The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim had the best record in all of Major League Baseball and because of that had the opportunity to host the Wild Card winning Kansas City Royals in the American League Division Series. There was not a single Angels ticket not sold for this game as the fans filed into Angels Stadium for what was scheduled to be a pitcher friendly five game divisional series. The pitching matchup for Game One was announced and the Angels ace Jered Weaver took the ball against the Royals Jason Vargas. Kansas City must have been riding high off their big victory over Oakland because Kansas City shocked many when they came out of the gates quick against the Angels. Vargas lasted 6.0 IP and allowed two runs before handing the ball over to the reliable Royals bullpen for five shutout innings of relief. Weaver of the Angels went 7.0 IP and allowed two runs of his own before handing the ball to his own bullpen for three innings of shutout relief. Anaheim’s Fernando Salas came in for the Top of the 11th inning and subsequently allowed a Mike Moustakas home run that ended up being the game winner. Kansas City needed extra innings in Game One once again but ultimately won the game by the score of 3-2 with closer Greg Holland getting the save.
In Game Two the Kansas City Royals went to their third consecutive extra inning postseason game and won their third consecutive extra inning postseason game by the score of 4-1 over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 11 innings. Matt Shoemaker made the start for the Angels and faced off with Yordano Ventura making his first postseason start for the Royals. If Ventura was unnerved by the playoff atmosphere it did not show as the fire baller went 7.0 innings allowing just five hits and one run while striking out five Angels. Shoemaker matched Ventura with 6.0 innings of his own allowing just one unearned run while striking out six Royals in the contest before the game was handed over to the bullpens. Kansas City’s often reliable bullpen consisting of Wade Davis, Justin Frasor, Brandon Finnegan, and Greg Holland combined for four shutout innings of relief allowing just two base runners on a walk and a hit. The Angels bullpen of Jason Grilli, Joe Smith, and Huston Street matched Kansas City with four shutout innings of their own before Kevin Jepsen entered the game in the top of the 11th. Jepsen allowed two hits, three runs, two earned runs, and a home run to Eric Hosmer that handed Kansas City a 2-0 series lead in the best of five series.
In Game Three Kansas City sent their ace in James Shields to the mound looking to close out the series and sweep the best record holding Angels while Los Angeles countered with CJ Wilson looking to send the series at least to a Game 4. Kansas City’s offense wanted no part of a Game 4 situation and looked to put the Angels away early putting up three early runs in the first inning. Shields looked rocky early after giving up a home run to Mike Trout in the first inning and another to Albert Pujols but settled down and ended up with a pitching line of 6.0 IP with two earned runs allowed on six hits with six strikeouts. Wilson did not favor as well as Shields only lasting 0.2 of an inning allowing the three runs and handing the ball off to the Angels bullpen. Anaheim’s bullpen did not favor much better in the contest as Hector Santiago and Mike Morin each allowed two earned runs each in the contest including a pair of home runs to Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas to ultimately put the game out of reach. Kansas City’s bullpen has been dominant all postseason long and on this day combined for three innings of one run ball as the Royals blew out the Angels by the score of 8-3. Kansas City swept the best of five game series with Anaheim and will head to Baltimore next week to take on the American League East winning Baltimore Orioles while Trout, Pujols, Josh Hamilton, and the Angels head home for another long winter.
10-1-14: The Angels cruised to the AL West title and posted the best record in baseball in 2014. What's impressive is that the squad accomplished all of that with a somewhat subpar rotation. Garret Richards and rookie Matt Shoemaker deserve a lot of credit. Richards posted a 13-4 mark with a 2.61 ERA before a knee injury ended his season in August. The Angels will play the Royals in the ALDS.
