4:54 PM EDT, Sat May 25, 2019
3 hours ago
The sad progression of the Angels

The sad progression of the Angels

We need Ricky Nolasco now, and we need him badly. It’s both fun and funny to look at the progression of Angels history. Mostly sad, but if you squint and pretend it is another team, and not the team that you so desperately love, it becomes a little more palatable. This is a team that always needs the extra outfielder, or perhaps is just one infielder short, and they always need better starting pitching. The Hitters It starts in 2014, when the Angels decided to bring in Raúl Ibañez to play left field. It was hilarious, great, and an unmitigated disaster. Pretty much as soon he started,...
12 hours ago
Game 051 - Stem the Bleeding Pregame Picks

Game 051 - Stem the Bleeding Pregame Picks

Rangers @ Angels - 7:07 PM Remember, YOU MUST COMMENT BELOW FOR YOUR SCORES TO COUNT! The link to today’s game will be on the top in case you cannot view the embed on your tablet. HERE Yesterday, the bullpen blew it. View results HERE Probables: Mike Minor (TEX) vs. Tyler Skaggs (LAA) Today, we try to actually win a game. After you complete the form, make sure you check if your entry submitted HERE Good luck! Comment below! As always, if you have any additional game suggestions, email me or comment them below.
15 hours ago
Griffin Canning pitched well, Angels defense didn’t cooperate

Griffin Canning pitched well, Angels defense didn’t cooperate

Buttercup the song is gone, Buttercup the reality is not Angels 3 Rangers 4 Griffin Canning showed once again that is ready for the Big Leagues. It may have taken him 95 pitches to get through 5 innings, but Canning allowed only 3 hits and 1 run (a 1st inning leadoff homer) and he struck out 5. The Angels offense backed him - sort of. Putting up 3 runs in the 2nd thanks to Jonathan Lucroy and Brian Goodwin homers but it was sadly all they could muster. It would have been enough too, if not for (see below)... Justin Anderson relieved Canning and looked pretty shaky. He threw 27 pitches to...
19 hours ago
Rangers @ Angels 05/24/2019 Hey, It’s a Gamethread! Gamethread

Rangers @ Angels 05/24/2019 Hey, It’s a Gamethread! Gamethread

Hey, it really is a gamethread! **ahem
20 hours ago
Defending the Decision to Start Zack Cozart

Defending the Decision to Start Zack Cozart

We may have an answer. Tonight’s lineup against the Rangers and their lefty starter features Zack Cozart. Today’s @Angels lineup pic.twitter.com/0jLphf8MgT— Alex Curry (@Alex_Curry) May 24, 2019 Oh no, you say! Why is Cozart still starting? Not so fast, says Rick Souddress, who was kind enough to chat with me even though it is his birthday and he is on vacation in Colorado. The expert, most famous for his hot takes on Halos Heaven, did some investigative research into the stats this year. Most intriguingly, Kole Calhoun, although hitting well against righties, actually has just a...
May 24, 2019
MLB draft 2019:  Angels farm depth report - Outfielders

MLB draft 2019:  Angels farm depth report - Outfielders

Lot of potential talent coming in the next 1-3 years The MLB draft is less than 2 weeks away, so we’ll be taking look at the Angels farm system. Where are they strong? Where are they weak? In this edition, let’s take a look at outfielders. The Angels actually have a whole bunch of guys who will probably hit the major leagues some day but most of them profile as a 4th outfielder aside from maybe Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh. Having a slew of 4th outfield types on the team is not a bad thing as a few of them may make the push for an every day role. (age is age at 2019 season end) Big...
May 24, 2019
Series Preview: Rangers @ Angels (Chance to get even?)

Series Preview: Rangers @ Angels (Chance to get even?)

Angels are 2-4 against the Rangers so far this year Rangers (24-23) @ Angels (22-27) Seems like only yesterday the Angels were sitting one game under .500. That day is more of a distant memory after the trouncing the Angels receiving by the Twins. The last time these two teams met, the Rangers swept the Angels - but the Angels won their first series 2 games to 1 in earlier last month, so taking 2 games here could even up the season series. The Rangers find themselves in 2nd place in the AL West after winning their last 3 series and sweeping the Mariners earlier in the week. Don’t...
May 24, 2019
SBNation FanPulse: Angels fans trust Billy Eppler and the scouting department to make the right draft pick

SBNation FanPulse: Angels fans trust Billy Eppler and the scouting department to make the right draft pick

