Found July 27, 2013 on
Monkey with a Halo:
Going into the season everyone had the same questions about the Angels. Could they muster enough starting pitching to survive when their offense didn't score a ton of runs? What could they expect out of the rotation that was built on a bunch of random B- to C+ major league arms? Well, 101 games into the season we have our answer.
The Angel rotation will be the reason this season is a bust. Say what you will about Josh Hamilton's below average season or the bullpen's lack of success, the starters will be the #1 factor for the Halo's lack of contention this year. When 3/5 of the rotation is either coming off major injuries or have been mediocre their entire career, I'm not sure we could have expected any other possible outcome other that what we are seeing now. It's been frustrating to watch to say the least.
Angels 4 A's 6
-- Paging Jason Vargas stat. Jerome Williams is done. I know the stat line ended up being a bit better than it could have been and I'm not sure what we expected other than 5 innings and giving up four runs, but the eye test tells me he is kaput. Williams will always be a swing man or an emergency starter type. He is not an every fifth day guy.
-- Anyone else have mild cardiac arrest when Joe Blanton started warming up in the bullpen? When he's your contingency plan, then all hope is truly lost.
-- I still cannot explain how Bartolo Colon does it. All he throws are 90 mph fastballs and a changeup that he often hangs over the plate. And yet, he mowed down Angel batters with ease. He's the ani-Blanton. He throws meat and gets out. Joe throws meat and gets cooked.
-- You feel bad for Mike Trout who is having an MVP caliber season and will probably finish third or lower since his team sucks. Another day, another couple of hits (includng a home run). You hate it when teams waste talent and you hope that's not going to be the case with this team over the next couple of years.
Halo A Hole
The shine is off the kid GM. Jerry DiPoto created this rotation. He signed Blanton, who is epically terrible. He traded for Tommy Hanson, who might be made of glass. He overspent on Josh Hamilton and then chose not to build a bench. He created a bullpen that has yet to be run out as contructed all season. The results of this year are on your head JeDi. Here's hoping you wise up and get some real pitchers in the offseason or Arte will start getting angry.
BEST OF MAXIM
Now, I’m not sure if Los Angeles Angles pitcher CJ Wilson was the biggest tool in high school, or if he has an incredible sense of humor, or if he went through a phase like many other suburban white kids that I attended school with that talked like they were working for Suge Knight at Death Row Record, but this high school picture of him that surfaced recently is absolutely hysterical...
FROM BAD TO WORSE
Albert Pujols has been placed on the DL with a partial tear of the left plantar fascia, and he reportedly could miss the rest of the season.
Interview conducted by Rick Dykhuizen, AngelsWin.com Contributor
Those following the Angels organization know that the Angels have been woefully short on pitching. So, with the June, 2013 draft, the Angels went heavily after pitchers, especially in the early rounds. In particular, they went after hard throwing guys with upside.
One of those players who fit that mold was Harrison...
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have always been an animal-friendly team. 2013 marks the third year of the Rally Monkey. Thursday night during the A’s-Angels game, relief pitcher Dane De La Rosa went PETA on everyone and helped what looked like an injured bird off the field.
And just like that, the Angels may have their 2013 version of the Rally Monkey. Sitting...
Entering the season, Los Angeles Angels first baseman and
designated hitter Albert Pujols was hoping he would be able to produce closer
to his career norms devoid of significant injury and ailment. He was specifically
hoping for comfort rather than lingering discomfort in his foot. While Pujols
says his case of plantar fasciitis is no worse at this point of the season, it
Angels' DH/first baseman Albert Pujols is back in Southern California from Oakland to have an MRI on his left foot. The slugger re-injured it running to first base last night after he singled in the ninth inning against A's closer Grant Balfour.
In his absence, Mike Trout will bat third for the first time in his Major League career, according to Alden Gonzalez. The...
The A’s and Angels matched up for Turn Back the Clock day on Saturday, with Oakland prevailing 3-1 thanks to a solid outing from Tommy Milone and a clutch, two-run go-ahead home run off the bat of Derek Norris in the seventh inning.
Oakland went with stylish 1969 jerseys – gold pants, sleeveless gold tops, green sleeves & stirrup socks, while the Angels countered with their...
Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each drove in two runs to power the Los Angeles Angels past the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Thursday night.
C.J. Wilson (11-6) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings for his third straight victory - the past two against Dan Straily (6-4) and the A's. He struck out six and walked three.
Josh Hamilton was 1 for 5 with an RBI after...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each drove in two runs to power the Los Angeles Angels past the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Thursday night. C.J. Wilson (11-6) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings for his third straight victory -- the past two against Dan Straily (6-4) and the A's. He struck out six and walked three. Josh Hamilton...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
JULY 23, 2002
GAME 98 - A’S AT ANGELS
ANAHEIM -- Fresh off their three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners, the Angels had little time to breath to get ready for the Oakland A's who reminded the Angels there is more than one team to beat in the American League West.
In one of the best-played games by both teams all season...
It’s hard not to have a soft spot for some things from the past. Then again, there are things that are better off behind us — like the A’s throwback jerseys.
The Athletics sported uniforms from days long ago when they hosted the Angels Saturday afternoon. Oakland defeated Los Angeles, 3-1, so either the change of garb brought good luck upon the A’s or the bright yellow pants...
Angels slugger Albert Pujols returned to Los Angeles on Saturday
morning for further testing on his sore left foot.
Albert Pujols had words for Oakland A’s relief pitcher Grant Balfour after hitting a 2-run single off of him in the ninth inning of Oakland’s 6-4 win over the Angels at O.co Coliseum on Friday night. Balfour threw up and in on Pujols earlier in the at-bat, which angered the Angels DH. Balfour tried going [...]
THURSDAY, 7/25: C.J. Wilson vs. Dan Straily: MOAR PLEAZE!
But seriously... C.J. was ridiculous good against the A's last week and I am starting to get used to this whole Wilson being awesome thing. It sure would be nice if he kept it up and got our expectations unreasonably high for him in 2014.
FRIDAY, 7/26: Jerome Williams vs. Bartolo...
Derek Norris had a pinch-hit two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning in the Oakland Athletics' 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.