KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 05: Fernando Salas #59 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Kansas City Royals during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

2016 Angels Preview: Fernando Salas

After Jason Grilli and Kevin Jepsen departed the lights-out Angels 2014 bullpen, Fernando Salas was tasked with a more important role in the 2015 bullpen. And, judging by some his peripheral numbers, Salas stepped up for the Angels. Salas threw five more innings in 2015 while also posting a career-best 27.5% strikeout rate, an also […]

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Halo Headlines: Yunel Escobar scratched; Playoff odds released

The March 23, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes their leadoff hitter dealing with some eye irritation, PECOTA giving the team slim odds to make the postseason, and more… The Story: Angels still combing market for “bargain” everyday left fielder MWAH Says: Yeah, well, I’m still combing the market for a studio apartment on the […]

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2016 Angels Preview: José Álvarez

José Álvarez had to battle to solidify his place in the Angels’ relief corps in 2015, but gets to coast into the bullpen this year. This is partly due to the fact that he’s the only real experienced lefty reliever remaining in the organization, but mostly the result of a strong effort in his first season as a […]

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Halo Headlines: SLC game snowed out; Simmons returns to short

The March 22, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a cancelled trip to Salt Lake City, Andrelton Simmons returning to the field, and more.. The Story: Tyler Skaggs will make Cactus League debut on Thursday MWAH Says: Hey! That’s good sign. Skaggs was originally expected to pitch in a minor-league game on Thursday, but will […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 19: Mike Morin #64 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the eleventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader on September 19, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 4-3 in twelve innings. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

2016 Angels Preview: Mike Morin

This intro paragraph should be about how Mike Morin solidified his place in the Angels’ bullpen in 2015, setting himself up to take over for Joe Smith as the bridge to Huston Street in 2017 and beyond. Instead, because some miserably bad luck inflated his ERA into the stratosphere (6.37!), it’s about how the young right-hander is […]

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Halo Headlines: Figgins retiring as Angel; Wilson reinventing delivery

The March 21, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a fan favorite officially retiring as a Halo, C.J. Wilson restructuring his throwing motion to take pressure off his shoulder, and more… The Story: Chone Figgins signs one-day contract with Angels to retire as part of the organization MWAH Says: A nice move by the Halos […]

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2016 Angels Preview: Joe Smith

Joe Smith was reliable as ever in 2015, no matter what his ERA might indicate. He hit 70 appearances and 63 innings for the fifth consecutive season, kept his walk and strikeout rates above his career (and the league’s) norms, and allowed fewer than a handful of home runs for the ninth straight year. If he […]

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Halo Headlines: Achter impressing; Angels help Make-A-Wish

The March 18, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes A.J. Achter making a strong impression in camp, the Angels fulfilling the wish of a heart transplant survivor, and more… The Story: A.J. Achter finally shows the Angels his good stuff MWAH Says: The Halos apparently lit Achter up when he pitched for the Twins last […]

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Starter Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 15, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

2016 Angels Preview: Nick Tropeano

Depending on how the next couple seasons go, the deal that netted the team Nick Tropeano and Carlos Pérez could either go down as Jerry Dipoto’s best trade or simply a top-five one. That he was able to finagle two MLB-ready prospects with upside from the Astros in return for just Hank Conger seems like minor miracle now, […]

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2016 Angels Preview: Huston Street

Huston Street’s 2015 wasn’t bad, per se, but it was disappointing given the Angels inked Street to a three-year extension in early May. Even if saves are a silly stat, a team would happily take their closer reaching the 40-save plateau every year; it means he was a) healthy/good enough to pitch that many innings, […]

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Halo Headlines: Mike Trout is anti-batflip; Simmons still resting arm

The March 17, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Trout being wrong about bat flips, Simmons sitting out yet another game, and more… The Story: Mike Trout believes bat flips disrespect the game MWAH Says: *SIGH* I suppose we can’t be surprised that someone whose idea of an invigorating conversation involves discussing the weather wouldn’t be […]

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2016 Angels Preview: Matt Shoemaker

The Angels struck gold in 2014 when Matt Shoemaker, a 27-year-old rookie who wasn’t even viewed as a legitimate prospect in a weak Angels system, threw 136 innings and netted 2.1 fWAR. A strong strikeout-to-walk rate and an attack that resembled many of the best Japanese pitchers suggested Shoemaker was no fluke, either. After Garrett Richards […]

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Halo Headlines: Weaver frustrated but determined; Rasmussen retires

The March 16, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Jered Weaver wishing an operation could fix his back issues, a young pitcher electing to walk away from baseball, and more… The Story: Jered Weaver won’t get help from any doctors MWAH Says: The spine specialist confirmed the “degenerative changes” diagnosis and iterated that the bulging […]

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2016 Angels Preview: Hector Santiago

If Charles Dickens were commissioned to write a depiction of Hector Santiago‘s 2015 season—paid by the word, of course—he probably couldn’t do any better than simply copying and pasting his intro from A Tale of Two Cities several times over. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Santiago’s year was polarizing enough to act as catalyst to a political and […]

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Halo Headlines: Wilson out indefinitely; Choi scraps switch-hitting

The March 15, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes an old Halo going out of commission for the foreseeable future, a new Halo renouncing switchcraft, and more… The Story: C.J. Wilson sidelined indefinitely with shoulder issue MWAH Says: All that time spent rehabbing his elbow only to have the other arm joint give out. Is […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 11:  Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 11, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

2016 Angels Preview: Garrett Richards

If you had told any Angels fan three years ago that Garrett Richards would eventually put together a 200-inning, 3.65 ERA season in Anaheim, he or she would be beyond elated. Heading to 2014, the high hope for Richards was that he’d pitch well enough to stick in a big-league rotation for a full season. Fast forward two […]

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Halo Headlines: Weaver gets diagnosis; Wilson suffers setback

The March 14, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes some ‘mild degenerative spinal changes’ for Jered Weaver, some continued shoulder discomfort for C.J. Wilson, and more… The Story: Jered Weaver diagnosed with being an old guy MWAH Says: Weaver saw a back surgeon over the weekend, from whom he got a diagnosis of “mild degenerative changes in […]

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Projecting the Angels’ Infield with Batted-Ball Stats

Every season brings its fair share of surprises in terms of breakouts, resurgences, and major letdowns at the plate. A fair chunk of it boils down to the randomness of the game—be it injury or luck—but some aspects of it can be measured and projected forward. For this article, our purpose is to look at some […]

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Halo Headlines: Weaver battling neck tightness; Pirates sign Freese

The March 11, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team’s pitching depth getting tested much earlier than expected, David Freese finally latching on with a new team, and more… The Story: Jered Weaver gets MRI on neck, has ‘nerve tightness’ MWAH Says: I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure nerves themselves can’t tighten. More likely […]

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Halo Headlines: Weaver stuck in the 70s; Wilson back on the mound

The March 10, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Jered Weaver’s change-up finally catching up to his fastball, C.J. Wilson throwing off a mound for the first time in weeks, and more… The Story: C.J. Wilson to throw bullpen sessions on Thursday and Saturday MWAH Says: If Wilson can get into games by next Wednesday, […]

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