Found June 30, 2013 on
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The Los Angeles Angels look like a team poised for a roll entering the next following week. In this case, entering July.
After clinching at least a series win and perhaps a possible sweep of the Houston Astros after a 7-2 victory on Saturday, the Angels roller-coaster ride of a season seems to be moving upward, for now.
The team has now put together five consecutive wins, and will take the mound Sunday going for their second consecutive series sweep.
It seems as if every week the Angels obituary on the 2013 season is about to be prepared. I’ve read several other articles or listened to analysts explain their beliefs of how the team should be sellers at the trade deadline, or their pitching can’t take them the places they need to go (which I still believe sort of), and that Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton just can’t get it done anymore.
Then BAM, all of a sudden they start putting together their best all-around performances of the season.
Hamilton is starting to look like a baseball player again, not exactly with his bat quite yet but with his glove. The superstar slugger made several nice plays and catches in the outfield the past couple games. Maybe the glove gets him going, and wakes him up from his year-long slump.
And has Joe Blanton really only given up five runs in his past three starts? and is he really about to finish June with the most strikeouts in a single month in his career at 40? You have to wonder what angel from heaven is helping him.
Somehow, I don’t know how, but somehow, this team is still alive.
I am going to argue here that the Angels have been unlucky so far this season, and bad luck usually runs out doesn’t it? If their sluggers were hitting like they were supposed to, and remove a few bullpen lapses this season, this team would have a winning record.
However, for the Angels front office, this up and down play leaves the team stuck in limbo. Are they buyers at the trade deadline? Are they sellers? Do they think they can really obtain a wild card spot?
These questions for now can stay unanswered. But it seems after watching this team sweep a Tigers team, by literally scorching them, and then to see them finally figure out a Astros team that has had their number all season, luck is now on their side.
The roller coaster at the time of this article is rising up the tracks, does it continue to escalate? or does it drop and free fall down again?
The wild ride continues Sunday in Houston. Keep your seat belts on.
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Angels' outfielder Mike Trout, who has not missed a single game this season, is out of the starting lineup today with "a little hamstring issue."
According to OC Register contributor and Angels beat writer Jeff Fletcher, Halos skipper Mike Scioscia said the hamstring tightness is "part of the reason for his off day." The outfielder did make a diving grab...
After being hit by a fastball on the right arm during yesterday's Angels and Astros game, Peter Bourjos will find himself back on the disabled list after x-rays revealed he has a non-displaced fracture just below his right wrist. He exited the game after running the bases.
The 26-year-old does seem somewhat optimistic even though he's already missed 40 games on the DL...
Overall, it was a good weekend for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – they swept the Houston Astros and now ride a six-game winning streak as they return home to open a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals beginning on Tuesday night. Their hot play of late has allowed them improve their record to 39-43, the closest to the .500 mark the team has been since May 30th...
When the Los Angeles Angels signed hard-hitting outfielder Josh Hamilton to the roster last off-season the fan base had to be eager to say the least. With two of the leagues best sluggers in the line-up in Hamilton and Albert Pujols, opposing pitchers were going to be shaking in their cleats every time they walked to the mound.
It hasn't quite ended up that way of course....
The July 1st, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Bourjos to the DL with a wrist fracture, Astros manager Bo Porter apologizes for his team's bush league play and much more...
The Story: Peter Bourjos is headed to the DL with a non-displaced wrist fracture.
The Monkey Says: Petey just can't avoid the injury bug and really these last two...
HOUSTON -- Houston Manager Bo Porter called Angels Manager Mike Scioscia on Saturday to apologize for what many players consider a bush-league ploy, one that caused confusion between Angels catcher Hank Conger and first baseman Mark Trumbo on a popup that dropped in front of the Astros dugout Friday night.
With two on, one out and the score tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, Chris Carter...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
JUNE 30, 2002
GAME 80 - DODGERS AT ANGELS
ANAHEIM – John Lackey followed up Aaron Sele’s gem with one of his own, earning his first major league victory in the Angels’ 5-1 win over the Dodgers before 43,509 at Edison Field.
Unlike Sele, Lackey did not throw a complete game, but he was nearly as effective, giving up...
Joe Blanton pitched seven sharp innings, and Howie Kendrick and Chris Iannetta both homered to give the Los Angeles Angels a 7-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday.
Alberto Callaspo and Erick Aybar drove in two runs apiece in a big fourth inning to help Los Angeles to its fifth straight win.
Blanton (2-10) tied season lows with three hits and two runs, pitching six scoreless...
By Geoff Stoddart, AngelsWin.com Director of Social Media
("Ooooooooohhh … we're halfway there. Oh, oh!!! Livin' on a prayer!")
Well ... here we are. We've reached the halfway point of the 2013 season. And how are we doing?
38 wins and 43 losses. 9.5 games out of first place in the AL West. 7 games back in the Wild Card race. Not exactly the...
We’ve been waiting for the passion, the fire, the hunger, and mainly the aggressiveness from the Angels all season long. But most importantly, we want wins.
The Angels are just finding a way to win lately: taking advantage of errors, forcing the issue on the bases, and hitting with runners on. When the Angels were swept at home by the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates, I personally...
I very much enjoy when the Angels win. After a season that has been marked with some truly wretched play, its a nice change to see the Halos play the way they are supposed to. Now I know I have probably written that statement on more than one occasion this season only to see the Angels slide back into a pit of bad baseball, but this time it appears to be different. The team is playing...
It doesn't sound like Albert Pujols wants to discuss his departure from the St. Louis Cardinals as he prepares to face them for the first time.
The three-time NL MVP is posting career lows in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage for the Los Angeles Angels, who have floundered most of the season but enter Tuesday night's opener of a three-game home...
Josh Hamilton doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and scored on shortstop Jake Elmore's overthrow, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Houston Astros 3-1 Sunday and extend their winning streak to six.
C.J. Wilson won his fourth straight start and Mark Trumbo hit his 18th homer for the Angels, who swept three-game series at Detroit and Houston for their first...
Video: Taking away HR's instead of hitting them
I haven't shave since last Sunday. This is partly because I loathe the process of shaving. Ever since I made this monumental decision the Angels have not lost a game. Now I know my folical expansion has no correlation to the Angels' winning streak hitting four games. I am not usually into this sort of superstitious argle fargle ( copyright Justice Scalia) but desperate...