8:50 PM EDT, Wed June 20, 2018
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HumpLinks: Hanging (onto) a “W”!

HumpLinks: Hanging (onto) a “W”!

A nice showing by the offense. A (mostly) nice showing by the pen. Well how about that!? A 5-4 victory that felt a lot less close than that. But a ‘W’ nonetheless. It’s a keeper. On the upside, we got Cam Not-so-Badrosian last night. In a game that saw an emergency start by Felix Pena, and knowing that Bedrosian might be needed for an inning or so, why not consider using Cam as an ‘opener’? Let him do his inning or two in low-leverage situations at the front side, allowing one of the normal rotation to be on the mound in later innings. On the downside, sad trombone. Justin Upton...
19 hours ago
Felix Pena proves his mettle in MLB debut, Kole Calhoun comes back with a bang & Angels beat Arizona 5-4

Felix Pena proves his mettle in MLB debut, Kole Calhoun comes back with a bang & Angels beat Arizona 5-4

Oh, and Mike Trout continues to play like he's some sort of lab-created, baseball-killing humanoid. Angels 5 Diamondbacks 4 A few weeks ago, the name "Felix Pena" wasn't what immediately came to mind when Halos fans were having passionate discussions on the state of club's starting pitching. But baseball, specifically Angels baseball, is crazy and unpredictable (though one could say that starting pitching injuries are THE only predictable thing in this sport), and you never know what names you're going to find yourself praising or heaping praise upon. Enter Felix Pena, who made his MLB...
Jun 19, 2018
Dan Duffy does justice to a Mike Trout MVP word art print

Dan Duffy does justice to a Mike Trout MVP word art print

Take your mind off the Angels dastardly dilapidated season with a glimpse into the unique work of a graphic designer passionate about sports. Dan Duffy had gained experience with graphic design in art school, but it was nothing like the adventures he took on following the Philadelphia Phillies’ World Series victory in 2008. Looking to impress the girl he was dating at the time, Duffy decided to utilize his graphic design knowledge to draw and impress her. Inspired by past projects that made small pieces into bigger art, such as using stamps or even just five words, Duffy eventually put...
Jun 19, 2018
TuesdoLinks: Halos Lose a Game Of Inches

TuesdoLinks: Halos Lose a Game Of Inches

Just another foot for Justin Upton and last night would have been an entirely different ballgame. Inning #7, bases loaded, Angels down 6-2, 1 out, full count to Justin Upton at the plate. And then this happens. Had Upton hit that ball a fraction of an inch different from his bat, life this morning might be entirely different. If, if, if and if. Deep sigh. At least Mike is still doing Trout things. Angels lose 7-4. Meanwhile, the Astros are having loads of fun. 12 wins in a row now. Do you know when the last time was that the Angels had 12 wins in a row? Never, actually. The longest winning...
Jun 19, 2018
The Angels complete the final ritual in 7-4 loss and become a full-fledged member of the Order of the Tank

The Angels complete the final ritual in 7-4 loss and become a full-fledged member of the Order of the Tank

LAA asks the Diamondbacks for assistance with their 2018 self-immolation and Arizona is more than happy to oblige. The Angels returned to Anaheim today, the proud proprietor of a 1-6 record over the previous 8 days, and made good on their oath to maintain this trend of decay. The Angels higher-ups may not have outright claimed it and they may not ever, but it is apparent that the sweep at the hands of the Mariners has driven them to embrace the Wikimedia Commons It’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s not necessarily a good thing. It is what it is: expected in the...
Jun 19, 2018
Game 074 - Already over: Pregame Picks

Game 074 - Already over: Pregame Picks

Diamondbacks @ Angels - 7:07 PM YOU MUST COMMENT BELOW FOR YOUR SCORES TO COUNT! The link to today’s game will now be on the top. HERE In yesterday’s game, the Angels fought hard against the Diamondbacks. View results HERE Probables: Matt Koch (ARI) vs. Felix Pena (LAA) Sadness. After you complete the form, make sure you check if your entry submitted HERE Good luck! Comment below!
Jun 18, 2018
Week 11 Pregame Picks Review!

Week 11 Pregame Picks Review!

Week 11 Leader: Chone’s Chonies Overall Leader: LanaBanana Week 11 featured the Angels playing some very dispiriting, bad baseball. In PGP, Chone’s Chonies commanded 9 points behind some solid ABCD play and consistent numbers throughout. Fansince1971 and Btown100 were not at all far behind with 8 each. WasianCU, Stuart G. Matthews, and sherikay all tied with 7. The Week 11 results can be seen HERE. The Overall Results Top 5: LanaBanana, angelsown3417, eastbayhalo, Ant Fan and telinuauthour. The Overall results can be seen HERE As always, notify me of any mistakes. And if you have...
Jun 18, 2018
Kole Calhoun activated from the DL, Jabari Blash sent down to Triple-A

