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Second Guessing Scioscia – Week 23: The bullpen game

Welcome to Second-Guessing Scioscia, our look back at some of the questionable decisions that Mike Scioscia made in the last week. This isn’t because we dislike Scioscia, in fact, MWAH is officially pro-Scioscia. However, we do realize that he is not infallible and hope to use this series to bring light to the decisions in which he […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #139: Back on track – Angels 5, Twins 4

Well, it wasn’t pretty and more difficult than it really needed to be, but the Angels are back in the win column and back on track for their smooth ride to the AL West crown. The offense showed some life, too. The poor Santiago start was less than ideal, but after getting swept by the Astros, […]

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Series Preview: Angels vs. Twins vs. Get Well Soon

Despite their cushy lead in the AL West, the Angels need to fix some things. They have some areas that need to get better and get better soon. One of the biggest areas is their sputtering offense. Who better to fix that problem against than the team that has allowed the third-most runs and second-worst ERA […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #138: Keeping pace – Astros 4, Angels 1

After sweeping the A’s, all the Angels had to do was keep pace with them and they’d be assured the AL West title. This isn’t exactly what they had in mind though. Or at least I hope not. Houston isn’t good, but they aren’t a pushover anymore. Still, getting mini-swept by them is a thing that […]

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Monkeying Around with the stretch run

Welcome to Monkeying Around, a monthly-ish column in which I basically mail it in. Usually it is because I couldn’t think of a good topic, but this time it is because I am on vacation from the job that actually pays my mortgage. So it isn’t that I don’t have a good topic, it is that […]

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Halo Headlines: Pujols contemplates retirement, Shoemaker wins AL pitcher and rookie of the month

The September 4th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols contemplates retirement, Shoemaker wins AL pitcher and rookie of the month and much more… The Story: Albert Pujols has contemplated retirement. The Monkey Says: That is a misleading headline unless you take it very literally. Pujols has given thought to his eventual retirement. […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #137: Off the beam – Astros 8, Angels 3

Well, that really put a damped on things, didn’t it? C.J. Wilson not only put an end to the Angels’ winning streak, but pitched so poorly that, once again, his status as a viable starting pitcher in the offseason has been put into question. Wilson had made some strides in the last few weeks, though […]

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Series Preview: Angels vs. Astros vs. Comedown

Really, we have to do this now? After that crazy and tense and awesomely victorious sweep over Oakland, they have to play the Astros? Nothing personal against Houston, but the level of interest just isn’t there. It isn’t just the Astros either. The next 13 games for the Angels are against some of the worst teams in […]

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Angels Players Power Rankings – Week 23

Dropped From Rankings: Garrett Richards (exploded knee), Efren Navarro (lost in the roster shuffle shell game) Biggest Faller: Cowgill, down two spots Biggest Riser: Shoemaker and Iannetta, up four spots each

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Boxscore Breakdown #136: OakLOLand – Angels 8, Athletics 1

Well, that couldn’t have gone better. Not only did the Angels beat the pants off the A’s in the finale, but they sent them into full-on self-destruct mode afterwards. After losing all four games and scoring a combined four runs in the series, Oakland is in utter disarray. Their hitters were awful in the series. They […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #135: Look, Ma, no starters! – Angels 2, Athletics 0

Starting pitchers, we don’t need not stinking starting pitchers? Scioscia (and I’d guess at least partly Dipoto’s) master plan went off without a hitch. Definitely a little bit of good luck, too, but no real hitches. The eight man-attack kept Oakland’s bats quiet all night, combining to outduel an excellent Jeff Samardzija. None of it would’ve been […]

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