MLB Week in Review: AL West

Excellence is going to be a necessity to claim the AL West. The Oakland Athletics have dominated baseball thus far, and with recent additions to further bolster the squad’s pitching staff, this division is all but wrapped up. The Los Angeles Angels continue to trail the A’s closely, while the Seattle Mariners have made a case for the playoffs. The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers...
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Imaginary Arrows Don’t Win Or Lose Baseball Games

In the wake of an incredible weekend of baseball in Los Angeles, or Anaheim, or somewhere in California, in which the Seattle Mariners lost to the Angels in the bottom of the 16th one night, turned around and beat the Angels in the 12th the next night, and then lost a heartbreaker in the 9th the final day of the series, it’s mildly amusing the scrutiny still being applied a few...
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By the Numbers: Angels vs. Orioles 7/21/14

Game 97 of 162:Angel Stadium: Anaheim, CA, 7:05 PM PSTTV: FS-WestPitching Matchup:LAA- RHP Matt Shoemaker (7-2 4.38 ERA)vs.BAL- RHP Bud Norris (7-6 3.96 ERA)No Roster Moves Lineup:Kole Calhoun RFMike Trout CFAlbert Pujols 1BJosh Hamilton DHHowie Kendrick 2BDavid Freese 3BEfren Navarro LF Hank Conger CJohn McDonald SSInteresting/Notable Stats and Facts:For the month of July, the...
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Fernando Rodney Gets Arrow Celebration Turned On Him By Albert Pujols & Mike Trout After Blown Save

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Mike Trout, Albert Pujols Troll Fernando Rodney During Angels Rally (Video)

The Los Angeles Angels have had enough of Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney. After each save, Rodney celebrates by shooting an imaginary bow and arrow toward the sky. Against the Angels on Sunday, Rodney celebrated a little early, doing his normal antics after recording the final out of the eighth inning. In ninth inning, however, the Angels got their revenge. Albert Pujols...
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Los Angeles Angels Sluggers Albert Pujols and Mike Trout Teach Detroit Tigers Closer Fernando Rodney a Lesson

When you are in the midst of a game and you make some great plays or pull the team out of a jam--or win it--it is only natural to feel the desire to celebrate. However, if you have a signature move that you like to do--like Tigers closer Fernando Rodney--every time you save a game you better actually save it for when you do.Otherwise, you might end up giving your opponents fuel to...
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Fernando Rodney and the Angels traded arrows on Sunday

Fernando Rodney shot his trademark arrow at the Angels dugout at the end of the eighth inning after being brought in for a five out save on Sunday. Following an Albert Pujols game-tying double in the ninth, Pujols returned the favor by shooting an arrow of his own. Then Mike Trout got into the act, grabbing his quiver and firing off an arrow. Gamesmanship – you’ve gotta love it.
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Fernando Rodney and the Angels traded arrows on Sunday

Fernando Rodney shot his trademark arrow at the Angels dugout at the end of the eighth inning after being brought in for a five out save on Sunday. Following an Albert Pujols game-tying double in the ninth, Pujols returned the favor by shooting an arrow of his own. Then Mike Trout got into the act, grabbing his quiver and firing off an arrow. Gamesmanship – you’ve gotta love it.
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Pujols, Trout mimic Fernando’s bow-and-arrow celebration

Albert Pujols hit a game-tying double and Grant Green had a game-ending, bases-loaded single that lifted the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-5 win Sunday against the Seattle Mariners. Pujols and Mike Trout celebrated in the ninth inning by mimicking Fernando Rodney’s bow-and-arrow celebration. “That’s his thing,” Pujols said of the Mariners closer. “I’ve known Rodney for 15...
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Beef brews, but Halos get last laugh vs. Mariners

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Maybe it was all in good fun. Maybe it wasn't. When Seattle Mariners pitcher Fernando Rodney pulled an imaginary arrow from his quiver and fired it at the Angels in the eighth inning Sunday afternoon, it left an impression in the Angels dugout. They didn't like it.  "Fernando's animated," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Our guys...
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VIDEO: Mike Trout, Albert Pujols Mock Fernando Rondey With Bow And Arrow Celebration

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols did Fernando Rodney's classic bow and arrow celebration after tying up the game and blowing the save for him.
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Mike Trout and Albert Pujols just trolled Fernando Rodney so damn hard

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WATCH: Trout, Pujols mock Fernando Rodney