Kole Calhoun activated from the DL, Jabari Blash sent down to Triple-A

Kaleb Cowart is beginning a rehab stint in Salt Lake, too. The hitter with the Most Interesting Swing in the World is going to have to work on it a bit longer, as the Angels announced they are activating right-fielder Kole Calhoun from the disabled list. The corresponding move, as you might imagine, results in Jabari Blash being sent down to the minor leagues. Today the Angels optioned OF Jabari Blash to Triple-A Salt Lake and reinstated OF Kole Calhoun from the Disabled List. Additionally, INF Kaleb Cowart is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with the @SaltLakeBees this evening....
Jun 18, 2018
Angels Week 12 Rankings - Pitchers

Angels Week 12 Rankings - Pitchers

The good, the bad, and the meh - Not much to see here I’ll cover the entire 40 man roster and will split it between position players and pitchers (generally 20 or so guys on each list). Each week the list will change based on the past week’s performance - but also taking into account their performance year to date. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, scribblings on Cam Bedrosian’s Five Guys wrappers, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Matt Shoemaker’s beard. Summary Starters combined for a pretty blah 4.20 ERA last...
Jun 18, 2018
Angels Week 12 Rankings - Position Players

Angels Week 12 Rankings - Position Players

The good, the bad, and the meh - Trout & Young carry the team I’ll cover the entire 40 man roster and will split it between position players and pitchers (generally 20 or so guys on each list). Each week the list will change based on the past week’s performance - but also taking into account their performance year to date. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, scribblings on Cam Bedrosian’s Five Guys wrappers, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Matt Shoemaker’s beard. Summary When your backup catcher comes in at #6,...
Jun 18, 2018
Series Preview: Diamondbacks @ Angels (NL West Quickie)

Series Preview: Diamondbacks @ Angels (NL West Quickie)

The NL West leading Diamondbacks are in town for an abbreviated set Angels 38-34Diamondbacks 39-32 The Angels are in a bit of a rough stretcher and have dropped 6 of their last 7 games. The Offense has woken up a little bit with 23 runs scored over their last 4 games, but the bullpen struggles are very real. They haven’t played the 1st place Diamondbacks since 2015 when that 4 game set was split. Since the two teams started playing in 1998, the Angels are 14-11. While the Angels bats have been better as of late, they are not close to what the Diamondbacks have been doing. The...
Jun 18, 2018
Mike Trout’s unprecedented margin for error

Mike Trout’s unprecedented margin for error

If you strike him down, he shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. By now, you may have heard through the grapevine that Mike Trout is having one of the greatest seasons in baseball history. Dead ball or live ball or a Real Live Dead ball, it doesn’t matter. Mike Trout is not putting up video game numbers — video games are putting up Mike Trout numbers. It is outright silly what he is doing to the game we all hold dear. Let’s review an example that I submitted earlier this evening. You are not misreading that. As of right this moment, Trout is so far...
Jun 18, 2018
MondoLinks: Angels Weekend Full Of Bull

MondoLinks: Angels Weekend Full Of Bull

Halo ‘pen throws two wins over to Oakland. Andrew Heaney was dealing again. Even as late as the 8th inning he struck out the side. But he left the mound then having thrown 106 pitches. Too bad. That 116 pitch complete game back on June 5th must have spooked Mike Scioscia. So Sosh went to his indomitable and trustworthy bullpen. And Heaney’s great afternoon was all for naught. The bullpen turned a 5-3 lead into a 6-5 loss at the 11th inning. That sounded familiar to anyone who might have followed the game on Saturday, when Sosh went to his indomitable and trustworthy bullpen in the 6th,...
Jun 18, 2018
Game 073 - Limping along: Pregame Picks

Game 073 - Limping along: Pregame Picks

Diamondbacks @ Angels - 7:07 PM YOU MUST COMMENT BELOW FOR YOUR SCORES TO COUNT! The link to today’s game will now be on the top. HERE In yesterday’s game, the Angels angeled. View results HERE Probables: Zack Greinke (ARI) vs. Jaime Barria (LAA) Joy. After you complete the form, make sure you check if your entry submitted HERE Good luck! Comment below!
Jun 17, 2018
Andrew Heaney was feeling another complete game until the ‘pen ruined the fun, AGAIN, in Angels’ extra-innings loss to A’s

Andrew Heaney was feeling another complete game until the ‘pen ruined the fun, AGAIN, in Angels’ extra-innings loss to A’s

How many times can I write about the Halos having a nice lead in the late innings until the bullpen blows it and the team takes an L? I’m not sure, but it’s looking like I’m going to find out this season. Angels 5 Athletics 6 This is getting to be so, so redundant. As a writer, I enjoy giving my thoughts, opinions or personalized recap on games or baseball happenings that I don’t see that often, or that I have never seen at all. That’s the fun part of the job, as a fan, and as a writer, it is the easiest, because the inspiration I get from seeing something amazing or unique will...