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Despite having some of the brightest stars in the game, both young and old, a $160 million payroll and sky high expecations, the Los Angeles Angels are far from a perfect team. Many have picked the Halos as their World Series favorite, much like they did last season when they failed to even qualify for the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Led by wunderkind Mike Trout, the Angels have an uncharacteristically high octane offense but an off-season overhaul of their pitching staff has many wondering if they haven't set themselves up for a fourth straight post-season spent on the golf course.
Mike Trout. After his incredible rookie season, it almost seems like an insult to refer to him as a strength. Perhaps a force of nature would be more appropriate? With all that he does in the batter's box, on the basepaths and in the outfield, Trout makes the Angels a team to be reckoned with no matter who is surrounding him on the roster. After all, we are talkin...
BEST OF MAXIM
Albert Pujols wobbled as he ran Wednesday. It was seen as a sign of progress. Such is life in the Angels' unstable universe.
Pujols, 33, underwent right knee surgery during the offseason. He wasn't cleared to run the bases in a competitive setting until this, the Angels' 17th game of the Cactus League season. And when he reached base -- twice, on a fielder's choice...
The World Baseball Classic wasn't something I was planning on covering too much seeing how it is kind of lame and features almost no Angels. Well, Erick Aybar has forced my hand because in the course of two pitches, he made himself very relevant.
First and foremost, Aybar got to be at the plate when umpire Angel Hernandez, who is just awful, made the worst strike call in...
Now that didn’t take very long.
A mere four years he graduated, Millville High School in New Jersey is naming its baseball field after its most famous alum, Mike Trout.
That’s gotta be some kind of record.
Trout had arguably the greatest rookie season in the history of baseball in 2012. He became the first player to hit over .325, hit 30 home runs and steal over...
The MWAH prospect countdown finally crosses the finish line with the top prospect in the entire system and only Angel prospect to crack into any of the Top 100 prospect lists.
Position: 3B Highest Level: High-A
Bats:Switch Throws: Right Height: 6'3" Weight: 195 lbs.
Age: 20 Born: 6/2/92
2012 Season Stats
Low-A: 290 PA, .293 AVG, .348 OBP...
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has been
participating in spring training contests for the past week, but he ran the
bases for the first time this exhibition season yesterday, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
Pujols underwent surgery on his right knee in October. He
had been suiting up as the Angels’ designated hitter during his initial spring...
With spring training baseball up to full speed and headed for the regular season, the news is coming fast and furious. Each rest day, each slap double, each pick-off attempt is being carefully reviewed, studied and analyzed by coaches to help players perform their best, and by opponents searching for any sign of weakness. Like a gardener cultivating his crops, coaches are helping...
No longer a rotation candidate, Jerome Williams will have to reinvent himself as a reliever in 2013 if he wants to keep his great comeback story alive.
2012 Stats: 137.2 IP, 6-8, 4.58 ERA. 4.15 FIP, 139 H, 35 BB, 17 HR, 98 SO, 1.90 GB/FB, 1.1 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections: 129.2 IP, 6-8, 4.58 ERA. 4.31 FIP, 140 H, 33 BB, 17 HR, 86 SO, 0.8 fWAR
2013 Bill James Projections...
SIGNED/RESIGNED: Ryan Madson (P), Joe Blanton (P), Sean Burnett (P), Josh Hamilton (OF)
TRADED FOR: Tommy Hanson (P), Jason Vargas (P)
Torii Hunter (OF), Maicer Izturis (2B), Jordan Waldon (P), Kendry Morales (1B/DH), Dan Haren (P), Zack Greinke (P), LaTroy Hawkins (P)
Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer off Jered Weaver in the first inning, Luke Montz and Yoenis Cespedes each had two-run drives in the second off the Angels' ace and an Oakland Athletics split squad blew a big lead before rallying for a 13-13 tie with Los Angeles on Saturday.
Weaver gave up eight runs and six hits, walked two and did not strike out a batter in two innings.
As part of our preview for the upcoming 2012 season, we’ll be doing a 10 Bold Predictions for 2013 series that will be featured between now and Opening Day. Our first prediction: Bryce Harper has a better statistical season then Mike Trout.
We’re already getting really tired of all the accusations that we’ve got some kind of weird man-crush on Bryce Harper. We really aren’t...
Is there a Mike Trout or Bryce Harper among the prospects that will debut in 2013? It's unrealistic for fantasy owners to expect a statistical season from a prospect similar to the one Trout had last season, but there are farmhands who will undoubtedly impact fantasy squads this season. This is the first of a two-part series that will examine a few prospects that could greatly...
Mike Trout had a double and a triple and Peter Bourjos homered as the star-studded Los Angeles Angels knocked the San Diego Padres around early but blew a lead late in an 8-6 loss Wednesday.
Bourjos' two-run homer in the fourth inning off Clayton Richard put the Angels ahead 5-2. Richard allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings.
Los Angeles starter Joe Blanton allowed...