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, […]
The September 8th, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Giavotella has fourth nerve palsy, Pujols limited to DH by foot injury and much more…
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 […]
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; […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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, […]
There are many things most Angel fans already know about current, interim general manager Bill Stoneman, like how he was infamously unwilling to participate in trade deadline deals, how he preferred to hold on to Angel prospects, and how he was the man behind the trade that sent Jim Edmonds to the Cardinals for Kent […]
I’ve already written my eulogy for the Angels’ 2015 season, so it’s no secret I lack any grand hopes for this home stand. I will admit, though, that I technically buried the team alive. They didn’t exactly show great resolve during their make-or-break road trip, going 4–5 against allegedly lesser competition, but they’re still just […]
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 […]
The September 4th, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Heaney making RoY push, Angels taking playoff race one game at a time and much more…
As the season draws to a close this month, we’ll witness a flurry of September call ups and a series of questions about who to bring back, and who the Angels need not bother. Recently, we’ve heard chatter about key members of the Angels bullpen as well as free agent to be, David Freese. But […]
If you were lurking in the dungeon of Angels Twitter Tuesday evening you may have noticed an odd rumor: recently fired, and eminently popular, Red Sox play-by-play man Don Orsillo would join the Angels booth as their new TV announcer for 2016. I admit to a general ignorance for Orsillo’s work, but on the few […]
Thank goodness for September. There’s absolutely no reason that the calendar rolling over to a new month should have any effect on a ballclub, but for the Angels, it seems to have worked some magic. Oh, sure, you could argue that it is just a coincidence that the Angels happened to have their first two […]
Just when we’re all getting ready to write the Angels off, they have to go and beat the tar out of Sonny Gray, win a road series and provide a glimmer of hope that they could claw their way back into the Wild Card race. It was all because for the first time in forever […]
The September 3rd, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Angels looking for a fresh start, Navarro called up and much more…
Even though there is a month left in the season, the general manager search is ramping up in Anaheim. With so many reports and whispers about how undesirable the position is throughout the league, the Halos are wise to start early, but they are going to have to cast a wide net. As such, here […]
The Angels are back to .500, so obviously that means that it is time for MJ Lloyd and I to get together and talk on the internet about the team. We fought through allergies and dogs for this episode. Who knew that recording earlier in the day could be such a hassle.
- State of the Angels – Slumps are everywhere, man. Not one Angels starting pitcher has n ERA below 5.00 over the last four weeks. Not even Matt Shoemaker who has been lights out in his last two starts. Three Angels hitters have an OPS over .800 over the last four weeks, and Mike Trout just barely makes it with his hitting coming around over the last week. Oh, and Albert Pujols. Yeah, we’re pretty sure that his June is an anomaly. We’re optimistic, we can’t help it.
- Kaleb Cowart – After looking lost in his first four games in the big leagues, Cowart has amassed a slash line of .308/.419/.500 in the nine games since. Then he promptly gets benched when David Freese comes back. Makes all kinds of sense. If (when) the Angels fall out of the playoff hunt, MJ and I have a bet as to who will play more games when the playoffs become impossible, Freese or Cowart.
- GM hunt – My money is on a Ruben Amaro Jr.-type of GM. At which point, I will throw a legitimate temper tantrum.