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The March 12th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Madson throws 20 pitch from a mound, C.J. Wilson talks politics, PEDs and Star Wars and much more...
The Story: Ryan Madson threw a half-speed 20-pitch bullpen session on Monday.
The Monkey Says: That doesn't sound like much, but it is progress and that's really all the Angels can ask for at this point. He will throw again on Thursday and sounds as if he is confident he will be able to sneak in at least one or two Cactus League appearances.
The Story: C.J. Wilson talks about a wide range of topics spanning from politics to PEDs to Star Wars.
The Monkey Says: This is a pretty candid interview for Wilson and I can't say it is going to help his reputation as a guy who comes off as a douche, although I'd call him more of an intellectual elitist after reading this and I'm not sure that is necessarily a bad thing to call someone.
The Story: Tommy Hanson isn't concerned about his cynics.
The Monkey Says: Well, I am. It is still early in the spring, but Hanson hasn't had much in the way of results yet. Him saying he feels "100 times better" is nice and all, but it is little consolation until we actually seem him perform 100 times better.
The Story: Hank Conger is not letting his throwing woes hurt his confidence.
The Monkey Says: Umm, good? Conger has been a disaster throwing the ball this spring and at some point it is going to potentially cost him his roster spot. It is nice to hear him talking confidently because when he was struggling with his throws earlier in his Angel career, he sounded like an eight-year old boy who just watched his dog died.
The Story: Kaleb Cowart is the #75 prospect on the Fangraphs top 100 prospect list.
The Monkey Says: Are we done with this yet? I mean, this has to be the last of the lists, right? Oh, execpt for one. The MWAH finishes up this week with our top two prospects, so be sure to check that out if you don't yet have prospect fatigue.
The Story: Predicting that Peter Bourjos will have a better year than MIchael Bourn.
The Monkey Says: An interesting wager for sure, but I don't think I would be quite so bold, and I am a major proponent of Bourjos.
BEST OF MAXIM
For the first time in six weeks, the new closer for the Los Angeles Angels has thrown off a mound. After suffering a UCL tear and undergoing Tommy John surgery, Madson was working his way back this year. He looked ready for Opening Day until he had a setback. Now, he's trying to get back into shape and ready for Opening Day.
According to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles...
QUITE THE HONOR
Millville High School (N.J.). is honoring one of its most famous alums by renaming its baseball field after Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim phenom Mike Trout.
By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Staff Writer --
2013 Outlook: So clearly Joe Blanton isn't the "Big Splash" that everyone was thinking of when the Angels acquired a pitcher during the offseason. No one is here to argue that. However, like Hanson, Joe could prove to be a "Value Splash" based on a recent history (since 2010) of increased strikeouts...
Los Angeles Angels superstar Albert Pujols is back on the bases.
Pujols, who underwent offseason right knee surgery, played in only his fourth Cactus League game Wednesday against the San Diego Padres. But it represented a landmark of sorts: Pujols ran the bases for the first time, rather than exiting for a designated runner, as had been the arrangement for his first three games...
Welcome to our annual series of ‘best player by position’ per division across all of Major League Baseball. Our goal in this set of articles was to set forth the player from each position that is the best in the division right now. No weight was given to a player’s glorious or dubious past. These are our opinions as to who is most likely to represent the division in top-tier...
The March 13th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels predicted to win the World Series, Pujols is done as an MVP candidate and much more...
The Story: A site called "The Prediction Machine" predicts the Angels to be the most likely World Series winner.
The Monkey Says: Not be a particularly overwhelming amount though and, frankly...
The March 11th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Madson to throw a bullpen session, Blanton down to 225 pounds and much more...
The Story: Ryan Madson will throw a bullpen session on Monday and Sean Burnett could make his spring debut this week.
The Monkey Says: Great news on both fronts, assuming that both of their throwing sessions go well...
Hi. I’m Jeremy Elwood. Let me introduce myself; I’m a new writer to this site, I’m a huge Angels Fan, and I’m a professional comedian and TV writer. Oh, and I live in New Zealand.
Figure that out in your own time.
So, as my introduction to Monkey With A Halo, I thought I’d use my slightly removed position to do a short series on the guys who aren’t dominating...
It didn't seem possible for a player to have a breakout season and a concerning decline all in the same year, yet Mark Trumbo found a way to pull it off. Will the Trumbo of 2013 be more like the Trumbo of the first half that made the All-Star Game or the Trumbo of the second half that lost playing time to Vernon Wells?
2012 Stats: 586 PA, .268 AVG, .317 OBP, .491 SLG, 66...
Sabermetrics! The new lens with which many view the game of baseball!
So ummm … what is it? What are all these new stats and measurements that GMs and commentators are using to evaluate the players we love (and hate)? Does it sometimes seem like you need to be a rocket scientist to figure this stuff out? Well, it feels that way to us too sometimes. So we decided...
Half bullpen savior, half part of the problem, Ernesto Frieri enters 2013 looking to prove that he is more the dominant late-inning guy he was when he first arrived in Anaheim and less the guy who gave away two crucial games for the Halos last September.
2012 Stats: 66.0 IP, 5-2, 23 SV, 2.32 ERA. 3.58 FIP, 35 H, 30 BB, 9 HR, 98 SO, 0.50 GB/FB, 0.6 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections...
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...
Albert Pujols homered for the second straight game, one of four shots by the Los Angeles Angels. On this day, that wasn't nearly enough.
Jeff Francoeur, Billy Butler and Chris Getz combined to get nine hits and drive in nine runs Sunday as the Kansas City Royals beat the Angels 17-11 to win for the 13th time in 14 games.
Pujols homered in the fifth off Bruce Chen. The star...