Boston Red Sox Find Success Vs. Angels With Switched Up Lineup (Video)

The Boston Red Sox have struggled mightily offensively of late, but that certainly wasn’t the case Saturday night. Boston rebounded against the Los Angeles Angels in the middle game of their series at Fenway Park, taking an 8-3 win just one day after being crushed by the Halos 12-5. And a big part of that was manager John Farrell’s decision to switch...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Napoli Homers Twice In Sox Win!

The Red Sox were coming off a pretty brutal loss as they headed into Saturday game with the Angels.  The Sox had knuckleballer Steven Wright on the mound vs. CJ Wilson for the Angels.  Wright struggled out of the gate, but settled down nicely and let the Sox offense get those runs and then some back for him. Wright got into trouble in the 1st and the Sox were losing before the...
Via Fenway West
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Angels vs. Red Sox vs. the Green Monster

As bad as the Angels offense has been this season — and it’s been really, really bad — I think Boston’s has been the bigger disappointment. Most projection systems had the Red Sox coasting to the AL East title on the back of the league’s best offense. It didn’t matter how underwhelming the rotation was, because the offense was primed to score 5+ runs a game. Except,...
Via Monkey with a Halo
2 days ago  |  Discuss

An inventory of the Angels trade assets

It’s no secret the Angels will be (and currently are) on the hunt for offense come trading season. Even with Chris Iannetta heating up and Pujols’ inevitable “resurgence” (really, it just means he won’t be as bad as he has been) the Angels offense would merely grade out as weak. They’ll be on the lookout for a left fielder and likely a DH that could help propel the offense...
Via Monkey with a Halo
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Arguing with ourselves: The wretched Angels offense

Welcome to the 2015 version of the Los Angeles Angels. I’ll bet most of the fans coming into this season didn’t expect to see the Angels offense be the team’s largest question mark. Or, in all actuality, it’s only question mark. It’s crazy, right? It is borderline absurd even that of all the things that fans have come to complain about over the last few years, the offense...
Via Monkey with a Halo
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Strong pitching keeping the Angels afloat early this season.

So 38 games into the season the Angels are an uninspiring 19-19.  There have been some very positive things so far this season, but there also has been some very negative things. For sure there have been so surprises and there also has most definitely been some major disappointments. So let’s discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly so far in this 2015 season, and please feel free...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels-Blue Jays Preview

C.J. Wilson spent the offseason mastering his pitch location after a disastrous 2014 that marked his worst season since becoming a starter in the majors. The results prove the work has paid off, and he'll take the mound Monday afternoon as the visiting Los Angeles Angels look to deal the Toronto Blue Jays a sixth consecutive defeat. Wilson (2-2, 2.63 ERA) went 13-10 with a 4.51 ERA...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Stat Sunday: The Angels’ Offense Is So Bad…

There are seemingly infinite ways to sum up how much the Angels’ offense has struggled in the season’s first six weeks. You could point out that their .643 OPS is the worst in the American League by more than 30 points, and that they have 153 fewer total bases than the Royals. Or you could dwell on how, until Saturday, they hadn’t scored more than five runs in a game in the...
Via Monkey with a Halo
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies losing streak hits 11 after sweep in Anaheim

Things continue to spiral out of control for the Colorado Rockies – who have now lost 11-consecutive games after being swept on the road by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Colorado’s losing streak is currently tied for the second longest in their franchise history. The Rockies have played four series’ since they last won a game on April 27. The Rockies pitching staff gave...
Via Mile High Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

C.J. Wilson: Not as painful to watch this season

For the last three-plus seasons, C.J. Wilson has done everything that he possibly can to infuriate, enrage and baffle Angels fans. In 2012, he was very good for the first half of the season, then practically useless for the remainder of the year. In 2013, he was good all year. In 2014, his starts led to fans being hospitalized for severe cases of heartburn and then proceeded to last...
Via Monkey with a Halo
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies-Angels Preview

While the rotation has played a major role in the Los Angeles Angels' positive stretch at home, the Colorado Rockies haven't gotten much from their starters during their nine-game losing streak. As C.J. Wilson looks to add to his string of solid performances, the Angels will go after their fifth victory in seven games Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game series against the Rockies...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #28: Walk off, walk on – Angels 4, Mariners 3

Another walk off? Sign me up! Sure, it means that the Angels actually had to blow another save and have another game meager offensive production, but these walk offs have been downright exciting and inspiring. They sure make all the Angels’ flaws a lot harder to see, but if these galvanizing wins can get the Halos back on track, it was well worth it. Angels 4, Mariners 3 Run...
Via Monkey with a Halo
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking at Angels batted ball quality

For years I’ve seen guys like ESPN’s Mark Simon tweeting all these fancy facts about batted ball quality and I’ve been very jealous. It is a seemingly valuable swath of data that just hasn’t been made available to the general public… until now. Fangraphs has finally added this data to their batted ball section of data. Needless to say, I was quite eager to dive in and...
Via Monkey with a Halo
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Point Counterpoint - TIME TO PANIC!

