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Monday, September 25, 2017

Angels come from behind to beat Astros, snap losing streak at 6

4 1/2 back.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 06:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Angels use league record 12 pitchers to grind out 11-inning victory over A’s

Scioscia issued no apologies after setting an American League record on Monday by using 12 pitchers in the Angels’ 11-9, 11-inning victory over the Oakland A’s.

After Kole Calhoun’s two-run triple put the Angels on top, Scioscia used three pitchers to get the final three outs in the bottom of the inning.

“If I’d needed a couple more innings, I’d have used 13 or 14,” he said with a chuckle.

The Angels began the day with 12 relief pitchers on the lineup card, and they ended up using all except for Blake Wood to secure the victory in this rollercoaster, 4-hour, 38-minute marathon. Scioscia also said they had “some contingencies” worked out if the game had gone on much longer, presumably bringing in one of their other starters.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 05, 2017 at 03:30 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike scioscia, mob rule, september baseball

Friday, September 01, 2017

Angels hope to quicken pace of the race with acquisition of Justin Upton, Brandon Phillips

When you’re three games out of the second wild-card spot, and you’re unable to escape the shadow of .500, are you legit? Or maybe you’re just being graded on the curve.

Finally the Angels got to the end of August. They were still unexposed. They were one game out, and the Yankees were cratering, and Seattle was mud-caked, and the Royals played 45 innings without bothering to score.

It became difficult not to do something.

On Thursday, they did something.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 01, 2017 at 02:06 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, brandon phillips, justin upton

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Astros agree to trade for Cameron Maybin | MLB.com

At the same time…Angels reportedly close to getting Upton.

The Tigers will receive Minor League pitcher Grayson Long, ranked No. 9 among the Angels’ top prospects by MLBPipeline.com, as part of the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2017 at 02:52 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, cameron maybin, justin upton, trades

Albert Pujols Is the Worst Player in Baseball

Pujols has flat-out stunk up Angel Stadium. He’s hitting .230 (79 points below his previous career average) with an on-base plus slugging 26 percent worse than league average. Even in an age of ineffective designated hitters, Pujols has easily been the worst hitter at the position that provides the least defensive value (i.e., zero value). As a result, no player has been less valuable than Pujols this year: His -1.99 WAR ranks dead last among all players (including pitchers).

If he finishes the season in last place — which seems quite possible, as L.A. continues to pencil him into its starting lineup, day after day, despite his poor numbers — Pujols will become the first modern position player ever to be both baseball’s best and worst player at various points in his career.

And this is how the Angels will lose today.

Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 31, 2017 at 02:45 PM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Sunday, August 27, 2017


Thursday, August 24, 2017

By any name, Adell displays first-round talent | MiLB.com News

“It was a grind in Arizona. Just keeping the energy up for all the games after the work you need to put in is different and takes some getting used to,” the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder said. “The big thing for me is keying in on every pitch during every game. As a hitter, you’re not always going to get a pitch you can drive. The pitchers here are just too good. Even if they throw you a strike, it might not be your pitch. That’s a lot different than in high school where you may not get what you’re looking for but you can still do damage. If you don’t get ahead and find your pitch early in the count at this level, you’re not going to be able to do much.

“The bottom line is everybody here is good. They all have the stuff and the ability to be successful. So it’s my job to figure out a way to separate myself and put myself on a different level. The grind is real, the games are longer and you need to go out there and show your stuff.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2017 at 07:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jo adell, prospect

Saturday, August 19, 2017

MLB.com: O’s/Angels hit 10 home runs; Manny caps it off with Walk-Off Grand Slam

After an early five-run deficit, Machado—who had already homered twice—came up with the bases loaded and did the unthinkable: blasting a grand slam to catapult Baltimore to a 9-7 walkoff win over the Angels.

Chris Fluit Posted: August 19, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, grand slam, manny machado, mike trout, orioles, walk-off

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jered Weaver Announces Retirement | MLB.com

He had a great career.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2017 at 02:35 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jared weaver, padres

Monday, August 14, 2017

Angels’ Parker Bridwell fires gem vs. Mariners | MLB.com

Unheralded is an understatement.

With Sunday’s outing, Bridwell (7-1, 2.88 ERA) has allowed two or fewer runs in nine of his last 11 starts,and the Angels are 11-1 this season when he toes the rubber. Keynan Middleton earned his second save of the season by inducing back-to-back flyouts after allowing three hits among Seattle’s first four batters in the ninth.

