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Monkey with a Halo:
There are several different adjectives that one could use to describe the season so far for the Los Angeles Angels, almost none of which are appropriate for anyone under the age of 16. It's been a rough start to the 2013 campaign for the Halos, with almost no exceptions.
Even Mike Trout, who went from rookie to legend in the span of only a few months in 2012, has had his struggles this season. Under the microscope after winning American League Rookie of the Year, and nearly (probably should have) taking home the Most Valuable Player award, Trout got off to the sophomore slump that many feared he would.
Good thing it's a 162-game season. It's almost impossible to judge anything off of what happens in April. In Major League Baseball, what happens in April, tends to stay in April. Just ask Chris Shelton. In recent weeks, the Angels have started to look like a real life baseball team. And it's no coincidence that Mike Trout is beginning to round into form over that same span as well.
Trout's April was certainly not what he was hoping for, nor was it anywhere near what the Angels were expecting, having come into the season as heavy favorites in the American League West. The Angels won just eight games in April, while Trout's numbers were largely unimpressive.
He hit just .261 during the month, including an on-base percentage of just .333. He also struck out 25 times in 26 games. Since the calendar has turned over to May, however, we've seen the Angels show signs of coming out of their early season funk. And we've seen Trout begin to round into form.
Just 12 days into the month, Trout has already knocked in nine runs. That brings his total on the season up to 25, second on the team, as he trails Mark Trumbo by only one. He's looked much better at the dish, hitting .341 during the month so far, with a .400 OBP. He's already doubled his home run total from last month, with four big flies in 45 plate appearances. He has hits in nine of eleven games this month, six of which were multi-hit games. He was the only one to manage a hit off of Chris Sale in Chicago on Sunday evening.
The fact that Mike Trout is starting to catch fire doesn't require an explanation as to how important it is to the Angels. As bad as they've been in the first month of the season, there is still plenty of time to turn it around. With Trout now providing the spark, look for this club to find their groove heading into the dog days of summer.
BEST OF MAXIM
Mike Trout singled with one out in the seventh inning for the Los Angeles Angels' first baserunner against Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox.
The game remains scoreless.
When Josh Hamilton left after six innings of the Angels' 11-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday, it was not because of the lopsided score. Instead, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said, Hamilton was "a little lightheaded."
Said Hamilton: "I was not lightheaded. I was just sick."
Hamilton said he has tried to play through an illness for 10 days to two...
The Los Angeles Angels have recalled right-handed pitcher Robert Coello from their Triple-A Salt Lake minor league affiliate. Making room for him on the active roster, the organization has optioned outfielder Scott Cousins to the same farm club. Coello will provide bullpen depth for Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Angels right-hander Ryan Madson is set to begin
a minor league rehab assignment today, according to Mike DiGiovanna of The Los
Madson logged an inning of work during an extended spring
training contest on Saturday. He threw 19 pitches during the outing, while his fastball
reached 94 mph.
Following the appearance, Madson is slated to join...
The Los Angeles Angels removed outfielder Josh Hamilton from last night's loss to the Kansas City Royals prior to the seventh inning. Manager Mike Scioscia told reporters -- including Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times -- that Hamilton was feeling "a little lightheaded," while the slugger countered that he "was just sick."
Whatever the case, the Halos...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
MAY 13, 2002
OFF DAY - NOTEBOOK
DETROIT -- While the Angels offense as a whole got off to a slow start, there were three in particular who struggled more noticeably than the others. But during the offense's surge in the past few weeks, the same three -- Tim Salmon, Brad Fullmer and Adam Kennedy -- have been a big part of it...
The May 14th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Madson looks good in rehab, Bourjos report improvement and much more...
The Story: Ryan Madson struck out one and allowed no baserunners in his first rehab appearance last night.
The Monkey Says: There is speculation he could be activated Wednesday, but the Angels might have him make another rehab...
Josh Hamilton is among the many Angels who haven't had success so far. (Credit)
There are fans who don’t expect much from their team in the beginning of the season and consequently give up by July when the team has confirmed all of their predictions. There are fans that expect their team to do well and maybe even make the playoffs, but are left distraught by July when they...
Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout all homered off Jeremy Guthrie and the Los Angeles Angels handed the shell-shocked right-hander his first loss in a span of 19 starts with a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Hamilton, the Angels' right fielder, made his fourth start as a designated hitter after being taken out of Monday night...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout all homered off Jeremy Guthrie and the Los Angeles Angels handed the shell-shocked right-hander his first loss in a span of 19 starts with a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Hamilton, the Angels' right fielder, made his fourth start as a designated hitter after being taken...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Billy Butler broke out of a severe slump with five hits and five RBIs, and the Kansas City Royals kept Joe Blanton winless in eight starts this season with an 11-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Butler's hit total tied his career high, established on July 27, 2009, at Baltimore. The designated hitter has three games with five or...
Monday night saw a hot competition in warm conditions in southern California, as Joe Blanton and the Angels played host to Luis Mendoza and the Royals. The Angels, predicted by many before the year to advance to the World Series, were looking to turn their fourth-place season around before a partisan audience. The Royals, predicted by many before the year to play the role of American...
Well, so much for the Angels turning things around. Finally owning a three-game winning streak, the Halos ran into a buzzsaw. A buzzsaw with pipe cleaner arms and some pretty wicked stuff.
There really isn't any mystery here. Chris Sale was terrific, the Halos hitters were not. It is something we have seen all too often from a lineup that was supposed to be one of the best...
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Aaron Hicks pulled a Mike Trout on Monday night. The Minnesota Twins rookie has had a rough start to his career, but he busted out in a big way against the Chicago White Sox.
Hicks clubbed a solo home run in the fourth, robbed a potential tying 2-run home run in the top of the sixth, and hit a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to help...