Halo Headlines: Soto needs knee surgery; Cotts granted his release

The Thursday, May 19, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes yet another integral player going on the disabled list, a far less integral player becoming a free agent, and more… The Story: LHP Neal Cotts granted his release MWAH Says: Not surprising. The Angels simply didn’t have room for him in the bullpen right now. […]

Series Preview (Part 2): Angels vs. Dodgers vs. Not Kershaw

The first two games in Freeway Series featured legitimate pitching matchup intrigue. Clayton Kershaw is always must-watch (provided you’re a Time Warner customer) and he showed why last night in his evisceration of the Angels. But the other three starting pitchers involved were intriguing in their own way. Angel fans got their first intimate look at […]

Anatomy of an Angels Rebuild: The Fire Sale

Welcome to Part III of our rebuild series: The Fire Sale. In Part I, we examined what a Slight Retooling of the Angels roster could look like over the coming year. Then in Part II, we looked into what a New Direction might mean for the Angels, which involved trading assets like Yunel Escobar, Hector Santiago, […]

Boxscore Breakdown #39: Kershaw and the Kids – Dodgers 5, Angels 1

The Angels had the rare chance to get to Clayton Kershaw early Tuesday night. The best pitcher on the planet found himself momentarily rattled in the second inning following a balk call and gave up three straight hard-hit balls, one of which went for an RBI single. Unfortunately for the Halos the next two batters were Jered […]

Halo Headlines: Nava, Rasmus hit DL; Huff gets minors deal

The Wednesday, May 18, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes two more players joining an already crowded disabled list, the team adding another lefty arm to the Triple-A roster, and more… The Story: Daniel Nava and Cory Rasmus placed on DL with groin strains MWAH Says: That’s now nine Angels on the major league disabled list, which […]

Anatomy of an Angels Rebuild: A New Direction

Yesterday we kicked this series off by examining what a slight retooling of the Angels roster could look like over the coming year. In Part II, we look into what going a new direction might mean for the Angels. First, let’s understand what a “New Direction” means, beyond the literal sense, and when a team might […]

Boxscore Breakdown #38: The Surge Continues – Angels 7, Dodgers 6

The Angels not only extended their winning streak to four Monday night, they also snapped a four-game losing skid at Dodger Stadium. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols led the way, driving in five of the team’s seven runs on the evening. The offense has now scored 36 runs over the last five games, which is […]

Halo Headlines: Angels to sign Lincecum; Richards forgoes surgery

The Tuesday, May 17, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team closing in on a minor-league contract with Tim Lincecum, Garrett Richards opting for stem-cell therapy rather than Tommy John, and a bunch more… The Story: Angels close to signing former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum MWAH Says: This is the part where I […]

Series Preview (Part 1): Angels vs. Dodgers vs. Time Warner

Just when we think we’ve got the Angels figured out, they go out and sweep the first place Seattle Mariners on the road. The sweep wasn’t particularly convincing, seeing as how the first two wins were thanks to late-inning rallies against Steve Cishek. But the wins are welcome after the team played like they were […]

Series Takeaways: Sweepness in Seattle

The 2016 Angels continue to live life at the extremes. Following a demoralizing homestand in which the team was swept for the third and fourth times this season, the Halos went on the road and swept the Seattle Mariners right out of first place. The Angels have now either swept (3x) or been swept (4x) seven times in 12 […]

Anatomy of an Angels Rebuild: The Slight Retooling

Just under a year ago I posted an article of a similar kind to this one, outlining who the Angels would keep and who the Angels would shuffle out of the organization after 2015. The purpose was to highlight what a rebuilt offense could look like, but most of it was vanilla—I’d stated the obvious and […]

Boxscore Breakdown #37: Santiago Shines in Seattle – Angels 3, Mariners 0

The better side of Hector Santiago‘s fortnightly Jekyll/Hyde routine found it’s way back to the mound on Sunday, shutting out the Mariners for eight innings on just two hits. The start was the Angels’ second in a row of seven innings or more—the first time all season they’ve accomplished that feat—and sealed the team’s (highly improbable) third series sweep […]

Halo Headlines: Choi clears waivers; Wilson to throw simulated game

The Monday, May 16, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Ji-Man Choi staying with the organization, C.J. Wilson planning to throw a simulated game at Dodger Stadium, and more… The Story: Tyler Skaggs could resume throwing this week MWAH Says: “Could” is the operative word there. Skaggs will endure a strength test on Monday to […]

Boxscore Breakdown #35: Snapping the Streak – Angels 7, Mariners 6

The Angels were well on their way to their seventh consecutive loss Friday night, trailing 5-1 after six innings with just three measly hits to their name. But then a funny thing happened: They didn’t lose. The offense came to life in the seventh, erupting for 10 hits and six runs over the final three innings and […]

Series Takeaways: Cards Sweep Halos Out Of Anaheim

The Angels embarked on their six-game homestand against the Rays and Cardinals last Friday with hopes of getting their season back on track following a rough road trip. It’s safe to say that did not happen. The news of Garrett Richards’ season-ending injury surfaced before the team even had the chance to set foot on […]

Imagining A Revamped Angels Offense

As of this morning, May 13, the Los Angeles Angels sit in last place in the AL West at 13-21. Though their starting pitching woes have been garnering the headlines lately, their (lack of) offense might be an even bigger problem. Even with Thursday’s 10-run outburst, the Angels have still scored the fewest runs of any […]

Boxscore Breakdown #34: Outslugged – Cardinals 12, Angels 10

The Angels set a season-high in runs (10) and matched their season-high in hits (15) Thursday night but still couldn’t manage to walk away with a win. Instead, thanks to a 12-run, 18-hit onslaught from the Cardinals, they extended their losing streak to six and got swept for a second straight series. And to make matters […]

Halo Headlines: Escobar, Pennington day-to-day; Javy Guerra DFA’d

The Friday, May 13, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the whole left side of the infield suffering minor injuries, a reliever getting booted off the roster one game too late, and more… The Story: Yunel Escobar and Cliff Pennington day-to-day with hand, leg injuries MWAH Says: Both Escobar and Pennington left Thursday night’s game early […]

Boxscore Breakdown #33: The Spiral Continues – Cardinals 5, Angels 2

Same stuff, different day. On Wednesday, for what feels like the 20th time this season, the Angels produced: a starting pitcher that couldn’t reach the sixth inning; an offense that couldn’t muster more than a few stray hits; and a relief corps that pitched far better than it had any right to. Unfortunately this formula always leads to a […]