“I’ve just kind of gotten more in a groove,” Bridwell said. “The way I like to pound the zone, it’s kind of my game every time. If I can do that, execute pitches and just throw strikes, I think my game will come.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, parker bridwell

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Don Baylor - Toughest and Gentlest of Giants

He was celebrated for once throwing a temper tantrum and tipping over the food table with the postgame spread. Why? A young Angels rookie had a bad game in the field, in a bad loss, and was surrounded by the media. Don wanted, needed to pull the media to him. He told me that’s what veterans, team leaders do. So he stagecrafted his way into an impromptu state-of-the-team scrum with reporters, pulling attention away from the kid.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: August 08, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, don baylor, orioles, red sox, rockies, twins

Monday, August 07, 2017

Don Baylor, who won MVP with Angels and World Series with Twins, dies at 68

Don Baylor, the 1979 American League MVP, died Monday of cancer. He was 68.

“Don passed from this earth with the same fierce dignity with which he played the game and lived his life,” his wife, Rebecca, said in a statement.

Baylor played for the Orioles, Athletics, Angels, Yankees, Red Sox and Twins over a 19-year baseball career. He was an All-Star and the MVP winner with the Angels in 1979, when he led the majors in RBIs and runs.

He reached the World Series three straight times at the end of his career from 1986 to 1988 and won the title with the Twins in 1987.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, don baylor, obituaries, rockies, twins

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Under-radar MVP pick? Consider Andrelton

What if Andrelton Simmons is having the quietest great season in years?

Simmons checks off all the boxes to be overlooked, doesn’t he? He generates value more from defense than his bat, never once having had a full season as a league-average hitter. The best player on Simmons’ team (Mike Trout) also happens to be the best player in baseball, taking most of the Anaheim spotlight. The Majors are currently stacked with great young shortstops, like Carlos Correa and Corey Seager. Plus, thanks to the Astros, the Angels haven’t had a division race to participate in.
So if you haven’t noticed that Simmons has been one of the 10 most valuable all-around players in baseball this year, we’ll forgive you; we hadn’t really, either. So let’s change that, right now. By FanGraphs’ Wins Above Replacement, Simmons is eighth, at 4.3 WAR. Per Baseball-Reference, he’s second. Minor variations in methodology aside, that’s elite either way. But how?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2017 at 12:55 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels, mvp

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A look into Albert Pujols’ terrible 2017 - Halos Heaven

He only has four years and $114 million to go (18:$27M, 19:$28M, 20:$29M, 21:$30M).

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 131 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Absurd History of “The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim”

Almost nobody noticed it, but a major league team changed its name prior to the 2016 season. Slipped into a team style sheet was a detail almost nobody noticed until this June:  The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim dropped the “of Anaheim” label and returned to the name “Los Angeles Angels” for the first time since the club moved away from Dodger Stadium in 1965.
This is, admittedly, a minor change, but the “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim” name has been a source of ridicule for fans across the country since the team adopted the moniker in 2005. The Angels are no more “Los Angeles” than Orange County or Disneyland. Angels Stadium is roughly 30 miles away from downtown Los Angeles and is at least a 45-minute drive away — and potentially significantly longer with that legendary Los Angeles traffic.

The Angels claiming Los Angeles is one of the more cynical marketing moves in American professional sports, but it’s understandable. Especially in a world where media markets determine so much of a franchise’s revenue, anything to claim more viewers — like the 17 million people in Los Angeles — goes. But in the history of the Angels name and the distinctions between Los Angeles and Anaheim is a fascinating story of the battles between sports franchises and the cities who host and help finance them.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 12:10 PM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Angels Designate Danny Espinosa For Assignment | MLB Trade Rumors

Espinosa was acquired from the Nationals last offseason as a possible answer to their long-standing hole at second base, though 2017 has been a disastrous year for the 30-year-old.  Espinosa has hit just .162/.237/.276 over 254 plate appearances for Los Angeles, owning both the lowest wRC+ (40) and the sixth-highest strikeout rate (35.8%) of any player with at least 250 PA this season.


Monday, July 10, 2017

How are the Angels succeeding without Mike Trout?

Quite a few players excelled in Trout’s absence. After struggling up until Trout’s injury, Kole Calhoun has hit .292/.356/.456 with 7 HR. To have some fun with arbitrary endpoints, he had a great month of June, hitting .324/.388/.505. Yunel Escobar came off a hamstring injury on June 1st and started firing on all cylinders, hitting .319/.388/.440. Andrelton Simmons — who is in the midst of his best offensive season and is already worth 4 bWAR — is getting in on the action, too. He has hit .304/.349/.500 with 5 HR in Trout’s absence. He has only hit 8 HR in the past two seasons combined!

Even utility infielder Chad Pennington is performing better since Trout got injured. The last two seasons he has been a nightmare at the plate, hitting .209/.283/.293 for a 57 wRC+. His .250/.304/.365 line is not good either, but that 83 wRC+ is a big improvement for him. Sadly and ironically, that is better than Albert Pujols has performed in that same time frame.

Even though some players enjoyed increased production at the plate, it was not enough to overcome the Angels’ poor overall offense. They have the fifth-worst offense since Trout’s injury and the sixth-fewest runs scored. The starting rotation has been better, but not by much. They have a 4.95 RA9 since Trout’s injury. So how exactly have the Angels managed to stay afloat without Mike Trout?