The mark is among the higher ones in the league. Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Angels fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. With the MLB draft coming up really soon (starting on June 3, 2019), SBNation FanPulse was interested in whether Angels fans are confident in the front office to make a good draft selection or not. 90% say they are confident that Billy Eppler and company will make a good draft selection. Although Eppler’s track with free agents is decidedly mixed, he has rebuilt...
May 24, 2019
MemoriaLinks: Halos KO’d by HazMatt

MemoriaLinks: Halos KO’d by HazMatt

Matt Harvey shamed his legacy at a nation-wide scale. For the Angels, it was merely 1 loss. What a mess. One of their guys singles...to our pitcher. Another of their guys hits a run-scoring sac fly...to our shortstop. Our starting pitcher gives up 8 runs...before the 3rd inning is out. (Remember, this guy is supposed to be our healthy pitcher.)Their guys hit 8 homers and make national news. Their guys score 16 runs and make national news. One of their infielders - an ex-our infielder - goes 5 for 5. One of our infielders goes 0-5. Two of their guys hit 2 homers each, and drive in 7 total...
May 24, 2019
Game 050 - Gallo, MVP Candidate? Pregame Picks

Game 050 - Gallo, MVP Candidate? Pregame Picks

Rangers @ Angels - 7:07 PM Remember, YOU MUST COMMENT BELOW FOR YOUR SCORES TO COUNT! The link to today’s game will be on the top in case you cannot view the embed on your tablet. HERE Yesterday, Tommy La Stella hit a homer. That wasn’t the whole story. View results HERE Probables: Drew Smyly (TEX) vs. Griffin Canning (LAA) Today, we start someone competent! After you complete the form, make sure you check if your entry submitted HERE Good luck! Comment below! As always, if you have any additional game suggestions, email me or comment them below.
May 23, 2019
Twins complete the sweep by destroying Matt Harvey and the Angels

Twins complete the sweep by destroying Matt Harvey and the Angels

Taylor Cole was great - Matt Harvey? Err... Never mind. Noe Ramirez? Nope. Cody Allen? Hah! Angels 7 Twins 16 (AKA - I came back from vacation for this???) Matt Harvey was handed the ball in this one, a ball that was promptly sent over the wall - again and again and again. Harvey had been coming off two solid starts but that was against the Orioles and Royals. Throw him in against a good team and games like today happen. Harvey did have a clean 1st inning but unraveled fast and the Twins hammered him in the second inning. He did eventually escape that inning with 6 runs allowed. Brad Ausmus...
May 23, 2019
Twins @ Angels 05/23/2019 Real Game Gamethread

Twins @ Angels 05/23/2019 Real Game Gamethread

A real game? Really?
May 23, 2019
The Angels are wearing an Ippei shirt and you can too!

The Angels are wearing an Ippei shirt and you can too!

First there was this: Cam Bedrosian is wearing a shirt with Ippei Mizuhara, Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter, on the front. It’s lovely. pic.twitter.com/VQrZfJCgDn— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) May 22, 2019 And it has spread The sky isn’t the only thing dripping today. pic.twitter.com/u98cSwphkV— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) May 22, 2019 This shirt is so awesome you might want one. Now you CAN get one. You can get your very own Ippei shirt in various colors here. Supposedly there are only 6 hours left to buy as of this writing, so act fast you if you want to sport this...
May 23, 2019
Thor’sLinks: Ground Crew Breaks Out Brooms Before Twins Can

Thor’sLinks: Ground Crew Breaks Out Brooms Before Twins Can

Nature rained on the field and the water refused to go anywhere. Am I the only one who notices this? Every year, with just a couple of weeks before the start of play in Angel Stadium (the final pre-season series with the Dodgers), the entire field area is completely covered in mountains of dirt, soaked to mud by winter rains, and pummeled by monster trucks, racing machines, motorcycles, etc. And then in just days the entire mess is cleared away, and the baseball field is laid down fresh, leveled, watered, mowed and made ready for baseball. They can do all that. And yet, 20 minutes of rain...
May 22, 2019
The Angels did NOT lose to a lefty tonight!

The Angels did NOT lose to a lefty tonight!

...because the game was rained out... Sadly, this does not mean the Angels won either. The game was rained out: No bang tonight, folks! Make-up will be tomorrow at 1 pm! https://t.co/VkZ1JR4x6c— Halos Heaven (@halosheaven) May 23, 2019 It will be made up tomorrow at 1 pm, and tickets for tonight’s game will be honored tomorrow. Dustin Garneau might honestly be the Rain God. He arrives and a game is rained out for the first time in four years. Instead, let’s celebrate the lack of a loss today! Break out those GIFs! And in the meantime, check out cornzzz’s piece on why the Angels...