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The Angels are rolling with a Triple-A lineup tonight because everyone is hungover (probably)

With the Angels clinching last night, it looks like Scioscia is giving everyone a day to recover from their hangovers: Tonight's #Angels lineup vs Seattle at 7:05 pm PT. LHP Wade LeBlanc replaces Weaver to start for the AL West Champs. pic.twitter.com/gGe2NLMcNJ — Angels (@Angels) September 18, 2014 Seriously, that’s an awful lineup and they are going up against King Felix...
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Can the Angels use the “bullpen day” in the playoffs?

I was planning on writing this post for about a week now. It was going to be more in the vein of wondering whether or not going with the “bullpen day” starter could hypothetically work, knowing full well that the Angels would never dare try it. But thanks to the oblique injury to Matt Shoemaker, this now has to take on the tone of, “Gosh, I hope they can make it work because...
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Boxscore Breakdown #152: CHAMPS – Angels 5, Mariners 0

Here is all you need to know about this games… Run Expectancy Rundown OK, fine, I’ll do a little analysis as well. The Angels were pretty quiet right up until Chris Denorfia matadored that ball in right followed by C.J. Cron (who honestly should have been pinch-hit for by Josh Hamilton) launched a three-run bomb. There really wasn’t much else beside that. One certainly can’t...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Angels win the AL West, Scioscia explains giving Rasmus a quick hook

The September 18th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels win the AL West, Scioscia explains giving Rasmus a quick hook and much more… The Story: The Angels are the 2014 AL West Champions. The Monkey Says: You know that already, but it is really fun to type. The Story: Mike Scioscia explains why he didn’t let Cory Rasmus pitch another inning...
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Josh Hamilton is not in tonight’s Angels lineup, let the speculation begin

Josh Hamilton was back, now he isn’t. Or maybe he is and he just isn’t playing. Who knows? Here’s tonight’s Angels lineup: Tonight’s #Angels lineup with the clinch in sight. pic.twitter.com/M6NXytau4J — Angels (@Angels) September 17, 2014 The team hasn’t said why Hamilton isn’t playing, opening the door for us all to speculate that maybe his shoulder is acting up...
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Boxscore Breakdown #151: Whatever – Mariners 13, Angels 2

Look, the Angels got throttled. Everyone in the bullpen pitched incredibly poorly. Nobody hit. Even Mike Trout couldn’t field. This was just one of those games. They happen to every team every so often. With so little to play for right now, can you really blame the Angels for taking their eye off the ball (literally and metaphorically) a little bit? Who knows, maybe this will...
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No, Josh Hamilton won’t disrupt the Angels chemistry

Yesterday, Josh Hamilton made a surprise return to the Angels lineup. This is a good thing. Let me repeat that. THIS IS A GOOD THING. For some reason, there are folks out there who do NOT think that this is a good thing. Leading up to his return, anytime I posted an update to Twitter on the health status of Hamilton, I got the following responses: “Who cares? The Angels have been...
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Halo Headlines: Shoemaker to miss at least one start, Angels part ways with the scout that found Mike Trout

The September 17th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Shoemaker to miss at least one start, Angels part ways with the scout that found Mike Trout and much more… The Story: Matt Shoemaker will miss at least one start due to a mild oblique strain. The Monkey Says: The Angels are treating this like good news, but it really isn’t. Yes, they are lucky...
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Josh Hamilton does his best Willie Mays Hayes slide

Josh Hamilton is back! However, it looks like his 10-game layoff might have left him just a little bit rusty. Out by an eyelash. On one hand, it is nice to see Hamilton playing and feeling healthy enough to attempt a steal. On the other hand, he might want to get his depth perception checked.
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Surprise! Josh Hamilton is back in the Angels lineup

Remember how we heard that Albert Pujols might miss a day or two with a hamstring issue and that Josh Hamilton was hoping to return Wednesday? Here’s tonight’s #Angels lineup vs Seattle at 7:05 p.m. PT. pic.twitter.com/Oelm72ACpe — Angels (@Angels) September 16, 2014 SURPRISE! Both of the expensive sluggers are back in the lineup. Hamilton returning is obviously the bigger...
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Boxscore Breakdown #150: The drought is over – Angels 8, Mariners 1

The drought is over! No, you still can’t water your lawn, but you can go out on that dried out lawn and jump for joy that the Angels will be returning to the playoffs after missing out the last four seasons. Maybe you can even water your lawn with a celebratory champagne shower. It might be more prudent to wait until they clinch the AL West though. Or maybe all celebrations...
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Comparing the 2014 Angels with the 2002 Angels

We Angels fans have a problem. Anytime the Halos have a good team we are compelled to compare that team to the World Series winning 2002 Angels. We can’t help it. That team was the greatest team the franchise has ever seen. If we are being honest, it is the only great team in the franchise’s otherwise nondescript history. It is also something that happened recently enough that...
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Halo Headlines: Josh Hamilton could return Wednesday, inside Mike Trout’s poor defensive numbers

