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Monkey with a Halo:
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 Colon: This field ain't level.
But seriously... get ready for another round of conversations from the Angel players, and probably Oakland players too, about Colon getting to continue pitching despite being a known cheater who many believe will soon be smacked with a suspension stemming from the Biogenesis scandal. I get irritated at all the PED hysteria in baseball right now, so seeing a billion stories about people wagging fingers at Colon and his teammates defending him is going to drive me up the wall.
SATURDAY, 7/27: Garrett Richards vs. Tommy Milone: Definitely not Joe Blanton.
But seriously... Richards is going to get a free pass for a start or two now. He still needs to be stretched out, even though he has thrown 60+ pitches a few times in recent weeks, but starting is still a different animal. At least the Halos finally wised up to Blanton's inability to correct his issues and his general indifference about said issues.
SUNDAY, 7/28: Tommy Hanson vs. Jarrod Parker: All eyes on the radar gun.
But seriously... Hanson looked pretty fantastic in his first start back from the DL. The best part was that he threw the hardest he has thrown since the first half of the 2011 season. If he can maintain that in this game, then suddenly Tommy could work his way into being a big part of the rotation next season rather than become an obvious non-tender candidate.
FALSE HOPE INDEX
The index reading for this sereis is: Mystery Monkey
First off, the mystery monkey is a real thing. I don't know the details, but it is a story in Florida, so I am sure it is all kinds of honked up. But they mystery index rating applies because of the mystery of what the Angels are doing with their roster right now. How will Richards perform in the rotation? Who the hell is J.C. Gutierrez? What will they do at the deadline? Will they buy? Will they sell? Who would they sell? It is all just a huge mystery and is undoubtedly going to be a huge distraction for this series overall. The games are almost incidental save for the possibility that a miraculous four-game sweep by the Angels would change the complexion of their deadline decisions dramatically.
NO MORE JOE BLANTON! Have I mentioned that yet?
Joe Blanton is still on the roster. Baby steps, I guess.
Josh Hamilton probably won't play in this series due to his mysterious ankle injury. That would be bad news if he was playing like he is capable of, but he very obviously hasn't been playing anywhere close to that well all season, so it is no great loss. It does, however, give us the hilarious dichotomy of Angel fans who bemoan his disappointing performance when in the lineup yet call him a ***** for not playing through the injury. You can't have it both way, people.
I kind of miss having the A's as the most-hated rival. The rivalry is definitely still there, but there isn't nearly the same level of animosity as there currently is between the Angels and Rangers. It is a much more natural rivalry with them being in the same state and all. How did this fall by the way side? How can we get it going again?
BEST OF MAXIM
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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...
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 Angels have removed Joe Blanton from their starting rotation, moving the pitcher who leads the major leagues in losses into their bullpen.
Garrett Richards will replace Blanton in the rotation, starting with Saturday's game against the first-place Oakland Athletics. Richards has started four games this season -- the last one a 10-6 loss to Oakland on April 30 -- and has...
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...
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jered Weaver has never been shy of showing his emotions on the mound. Wednesday presented yet another opportunity to do so.
The Angels ace was facing his most crucial situation of the afternoon. With the Angels clinging to a one-run lead, Long Beach native Aaron Hicks stood on second base representing the tying run for the Twins.
He would be stuck there after...
The Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Wilson continued his recent mastery on the mound over the weekend, outdueling the Oakland Athletics' Dan Straily.
The visiting Angels will be looking for another dominant display Thursday night as Wilson and Straily square off again in the opener of a four-game set.
After posting a 4-5 record and 4.02 ERA over his first 13 starts, Wilson has...
The Oakland Athletics have placed catcher John Jaso on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
The A's made the move before opening a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. Stephen Vogt was called up from Triple-A Sacramento, and Derek Norris moved into the starting lineup in Jaso's place.
Jaso hit his third home run of the season in Oakland's...
Oakland Athletics left-hander Brett Anderson threw his second of three scheduled bullpen sessions, and he reported feeling no pain afterward. MLB.com's Jane Lee reported that Anderson threw 40 pitches and had no issues.
Manager Bob Melvin spoke of Anderson's bullpen session, describing his left-hander's physical progress and "stuff." Said Melvin,
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...
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...
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...
I'd like to extend a big thank you hug to the Minnesota Twins for delivering a death blow to the last remnants of hope that the Angels would go on a big run to get back into playoff contention. Now we can get down to the business of evaluating what the Angels can and should do at the trade deadline in an effort to avoid 2014 being this same nightmare for the fourth straight year...
Author’s Note: This is the fourth edition of a seven part series on fielding and how it could affect your fantasy team and the trade deadline. We are profiling the top two teams in each division because those are the teams most likely to deal for players to help them down the stretch. During the process, we will discuss some fairly complex topics as it pertains to fielding. If...
Take one 40-year-old coming off a PED suspension, add a former first round draft pick and Tommy John survivor, mix them with a soft-tossing lefty and two relatively nondescript finesse right-handers, and what do you get? Well, the starting rotation of the 2013 Oakland A’s, that’s what. Despite the mixed bag of starters, you’d be hard-pressed to find a five-deep group of starters...