday, May 27, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team bolstering their high-minors catching depth, the front office seeking another systems developer for their new analytics department, and more… The Story: LHP Lucas Luetge clears waivers, is outrighted to Triple-A MWAH Says: I guess it’s good that all the relievers the Angels are putting […]

Series Takeaways: Angels A Mess In Texas

When the Orioles took two of three from the Angels over the weekend, there was still good reason to look past the team losses to the underlying positives on an individual level. Several players seemed to be trending up, especially on offensive side, and a three-game set in Texas seemed the perfect opportunity for those positive strides […]

Boxscore Breakdown #47: Ugly Baseball – Rangers 15, Angels 9

Woof. The Angels played about as sloppy a game as is possible at the big-league level on Wednesday. The team blew two leads, committed two errors, made at least one bone-headed throw, and failed to have even one of their five pitchers survive the day without giving up a run. In the end, they lost by their third-largest […]

Halo Headlines: Kaleb Cowart recalled; Tyler Skaggs takes step forward

The May 26, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team adding some versatility and bench depth, Tyler Skaggs possibly starting a rehab assignment this weekend, and more… The Story: Tyler Skaggs could begin minor-league rehab assignment this weekend MWAH Says: It all hinges on how he feels today following his Wednesday bullpen session. If […]

Boxscore Breakdown #46: Southpaw Shutdown – Rangers 4, Angels 1

The Angels’ strange struggles against left-handed starters continued Tuesday night. Martin Perez held the Halos offense to just five hits—all singles—and no runs in six innings, striking out six. His gem was already the 10th quality start (out of 16 chances) a southpaw has tossed against Angels this season, and it lowered the lineup’s OPS vs LHPs to […]

Halo Headlines: Achter, Albuquerque clear waivers; Simmons still weeks away

The Wednesday, May 25, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a pair of relievers dropping off the roster but staying in the organization, Andrelton Simmons resuming baseball activities, and more… The Story: Andrelton Simmons resuming baseball activities MWAH Says: Simmons is back to hitting, fielding, and throwing, but it’ll be a while still before he’s cleared […]

Boxscore Breakdown #45: The Tropedo Strikes Texas – Angels 2, Rangers 0

With each start, Nick Tropeano makes it harder and harder to fathom how he began the 2016 season in the minors. The right-hander tossed his second straight gem Monday, holding the Rangers to just four hits in 6⅔ innings, and now boasts eight starts this season (out of nine total) of three runs allowed or fewer. He’s easily […]

Halo Headlines: Craig Gentry still out indefinitely; Josh Hamilton to miss 2016

The Tuesday, May 24, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Craig Gentry remaining out for undisclosed reasons, Josh Hamilton needing yet another knee surgery, and more… The Story: Josh Hamilton will have surgery, miss all of 2016 MWAH Says: The decision to unload Hamilton last April continues to look better and better. No matter how well […]

Series Preview: Angels vs. Rangers vs. Southpaws

The Angels’ offense has really come alive in the last two weeks, averaging six runs and 11 or so hits a game since May 12. As the Halos are armed with one of the more unbalanced lineups (i.e. RHH-heavy) in the game, one would think that facing the Texas Rangers, who have the most lefty-heavy rotation in the […]

Series Takeaways: Angels Take Pros From Struggle With O’s

The Angels emerged victorious in only one of the final three games of their Freeway Series-shortened homestand, but there were still far more positives than negatives to take from their weekend set against the Orioles. A non-exhaustive list of the pros from the series: 1) Matt Shoemaker pitched the best game of his life, racking […]

Boxscore Breakdown #43: Smith Spoils Shoemaker Gem – Orioles 3, Angels 1

Matt Shoemaker cobbled together easily the best (and perhaps most important) start of his career Saturday night against the Orioles, striking out a career-high 12 and allowing just three hits in 7⅓ innings of shutout ball. The plus-plus splitter that had all but abandoned him since the end of 2014 was back with a vengeance, inducing a […]

Boxscore Breakdown #42: Hector Gets The Heave-Ho – Orioles 9, Angels 4

The frustration of surrendering three home runs in less than three innings must be great. But veterans like Hector Santiago aren’t supposed to let that kind of thing get to their heads, especially not to an extent that gets them ejected and saddles the already taxed Angels bullpen with six-plus innings of work. There’s no […]

Series Preview: Angels vs. Orioles vs. Dingers

The Angels welcome the Baltimore Orioles into town riding an offensive high, having scored 52 runs (6.5 per game) in their last eight contests. The recent surge has been a nice reprieve from the constant flow of injuries, but if the Halos want to stay competitive against the high-powered O’s they’re going to have to keep […]