9-30-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim lost their glut of starting pitching this season due to injury but may have found a new starting pitcher in the process in Cory Rasmus. Rasmus was originally a starter and was moved to the bullpen due to a flurry of injuries but may have found his stroke in the Angels bullpen in 2014. Rasmus is currently in his age 26 season and made five starts this season, albeit in “bullpen games,” but has not gone past 59 pitches in any of his starts. Rasmus has thrown a total of 53 innings and sports a 2.38 ERA but would have to be stretched out over the winter if Anaheim were to make the move on a permanent basis. Los Angeles cut off talks with the city of Anaheim regarding a new ballpark lease arrangement this week as well as the regular season ended. The Angels do not have the money to build a new stadium on their own but the team is exploring new areas for a new ball park. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim finished the 2014 season with a 98-63 record and won the American League West division title.
9-25-14: The Angels split a series with the Mariners before dropping two out of three to the lowly Rangers over the weekend. With the division already locked up and a 2.5-game lead for the best record in the AL, the Angels have a bit a breathing room. They have split with Oakland this week so far, and finish the season on the road against the Mariners this coming week. Seattle will be looking to squeeze out a playoff berth.
9-23-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were the first team to clinch a playoff berth in the major leagues and they did it this week. The Angels have opened up a sizeable lead in the AL West division and will at worst be a second Wild Card team this season. This postseason run and season turnaround may have Mike Scoscia in line for a Manager of the Year Award just months after speculation that he was on the verge of losing his job in Anaheim. The Angels are likely to have the best record in all of Major League Baseball this season as they head into the final week of the season with a 96-60 record. Los Angeles may be the only team to reach 100 wins this season after spending much of the first month under the .500 mark. The Angels have had quite the turnaround this season despite losing key players along the way in the pitching staff. Mike Trout looks like the early favorite for his first American League MVP Award.
9-18-14: The Angels are quite simply the best team in baseball. Los Angeles is 25-8 in their last 33 games played. They have a 10.5 game lead in the AL West and are putting themselves in a great position to earn AL home field advantage. Their rotation has stepped up big after ace Garrett Richards went down, while the bullpen has been strong since the Angels acquired Huston Street. Their offense is the best in all baseball.
9-16-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim designated Michael Krohn for assignment last week and this week sent him on an outright assignment to Triple-A. Since this was not the first time Krohn had been outrighted he could elect free agency or accept the assignment but the 28 year old right hander elected free agency and will look to latch on with another major league team before the season is over. The Angels selected the contract of a Double-A pitcher in Jairo Diaz to replace Krohn on the roster and with a corresponding roster move designated infielder Ryan Wheeler for assignment. Wheeler was almost immediately outrighted to Triple-A after clearing waivers. The Angels had a great week on the field and has gone 9-1 in their last 10 games pushing their AL West lead to 10 games over the Oakland Athletics. Los Angeles has a 93-56 record, which is the best record in all of Major League Baseball in 2014, and may be the only team to reach the 100 wins plateau this year.
9-12-14: A four-game sweep of the Twins was enough to offset dropping a two-game series to the Astros last week. They remain the best team in baseball but it was a rough past week for their rotation. They had just two quality starts in six games. That can't continue if the Angels hope to go deep in October. Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago have been good enough in the second half but will that success translate to October glory?
9-9-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim don’t seem like they need much in the way of reinforcements to keep the Oakland Athletics off their tails in the AL West division but the team did announce a few roster moves this week as the 25 man rosters expanded to 40 active players. The Angels designated outfielder J.B. Shuck and RHP Michael Krohn for assignment to make room for September call ups. The Angels also scouted possibly the next Japanese phenom to come over to the United States when they sent scouts to watch Kenta Maeda. Maeda is expected to come over to the states next season for his age 27 season after spending his career with the Hiroshima Carp.
9-4-14: Tuesday’s loss to the lowly Astros snapped a six-game winning streak for the best team in
baseball. The Angels are 15-5 in their last 20 games played and had a four-game sweep of the
A’s this past weekend. Their offense will be come October as they lead baseball in runs per
game. Their only concern remains their starting pitching. The bullpen has been terrific since
adding Huston Street to the mix. They currently have a 4.5 game lead in the AL West standings.
