Albert Pujols is hitting again, but will it last?

Yep, it is that time of month again. Time to talk about Albert Pujols, his offensive production and batted ball profile. Fortunately, we are re-re-re-visiting this topic because Albert Pujols is actually starting to produce again. It is still a puzzling situation, but at least now it is puzzling in a good way. Let’s quickly […]


The Monkey’s Trade Deadline Plan

Ladies and gentlemen it is time for The Monkey to unveil his grand plan for the Angels as we approach the trade deadline. A plan so great in scale and so clever in construction that- What’s that now? He did already? Two trades before July 6th? That’s just not fair. It seems that Jerry Dipoto […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #88: Expand this! – Angels 5, Blue Jays 2

Guess who is now the only expansion team to reach the .500 mark? The Angels! Suck it, all you other expansion teams!!! Sure, some of the rest of you have more championships and pennants, but you have losing records. LOSERS ALL OF YOU! The Angels are winners! Well, almost. They aren’t quite winners yet, but […]


Series Preview: Angels vs. Blue Jays vs. the All-Time .500 mark

For the first time since the franchise’s very first game, the Angels have a chance this series to push their franchise record over  the .500 mark. They currently sit at 4271-4272, so, yeah, it took awhile. But better late than never, right? I’m not usually one for arbitrary milestones, but this one would seem to […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #87: Making it look easy – Angels 6, Astros 1

After two days of dramatic come-from-behind wins, the Halos finally decided to take it easy on us and won this game relatively handy. It wasn’t a cakewalk or anything, but the outcome seemed pretty well secure early in the game and required no special offensive explosions. It may not have been as fun, but fun […]

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Halo Headlines: Angels trying to acquire Joaquin Benoit, Salas activated, Trout the only Angel All-Star, Richards in Final Vote

The July 7th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels trying to acquire Angels trying to acquire Joaquin Benoit, Salas activated, Trout the only Angel All-Star, Richards in Final Vote and much more… The Story: The Angels and Tigers are both trying to get Joaquin Benoit from the Padres. The Monkey Says: Benoit […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #86: Come back soon – Angels 11, Astros 5

Not content with their excellent comeback win the night before, the Halos came back again in this one, only with a lot more style. This marks their 25th come-from-behind victory on the year, leading the majors. The problem is I can’t tell if that is a good sign in that they are capable of coming […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #85: Fireworks – Angels 7, Astros 6

The Angels used to do Big Bang Friday, a fireworks show after every Friday home game (it is now the Saturday Night Spectacular). I used to kind of hate that gimmick because it meant there would be fireworks even if the Halos lost. That isn’t something worth celebrating. You know what is? This: Oh, sure, […]

TRADE ALERT: Angels get their LOOGY, acquire Joe Thatcher from D’Backs

Jerry Dipoto has been looking for a left-handed reliever for his bullpen for months and finally seems to have found his man:

Thatcher isn’t exactly a household name, but he has been one of the better LOOGYs in baseball the last three years. In 24 innings of work for Arizona this year, he has fanned 25 batters while walking just three all while limiting lefties to a .285 wOBA. For his career, lefties have a .274 wOBA and righties just .307, so he isn’t entirely useless if he has to pitch without the platoon advantage. He’ll immediately slot in to late inning work for the Halos, likely costing newly acquired Rich Hill his roster spot. He’s also just a rental.

The Angels also got outfielder Tony Campana in the deal… for some reason. The Halos have no shortage of outfielders in the majors and minors, so it is a bit odd that they had Campana thrown in here. My best guess is that Campana, who has 66 steals in 239 career games, is being picked up as a base-stealing specialist for when rosters expand in September, or maybe sooner.

Now, for who the Angels gave up. Outfielder Zach Borenstein is the big piece here that everyone will focus on. He put up huge numbers in High-A last season to be named the Angels Minor League Player of the Year (for whatever that is worth). This year though, he had middling numbers in Double-A before being promoted to Triple-A where he fell on his face. There were already some who were skeptical of his ability to hit advanced pitching in addition to defensive questions, and this year has done nothing to change that. Still, he’s got big power and could be a player if he can manage to fix some of his flaws. For more on Borenstein, check out MWAH’s prospect profile from our pre-season prospect countdown where he ranked #15.

As for Joey Krehbiel, he’s a solid low minors relief prospect, but nobody the Halos figure to lose sleep over losing, even if he eventually makes it to the majors.

Oh, and, Billy Beane, how do you like this as a response to your little “Samardzija and Hammel” trade, huh? Yeah, me too. I know, it is kind of embarrassing.

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Boxscore Breakdown #84: Back on track – Angels 5, Astros 2

Home cooking is so nice. The Angels return to the Big A and resume winning. Matt Shoemaker resumes pitching decently. David Freese resumes remembering what to do with that weirdly-shapen piece of wood in his hands. Josh Hamilton resumes being unable to hit lefties. OK, so they aren’t all good things, but at least the […]


Series Preview: Angels vs. Astros vs. Tweaks

As is often the case with series preview (or in the past, game previews), I am changing the format a bit. I don’t have a great reason other than boredom. Once the Angels play a team for the third or fourth time in a season, there isn’t much new to say based on the old […]