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Boxscore Breakdown #1: Cold Open – Cubs 9, Angels 0

Drawing the World Series favorites and the reigning NL Cy Young winner in the season opener never looked great for the Angels, but it never looked quite as bad as Monday night ultimately went. The Halos allowed nine runs or more in a season opener for the fifth time, were shut out for just the third […]

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Halo Headlines: Richards not discouraged; Wilson still resting arm

The April 5, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Garrett Richards keeping his head up after a disappointing Opening Day start, C.J. Wilson waiting another month before pitching, and more… The Story: Garrett Richards “not discouraged at all” despite rough fourth inning Monday MWAH Says: Good to hear. There was far more to be encouraged by in […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 1

The Angels Player Power Rankings are recharged and ready to give you a healthy dose of optimism as the 2016 season kicks off. These rankings are arrived ateach week through the arduous process of inspecting the 25-man roster and arbitrarily moving guys around as we see fit. For this week, just don’t venture below the top […]

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Halo Headlines: Opening Day arrives; Anderson throwing first pitch

The April 4, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes all the info you need before tonight’s season opener, Garrett Anderson throwing out the Halos’ first pitch, and more… The Story: Angels ready to go toe-to-toe with Cubs in season opener MWAH Says: This year is the 50th anniversary of Angels stadium, so I imagine their will be quite a […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 11:  Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 11, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

MWAH Predicts the 2016 Season

Opening Day is upon us, which means it’s time for us to give grand predictions about how the 2016 season will unfold. Our more general predictions—awards, division winners, World Series—are interspersed in tables among some more specific/eclectic auguring about the Angels and other baseball things. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back […]

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 12:  Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros hits a home run in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on June 12, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

2016 AL West Preview: Houston Astros

The tanking and rebuilding paid off for Houston last season when they made the postseason for the first time in a decade. It was a bit surprising the Astros made the playoffs so soon into Jeff Luhnow’s #process, but they took advantage of a hot start and weak American League. As an Angel fan, it’s […]

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 04:  C.J. Cron #24 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after hitting a two run single in the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 4, 2015 in Anaheim, California  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Five Bold Angels Predictions for 2016

I don’t think I’ve ever been as giddy to write this article as I am this year. The reason? I think some of these truly bold predictions have a decent shot at coming true. I love it when no one expects the Angels to do anything, and then the guys come in and produce. It’s […]

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Halo Headlines: Shane Robinson signed; Garrett Richards pranked

The April 1, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team bringing in even more outfield depth, Garrett Richards getting put in an incredibly awkward situation, and more… The Story: Garrett Richards pranked by teammates at restaurant MWAH Says: Don’t watch if uncomfortable situations make you squeamish. The Story: Angels rank #16 in ESPN’s preseason power […]

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 28:  Starting pitcher Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a MLB game at Chase Field on August 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Athletics 6-4.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

2016 AL West Preview: Oakland A’s

No team in baseball has suffered quite as much misfortune the last two years as have the Oakland A’s. Some of it is deserved—trading Josh Donaldson was an objectively terrible move—but most of it has been a string of improbably bad luck. It’s not just the unheralded late-season collapse in 2014, which led perfectly into the […]

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Halo Headlines: Chris O’Grady returns; Kyle Kendrick signs

The March 31, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a Rule 5 pick returning to Anaheim, a veteran right-hander adding Triple-A pitching depth, and more… The Story: Angels sign Kyle Kendrick to minor-league deal MWAH Says: Purely a depth acquisition. Someone’s gotta make a season’s worth of starts at Triple-A. If Kendrick ever gets a start […]

TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 14: Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

2016 AL West Preview: Texas Rangers

When we last saw the Texas Rangers, they were on the brink of an unlikely ALCS berth. Then Jose Bautista broke everyone’s brain: Your browser does not support iframes. The Bat Flip left a sour taste in the mouths of the Rangers and their fans, but it should be considered a victory that they were even […]

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Halo Headlines: Richards will start Opening Day; Chris Jones acquired

The March 30, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Garrett Richards officially being named the Opening Day starter, the team acquiring some more pitching depth, and more… The Story: Angels acquire LHP Chris Jones in return for OF Natanael Delgado and SS Erick Salcedo MWAH Says: This is an interesting one. Jones is a Triple-A guy […]

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners is congratulated by Kyle Seager #15 after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Safeco Field on September 29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

2016 AL West Preview: Seattle Mariners

If the Seattle Mariners’ bright new future looks a whole lot like the Angels’ old one, that’s because it is. Jerry Dipoto is now the man behind the curtain in the Emerald City, and this time it’s clear that he is set on compiling his idea of a winning team and will not be beholden to the whims of owners or […]

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2015 Angels: Where Are They Now? (Quiz)

For every MLB team, there is always a good amount of roster turnover between one season and the next. No matter how closely you follow the offseason, this inevitably leads to a game in June or July where you have a “I didn’t realize [PLAYER] was on that team now” moment, which is usually accompanied by said […]

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Halo Headlines: Tropeano optioned; Angels last in int’l spending

The March 29, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the final rotation spot for the opening week being decided, the team spending significantly less money than the Dodgers, and more… The Story: David Murphy granted his release by the Red Sox MWAH Says: Murphy was in camp on a minor-league deal, but had an opt out […]

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 24:  Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches to the the Texas Rangers in the first inning during a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

2016 Angels Preview: Roster Depth

Over the last five weeks we’ve churned out individual previews for 24 Angels players guaranteed to get a bulk of the playing time in Anaheim this season—all of which are linked at the bottom of this post. Those 24 won’t be the only players to suit up with the Halos in 2016, of course, so it’s important to […]

DENVER, CO - JULY 7:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim singles against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of a game at Coors Field on July 7, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Top 10: Why The 2016 Angels Will Be Better

Every year, like any diehard Angels fan, I spend much of my pre-season time analyzing the team’s new roster. Every year I reach the same conclusion: The Angels are a better team this year than they were last year. This doesn’t always turn out to be true by straight wins and losses, of course, but that doesn’t […]

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Halo Headlines: Pujols returns to 1B; Guerra re-signed

The March 28, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes The Machine playing the field for the first time this spring, a Rule 5 pick returning on a minor-league deal, and more… The Story: Angels re-sign Rule 5 pick Deolis Guerra to minor-league deal MWAH Says: Man, the Rule 5 draft is so weird. Every time […]

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2016 Angels Preview: Cory Rasmus

At the start of 2015 spring training Cory Rasmus wasn’t just a lock for a significant bullpen role, he was also in consideration for a rotation spot. An abdominal tear mid-spring put the kibosh on that plan, however, and Rasmus didn’t end up appearing in Anaheim until late July. Once in the ‘pen, the right-hander was never able to get […]

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