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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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Boxscore Breakdown #134: Turn back the clock – Angels 4, Athletics 0

It was Turn Back the Clock night at the Big A on Friday, which meant the Angels got to wear their fantastic old uniforms from the eighties. More importantly, it meant that Jered Weaver also turned back the clock and looked like prime Weaver for the first time in quite a while. Those who don’t have […]

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Second Guessing Scioscia – Week 22: Do the splits

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 #133: Overloaded – Angels 4, Athletics 3

It is only the first game of this series and already I feel like I am on sensory overload. To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Angels and A’s played a tightly contested game that was decided by one run. Even with that normal expectation of tension, this game really ramped it up. That was primarily because […]

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Halo Headlines: the Angels budget crunch, Pujols calls out critics

The August 29th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including the Angels budget crunch, Pujols calls out critics and much more… The Story: A look at the Angels budget crunch. The Monkey Says: I wrote about this the other day, you can find it in the featured posts up above. This should give you some insight […]

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Series Preview: Angels vs. Athletics vs. Round 2

Here we go again. The Angels and A’s meet again, right back in the same position they were in when they met last weekend. The Angels are once again nursing a one game advantage. In other words, same series, different weekend. The fight for the AL West continues. Get ready for Round 2. LAST TIME ON ANGELS […]

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