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Halos Heaven Sep 17, 2018
MondoLinks: Halos Dodge a Housecleaning

MondoLinks: Halos Dodge a Housecleaning

Kole Calhoun and Justin Upton staved off a 4-game brooming as Mike Trout took the day off. Kole Calhoun unslumped (briefly, at least), and smacked a go-ahead home run against Seattle to push the Halos to a 4-3 victory, staving off a sweep at the hands of the Mariners. So we are done with Seattle, going 8 and 11 against them............ Today is the next to last off-day before we start a very long off-season. The Angels open their final road trip, a 6-game deal, with a 3-game set in Oakland followed by 3 games in Houston, where we are certain to see Verlander yet again. That would make 6...
Halos Heaven Sep 16, 2018
Angels salvage game 4 with a 1 run victory over the Mariners

Angels salvage game 4 with a 1 run victory over the Mariners

No sweep this time Seattle! Angels 4 Mariners 3 Mike Trout sat out today, probably to watch the Eagles. Ok, not really. Trout was present at the game but apparently not needed. Justin Upton got things going with a 3 run bomb and Kole Calhoun picked a great time to bust out of his slump with a go ahead blast in the 7th. Jaime Barria threw his semi usual 5 innings, allowing 3 runs and the bullpen shut things down from there with only 1 hit and 6 Ks over 4 innings. Sadly, David Fletcher was lost to this game (and maybe season) after he strained his hamstring on his 18th double of the year....
Halos Heaven Sep 16, 2018
Angels blow early lead and drop 3rd straight to the Mariners, thanks to incredibly questionable bullpen choices

Angels blow early lead and drop 3rd straight to the Mariners, thanks to incredibly questionable bullpen choices

They just couldn’t get it together (again) Angels 5 Mariners 6 The Angels may be long out of the playoff race but that isn’t stopping Mike Trout from showing he’s still MVP material or Shohei Ohtani from showing he’s the wise choice for Rookie of the Year. This game was REALLY fun. For a while. David Fletcher hit second in this game and proceeded to knock his 17th double of the year. Mike Trout stepped into the box and swung at a rare first pitch - smashing it out of the park (more on that below). Shohei Ohtani - your should be rookie of the year - went back to back with Trout,...
OC Register Sep 15, 2018
Despite homers from Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and two from Justin Upton, Angels blow lead against Mariners

Despite homers from Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and two from Justin Upton, Angels blow lead against Mariners

Trout and Ohtani hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, the first time the two Angels' starred had ever homered in consecutive at-bats. It was the 20th homer of the season for Ohtani. Justin Upton also homered to give the Angels a four-run lead in the fourth, but they couldn't hold it.
Call to the Pen Sep 15, 2018

Los Angeles Angels reportedly set to offer Mike Trout lifetime contract

According to reports, the Los Angeles Angels are willing to do whatever it takes to keep Mike Trout in California, to the point of offering him a lifetime contract. It is easy to understand why the Los Angeles Angels would want to keep Mike Trout. He is a once in a generation talent, a player […] Los Angeles Angels reportedly set to offer Mike Trout lifetime contract - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Lookout Landing Sep 15, 2018
Mariners Moose Tracks, 9/15/18: Dee Gordon, Minor League All-Stars, and Husky Football

Mariners Moose Tracks, 9/15/18: Dee Gordon, Minor League All-Stars, and Husky Football

Roll ‘Ners! The Mariners won again last night, securing the first two games of a four game series against the Angels on the road. A highlight of the night was Dee Gordon robbing Mike Trout of a home run. Dee Gordon robs Mike Trout. pic.twitter.com/3fZ6zuoax9— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) September 15, 2018 According to Ryan Divish, members of the Angels’ media didn’t take fondly to Gordon’s reaction. Make the catch. Have some fun. Though the Angels radio broadcast said Dee Gordon was showboating. #FunPolice— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) September 15, 2018 Is it just...
Halos Heaven Sep 15, 2018
The case of the missing Mike Trout-colored glasses

The case of the missing Mike Trout-colored glasses

The Angels gave viewers much to ponder on Friday night. Mariners 5, Angels 0 Matt Shoemaker threw a pitch. There were runners on. Yesterday, I lost my glasses. I was either sitting inside a building or in an Uber, so I was wearing my prescription sunglasses. I went to the Department of Public Safety, but they didn’t have my glasses. I called my Uber driver, yet he didn’t pick up. And so, being the nearsighted person that I am, all of last night and today, I had to decide whether to wear my sunglasses inside and not be able to see or not wear my sunglasses inside and not be able to...
Halos Heaven Sep 14, 2018
Angels may ofter Mike Trout a lifetime contract

