Angels on the free agency and trade block

The offseason draws nigh. As soon as the Royals finish fulfilling their manifest destiny, the Angels will be free to go about fine tuning their roster for another playoff run next year. However, before they can do that, they need to take care of some housekeeping. No, I’m not talking about sweeping all the rat turds out of the bowels of Angel Stadium (though they should probably...
Via Monkey with a Halo
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Questioning David Freese’s 2014 season

Today, I am starting a new series for the offseason because I clearly don’t do enough offseason series (i.e. top prospects, player projections, free agency preview). This series will functionally be a season in review for each player, but I’m not going to bother with all the basic info. You watch the Angels, you know this stuff already. Instead, I’ll be looking back at some...
Via Monkey with a Halo
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wild Ride Continues

It was a busy day on Friday as I went to Warrensburg and got back just in time for the game. I sat down, turned on the tv, fired up the laptop and started right in. The remarks at the top were added Saturday afternoon. It's the most exciting week in Kansas City baseball history. It might be the most exciting week in baseball history. Even if the Royals do not win it all, this...
Via Royals Blue
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals, Angels head to extras in ALDS opener

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels headed to extra innings tied 2-2 in their AL Division Series opener Thursday night. Chris Iannetta and David Freese homered for the Angels, but the AL West champions stranded seven runners in the final four innings before heading to extras. Alcides Escobar had an early RBI double for the Royals, and the bullpen repeatedly...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Injury Update: David Freese, Jered Weaver

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim third baseman David Freese missed Tuesday' nights 2-0 win over the Oakland Athletics due to stiffness in his upper back, reports Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.Fletcher adds that starting pitcher Jered Weaver has been away from the team for the past two days due to an illness:#Angels Jered Weaver has been away from the team sick for...
Via Sports Injury Alert
29 days ago  |  Discuss

9/24 Angels lineup – Beckham at short, Lucho actually playing

Well, go ahead and pencil in Gordon Beckham for the postseason roster. If he actually handles shortstop well today, you can write it in ink: Series finale and Game No. 159 line-up. pic.twitter.com/Y8Fv9TxHMs — Tim Mead (@TMeadAngels) September 24, 2014 David Freese gets another day off while Luis Jimenez gets a token start for some reason. Why not John McDonald? Why not Grant...
Via Monkey with a Halo
29 days ago  |  Discuss

9/23 Angels lineup – Howie returns, Freese rests his back

Howie Kendrick returns to tonight’s Angels lineup, but David Freese gets some rest for his stiff back. Game Two from Oakland. LEBLANC vs. GRAY. pic.twitter.com/s823QB76ET — Tim Mead (@TMeadAngels) September 23, 2014 This gives Gordon Beckham a chance to make another underwhelming start. Let’s hope this lineup can put some runs on the board because Wade LeBlanc is on the...
Via Monkey with a Halo
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #155: Weaver Believer – Angels 8, Rangers 5

Weaver went and did it again. He pitched well and did so with that little extra notch of velocity. After his previous start, I thought it might’ve been a fluke, but he was able to repeat and sustain the change in this one. After the game, he claimed it came from his shoulder feeling healthy and returning to more of a three-quarters arm slot. This isn’t the first time he’s alluded...
Via Monkey with a Halo
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Confidence the key for Grichuk’s success this time in St. Louis

Randal Grichuk ‘s first two stints in the Major Leagues weren’t exactly what he envisioned they’d be. The talented young outfielder, who came to St. Louis in the David Freese - Peter Bourjos trade on Nov. 22 of 2013, made his debut on April 28 and struggled in his first nine games. He batted just .143 in 22 plate appearances, tallying [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers crush AL West champion Angels with seven runs in first two innings

The arms: RHP Lisalverto Bonilla did not allow a hit for the first four innings before David Freese led off the fifth with a double. … Bonilla walked a pair of Angels with two outs in the first, but came back to get Erick Aybar to bounce to third. … The bats: CF Leonys Martin had his AL-leading 15 bunt hit of the season. Only Otis Nixon (23) and Julio Borbon (18) have had more...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels beat Mariners, become first team to clinch playoff spot

  The Los Angeles Angels on Monday night became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a playoff spot, with Matt Shoemaker pitching five-hit ball into the eighth inning of an 8-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. David Freese and Brennan Boesch homered for the big-league-leading Angels (94-56), who reduced their magic number to three in the American League West race with...
Via AP on Fox
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels clobber Houston Astros, trim magic number to five

David Freese hit a two-run homer and Mike Trout had an RBI triple during Los Angeles’ seven-run fifth inning, and the Angels beat the Houston Astros 11-3 Friday night for their ninth consecutive victory. Kole Calhoun had a tiebreaking, two-run single in the fifth for the major league-leading Angels (92-55), who began their final homestand by reducing their magic number to five...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Projecting the Angels playoff roster