There’s a little bit of a beef brewing between the Angels and the Mariners this year. The teams have been two of the best in the AL this season and are competing for a playoff spot from the AL West. They also had a great 3-game series in Anaheim over the weekend, with the teams […]
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VIDEO: Farrell's Fantasy Baseball Frenzy

In this week's episode of Farrell's Fantasy Baseball Frenzy, Dennis Farrell gives his top fantasy steals, including Carlos Gonzalez, Albert Pujols and Chris Davis.  
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OPS Leagues: OPS Decliners and Improvers

As I mentioned in my first/intro OPS post, we're looking at OPS differential by using expected (x)Homerun and expected (x)BABIP differentials. If you like Captain Planet or laser beams, or want to understand my general approach, then I recommend a gander. If you provide your email below, I can furnish the full list that you can sort. Wordpress doesn't allow me to copy and...
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By the Numbers: Angels vs. Mariners 7/18/14

Game 95 of 162:Angel Stadium: Anaheim, CA, 7:05 PM PSTTV: FS-WESTPitching Matchup: LAA- RHP Jered Weaver (10-6 3.45 ERA)vs.SEA- RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (8-4 2.98 ERA)Roster Moves:N/ALineup:Kole Calhoun RFMike Trout CFAlbert Pujols 1BJosh Hamilton LFErick Aybar SSHowie Kendrick 2BDavid Freese 3BC.J. Cron DHHank Conger CInteresting/Notable Stats and Facts:Mike Trout was named the MVP...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Best of the Best: Top Ten 2014 First-Half Angels’ Moments

The Los Angeles Angels finished with the second-best record in all of baseball with 57 victories and 37 losses (.606 win percentage), and they are only 1.5 games behind the Oakland A’s.Here’s Angels Nation Talk’s top ten moments from the first half of the 2014 regular season:10. Hector Santiago wins his first game as an Angel In a game where the Angels just beat up the Rangers...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The 10 best home run swings of the modern era

This is the time of year when everyone in the baseball world turns their attention to the All-Star game and festivities that comes with it. While the game itself has taken on more importance in recent years, it’s the Home Run Derby that remains the most entertaining. Some of the greatest power hitters in the history of the game have taken part in this event.  And there is a reason...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball - Hot Streak to End 1st Half

The following players ended the 1st half of the 2014 MLB season on a tear.  They are sorted by fantasy points scored over the last 14 days.#452083590 / table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { ...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 MLB All Star break evaluation

  The unofficial first half of the 2014 MLB season is about to be in the books after the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles contest on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN concludes. As per seemingly every year, things go as planned and not as expected. Some players and teams are tearing it up and haven’t missed a beat and show absolutely no signs of slowing down. Other players...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Texas Rangers Smolinski makes two amazing diving plays to rob Angels

If  you haven’t heard of the name “Jake Smolinski”, file it away and put some Gold Gloves with it.  The Texas Rangers LF made two impossible diving catches against the Los Angeles Angels to rob both Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols, the latter with the bases juiced.  Check out the full out diving catches (via Your browser does not support iframes.  The Los Angeles...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #92: Snub this! – Angels 3, Rangers 0

You shouldn’t snub Garrett Richards from the All-Star Game. You wouldn’t like him when he’s snubbed. The Rangers certainly didn’t. Run Expectancy Rundown Daivd Freese had the highest RE24 on the day, but it was Albert Pujols posting another multi-hit game, his third in a row and seventh in the last eight games. C.J. Cron continues his little mini-slump and Hank Conger continues...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Who's Hot, Who's Not: Dodgers' Kershaw, Angels' Pujols sizzling in July

Some have slumped, while others have simmered. Here's our weekly review of who's running hot and cold around Major League Baseball. Stats through July 10 HOT PITCHERS AL -- Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox Lester went 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA and 39 strikeouts in six starts from June 12-July 10. The left-hander lasted eight innings twice in the span, and none of his appearances were...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols’ home run washes over Angels’ miscues in win over Blue Jays

Albert Pujols’ 512th career home run was a clunky one. Over Colby Rasmus’ glove, off the top of the center-field fence, over the wall. Clunk, clunk. It was also a godsend. The Angels and Toronto Blue Jays had been throwing the ball around haphazardly in a game that ultimately lasted 3 hours and 47 minutes. A total of 12 pitchers made an appearance. Four unearned runs scored...
Via Pro Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols delivers in moment made for Angels slugger

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Certain moments were made for Albert Pujols, and this was one of them. The Angels were losing by one run, but they had a runner on base and Pujols coming to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon. As he has done so many times, Pujols delivered. His two-run homer bounced off the top of the center field fence and proved to be the difference in...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss
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