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The May 6th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including it might be time for Scioscia to go, Richards returns to bullpen and much more...
The Story: Ken Rosenthal believes it might be time Mike Scioscia and the Angels to part ways.
The Monkey Says: I hate to say it, but I agree and I think it needs to happen today. Come back later this morning and I will explain why because it isn't necessarily for the reasons you might think.
The Story: Garrett Richards was shifted back into the bullpen with Jerome Williams taking his spot in the rotation.
The Monkey Says: This was a really tough decision that I was split on initially but eventually began to lean towards favoring it. The Halos desperately needed an impact reliever and Richards was their best internal option, but he was also doing a passable job in the rotation. Obviously this ended up blowing up in Scioscia's face as Williams pitched poorly in his start and Richards made two relief appearances, one that resulted in the Angels losing in extras and the next caused a one-run deficit to turn inot a four-run deficit. Literally nothing Scioscia tries works anymore no matter how smart or dumb it is.
The Story: Jered Weaver is expected to throw his first bullpen session this week.
The Monkey Says: If things go well, he should be back before the end of the month. Let's hope it isn't too late by then.
The Story: Ryan Madson is encouraged after a bullpen session on Saturday.
The Monkey Says: Yeah, sure, we've all heard that song before. He is supposed to throw again on Tuesday, if that happens, it is at least a step forward towards him coming back this month, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
The Story: Sean Burnett visited Dr. James Andrews about his forearm irritation.
The Monkey Says: This was a precautionary measure and there has been no follow-up reports, so one assumes it went well. Then again, with the way the Angel season has gone, I'm sure we'll find out later today that he had his arm amputated or something.
The Story: A GIF of Hank Conger, bunting, running, falling, tumbling, and stumbling his way to a single.
The Monkey Says: I figured you all need a laugh at this point.
The Story: Alberto Callaspo was activated from the DL.
The Monkey Says: You know this already, but it hadn't been in the links and I am a completist by nature. Glad to have him back as Lucho and Harris had both fallen off a cliff in the last two weeks.
The Story: The timing of Josh Hamilton's day off was stupid.
The Monkey Says: The theory being that he could have teed off on Freddy Garcia. Naturally, Garcia almost no-hit the Angels, so Hamilton probably wouldn't have done anything. Josh is a total mess. I don't think there is ever a bad time for him to be benched.
The Story: Should the Angels trade Mike Scioscia?
The Monkey Says: Yes, but I don't know how that works. Presumably he would be under contract still even if they have him step down mid-season. I just think the one team they could never deal him to is the Dodgers because of the PR war between the teams. I have no doubt some other team would come calling, but the Dodgers might actually overpay for him.
The Story: A statistical look at Josh Hamilton's struggles.
The Monkey Says: Make sure you wait until well after you've eaten breakfast before reading this one.
The Story: Mark Lowe is three appearances into a rehab stint at High-A Inland Empire.
The Monkey Says: I'd expect him to be activated soon. He might be garbage, but he is a far better option than Ryan Brasier.
The Story: The Angels are having a terrible time throwing out baserunners.
The Monkey Says: Part of this is that Tommy Hanson is completely incapable of controlling baserunners, leading to several steals where Iannetta doesn't even bother to throw. Still, Iannetta's inability to throw out runners with other pitchers on the mound is pretty terrible right now, which is uncharacteristic for him.
The Story: Mark Trumbo's adaptability is a vital cog for the Halos.
The Monkey Says: Welcome to "Stretching the Truth with Lyle Spencer." Just because Trumbo has played several positions doesn't make him versatile. He is maybe an average first baseman, but he certainly doesn't have soft hands. He is quicker than you'd think, but he has brutal hands. In the outfield, he isn't awful, but he is a liability largely due to his inexperience. His ability to produce with the bat despite a shifting role is admirable as some players do let that stuff go to their head even though it really shouldn't make much of a difference.
The Story: Has moving Mike Trout to the two-hole worked as expected?
The Monkey Says: Let me first say that it was the right call. All the research screams that your best hitter should bat second and Trout is the Angels' best hitter. The problem is that it did nothing to get Hamilton out of his slump or Pujols to kick it into gear, though I suspect that has a lot more to do with his foot problems. I see no reason for Scioscia to shift gears.
The Story: Suggestions for an Angel fire sale.
The Monkey Says: Things are going poorly, but talking fire sale at this point of this season is both premature and really rather dumb. Even if the Angels completely implode, they aren't going to just blow up the roster. With the money they spent on Pujols and Hamilton plus the years of control they have left on Trout and Trumbo, they have a limited window to make a run at the World Series and they can't waste any of that time stockpiling prospects that won't be ready for years. If things go south, I can see a few minor trades being made, but they still will want to be in a position to make a run at the championship in 2014.
