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Boxscore Breakdown #30: A Comedy Of Errors – Rays 4, Angels 2

When it rains, it pours. The Angels got their first strong performance from a starting pitcher in weeks Saturday night, but it was all undone by a pair of costly errors. The mistakes themselves didn’t directly put the Rays ahead, but they created the opportunities from which the deciding runs would eventually come, which in […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #29: Fuel On The Funeral Pyre – Rays 5, Angels 2

The last time Garrett Richards was unexpectedly sidelined for the season, in 2014, the rest of the rotation stepped up in a big way and posted a 3.21 ERA over the final month-plus of the season. Any lingering hope that might happen again this year was summarily snuffed out Friday night, as fill-in starter Cory Rasmus was lit […]

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Halo Headlines: Simmons to the DL?; Lincecum on radar

The May 9, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Andrelton Simmons spraining some part of his left hand/wrist, the team zeroing in on Tim Lincecum as a potential rotation addition, and more… The Story: a left thumb sprain, but the OC Register has an entire article calling it a wrist sprain. So which is […]

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 13:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after hitting a single while wearing a black and gold version of Nike batting gloves in honor of Kobe Bryant's retirement during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at the Coliseum on April 13, 2016 in Oakland, California. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-1. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Angels and Tanking: Hitting The Reset Button

There are a few things in life that you simply can’t attach words too. Sure, there are words that we have in our lexicon that we use to describe those situations, but it is my opinion that those words don’t truly encompass the feelings associated with those moments in life, no matter how broad the […]


The Garrett Richards Fallout

Angels fans awoke to terrible team news Friday morning: Garrett Richards‘ dehydration problem had taken an unexpected right turn into a torn-elbow-ligament problem, putting him on the track for Tommy John surgery and a tentative return date of June 2017. The loss of the proverbial staff ace for the next year of course brings with it a bunch of questions […]

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Halo Headlines: Richards needs Tommy John; Heaney’s UCL damaged too

The Doomsday edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Garrett Richards reportedly needing Tommy John surgery, Andrew Heaney dealing with similar but (hopefully) not as severe elbow issues, and more… The Story: Garrett Richards has torn UCL, needs Tommy John surgery MWAH Says: Absolutely devastating. The already paper-thin Angels rotation is now in tatters, removing just about […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 03: Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 03, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels Can’t Capitalize Against Lowly Brewers

The Angels’ 2016 season thus far has been one long exercise in demonstrating that team momentum is a grand illusion. Be it the embarrassing sweep at the hands of the previously winless Minnesota Twins or this week’s stumble in Milwaukee against a tanking Brewers team that literally put a 31-year-old rookie on the mound and won, […]


Boxscore Breakdown #28: Trout Saves The Day – Angels 7, Brewers 3

Since Mike Trout broke onto the scene as the Best Player In Baseball in 2012, each Angels season has begun with the creeping worry that this will be the year he stops being a perennial 10-win player. Thankfully, that year appears to still be far into the future, at least beyond 2016. Trout got a […]


Boxscore Breakdown #27: Double Trouble – Brewers 5, Angels 4

Putting the ball in play more often is a good thing… until it isn’t. The Angels have been better than everyone this season at avoiding third strikes—putting the ball in play in an absurd 84.3 percent of their at-bats—but that high-contact approach has come at a cost. The odds of a strikeout turning into a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]