9-2-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim started the week off by designated pitcher Wade LeBlanc for assignment after the lefty struggled in a spot start for the injured Garrett Richards. LeBlanc has since cleared waivers and has accepted his Triple-A assignment. LeBlanc will stay with the organization but will no longer be on the 40 man roster making him an unlikely September call up for the first place club. The team is unlikely to add any more pieces before the trading deadline, namely AJ Burnett, Scott Feldman, and Bartolo Colon, since GM Arte Moreno has announced the team will not exceed the $189 million luxury tax threshold for next season. Los Angeles already has roughly $140 million on the books already for the 2015 season and adding a potential starting pitcher for next season will only complicate things fiscally.
8-27-14: The Angels won this past Sunday to stake their claim to the best record in baseball, but that win was also to avoid being swept by the division-rivals from Oakland. The loss of ace Garrett Richards to a season-ending knee injury is a severe blow. A torn patellar tendon is expected to sideline him for six to nine months, and that will hurt the team's postseason rotation plans. Their lead in the AL West is just one game.
8-26-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim lost a huge part of their pitching staff this week when starter Garrett Richards tore his patellar tendon in his left knee covering first base. Richards is likely to be out for six to nine months after the surgery and may miss some of the 2015 season with the injury. The Angels may be forced back into the free agent and trade market for some pitching but the team did bulk up its infield a bit this week with the acquisition of Gordon Beckham from the Chicago White Sox. Los Angeles gave up cash considerations or a player to be named later for the second baseman who is in his age 27 season. Richards has been placed on the 60 day DL to make room for Beckham on both the 40 man and 25 man rosters. Beckham is arbitration eligible for the final time in 2015 and is under team control in Anaheim next year.
8-20-14: The Angels starting pitching continues to be strong. C.J. Wilson has struggled but Hector Santiago is stepping up with a 1.39 ERA in 32.1 innings of work over the last month or so. The Angels have taken two straight from the Red Sox and are 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. They have the best record in baseball and currently hold a slim 0.5 game lead over Oakland for the top spot in the AL West.
8-19-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are in the middle of a dog fight with the Oakland Athletics for the AL West division title but lost starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery this week lessening their chances of a division title. Skaggs is expected to miss the rest of this season and all of the 2015 season for the Halos. The Angels even without Skaggs have climbed all the way to the top of the AL West division and end the week in a virtual tie with the Oakland Athletics. The Angels have a 72-50 record while Oakland has a 73-51 record giving a slight .001 winning percentage advantage to the Angels. The Angels have only gone 5-5 in their last ten games but have taken advantage of a 3-7 slide by the Athletics to climb right back into the division race.
8-13-14: The Angels are probably the best second-place team in baseball, which speaks to how good the Oakland A's have been this season. The Angels are one of the better teams in baseball this year. However, they were dealt a huge blow over the weekend when it was announced that Tyler Skaggs will undergo Tommy John surgery and be done for the year. C.J. Wilson, who has struggled as of late, will have to get on track for the stretch run. The Angels currently occupy the top wildcard spot in the AL.
8-12-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim don’t seem to be done upgrading the team as they continue to look for pitching on the waiver wire. Those searches netted Los Angeles relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano from the Cleveland Indians to help shore up the bullpen. The Angels are also searching for starting pitching and may be targeting the Phillies AJ Burnett or Kyle Kendrick, the Athletics Jason Hammel, or the Diamondbacks Wade Miley. As it stand now the Angels trail the Athletics by four games in the AL West division with a 68-49 record and have a healthy lead in the first wild card race for the American League. If the season ended today the Angels would host a one game wild card game at home in Anaheim.
8-6-14: David Freese’s second throwing error of the night proved to be costly when Chris Iannetta couldn't hang on to the ball as the Angels were beaten 5-4 by the Dodgers Tuesday night, who dropped two games behind Oakland in the AL West. Mike Trout went 2 for 3 while facing Kershaw Tuesday. It was the first time the two have ever faced each other.
