Boxscore Breakdown #154: The Catch 2.0 – Angels 3, Mariners 2

My goodness. Just when you think Mike Trout has demonstrated everything his preternatural baseball talents make him capable of, he goes and does something like this: Your browser does not support iframes. The thing that I find most remarkable about Trout’s season-saving snag, among the many, many remarkable things about it, is that he made […]


Boxscore Breakdown #153: Finally – Angels 8, Mariners 4

When Garrett Richards threw the first pitch of this game the Rangers had a sizable lead on the Astros in the middle innings of their contest. It looked likely that if the Angels won this game, they would move to only a half-game behind Houston for the second Wild Card and, perhaps more importantly, tie […]

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Starter Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the third inning at Safeco Field on September 15, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Mariners vs. Time

The Angels ended their road trip about as well as possible, winning five of seven games against the teams directly in front of them in the Wild Card race. Time is running out for the Halos, though, and each loss puts them closer October tee times. With ten games left and one loss to make […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23:  Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros receives congratulations from Carlos Correa #1 and Jake Marisnick #6 aftefr scoring on a triple by George Springer #4 in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on September 23, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Second Guessing Scioscia – Walk This Guy

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. […]

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Halo Headlines: GM finalist hired by Boston, Angels face tough SP match-ups

The September 25, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a GM candidate getting hired elsewhere, the team facing tougher opposition than the Astros down the stretch, and more… Story: Red Sox hire Mike Hazen as new GM MWAH Says: Another GM candidate off the board. Unlike new Brewers GM David Stearns, Hazen was reportedly […]

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 22:  The Chicago Cubs celebrate with Jake Arrieta #49 on his 20th win of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on September 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 4-0.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Halo History: Twenty-Game Winners Still a Thing?

With the baseball world abuzz over Cub starting pitcher Jake Arrieta’s twentieth win of the season, it seems as though the twenty-win plateau is still an admirable achievement, even in this modern age where sabermetricians have proven beyond a doubt that a pitcher’s win total has very little bearing on his overall effectiveness.  So what […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 22:  Chris Iannetta #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gives Huston Street #16 a shake after the last out against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 22, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels Survive in Houston

The Angels are alive and I have no idea how. After winning an absolute must-win series in Houston, the Halos trail the Astros by 1½ games overall and only one game in the loss column for the precious second wild card spot. Dallas Keuchel cruised through the first game, setting up two nail-biting match-ups the […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #152: Freese Saves the Season – Angels 6, Astros 5

This one had all the makings of a fitting end to the Angels’ 2015 season. You had the huge miscue to let the other team back into the game, the offensive disappearing in the mid-innings, the weird bullpen maneuvering that led to an overworked pitcher throwing in a high-leverage spot, and a managing blunder that […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #151: Hanging On – Angels 4, Astros 3

Oh right, that’s what a playoff atmosphere feels like. The Angels managed to eke out the first of what could become an endless stream must-win games over the final two weeks of the season, but what for now results in keeping their postseason hopes alive for at least one more night. Mike Trout and Albert […]

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Halo Headlines: A Change in the Rotation, Yogi Berra Passes Away

The September 23, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a slight reshuffling of the starting pitching rotation, the Yogi Berra-Los Angeles Angels connection, and more…   The Story:  Garrett Richards and Andrew Heaney to switch spots in rotation MWAH Says:  This means Richards will be in line to start the wildcard game, if […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #150: Circling the Drain – Astros 6, Angels 3

When Erick Aybar made his patented monthly base-running blunder in the first inning Monday night, it seemed like a sign that we should all brace ourselves for a long and painful night. And it mostly held true. After Aybar’s uh… let’s say “overaggressive” gambit on the bases the Angels didn’t get a base runner past […]

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Halo Headlines: Gold Glove for Calhoun, Playoff Tickets on Sale

The September 22, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Kole Calhoun closing in on his first Gold Glove award, Angel playoff tickets going on sale, and more…   The Story:  Kole Calhoun a favorite to win 2015 Gold Glove MWAH Says:  This comes as no surprise to Angel fans who have been enjoying […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 01:  Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros signs autographs for a fans on the field before the start of their game against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on September 1, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Astros vs. The End

This is it, folks. The Angels might not technically be eliminated if everything goes pear-shaped in Houston the next three days, but effectively they will be. For all the good the Halos did in Minnesota over the weekend, they still made up only one game on the Astros and now have just 13 games to […]

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 03: Los Angeles Angels fans look on in the eleventh inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Two of the American League Division Series at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on October 3, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Angels Fan Rooting Guide: September 21-27

I want nothing more than to stop being invested in this stupid, mediocre Angel team. But I can’t quit them. They’re still only 2-1/2 games behind the Astros with a HUGE three-game series in Houston this week. That’s totally doable! And yet, just a couple weeks ago I had made peace the Angels wouldn’t make […]


Boxscore Breakdown #149: Duffey Downed ‘Em – Twins 8, Angels 1

It was the best of starting pitchers, it was the worst of starting pitchers in the game on Sunday.  Matt Shoemaker, making his return to MLB action after having been derailed by a forearm strain, was hit hard and hit often.  The Twins’ starting pitcher, Tyler Duffey, who made his MLB debut this August filling […]

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Halo Headlines: Giavotella nearing return, Smith out indefinitely

The September 21, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Johnny Giavotella beginning a rehab assignment, Joe Smith’s sprained ankle sidelining him indefinitely, and more… The Story: Johnny Giavotella to begin rehab in Arizona MWAH Says: Johnny G successfully cleared the batting-practice hurdle last week, so now he’s off to join the club’s instructional league in Arizona […]


Boxscore Breakdown #148: Let’s Play Two! – Angels 5, Twins 2

The Angels completed their Twin killing on Saturday with another win to sweep the doubleheader, leapfrog ahead of the Twins in the wildcard standings, and sit just one and a half games behind the Astros for the second wildcard spot with a three-game series with Houston on deck.  Hold on to your hats and glasses, […]


Boxscore Breakdown #147: Overtime Affair – Angels 4, Twins 3

Friday’s rain-out predicated that a doubleheader would be played on Saturday.  The first game took twelve innings and five Angel relief pitchers to resolve, but we’ll take it if it comes with another victory over one of the two teams ahead of the Halos in the tight race for that second wild card slot. Angels […]


Changes at Monkey With a Halo

As you might have noticed, I’ve been absent from MWAH the last week. That absence is going to continue indefinitely. I always knew the day would come where I would have to write this post. I never had any idea when that day would come, but I assumed it would be years from now when […]