By Nathan Trop & Glen McKee, AngelsWin.com Senior Alarmists -  At PCP headquarters, we are known for our levelheaded, patient approach to all things Angels related.  In fact, we made it all the way to May 5th before filing this.   And since we are so level headed, we are prepared to tell everyone that it is time to PANIC!  The season is on the verge of disaster, and...
Via Angelswin
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels vs. Mariners Series Preview: DISAPPOINTED

Before the season, the Mariners were the darlings of all the experts. They are now 10-15. At the same time, the Angels were still getting a lot of respect. They are now 11-14. They’re both very disappointing. The experts are disappointed in them. Their fans are disappointed in them. Everyone is disappointed. LAST TIME ON ANGELS VS. MARINERS…Back when we all had hope and joy...
Via Monkey with a Halo
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #23: The catch is there is no catch – Giants 3, Angels 2

The Angels have a catching problem. I mean that in two ways. For one, their catcher just isn’t performing. For reasons I don’t think anyone understands, Chris Iannetta has completely forgotten how to hit. He is just a disaster at the plate right now. The second way is that Iannetta now apparently literally can’t catch. He had a passed ball that set up one Giants run and allowed...
Via Monkey with a Halo
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels vs. Giants Series Preview: Not quite marquee

Coming into the season, Angels vs. Giants was a marquee match-up. The defending World Series champs and the defending regular season champs (which is a thing I just made up to try and make it seem like the Angels having the best record in baseball is a great accomplishment despite their ALDS flameout). However, now the Angels are .500 and can’t score a run to save their lives...
Via Monkey with a Halo
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Dodgers wanted to trade for Hamilton, Wilson has elbow drained

The May 1st, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Dodgers wanted to trade for Hamilton, Wilson has elbow drained and much more… The Story: The Dodgers wanted to be part of a three-way trade for Josh Hamilton.The Monkey Says: This is almost certainly the mystery NL team that Hamilton allegedly vetoed a trade to. The Dodgers wanted to horn in on the action so...
Via Monkey with a Halo
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels-Giants Preview

While C.J. Wilson will start five days after having fluid drained from his elbow, he might not have Albert Pujols around to provide any run support. Not that Pujols' early season struggles have provided much of that, but the Los Angeles Angels' lineup needed all the help it could get in a disappointing April. The light-hitting Angels showed positive signs in their first game without...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Shoemaker placed on bereavement leave, Wilson dealing with elbow stiffness

The April 23rd, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Shoemaker placed on bereavement leave, Wilson dealing with elbow stiffness and much more… The Story: Matt Shoemaker was placed on bereavement leave and Nick Tropeano called up to take his spot on the roster.The Monkey Says: Shoemaker’s grandfather passed away. Condolences. The Story: C.J. Wilson will have...
Via Monkey with a Halo
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #11: Throw it back – Astros 4, Angels 0

The Angels and Astros wore throwback uniforms for this game, harkening back to a time in which the Angels were a pile of hot garbage. They must’ve been taking the throwback mantra pretty seriously because they LARPed their way into a pathetic offensive showing to get shutout for the first time this year. Astros 4, Angels 0 Run Expectancy Rundown The top of the order just killed...
Via Monkey with a Halo
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

CJ Wilson: Josh Hamilton’s relapse a ‘tame scenario’

C.J. Wilson has been very outspoken in supporting Josh Hamilton, whom he played with in Texas before they both signed with the Los Angeles Angels in consecutive years. While the Angels were in Houston for a series against the Astros this week, Wilson was one of several players and coaches who went to visit Hamilton,...Read More
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels vs. Astros Series Preview: Texas Two-Step

It only took the league three seasons into Houston’s tenure in the AL West to finally figure out that when the Angels come to the state of Texas that they should play BOTH the Rangers and Astros back-to-back. For some reason the last two seasons featured the Halos coming to Texas to play one team, then leaving, then coming back later to play the other. That’s the kind of thing...
Via Monkey with a Halo
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels at a Crossroads?

The Angels find themselves in a considerable state of flux despite winning 98 games last season and being anchored by a 23 year old MVP.   Things could end up changing in a hurry for a team with a manager averse to changes and a clubhouse chalk full of veteran leaders. Let’s look at the circumstance the Angels find themselves in. Jered Weaver might be done. It’s true. He had...
Via Monkey with a Halo
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Wilson attacking hitters by working faster, Moreno a ‘craven opportunist’

The April 14th, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Wilson attacking hitters by working faster, Moreno a ‘craven opportunist’ and much more… The Story: C.J. Wilson is trying to work faster as part of his plan to attack hitters.The Monkey Says: And, this is not a joke, to allow him less time to overthink things. The stats do show that he’s working faster...
Via Monkey with a Halo
April 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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