The September 16th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Josh Hamilton could return Wednesday, inside Mike Trout’s poor defensive numbers and much more… The Story: Josh Hamilton could return as DH Wednesday after taking BP sessions on Monday. The Monkey Says: Hamilton even admits he probably won’t be batting clean-up when he returns. I actually...
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Series Preview: Angels vs. Mariners vs. Clinch

This could be the clinchiest series the Angels ever clinched. They can clinch a playoff berth and the AL West title all in this series. They can also clinch at least a tie for their second-most wins in a season ever at 97. The only thing they can’t clinch is the best record in the AL, though they can push it pretty close. The downside of that is that this could be the last semi...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Players Power Rankings – Week 25

RANKPLAYERCHANGECOMMENTS 1-- 0 Last Week: 1Mike Trout - Two doubles, two triples and two homers this week. Mike Trout is an equal opportunity slugger. 2-- 0 Last Week: 2Albert Pujols - You guys, Albert Pujols tripled this week. Then he almost tripled in again in that same game. You have no idea how close we all came to Raganrok. 3-- 0 Last Week: 3Jered Weaver - (see Jered...
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Boxscore Breakdown #149: It was fun while it lasted – Astros 6, Angels 1

The winning streak is no more. The Angels were on one of the most impressive and dominant rolls of the 2014 season, so it is only fitting that they end the streak by laying a total egg. It isn’t a big deal, they were going to lose eventually, but I don’t think anyone saw it ending with Dallas Keuchel just laying waste to them. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. Run Expectancy...
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Halo Headlines: Hamilton making progress with shoulder, Thatcher activated from DL

The September 15th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Hamilton making progress with shoulder, Thatcher activated from DL and much more… The Story: Josh Hamilton finally showed some progress with his shoulder. The Monkey Says: There is still no planned return date, but this is the first bit of good news they’ve had with Hamilton in days. Earlier...
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Boxscore Breakdown #148: Bringing the heat – Angels 5, Astros 2

Ladies and gentlemen, Jered Weaver is once again bringing the heat. Well, by his standards. In last night’s game, we saw something from Jered that we haven’t seen in quite some time: fastballs “blazing” in at 91 MPH. Not just one, but like several. SEVERAL! This is a huge development. All we’ve heard about the last few years is Jered’s steadily declining velocity, but...
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Boxscore Breakdown #147: Back in training – Angels 11, Astros 3

These games of late have really started to feel like Spring Training games for the Halos. After six innings, all the subs start coming in. By the end of the game, there is an entirely new lineup in the field and a pitcher you’ve never heard of on the mound. I guess this is the luxury you can afford when you are running away with the best record in baseball. Of course, it also...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Angels vs. Astros vs. Gratitude

One of the reasons the Angels were able to completely put the Athletics, and to a lesser extent the Mariners, in the rearview mirror is because they got a nice big helping hand from the Houston Astros. Despite all their supposed awfulness and turmoil, the ‘Stros took two of three from both Oakland and Seattle last week. For that, Houston, the Angels thank you. I know that your...
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Second Guessing Scioscia – Week 24: Fine tuning

Welcome to Second-Guessing Scioscia, our look back at some of the questionable decisions that Mike Scioscia made in the last week. This isn’t because we dislike Scioscia, in fact, MWAH is officially pro-Scioscia. However, we do realize that he is not infallible and hope to use this series to bring light to the decisions in which he went wrong (or was at least perceived to be...
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Boxscore Breakdown #146: Brought to you by the letters HBP – Angels 7, Rangers 3

Hey, Texas. Knock it the **** off. Quit hitting Mike Trout. It isn’t nice. It isn’t safe either. Did you see what happened to Giancarlo Stanton last night? Totally not cool, bro. Oh, sure, you’re doing it “by accident.” Riiight. Like Nick Martinez isn’t good enough to know where the ball is going. (checks Nick Martinez’s stats) OK, fine, he probably isn’t good enough...
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Halo Headlines: Hamilton expected back by end of regular season, MLB postseason schedule unveiled

The September 12th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Hamilton expected back by end of regular season, MLB postseason schedule unveiled and much more… The Story: The Angels believe Josh Hamilton will be back before the end of the regular season. The Monkey Says: But they don’t know for sure, which is why this supposedly reassuring statement isn’t...
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Boxscore Breakdown #145: No cycle for you – Angels 8, Rangers 1

Because the Angels basically have the AL West and the best record in baseball in the bag, the fans are running out of things to care about in these final weeks. Despite it being a farily close game in the early going, the talk was all about Albert Pujols gunning for the cycle. There might not be an accomplishment in baseball I care less about than the cycle. It is utterly meaningless...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Shoemaker, extension candidate?

The Angels are in a really tight luxury tax situation for the next few years, because of that, I’ve suggested before that they probably need to pass on giving a contract extension to Kole Calhoun, despite him being an obvious candidate for such a deal. The potential savings just don’t justify the increase in his salary cap number and the impact that would have on the Angels’ spending...
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