Angels may ofter Mike Trout a lifetime contract

This could make for an interesting off season Mike Trout wants to win. Mike Trout is a family man. There are few things we know about what will drive Mike Trout into his next contract. Does he want to only play for an East Coast team to be close to his family? Does he want to stay with the Angels and be loyal to the team that believed enough in him to draft him in the 1st round, even though 21 teams passed him over. Does he want a 500 million dollar contract? Jon Heyman broke the news last night that the Angels are interested in signing Mike Trout to a lifetime contract. Angels expected...
Lookout Landing Sep 14, 2018
Mariners joylessly blow out Angels

Mariners joylessly blow out Angels

yeah sometimes even a win like this isn’t very fun to watch Had a game like this happened back in June, jubilance would be in the air. The Mariners crushed the Angels tonight! Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani did almost no damage! Mike Zunino - yes, Mike Zunino - walked twice, one of them driving in a run. A laugher like this is always a lot of fun when you’re on the winning end of it. Alas, despite all the runs, I felt little joy watching this game. The Angels running out a bullpen day certainly didn’t help. As Mike Scioscia conducted an endless parade of September relievers and Trout...
Call to the Pen Sep 12, 2018

Los Angeles Angels: What Would a Mike Trout Trade Look Like?

Could the Los Angeles Angels actually trade Mike Trout? What could the club net in return? How does Shohei Ohtani factor into a Mike Trout trade? The Los Angeles Angels would shock the baseball world if they chose to trade Mike Trout, but the club could be forced to start thinking about life without their superstar. The […] Los Angeles Angels: What Would a Mike Trout Trade Look Like? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Halos Heaven Sep 11, 2018
TuesdoLinks: Angels have a Minor Problem

TuesdoLinks: Angels have a Minor Problem

Halos calmed by Mike Minor again. But still they played hard-ass baseball. Ok, so there was that Mike Minor thing again. Angels lose 5-2 but there was good baseball in there. Jaime Barria’s scoreless inning streak ended in a bug way when he gave up a 4-run 2nd inning and that was pretty much ballgame. Oh well. At least Barria got a centerpiece from The Athletic, showcasing a new StatCast tool for pitchers. The Halos, though, played the Rangers hard the other 17 frames. We had things like Mike Trout busting his ass up the first base line to beat out an infield single.....Shohei Ohtani...
Halos Heaven Sep 11, 2018
Angels drop series opener to the worst team in the AL West

Angels drop series opener to the worst team in the AL West

A lefty was on the mound so we could have written this story before it ended Angels 2 Rangers 5 I guess it was too much to ask for the Angels to carry their sweep momentum into this series - after it, a lefty was on the mound - the Angels kryptonite this season. Mike Trout followed by Shohei Ohtani was super fun on Saturday and Sunday, so of course Mike Scioscia had to throw Upton between them like a wet blanket in this series opener. It’s his vs. lefty lineup you see. When a lefty is on the mound, the order is Trout, Upton, Ohtani. When a righty is on the mound - it’s Trout,...
OC Register Sep 9, 2018
Video: Angels beat writer Jeff Fletcher on Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout

Video: Angels beat writer Jeff Fletcher on Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout

Fletcher sat down with Mark Gubicza of Fox Sports before Sunday's game in Chicago to talk about Ohtani and Trout.
Halos Heaven Sep 9, 2018
Came for the Trout, stayed for the Show

Came for the Trout, stayed for the Show

Shohei Ohtani’s bat is critical to Mike Trout’s future success. Mike Trout made me an Angels fan. Being 25, I was a mere kid during the golden era of Angels baseball. I was a “fan,” but merely because my grandmother was too. Being born in Anaheim and raised most of my childhood to that point in California, it was an obvious fit. Growing up in the formative years of baseball love in Texas, however, stunted my Angels fandom. It was usually difficult to watch Angels games with blackout restrictions, so my love for baseball slowly diminished as things like video games were more readily...
Tomahawk Take Sep 9, 2018

Atlanta Braves: The Pros and Cons of a Mike Trout Move

An article in The Athletic recently mentioned a possible trade scenario that could bring the game’s best player to the Atlanta Braves. Is it crazy to consider? Mike Trout has two more seasons left on his deal, but the Los Angeles Angels may be facing a year without Shohei Ohtani due to a possible Tommy […] Atlanta Braves: The Pros and Cons of a Mike Trout Move - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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