DETROIT, MI - APRIL 18:  Erick Aybar #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats during the sixth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 18, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Angels defeated the Tigers 11-6.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Chasing Jim Fregosi

Erick Aybar reached the 1,200 hit plateau in Sunday’s loss against the Houston Astros.  The only other shortstop to have more hits in his Angel career is, of course, the greatest shortstop the Angels have ever had, Jim Fregosi, who amassed 1,408 hits in his eleven-year Angel career.  With one more year left on his […]

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Pitcher Huston Street #16 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim wipes his face in the ninth inning during the MLB game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 13, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Good Grief

One strike. One damn strike. MLB teams, on average, will win 95% of the time when holding any kind of lead into the ninth inning. This was as true in 1946 as it is today. With a three-run lead in the ninth, specifically, those odds jump up to about 97.5%. And with a three-run lead, […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 06:  Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros throws in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park on September 6, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Astros vs. October

I’m running out of ways to describe the Angels’ place on the precipice of futility. For close to three weeks now, we’ve talked about the team’s battle against irrelevance, the brink, circling the drain, and oblivion. It’s seemed inevitable that each series would decide the team’s fate one way or another, but here we are […]

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 6: Manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scratches his head during a game against the New York Yankees in the third inning at Yankee Stadium on June 6, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

Second Guessing Scioscia – What’s your philosophy?

Welcome to Second Guessing Scioscia, our look back at some of the questionable decisions that Mike Scioscia made in the last week. And, boy, there are some questionable decisions to be reviewed. In the history of this column, we have never once struggled for content. However, we aren’t anti-Scioscia, but we aren’t exactly pro-Scioscia either. In particular, we […]

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Alex Guerrero #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers crosses home as he scores on a wild pitch by Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 8, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels cede SoCal baseball supremacy to Dodgers

The Dodgers are better than the Angels. There I said it. Objective fans probably don’t see why this is a controversial statement, because it is pretty obvious from a statistical and observational perspective. However, this is a legitimate rivalry, so there needs to be some true dominance involved to convince the lesser fan base of their […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 28: Third baseman Kaleb Cowart #41 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim dives for a pound ball hit by Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on August 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Kaleb Cowart

Where did he come from?

This is one of my favorite questions as a prospect analyst. When these kids make it up to the majors and begin to find success, everyone asks, “Where did this kid come from?” Most recently, this came in the form of Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout, but there were a couple before that, and sure […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #137: The one that got away – Dodgers 7, Angels 5

The Angels started this series behind the 8-ball knowing they’d have to face both Greinke and Kershaw. These first two games were pretty much write offs, which is why it was so frustrating to see the Angels blow a legitimate chance to actually beat Greinke. It wasn’t even necessarily that this was a choke job, […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 01:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after his strikeout in front of of Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Dodgers vs. Jealousy

I admit it, I’m jealous of the Dodgers. Like the Angels, they are a southern California baseball team that has underachieved this season. What makes me jealous though is that the Dodgers seem to have pulled out of it. They had a pretty rough run during August and saw their playoff hopes start getting shaky, but […]

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Mike Trout fans look to get autographs before the game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 23, 2012 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Angels Fan Rooting Guide: September 7-13

The Angels did the bare minimum to stay alive in the race, taking two of three from Texas over the weekend to inch to within two and a half games of a playoff berth. Problem is, the Halos only have 26 games remaining to make up that difference. And this week is going to suck; […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 23

The Angels Player Power Rankings expand their scope now that rosters have expanded in the month of September. That’s good news for you, but not such good news for me getting to sleep at a normal hour now that I have to write extra player comments. These are the sacrifices I make for you people.

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 06:  (L-R)  Shane Victorino #18, Mike Trout #27 and Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrate with high-fives with their teammates after their 7-0 win against the Texas Rangers the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 6, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Keep hope (barely) alive!

One series down, two to go in the Angels’ life-or-most likely death homestand. While many left the team for dead after they got swept in Cleveland, the Halos gained one whole game on Texas to trim their lead in the Wild Card to 2.5 games. That number is small enough that it seems like it […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #136: Taking it easy – Angels 7, Rangers 0

For the first time in weeks, the Angels had themselves a nice, easy win. From wire-to-wire, the Angels owned every aspect of the game and didn’t experience even a single moment of “uh oh, here we go.” There was no threat of a starter allowing a big inning. There was no barely avoided bullpen meltdown. […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #135: Slip up – Rangers 2, Angels 1

The Angels can’t afford any slip ups right now as they cling to their last breath of playoff life, yet they slipped up at the worst time. Taylor Featherston couldn’t maintain his balance when changing direction on what should’ve been an easy groundball. Instead, he not only failed to field the ball cleanly, he failed to […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #134: Cron Job – Angels 5, Rangers 2

Wait, someone on the team is capable of carrying the offense all by himself and he isn’t named Mike Trout? Is that even legal? /checks the MLB rulebook /checks state and local regulations /enrolls in law school, graduates, passes the bar, reviews all federal case law Yep, turns out it is. Who knew? C.J. Cron, […]