8-5-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim did not make any moves before the trading deadline and instead hoped that the return of CJ Wilson off the disabled list would be enough to put the team over the top. Wilson returned from the DL this week and his first start did not go as planned and he got hit hard and the Angels lost the game. The Angels got one starting pitcher back and lost another this week as Tyler Skaggs had a no hitter going before leaving with a strained flexor tendon muscle in his left forearm. The Angels have added Skaggs to the 15 day DL and will keep Hector Santiago in the rotation for the time being. The club expects to be cautious with their young southpaw and is likely to try and add another starter in the August trading period. The Angels are still right in the thick of things in the AL West division with a 66-44 record which is only one game behind the first place Oakland Athletics.
7-30-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continue to keep the pressure on the first place Oakland Athletics in the AL West division and only trail by two games heading into the final week of July. The Angels have a 63-41 record and are 6-4 in their last 10 games. Unfortunately for Angels fans the Anaheim GM has stated that the team is likely to stand pat at this year’s trading deadline. The Angels were said to be involved in the starting pitchers market early but the team does not have the pieces to acquire one of the bigger names available, namely Cole Hamels, David Price, or Jon Lester. The Angels did sign Randy Wolf to a minor league deal to add some depth to the Triple-A squad and Anaheim likes their team enough to run with what they have for the rest of the season.
7-28-14: The Angels should be excited to have their first off day since the All-Star break on July 28 because their bullpen has been strained for the last week since they played two extra inning games to start their series against the Seattle Mariners. Los Angeles has lost a little ground in the American League West, and Josh Hamilton left Friday’s game with a sore left knee.
7-24-14: The Angels streak of 10 consecutive series won at home is over as the Orioles beat Los Angeles 4-2 Tuesday night. LA couldn’t get anything going off O’s starter Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez allowed two runs and three hits in 7 2/3 innings of work. The one bright spot for the Angels was Mike Trout’s two-run homer in the eighth inning. The Angels are two games back of AL West leading Oakland.
7-21-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim biggest weakness this season has easily been their bullpen but the team took a major step in shoring that up when they acquired Huston Street from the San Diego Padres. The Angels gave up their top prospect in Tyler Lindsey, their second best prospect in RJ Alvarez, their fourth best prospect in Jose Rondon, and their eighth best prospect in Elliot Morris. Even with a depleted farm system the Angels gave up quite a haul for a year and a half of team control for Street. Current closer Joe Smith reportedly has no issues with giving the 9th inning to Street and has said he would be willing to do anything to win. This ends a good week for the Angels as Mike Trout was given the All Star Game MVP as the American League beat the National League in the 85th edition of the Mid-Summer Classic.
7-19-14: Huston Street is back in the American League West after the Angels acquired him on Friday night in a six-player trade. The good news continued for Los Angeles this past week as Mike Trout was the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player. He went 3-for-7 on Friday in the Angels’ 16-inning victory against the Seattle Mariners. Efren Navarro hit a walkoff double to get them the win.
7-17-14: The Angels wrap up the first half just 1 ½ games behind Oakland in the AL West standings and with the second-best record in baseball overall. Bounce back seasons from Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton have certainly played a role in the Angels impressive start. However, the emergence of Garrett Richards as an ace may be the biggest difference between this year's team and the disappointing teams of past. Mike Trout is currently on pace for 184 hits, 45 doubles, 38 home runs, 126 RBI, 112 runs and 17 stolen bases.
7-15-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were under .500 for the first couple of months of the 2014 season but find themselves 57-37 at the All Star Break, a great turn around that possibly saved Mike Scoscia’s job. The Angels are only 1.5 games back of the first place Oakland Athletics and are in the hunt for at least one of the American League Wild Card spots this season. The Angels are trying to compete in the AL West but seem unable to acquire a Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, or David Price without trading players on the major league roster. Trading C.J. Cron or Tyler Skaggs would simply hurt the Angels since they are a contending team and may look to add a piece to the bullpen, namely Joakim Soria of the Texas Rangers.
