Keep Kole Calhoun out of the cleanup spot

I love sabermetrics and the way that they can be a filling for the game. Why is this happening? Here’s a number that explains why that is possibly happening. It’s a wonderful system. One of the championing ideas of sabermetrics is lineup optimization, and Sky Kalkman wrote this piece in 2009 that I still reference […]

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 22: Josh Reddick #22 of the Oakland Athletics hits a double in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 22, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Evaluating the Angels outfielder trade targets

Evaluating the Angels outfielder trade targets isn’t an easy task. The Angels have a poor farm system to trade from and some financial restrictions that limit what they can even offer. The bigger problem though is that there isn’t exactly a bevvy of highly attractive outfield bats to choose from. However, the Angels desperately need to […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #65: Deck Chairs – Angels 4, Diamondbacks 1

As the USS Angels tries to avoid the iceberg that is going to eventually sink their season, Captain Scioscia felt it appropriate to rearrange some deck chairs. He finally made the big move to slide Mike Trout and Albert Pujols down a spot in the order. Without getting too deep into lineup optimization math, this isn’t […]

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Pitcher Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sits in the dugout after being relieved in the sixth inning against the New York Yankees during a MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on June 5, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Diamondbacks vs. Mediocrity

Are the Angels getting back to winning? Well, tentatively speaking, they are. After getting swept out of the Little League stadium that resides in the Bronx, the Angels have turned around and won their last two series against the Rays and A’s. The last of which was the most sweet because screw the A’s and […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 11

Let’s get these Angels Player Power Rankings out as fast as we can before Royals fans take over the voting and put Omar Infante in the #1 spot. NOT LISTED: Kirk Nieuwenhuis (returned to sender), Daniel Robertson (dude, he just got here, let him get settled in)

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 13:  Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates a 1-0 win over the Oakland Athletics with Kole Calhoun #56 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 13, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels take two from A’s, then implode

It’s not often that a single three-game series encapsulates all the good and bad that’s befallen a team in a season. You get some instances where all the bad emerges—see: the Yankees series—and others where it’s nothing but good—see: the Detroit series—but rarely do you get both extremes. An even rarer bird is the series […]

Angels Quote of the Day: C.J. Wilson on his preferred Game of Thrones death

C.J. Wilson gets pretty emotional over Game of Thrones, it seems. He was drained by what happened to Princess Shireen, which naturally led to him being asked about how he would like to meet his end if he were ever to end up as a character on Game of Thrones:

“The only real baller way to go is a knife through the heart … or the dragon eats you, that’s tight. If you get killed by the dragon, that’s super tight.”

C.J. Wilson getting eaten by a dragon. Someone needs to make that GIF right away. Get to work, internet. Also, the idea of a guy known for nibbling at the corners getting nibbled on by an animal is pretty ironic.

The only question remaining now for C.J. is what horrifyingly depressing and shocking show he is going to watch before starts the rest of the season. I’m guessing he’s a Hannibal kind of guy.

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Boxscore Breakdown #63: Slop – Athletics 8, Angels 1

When you are facing one of the best pitchers in baseball, you really have to be on top of your game. You can’t make a single mistake and give that pitcher any kind of edge. You can’t do things like, just a random example I pulled out of thin air, this: Yeah, the Angels did […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #62: That’s so Angels-A’s – Angels 1, Athletics 0

The Angels and the A’s play one-run ballgames. That’s just what they do. That’s all the broadcasters for either side even talk about during the games. For the entirety of this century, that is how the Halos and A’s even out. Nothing could be more Angels-A’s than a literal one-run ballgame, as in only one run was […]

during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 7, 2015 in Anaheim, California.

Stat Sunday: Street Struggling With Command

The sample size is still small, but most of Huston Street’s peripheral numbers appear to be trending in a positive direction this season. His strikeout rate is up, his home run rate is down, his batting average-against is down, and his walk rate is right in line with his career norms. And with the tallying […]