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Joe Smith: “Proven Closer” or placeholder?

Before the season began, I did an Angels preview for the good folks over at RazzBall. I mention that not to brag but because I can’t help but remember how they asked if Ernesto Frieri would survive as the Angels closer. It hadn’t really occurred to me until that moment that Frieri’s shakiness had become […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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