HOW CAN HE BE MVP IF HIS TEAM WINS WITHOUT HIM? I’ll hang up and listen off the air.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 10, 2017 at 03:39 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Angels’ Mike Trout reports no pain after first rehab game with Inland Empire | OC Register

Trout batted third and served as the designated hitter. He grounded out weakly to second in his first at-bat on a 3-and-1 pitch. On the seventh pitch of his second at-bat, he struck out swinging. In his third at-bat, he hit a routine fly ball to center field on a 1-and-1 pitch.

It was Trout’s first game action since tearing a ligament in his left thumb sliding into second base May 28 in Miami.

“I feel great,” he said.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 06, 2017 at 05:30 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, rehab

Friday, June 23, 2017

Trout got extension but longer deal was broached

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was that rare young positional superstar who took a long-term deal with his team, and sources say the idea of a “lifetime” 14- or 15-year deal was even mentioned in talks with the Angels before he and the team settled for a straight six years that brings him to free agency at barely 29….

After Trout’s suggestion of a possible lifetime deal wasn’t immediately accepted by the Angels (word is, he preferred shorter if not very long), the sides wound up compromising on six years when he started at a deal of four or five years and they wanted something along the lines of seven, eight or most preferably nine. Again, the main issue there is wanting to be a free agent in his 20s, and he easily accomplished that with the six. Anyway, this was an exception to the trend, and that extends to the next level of great player.

George Springer was approached a couple years ago, and didn’t take the deal. And the Cubs tried multiyear deals with Willson Contreras and some other young players, and like Bryant, all of them are going year to year. It may work out for all of the stars around baseball going year to year, but one management person warns, “At least one of them will wind up regretting not taking the deal, and he’ll be stuck.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 04:24 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, george springer, kris bryant, mike trout

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Angels put right-hander Matt Shoemaker on the disabled list

The strain in the extensor muscles of Matt Shoemaker’s right forearm has abated a bit, but not enough, and the Angels put the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list Saturday. He will miss at least one turn through the club’s starting rotation.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 20, 2017 at 03:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dl, matt shoemaker

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Alex Meyer blanks Royals while Angels bats explode – Orange County Register

Richards told him what pushed him over the hump.

“He just kind of simplified things,” Meyer recalled. “Trust (the fastball). Just throw it over the middle and let them hit it. I’m not saying that’s the whole key to everything, but that definitely played into it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2017 at 08:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex meyer, angels

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Angels’ Albert Pujols’ 600th HR is grand slam | MLB.com

Albert Pujols’ march to 600 is complete, and he got there in unprecedented, grand fashion.

The 37-year-old Angels slugger crushed the milestone home run—a two-out grand slam into left field—off Twins right-hander Ervin Santana in the bottom of the fourth inning on Saturday in the Angels’ 7-2 win over the Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels, milestones

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Angels’ Mike Trout continues his remarkable start to the season with another home run

With 15 home runs and a league-high 1.218 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, Trout has exceeded even his own outlandish norms. Little about his game, though, seems to be demonstrably different than in years past. The most pronounced difference is his first-pitch swing percentage.

The rate has increased in recent years, but it’s taken another jump in 2017, from 12.2% for his career to 17.2% last year to 24.3% entering Tuesday’s game.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 24, 2017 at 06:01 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, the rapture

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Jered Weaver’s hometown discount was a cautionary tale

There was a three-year stretch when Jered Weaver was one of the best pitchers in baseball, with top-five Cy Young finishes in each of those seasons. In an era of wacky strikeout rates, he was one of the purest artists of the weak-contact genre, keeping his WHIP near the 1.0 mark the whole time, even as he wasn’t blowing hitters away.

In the middle of this stretch, Weaver signed a team-friendly extension. How team friendly?

No one from (Scott) Boras’ office attended Tuesday’s media availability.

That team friendly. The five-year, $85 million contract was something Weaver negotiated himself, essentially, over the objections of the game’s best agent. He hired Yo-Yo Ma to play his birthday party and handed him a ukulele at the door. You can understand why Boras was frustrated.

The year before Weaver was supposed to be a free agent, he won 20 games, finished third in the AL Cy Young voting, and led the league in WHIP and hits per nine innings. He turned 30 the October before his free agency would have started.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 23, 2017 at 02:06 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, hometown discount, jered weaver

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mike Trout: Baseball’s Best, Without the Brand - The New York Times

“What he does on a daily basis, it’s just awesome to watch and be a part of,” Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker said. “There’s always something brand-new he’s done in baseball that no one’s ever done.”

Trout is LeBron James in spikes, Tom Brady out of shoulder pads, minus their championship rings. Also missing is something that barely matters to Trout but is so important to other athletes in his echelon: a brand.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

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