7-14-14: The Angels are well on their way to their first postseason appearance since 2009 as they have accomplished a 55-37 record. After taking the first two games from the Rangers in Texas, Los Angeles has won eight of its last nine games. The Angels bring their three-game winning streak into the weekend as Mike Trout continues to swing a hot bat.
7-10-14: Tyler Skaggs, who fell to 4-5 on the year, gave up three runs and 11 hits over 6 2/3 innings of work in his second start off the disabled list as the Angels were downed by the Blue Jays 4-0. The Angels' 11-game home winning streak was snapped, which fell one shy of the franchise record set in 1967. Los Angeles remains 4 ½ games back of Oakland in AL West play.
7-7-14: With their walkoff victory on Friday night, the Angels moved to a season-best 13 games above .500. Thanks to Mike Trout’s ninth-inning solo home run, Los Angeles took the first two games of the series with the Houston Astros. Although the Angels fell on Wednesday, Tyler Skaggs only allowed two runs to the Chicago White Sox in 7.2 innings in his return from the disabled list. Matt Shoemaker then threw a quality start on Thursday in the Angels’ 5-2 victory.
7-3-14: Garrett Richards threw eight strong innings of two-hit ball and the Angels got back-to-back home runs from Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to beat the Chicago White Sox 8-4 on Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader. Richards, who improved to 9-2 on the year, quickly recovered from a shaky start and has now improved to 5-0 since May 30. In Game 2, 10 Angels drove in runs as Los Angeles capped off the night with a 7-5 victory. Jered Weaver pitched 5 2/3 innings for the win in the second game, allowing nine hits while striking out six. With their two wins Tuesday, the Angels are now just 3½ games of first-place Oakland in the AL West.
7-2-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim traded struggling relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri to the Pittsburgh Pirates for their struggling relief pitcher Jason Grilli. Grilli is likely to step into the Angels closers role and will stay there if his performance on the field merits it, according to General Manager Jerry DiPoto. The Angels have really turned things around since being under .500 for an entire calendar year not so long ago. Now the Angels are in second place and look primed for at least a Wild Card game this October. The Angels are 7-3 in their last 10 games and have improved their run differential to +51 behind the likes of Albert Pujols and a healthy Josh Hamilton.
6-30-14: The Angels extended their winning streak to a season-high six games after sweeping the Minnesota Twins. In Wednesday’s victory, Garrett Richards allowed just two runs over 7.1 innings as the Angels won, 6-2. Jered Weaver then pitched Los Angeles to the 6-4 victory on Thursday, improving the team’s home record to a league-best 26-14. On Friday, Mike Trout hit a mammoth home run in the loss to the Kansas City Royals. The Angels also changed up their bullpen by acquiring Jason Grilli from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Ernesto Frieri.
6-26-14: C.J. Wilson surrendered five runs in the second inning after the Angels had scored five in the first, but Mike Trout regained the lead for the Los Angeles in the bottom of the second with a two-run homer, and the Angel bullpen hung on for an 8-6 victory against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night. The lefty Wilson came in 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his previous six outings at Angel Stadium. The Angels remain four games back of AL West leading Oakland.
6-24-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed Wade LeBlanc to a minor league deal this week just a few weeks after designating him for assignment. After the DFA LeBlanc latched on with the New York Yankees for one inning allowing two runs before being designated by New York again. The Angels also finally released the struggling Raul Ibanez making room and at bats for C.J. Cron. Ibanez batted .157/.258/.265 after having a revitalizing 2013 campaign in Seattle where he batted .242./306/.487 with 29 home runs.
6-18-14: Mike Trout is white hot, and that’s terrible news for opposing pitchers. Trout hit two home runs and drove in four runs as the Angels defeated the Cleveland Indians 9-3 this past Tuesday night.
Trout's three-run homer in the fifth broke a 3-3 stalemate and capped a four-run inning for Los Angeles. He then added a leadoff homer in the seventh. The two-time All-Star and native of Millville, NJ went 3-for-5 on the night, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Trout has reached base safely in 35 of his last 36 contests and is hitting .410 over his last 22 games. The Angels are 4 1/2 games behind Oakland for the AL West lead.
