KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 24:  Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Kauffman Stadium on April 24, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Royals vs. Run Support

There are only so many ways to talk about how awful a team’s offense is before it becomes a stale and frustrating topic. No one wants to hear over and over again how bad something is—they just want it to get better so they can talk about positive things. When that doesn’t happen, though, we’re left with […]

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 24:  Johnny Giavotella #12 of the the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to striking out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  The Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 9-4.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Dipoto’s Revenge

Jerry Dipoto got to leave Anaheim on Sunday feeling pretty great about his inaugural return to Southern California. The Angels would have been swept over the weekend for the second time in three series if not for the elite baseball stylings of Mike Trout. Even with Trout doing Trout things the Halos still hit just .200/.248/.411 in […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #19: Clobbering the Cobbler – Mariners 9, Angels 4

So much for those back-to-back quality starts. Matt Shoemaker was right back to his dinger-allowing ways and put the Angel offense in a hole they couldn’t dig out of. Shoemaker has now allowed five homers on the season, only two behind Michael Pineda‘s MLB-high. The homers would be less concerning if Shoemaker was still sporting […]

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Halo Headlines: Pujols ties Reggie; All-Star ballot released

The April 25, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Albert Pujols moving up another spot on the all-time homer leaderboard, the 2016 All-Star voting kicking off, and more… The Story: Albert Pujols snaps slump with 563rd home run MWAH Says: There’s no better way to snap an 0-for-26 skid than with a one-hopper into the […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #18: Trout Slays The King (Again) – Angels 4, Mariners 2

Mike Trout is officially back to being MIKE TROUT. The perennial MVP candidate went 2-for-3 with a double and crucial two-run home run off of Felix Hernandez on Saturday, improving his career line against King Felix to an absurd .368/.400/.706 with five home runs in 75 plate appearances. The rest of the Angels offense again did a […]


Boxscore Breakdown #17: No Way, José – Mariners 5, Angels 2 (F/10)

Another strong start spoiled by an anemic offensive performance, culminating in the inevitable bullpen implosion. This time it was a pair of costly double plays from Albert Pujols and a second straight three-run outing from José Álvarez that did the Angels in, giving Jerry Dipoto and the Mariners an opening victory in the former’s first trip back to Anaheim. The […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 21: Robinson Cano #22 celebrates with Norichika Aoki #8 of the Seattle Mariners after the Mariners defeated the Cleveland Indians 10-7 at Progressive Field on April 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Mariners vs. Dipoto

The ten-game road trip is finally over and the Angels head back home exactly as they left it: two games under .500. The sweep in Oakland got everyone’s hopes up, then the sweep at the hands of the then 0-9 Twins left fans despondent, then the split in Chicago left everyone pretty meh. But hey, […]

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Halo Headlines: Rotation set for weekend; Schilling fired by ESPN

The April 21, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the rotation being set for the Mariners series, Curt Schilling finally getting the axe from the Worldwide Leader, and more… The Story: ESPN fires Curt Schilling following discriminatory Facebook post MWAH Says: Andrew nailed this one in our preseason predictions. The garbage Facebook memes really […]


Boxscore Breakdown #14: Latos Intolerance – White Sox 5, Angels 0

So much for that breakout on offense. It’s almost as though a bunch of singles just beyond the reach of diving infielders aren’t indicative of a team turning things around with the bat. The Angels were held to just three hits Tuesday evening, and now have just two extra-base hits through the first two games of […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #13: Breakout!? – Angels 7, White Sox 0

Hector Santiago pitched the game of his Angels life on Monday, allowing just two hits and striking out 10 in seven scoreless innings of work. The southpaw was calculated and uncharacteristically efficient for the second straight start, never once topping even 18 pitches in an inning. So much ink was spilled this spring about the […]


Five Angels Prospect Trade Chips

I’m guessing by the title you’re thinking to yourself: “Not a fun article to write.” And I wouldn’t blame you for that. The Angels possess a farm system that, in comparison to others, is generally devoid of valuable minor league talent that can be swapped for major league upgrades. That being said, this isn’t a […]

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Halo Headlines: Santiago ups velocity; Harper catching up to Trout

The April 19, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Hector Santiago throwing fastballs like it’s 2013, Mike Trout possibly in danger of losing his Best Player in Baseball crown, and more… The Story: Hector Santiago stays in control while upping velocity MWAH Says: It’s true! Last night he averaged 92.9 mph with his fastball, which is […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings: Week 3

This week’s Angels Player Power Rankings presents a clear top five, then a whole mess of mediocrity, and concludes with everyone’s consensus bottom two. This might be the first time in four years Mike Trout has been outside of the top two, but there’s no reason to fret just yet. Not Listed: Andrew Heaney (DL); A.J. Achter (AAA); […]

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 04:  Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Oakland Athletics on Opening Day at The Coliseum on April 4, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. White Sox vs. Blowpen

Hey, baseball is pretty lame when the Angels are losing! Just three days ago I was so optimistic about the Angels’ chances, and now after one weekend I think the Halos are one of the worst teams in the American League. April baseball is a fickle thing. So anyway, yeah, sorry about jinxing the Angels […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 17: Joe Smith #38 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after pitching coach Charles Nagy #41 and catcher Carlos Perez #58 visit the mound during the ninth inning of the game on April 17, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Angels 3-2 in twelve innings. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels Swept Away By Twins

When writing about the volatility of early-season narratives after the sweep in Oakland, I really didn’t expect the Angels’ story to then re-shift so abruptly by the end of the week. I suppose that’s on me for not taking my own message to heart. The Angels getting swept by the Cubs in the opening series hurt, but it at […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #12: The Hidden No-Hitter – Twins 3, Angels 2 (F/12)

It would be easy to pin Sunday’s heart-wrenching loss on the bullpen yet again, but that would overlook the elephant in the room: the feckless offense. Like Saturday, the Angels opened up an early lead with their bats only to disappear completely. From Carlos Perez’s groundout in the fourth to his strikeout to end the top of […]