Now that we are well past the point of worrying about jinxing things (if the Angels now lose their next 19 games, I apologize), it is time we start talking about what the Angels playoff roster is going to look like. The Halos have had a remarkably stable lineup and pitching staff the last few months, especially by Scioscia standards, but there are some things they need to sort out...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Due for a clunker, Tribe sleepwalks through makeup tilt

I woke up yesterday and had completely forgotten that the Indians had a makeup day game at Progressive Field. Judging by the attendance, so did the rest of the city. I hate the attendance conversation and it is completely irrelevant to Monday afternoon. I follow this team as closely as anyone and even I didn’t have the game on my radar. Nevertheless, The Los Angeles Angels came...
Via Waiting For Next Year
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins' Santana leaves game with back injury

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota center fielder Danny Santana left Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels because of a strained left lower back. Santana was hurt in the second inning when he tried to throw out David Freese at home plate on C.J. Cron's run-scoring single that put the Angels ahead 2-0. Chris Parmelee replaced Santana's place. Santana is hitting...
Via AP on Fox
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #139: Back on track – Angels 5, Twins 4

Well, it wasn’t pretty and more difficult than it really needed to be, but the Angels are back in the win column and back on track for their smooth ride to the AL West crown. The offense showed some life, too. The poor Santiago start was less than ideal, but after getting swept by the Astros, this is a real step forward. Run Expectancy Rundown Another kind of concerning offensive...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Monday, Aug 18

Welcome back to another week of our Daily DraftKings Picks! We only have about six weeks of baseball left, so it’s time to make our picks count. I didn’t get a chance to do that last Friday as I only entered one $2 contest on the day (I knew I wouldn’t be able to update my lineups before gametime) which ended up being a smart decision. Devin Mesoraco didn’t get the start...
Via Baseball Professor
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Scioscia aims to keep bullpen fresh during Angels' long stretch to end month

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- David Freese would like to make a trade. He's not searching the waiver wire, looking to bring in a new player to the Angels. Instead, he's looking at the Angels' schedule, wishing his team could have something more favorable this time of year. The Angels had the first six Thursdays of the regular season off. They have two off days this week. Friday...
Via Fox Sports West
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols’ walk-off HR ends 19-inning marathon

Albert Pujols ended a 6-hour and 31-minute, 19-inning marathon Sunday morning with a solo home run, lifting the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 win over the Boston Red sox. The lead off home run was Pujols first walk-off homer as an Angel and first overall since June 2011.  It was also Pujols’ 514th career homer and 22nd of the season. “Obviously, I got a good pitch to hit and...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

How the Angels lost (8/5): Error by Freese scores winning run for Dodgers

How the Angels lost: In the bottom of the ninth with runners on the corners and two outs, the Angels played the infield severely in, anticipating a bunt or a grounder from pinch-hitter Andre Ethier. He chopped at Kevin Jepsen's curveball, dribbling it to David Freese at third base. Freese threw down to Chris Iannetta to get the force at the plate and an attempt to send the...
Via Fox Sports West
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers top Angels 5-4 on 9th-inning play at plate

  Juan Uribe scored on David Freese's errant throw to the plate in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers evened the Freeway Series with a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Uribe hit an early three-run homer for the NL-leading Dodgers. He then singled against Kevin Jepsen (0-1) and eventually scored from third on Andre Ethier's grounder. Freese was...
Via Fox Sports West
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Orioles fan makes great barehanded grab with beer in other hand

Your browser does not support iframes.Somebody give this Baltimore Orioles fan a contract!Watch as the guy makes a great barehanded snag on a foul ball hit by Angels third basemen David Freese during the third inning of Thursday's game at Camden Yards.What is important to note is that no beer was spilled in the process as the fan makes the catch with the use of just one hand...
Via Bush League Chronicle
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

David Freese: In My Own Words teaser

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Via Fox Sports West
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

'Get Your Red On' Week: The Angels and FOX Sports West

Starting Monday vs. the Dodgers, FOX Sports West kicks off 'Get Your Red On' Week with six straight days of Angels action and new original programming. To start, the Angels split a four-game series with the crosstown-rival Dodgers (First two at Dodger Stadium, second pair at Angel Stadium) before welcoming the Boston Red Sox to the Big A for a three-game stint on Friday....
Via Fox Sports West
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Freese’s clutch hit backs up Santiago’s strong outing to help the Angels win the series

With two consecutive victories over Detroit, the Angels went out to win the four game series against the Tigers on a warm Sunday afternoon.Hector Santiago and Rick Porcello were the starters.Things didn’t get off to a great start, as Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, courtesy of a RBI double off of the right field wall from Victor Martinez.Santiago would be lights...
Via In The Neutral Zone
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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