6-17-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have shown some interest in acquiring the Cubs ace starting pitcher and ERA leader Jeff Samardzija but have run into some stiff competition from the likes of their crosstown rivals the San Francisco Giants. The Angels may have instead turned their attention to Jason Hammel as they lack the pieces in a weak farm system to get a deal for Samardzija done. Speaking of the Angels farm system the Angels have already signed 14 of their draft picks to deals and may have more by the time the week is up, a much needed shot in the arm to the farm system. The Angels find themselves a mere 4.5 games out of first place in the division trailing only the Oakland Athletics for the top spot.
6-10-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Sean Newcomb from the University of Hartford with the 15th overall selection in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday. With all the new faces that were added with the draft the Angels also added an old face when they signed Joel Piniero on a minor league deal after the Cubs recently released him. Piniero will be a starting pitching for the Triple-A affiliate for the Angels as he tries to make it all the way back to the major leagues. The Angels are still the talk of the town in Los Angeles, even if they aren’t technically in Los Angeles county, and find themselves at 34-28 on the young season with just 4.5 games separating them from the Oakland A’s for the division lead.
6-3-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Mike Trout is the American League’s leading vote getter for the All Star Game according to the early tallies released by MLB.com. Trout missed a game with a stiff back this week but was back in the lineup this weekend and seems to be doing fine with the pain. The Angels bullpen is still the weakest link on the team and it did not get any better when the team announced that Wade LeBlanc was designated for assignment this week. LeBlanc signed a minor league deal this season but came up earlier in the week and pitched 6.1 scoreless innings before being designated. Since LeBlanc would not be available for a few days the Angels got him off the roster to get a fresh arm for the pen up on the 25 man roster.
5-28-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are winning the battle for Los Angeles supremacy for the first time in a long time as the Angels have a better record than the Los Angeles Dodgers heading into Memorial Day. The Angels not too long ago were searching for their first record over .500 in over a year and now find themselves in second place in the American League West division and within striking distance of the first place Oakland Athletics after the Toronto Blue Jays swept them over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Angels are about to get a whole lot better too as they are expecting outfielder Josh Hamilton back in the next week or so after tearing a ligament in his thumb.
5-21-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are struggling to stay above the .500 mark and are considering adding not only bullpen pieces but starting rotation pieces as well at this year’s trading deadline. The Angels have already been linked to the New York Mets Dillon Gee if he was to be made available and the San Diego Padres Ian Kennedy if he were to be made available. The Angels are in second place in the American League West division and are riding high on a 7-3 record in their last 10 games.
5-15-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have finally gone over the .500 mark for the first time in over a full season giving manager Mike Scioscia a little breathing room in job security. The Angels are in second place after two weeks of May baseball and are right in the thick of things in the early discussions for Wild Card berths. The Angels continue to win despite the struggles of ace starting pitcher Jered Weaver and one of their better offensive players in 41 year old Raul Ibanez. Ibanez is well under the Mendoza line and is danger of losing his roster spot to prospect C.J. Cron if his season does not turn around soon.
5-7-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were not above the .500 mark for over a full season which sparked speculation of whether one of the longest tenured managers in the league, Mike Scioscia, is playing with borrowed time. The Angels have been without outfielder Josh Hamilton due to a finger injury as he tries to work through it and get back and have struggled offensively aside from Mike Trout and Mr. 500 Home Run Club Albert Pujols. The Angels need pitching as well and thought they found some in Mark Mulder this offseason as he was trying to make a comeback only to rupture his Achilles tendon that ended his season. Mulder said he would give a comeback another try if he heals properly and although he is a long way from knowing whether he healed correctly or not the Angels would have to be the front runners after signing the 36 year old this offseason.