The Story: An open letter to Arte Moreno about "Buttercup."
The Monkey Says: The team knows how much people hate the song. They still don't change it and I am fairly certain they are doing it just to prove some bizarre point about how they won't let fans dictate the stadium experience, which is asanine considering the fans pay for said experience.
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One more note on the Angels - Orioles game. As everyone knows, Josh Hamilton has been awful so far with the Angels after signing this huge contract. He is continuing his trend from last year at swinging at everything and is batting like .208 or something. And so his manager sat him yesterday against the Orioles. That was dumb.
Why was it dumb when Hamilton just went zero for...
There is a new entry on the extinct species list: the Scioscia apologist. As of today, I am done. Done with sticking up for Mike Scioscia. In the struggles of the last few years there have been few who have defended Scioscia as ardently as I have. But now I must relent and admit that it is now time for the Angels to fire Mike Scioscia.
And I mean that literally they need to fire...
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Let Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Hank Conger serve as an example as to why defensive shifts don't always work.Conger essentially legged out a bunt single in the eighth inning of Saturday's game against the Baltimore Orioles despite tripping while running to first base. No, I'm not kidding.Watch as Conger laid down a bunt toward the left side of the pitcher'...
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You know variations of the line, “He could have fallen down, gotten back up and still beaten it out”? Well, Angels catcher Hank Conger did just that. On Sunday, the Orioles were defending the left-handed hitting Conger with a hefty infield shift swung around toward first base. Manny Machado, the O’s third baseman was playing where the shortstop is normally...
From Little League up through the professional ranks coaches always tell their players to run it out; to never say die. You never know when fate and luck (good for you or bad for the other team) will intervene and give you that extra second or two needed to make it down the base line.
Angels catcher Hank Conger must have listened, because even though he stumbled on this play he...
Watching the Angels this season, I keep thinking, "Why does Mike Scioscia need this?"
This is his 14th season in Anaheim. His best teams had an aggressive, distinctive style. This one revolves largely around two free-agent sluggers whose worst years are ahead of them, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.
The Angels no longer run. They no longer play crisp defense. They'...
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During this offseason, the biggest free agent on the market Josh Hamilton signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Texas Rangers failed to resign him and he decided to sign with their American League West rival the Angels to the tune of 5 yrs/ $125M.
So far Hamilton is batting .207 with only 2 long balls and 9 RBI’s, not quite the stat line the Angeles had anticipated...
The Los Angeles Angels will be giving away trout hats in honor of superstar phenom Mike Trout on June 18 against the Seattle Mariners.
You can snag one of these fancy Trout caps when the Los Angeles Angels face the Seattle Mariners (how fitting) on June 18. Not in the Anaheim area? No problem. Since the less-fancy, first edition foam Trout hats are going for roughly $25 on eBay, the newer models will likely be bartered online in no time. Besides, they really don't look any more ridiculous...
ANAHEM, Calif. -- With the Angels tying their worst start in franchise history -- an 11-20 record matching the futility of their 1961 inaugural season -- manager Mike Scioscia is under fire from the media and, of course, some fans.
They're already calling for his head; Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has suggested Scioscia and owner Arte Moreno should workout a contract settlement...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado each hit a two-run homer off Jerome Williams in his first start of the season, leading the Baltimore Orioles to an 8-4 victory over the reeling Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
Jason Hammel (4-1) allowed four runs and nine hits through six innings, helping the Orioles tie the New York Yankees for second place in the AL East. The...
The game started out so promissing. Jerome Williams gave up a run in the top of the first, and the Angels responded by scoring three in the bottom of the first. Even when the Orioles rallied back on a two-run homerun by JJ Hardy, Trout gave them the lead again one a solo homerun. However, it just wasn't meant to be. The Angels had two opportunities with the bases loaded and got...
Orioles 8, Angels 4. Updates. With AP Photos. By JOE RESNICK Associated Press J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado each hit a two-run homer off Jerome Williams in his first start of the season, leading the Baltimore Orioles to an 8-4 victory over the reeling Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
Jason Hammel (4-1) allowed four runs and nine hits through six innings, helping the Orioles tie the...
It’s no mystery that the Angels have been struggling to put
together wins so far this season. A lot
of questions surround the clubhouse and the coaching staff, and this Astros
series may be the biggest series so far.
The Halos are under the microscope. They have only 11 wins
this season, and only four of those have come on the road. They haven’t won a
series since sweeping...