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Angels Prospects’ Surprise April Performances

As it goes every year, the stock values of prospects inevitably rise and fall.  This is part of what makes baseball such a fun game to watch—one element always remains a fixture in this prospect game we play: surprise. These are the Angels prospects that surprised us this April: Hutton Moyer – 2B/3B Sure, he has a cool […]

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Halo Headlines: Richards questionable for Friday; Bedrosian ‘electric’

The May 4, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Garrett Richards still reeling from the effects of his Sunday start, Cam Bedrosian finding early success in his return to the bullpen, and more… The Story: Angels not ready to clear Garrett Richards for Friday start MWAH Says: The official reason Richards left his last start […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings: Week 5

For the first time this year, the Angels Player Power Rankings was an exercise in comparing a roster of guys who have mostly been playing well. Instead of shifting rankings based on who’s been worse, there was actually an opportunity to compare numbers that didn’t look like a printout of whatever it is the Braves […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #26: Them’s The Breaks – Brewers 8, Angels 5

Baseball is unfair a lot of the time. Sometimes a missed strike call leads to a walk, which eventually results in the tying run coming around to score. Sometimes the left fielder misplays a single so badly it becomes a triple. Sometimes an inning-ending GIDP goes off the pitcher’s leg, making it a two-run double instead. Sometimes Ryan […]

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Halo Headlines: Skaggs has tendinitis; Roenicke returns to Milwaukee

The May 3, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Tyler Skaggs getting shut down for a week because of biceps tendinitis, Ron Roenicke returning to Miller Park for the first time since being fired, and more… The Story: Angels to scout Tim Lincecum showcase MWAH Says: They’ll reportedly be one of 11 teams on hand to […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 18: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers warms up against the Minnesota Twins in the fourth inning of the game on April 18, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Clayton-King/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Brewers vs. The 2017 Draft

The Milwaukee Brewers have their work cut out for them if they want to lock down the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft. They played some seriously awful baseball in April, but they still seem to be leagues better than the Atlanta Braves, who are probably the worst team this century. Facing a surging Angels offense […]

at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 1, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.

Series Takeaways: Angels Offense Stays Productive In Texas

The hot hitting that helped the Angels deliver a sweep of the Royals at home stuck with the team in Texas over the weekend, even if it didn’t manifest itself on the scoreboard for the first two contests. The team tallied 10, 9, and 15 hits, respectively, in the three games of the series, raising the team’s […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #25: Rally Time! – Angels 9, Rangers 6

The Angels escaped being swept in Texas thanks to a flood of timely hitting Sunday afternoon, with the offense plating eight unanswered runs from the fifth inning on. The wave of scoring was a sort of karmic retribution for the frustrations of the first two games of the series, when the team managed just four […]

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Halo Headlines: Nava begins rehab assignment; Shoemaker demoted

The May 2, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Daniel Nava getting back on the diamond in High-A, Matt Shoemaker getting optioned back to Triple-A, and more… The Story: Matt Shoemaker optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake MWAH Says: This move was a long time coming. Shame it took so many dreadful starts for the team […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #24: The Cobbler 2: The Clobbering – Rangers 7, Angels 2

Matt Shoemaker is toast. The right-hander allowed seven runs on nine hits in 2⅓ innings Saturday in his second absolute disasterpiece in as many starts. He’s now allowed 14 runs on 15 hits (including three home runs) in his last 5⅓ innings, giving him an AL-worst 9.15 ERA (min. 20 IP) through five starts. Why the Halos […]


Boxscore Breakdown #23: Regression? – Rangers 4, Angels 2

Hector Santiago turned in his first sub par start of the season and the Angels dropped the series opener in Arlington 4-2. All told, it really wasn’t that poor of a start for Santiago, allowing four runs in 5⅔ innings. As has haunted him in the past, though, a two-out rally by Texas in the […]

during the  inning of a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Texas Rangers   at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 9, 2016 in Anaheim, California.(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Rangers vs. First Place

The offense has been a mess for most of the month. Jered Weaver and Matt Shoemaker have been bombed more than once each. Huston Street, Daniel Nava, and Andrew Heaney hit the DL. The bullpen caught a case of blowpen-itis against an 0-9 team. And yet, if the Angels win today and tomorrow they’ll be […]


Unique Names In The Angels System

My wife and I are expecting our first. The last name of Allen hardly bears any unique qualities about it, but searching for a first name has brought us in contact with a lot of fun, downright comical names. This had made me think a lot about Minor League Baseball, where unique names seem to come […]

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Series Takeaways: Royals, Flushed

The Angels returned home Monday needing the offense to show up in the worst way. As laid out in the series preview, the team began the series with the fewest runs scored in baseball and with few signs of turning things around against the reigning World Champs. Thankfully, though, they did. The club provided the rotation […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #22: Home Run Derby – Angels 4, Royals 2

A week ago the Angels had just six home runs as a team through 15 games, resulting in an AL-worst .302 SLG. In the seven games since then the club has added 14 dingers to that total—including three Wednesday—raising the team slugging percentage by 47 points in just a week. That’s still last in the […]

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Halo Headlines: Street heading to DL; Heaney getting second opinion

The April 28, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news is chock-full of injury notes, with Huston Street suffering an oblique strain, Andrew Heaney going for a second opinion on his forearm strain, and more… The Story: Raul Ibanez is joining ESPN’s Baseball Tonight crew MWAH Says: Awesome. A huge upgrade over Schilling. The Story: Nintendo of America […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #21: Johnny on the Spot – Angels 9, Royals 4

It finally happened. It took an absurdly long time—21 games, for those counting—but it finally happened. No, not Mike Trout tallying his first base hit with a runner in scoring position, nor Andrelton Simmons making a play no one else on earth even thinks about, and not even the Angels at last scoring more than […]

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Halo Headlines: Calhoun going oppo; No contract extensions on table

The April 27, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Kole Calhoun returning to a more balanced approach at the plate, Billy Eppler indicating that any potential contract extensions are still a ways away from happening, and more… The Story: Kole Calhoun raises average thanks to opposite-field hits MWAH Says: I mean, sort of. Calhoun’s average […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings: Week 4

Another week of Angels Player Power Rankings that features mostly guys jockeying for position on the lower half of the list. One of these weeks there will be more than five Angels players who are performing well at the same time. It might not be until July, but it will happen eventually. Oh yeah, there’s […]