4-28-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim started their 2014 campaign by signing their phenom and the best all around player in the game Mike Trout to a big contract extension making him one of the highest paid players in the game according to AAV. Trout has responded by having another typical Mike Trout season hitting for power, extra bases, average, and playing Gold Glove defense in center field. The Angels have been bit by the injury bug a little in the first month of 2014 first losing pitcher Mark Mulder after his comeback was halted only to then lose Josh Hamilton, who had been hitting well, to a thumb injury and Kole Calhoun to an ankle injury. The Angels are still battling and find themselves right at .500 and in the middle of the pack in the American League West division. The Angels will look to send some players to the MLB All Star Game this summer so be sure to head over and vote the Angels players into the game.
4-14-14: The Halos clubbed five home runs in Sunday’s 14-2 drubbing of the Mets, as they climbed back to .500 on the young season. Mike Trout’s fantastic start to the season continues, as he hit his fourth homer of the year in that game, and Albert Pujols climbed to within five home runs of 500 for his career. Jered Weaver, strangely, has been awful thus far, with a record of 0-2 and a 5.79 ERA through three starts.
4-7-14: The Halos (2-4) were swept by the Mariners at home in three games to start the season, but have rebounded since, taking two of the first three games in their four-game weekend set down in Houston. Josh Hamilton, who was miserable for the majority of his inaugural season in Anaheim, is off to a torrid start, hitting .500 with a pair of home runs early on. Jered Weaver, on the other hand, has been shaky. The soft-tossing righty has lost each of his first two starts while allowing eight earned runs, including four home runs to the Astros on Saturday.
4-1-14: Mike Trout wasted little time in showing that the Angels were right to pledge over $140 million to him before the regular season started, crushing a two-run home run in his first at-bat of the season off of Felix Hernandez. However, the Seattle Mariners fought back, and a three-run bomb by Justin Smoak off of Kevin Jepsen in the top of the 9th inning put the game out of reach for the Halos as L.A. lost, 10-3.
3-27-14: The Los Angeles Angels finally cut their ties with starting pitcher Joe Blanton after releasing the right handed pitcher and eating the $8.5 million in salary for 2014 and a 2015 buyout. Blanton was hoping for a bounce back season after a disastrous 2013 season but after he allowed 16 earned runs in 20.1 innings this spring the Angels and Jerry Dipoto thought it was best to part ways. Infielder John McDonald has made the Angels Opening Day roster in what could be his final season in the Major Leagues. Two men who did not make the Angels roster and did not break camp with the club are DH and first basemen Carlos Pena and infielder Chad Tracy while catcher Yorvit Torrealba opted out of his deal and became a free agent rather than stay with the Halos. The Angels have spent a ton of money lately and they are looking for it to finally pay off in 2014 in the American League West division.
3-20-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim do not have much to get excited about this spring with a dwindling farm system, no extension for Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton walking into the Angels clubhouse on crutches early in the spring, and loss after loss in the Cactus League. Hamilton is finally off crutches and ready to come back from his calf injury that has derailed his spring training up to this point. Injuries seem to be the name of the game for the Angels as their only left handed pitcher in the bullpen, Brian Moran, went down with an elbow injury and could force the Los Angeles to head into the season without a left handed relief pitcher. In Spring Training you see a lot of players try out new positions, stances, or mechanics and the Angels are not being left out as they are allowing outfielder and DH Raul Ibanez to take ground balls and work out at first base of all positions. The Angels have struggled lately losing to a split squad game with the Chicago Cubs, started by Edwin Jackson, and losing another to the San Francisco Giants in the past week. The Halos do have a winning record in their last two weeks though and a positive run differential so hopes are still high in LA heading towards Opening Day.
3-13-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have spent heavily in the free agent market the seasons leading up to 2014 but decided to take a back seat this year. Rather than getting the big name the Angels are going for a different approach, building from within and extending Mike Trout to a major record breaking deal. Mark Mulder was signed in an attempt at a comeback tour only to have the show halted early in spring after an injury shut down the former workhorse and All Star so the Angels are trying, although they have struggled some this spring. With a healthy Albert Pujols, CJ Wilson, and Josh Hamilton heading into 2014 and Mike Trout selling tickets and putting butts in the seats watch out for the Angels this coming season.
