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Halo Headlines: Rotation set for weekend; Schilling fired by ESPN

The April 21, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the rotation being set for the Mariners series, Curt Schilling finally getting the axe from the Worldwide Leader, and more… The Story: ESPN fires Curt Schilling following discriminatory Facebook post MWAH Says: Andrew nailed this one in our preseason predictions. The garbage Facebook memes really […]


Boxscore Breakdown #14: Latos Intolerance – White Sox 5, Angels 0

So much for that breakout on offense. It’s almost as though a bunch of singles just beyond the reach of diving infielders aren’t indicative of a team turning things around with the bat. The Angels were held to just three hits Tuesday evening, and now have just two extra-base hits through the first two games of […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #13: Breakout!? – Angels 7, White Sox 0

Hector Santiago pitched the game of his Angels life on Monday, allowing just two hits and striking out 10 in seven scoreless innings of work. The southpaw was calculated and uncharacteristically efficient for the second straight start, never once topping even 18 pitches in an inning. So much ink was spilled this spring about the […]


Five Angels Prospect Trade Chips

I’m guessing by the title you’re thinking to yourself: “Not a fun article to write.” And I wouldn’t blame you for that. The Angels possess a farm system that, in comparison to others, is generally devoid of valuable minor league talent that can be swapped for major league upgrades. That being said, this isn’t a […]

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Halo Headlines: Santiago ups velocity; Harper catching up to Trout

The April 19, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Hector Santiago throwing fastballs like it’s 2013, Mike Trout possibly in danger of losing his Best Player in Baseball crown, and more… The Story: Hector Santiago stays in control while upping velocity MWAH Says: It’s true! Last night he averaged 92.9 mph with his fastball, which is […]

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Angels Player Power Rankings: Week 3

This week’s Angels Player Power Rankings presents a clear top five, then a whole mess of mediocrity, and concludes with everyone’s consensus bottom two. This might be the first time in four years Mike Trout has been outside of the top two, but there’s no reason to fret just yet. Not Listed: Andrew Heaney (DL); A.J. Achter (AAA); […]

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 04:  Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Oakland Athletics on Opening Day at The Coliseum on April 4, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. White Sox vs. Blowpen

Hey, baseball is pretty lame when the Angels are losing! Just three days ago I was so optimistic about the Angels’ chances, and now after one weekend I think the Halos are one of the worst teams in the American League. April baseball is a fickle thing. So anyway, yeah, sorry about jinxing the Angels […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 17: Joe Smith #38 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after pitching coach Charles Nagy #41 and catcher Carlos Perez #58 visit the mound during the ninth inning of the game on April 17, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Angels 3-2 in twelve innings. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Series Takeaways: Angels Swept Away By Twins

When writing about the volatility of early-season narratives after the sweep in Oakland, I really didn’t expect the Angels’ story to then re-shift so abruptly by the end of the week. I suppose that’s on me for not taking my own message to heart. The Angels getting swept by the Cubs in the opening series hurt, but it at […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #12: The Hidden No-Hitter – Twins 3, Angels 2 (F/12)

It would be easy to pin Sunday’s heart-wrenching loss on the bullpen yet again, but that would overlook the elephant in the room: the feckless offense. Like Saturday, the Angels opened up an early lead with their bats only to disappear completely. From Carlos Perez’s groundout in the fourth to his strikeout to end the top of […]

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Halo Headlines: No timetable for Heaney; Angels stop shifting

The April 18, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Andrew Heaney playing catch but no more, the team seemingly abandoning the defensive shift, and more… The Story: Angels have no timetable for Heaney’s return MWAH Says: The left-hander played catch before each of the weekend’s games in Minnesota, but there’s no set plan for when […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #11: The BLolpen Returns – Twins 6, Angels 4

Joe Smith sure picked a bad time to start giving up home runs. The side-armer has made a career of keeping the ball in the park, never once allowing more than one in an appearance. Well, until Saturday that is. Smith surrendered back-to-back jacks in the eighth, pulling the Twins not only out of a […]


Boxscore Breakdown #10: (T)winless No More – Twins 5, Angels 4

No one expected the Minnesota Twins to go winless for the entire 2016 season, but it would have been nice if the Angels bullpen hadn’t handed them their first victory of the year. Garrett Richards left the game after six with a two-run lead, but wasn’t in the dugout for more than 15 minutes before […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 14: Trevor Plouffe #24 of the Minnesota Twins sits in the dugout after a loss of the game against the Chicago White Sox on April 14, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The White Sox defeated the Twins 3-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Angels vs. Twins vs. .000

Hey, baseball is pretty fun when the Angels win! After sweeping three games from the A’s in Oakland behind strong pitching, let the record show that the Angels were in first place for at least two days this season. That’s more than a lot of teams can claim. Disregard that Oakland probably isn’t very good. […]

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)

Series Takeaways: Angels Sweep Out The Bay

It’s fun how quickly the narrative can shift for a baseball team in the season’s first few weeks. When the Angels’ current road trip started, there was a lot of hand-wringing about the offense getting off to a slow start yet again and whether the rotation could hold together in its battered state. Four days […]


Boxscore Breakdown #9: It’s Cobblin’ Time – Angels 5, A’s 1

Wednesday afternoon had to feel great for Matt Shoemaker. The right-hander hadn’t made it through any kind of start—be it MLB, spring, or minor-league—without allowing a run since August 27, 2015, and had only once since then survived a start without surrendering at least one home run. Shoemaker managed to do both against the A’s Wednesday, holding […]

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Halo Headlines: Shoemaker shines; Radinsky hospitalized

The April 14, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Matt Shoemaker putting together a much-needed strong start, bullpen coach Scott Radinsky being taken to the hospital, and more… The Story: Aggressive approach yields results for Shoemaker MWAH Says: I usually reserve post-game analysis for our Boxscore Breakdowns or Series Takeaways, but Shoemaker pitched so well […]


Billy Eppler Bringing Balance Back to the Angels

The day after the Winter Meetings ended in December, general manager Billy Eppler was asked if he thought the Angels’ projected lineup leaned too right-handed. It was a fair question, as at that point in the offseason: 1) the big additions to the roster were Andrelton Simmons, Yunel Escobar, Geovany Soto, Craig Gentry, and Cliff Pennington, […]