3-5-14: The Los Angeles Angels are poised to redeem themselves for disappointing year last year. In particular their first baseman Albert Pujols. The slugger claims that he's fully healthy despite the fact that he's not going to appear in exhibition games. Josh Hamilton has also said that he is made good progress regarding his calf injury.
1-24-14: With two of the best players in the league in the Albert Pujols and Mike Trout it was confusing how the Los Angeles Angels missed the playoffs last season but that should change this year if both can stay healthy.The Angels also signed former Oakland Athletics pitcher Mark Mulder to a minor league deal who hasn’t pitched since 2011.
1-7-14: The Angels are not looking to add any major free agents this off-season due to the fact that they already have a slew of household names with even bigger contracts. But it team can never underestimate the value of a veteran pitcher even if it's to a minor-league deal to start the season. Bringing in veteran left-hander Mark Mulder does exactly that for the Angels. Along with molder will be placed on a minor-league deal the Angels also announced the signing of role in Ibanez to a one-year deal worth just under $3 million.
12-9-13: The Los Angeles Angels will look to rebound from what was a very disappointing season last year. The angels have stockpiled big names and big bats but were unable to finish independent race last season. How are approvals has been a serious disappointment since being acquired by the angels on a 10 year contract. The Angels did acquire another name this off-season when they got third baseman David Freese from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Peter Bourjos. Freeze has a lot of playoff experience and is a solid third baseman. Center fielder Mike Trout was the lone bright spot last season for the Angels and in order to get back on the winning track the angels will need better seasons from Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. Last season the angels finished in third place of the American League West division and won only 78 games.
8/20/13 - After recently shutting down first baseman Albert Puljos for the rest of the season the angels are all but eliminated from playoff contention. At 14 games under 500 the Angels are sitting 16.5 games out of first place. Last week the Angels dropped three out of four games in the Bronx to the Yankees. Young stud Mike Trout leads the team in batting average hitting .333. Despite their poor record the angels are sixth in baseball in terms of team batting average at a clip of .265. This week the Angels host the Cleveland Indians. On Monday, they dropped the series opener 5-2.
8/6/13 - The Los Angeles Angels are in fourth place and it keeps getting worse for the ballclub. Losers of seven of the last 10 games theAngels have dropped nine games below .500. The next series will be at home against the Texas Rangers.
7/31/13 - The Angels have traded infielder Alberto Callaspo to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Class AAA infielder Grant Green.
7/18/13 - The fact that the LA Angels have a sub .500 record is a huge surprise to everyone. Coming into the season, the Angels has one of the most feared lineups, containing Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. Mixed in with a solid pitching staff on paper, many predicted the Angels to be the best team in the AL. Young stud Mike Trout has been the only player that has been consistent thus far, batting .322 with 15 home runs. 33 year old Albert Pujols has struggled in the American League and this year he is hitting a low .259 with only 15 home runs. The Angels are in 3rd place with a record of 44-49. Heading into the all-star break the Angels are losers of three straight games. On Friday, when the season resumes, the Angels will face the Oakland A’s.
7/7/13 - Mike Trout was voted in as a starter for the 2013 American League all-stars. This will be the second ASG appearance for the 21-year-old. So far in 2013, he's hitting .315 with 15 HR, 57 RBI and 20 stolen bases.
6/12/13 - This off-season the angel signed Josh Hamilton to a $123 million contract but he is been a huge disappointment. Currently the Angels are 12 games out of first place and have a steep hill to climb. After their offseason spending spree on free agents the Los Angeles Angels came into this season as heavy favorites in the AL West, but are now only in fourth place with a disappointing 27 – 33 record. With Albert Pujols only hitting .242 and Josh Hamilton only hitting .216, the Angels have struggled to get wins. Jared Weaver was on the DL earlier this season but has since returned and currently has a 3.77 ERA.