Los Angeles Angels News
7-18-16: Albert Pujols’ bat came alive on Sunday, as the Huston Street-less Angels swept the visiting Chicago White Sox with an 8-1 victory. He homered twice and drove in four runs in the contest. Although Jered Weaver had just one strikeout, he threw seven innings of one-run ball in the Angels’ 40th win of the season.
7-14-16: On Saturday, the Angels, who placed C.J. Cron on the 15-day disabled list with a broken hand, were looking to extend their winning streak to a season-high five games, but lost their final two games before the All-Star break by a combined three runs. In Sunday’s 4-2 loss at Baltimore, Los Angeles went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
7-5-16: The Angels had another bad week, but the bright spot came on Saturday at Fenway Park. In Saturday’s contest, Hector Santiago threw six innings and allowed just one unearned run. Meanwhile the Angels’ offense went crazy and scored 21 runs, which was 10 more runs than the team’s previous season high. C.J. Cron homered twice in the win.
6-29-16: The struggling Angels could have used a strong start from Tim Lincecum on Tuesday, but he failed to make it through five innings. Although Lincecum had seven strikeouts, he allowed five runs in 4.1 innings, as the Angels fell, 7-1. On the bright side, Albert Pujols, who passed Harmon Killebrew for 11th on the all-time home run list on Saturday, extended his hitting streak to five games on Tuesday.
6-20-16: On the day after Jered Weaver’s complete game shutout, Jhoulys Chacin struggled mightily. He allowed six runs, five of which were earned, in two innings, and Los Angeles went on to lose the game, 10-7. The Angels’ comeback fell short, but Johnny Giavotella and Gregorio Petit each hit home runs near the end of the game.
4-20-16: An early-season struggle has held the Angels back in the A.L. West, where they sit in third place at 6-8. Much of the Angels' woes derive from their an anemic offense, perhaps most importantly Mike Trout, who has collected just four RBI on 11 hits in 50 at-bats this season. There is plenty of time to right the ship, however, and the Angels' bats will wake up in time. With 75 games remaining at Angel Stadium this season the average price for Los Angeles Angels tickets is $64.17 on the secondary market.
9-29-15: On Monday, Albert Pujols, David Murphy and the Angels kept pace with the Houston Astros, who occupy the second wild card spot in the American League. Pujols homered for the 38th time this season. His solo home run in the sixth inning tied the game, and Murphy delivered a walk-off single three innings later to get the Angels their sixth straight win.
9-25-15: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim started another week without a full-time GM this week although the team did intensify its search finally. The New York Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler came into the week still leading the race for the position but an unlikely candidate has made up some ground in director of pro scouting Hal Morris. The assistant GM for the Angels Matt Klentak is also a candidate for the job is owner Arte Moreno decided to stay within the organization to fill the job rather than go outside and sign away Eppler from the Yankees. Whoever the new GM is they will face a few notable decisions almost automatically as the team’s everyday third baseman David Freese is set to hit free agency. Freese spent some time on the disabled list this season but ever since coming off the DL he has led the Angels charge towards a potential Wild Card playoff berth in 2015, although it looks like that charge may fall just a little short this season. Freese is hitting free agency at just the right time despite being 33-years old because the market is thin for high-end third baseman this winter as it stands today, although that could obviously change with a Cuban defector or two.
9-21-15: In the Angels’ attempt to complete a four-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins, Matt Shoemaker allowed four runs in 3.2 innings in Sunday’s 8-1 loss at Target Field. On the bright side, catcher Jeff Bandy had his first career hit in the ninth inning. The hit was a pinch-hit solo home run to left field.
9-18-15: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have basically turned all the team’s attention to finding a new GM replacement for Jerry DiPoto and are seemingly less interested in winning the American League West Division or one of the two Wild Card playoff spots this season. The team interviewed a number of candidates this week including the Toronto Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava, Boston Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen, Angels pro scouting director Hal Morris, Cleveland Indians Vice President of Player personnel Ross Atkins, the Angels assistant GM’s Scott Servais and Matt Klentak and the New York Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler. Eppler is considered to be the favorite for the position and is said to have interest in the position as a Southern California born member of the Yankees front office and assistant GM to Brian Cashman. The biggest concern for most of the men who are interested in the job in Los Angeles is the amount of power a new GM would have with manager Mike Scioscia still in the picture. LaCava is thought to be the Angels second choice for the job after spending the last nine seasons in Toronto working under Alex Anthopolous. LaCava once turned down an offer to be the GM of the Baltimore Orioles in 2011 but may not turn down another if the Angels come calling before the 2016 season.
9-14-15: The Angels were on the verge of sweeping the visiting Houston Astros on Sunday, but Huston Street, who was pitching for the third consecutive day, struggled mightily. He allowed all five of the Astros’ runs in the ninth inning and suffered his third loss of the season. With the loss, the Angels fell to three games behind the Texas Rangers in the race for the second wild card spot.
9-11-15: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are ramping up their search for a new GM this week and have reached out to the New York Yankees to get permission to speak to assistant GM to Brian Cashman, Billy Eppler. Eppler is a California-born GM and has expressed a willingness to head back to the West Coast in a potential move forward in his career. The Angels are not alone in their pursuit of Eppler though as the Seattle Mariners have also asked and been granted permission by the Yankees to speak to the 39-year old. Speaking of the Angels and the Mariners searching for a new GM the Angels former GM Jerry DiPoto has begun discussions with Seattle and the Mariners consider him a strong candidate to replace Jack Zduriencik. DiPoto resigned from the Angels earlier this season after reportedly having a falling out with longtime manager Mike Scioscia and has since bided his time as a special advisor inside the Boston Red Sox organization. Whoever the new GM is in Los Angeles they will likely have to replace the recently acquired Shane Victorino in the offseason as the outfielder has expressed an interest in returning to a full-time role in 2016 rather than platooning like he has as a member of the Angels.
9-7-15: On Sunday, Mike Trout extended his hitting streak to five games, as he slugged a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning against the Texas Rangers. Trout then hit a sacrifice fly to complete the team’s three-run second inning. Hector Santiago threw six innings and allowed one hit and six walks in the 7-0 rubber game win.
9-4-15: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim started their week off by announcing their roster moves and September call ups this week. That list of players included catcher Jett Bandy, RHP Michael Morin, RHP Nick Tropeano, and LHP Wesley Wright while the team also activated third baseman David Freese, outfielder Collin Cowgill, outfielder Matt Joyce and infielder Taylor Featherston from the disabled list. The Angels needed two more active roster spots to accommodate this laundry list of moves an those roster spots were cleared by outfielder Alfredo Marte and RHP Drew Rucinski for assignment. It’s interesting to see Los Angeles make this many moves without a true GM hired by the club but that could change soon as the Angels have turned most of their front office focus to finding the replacement for Jerry DiPoto. Los Angeles began the process of interviewing not only internal but external options as well for the job including their assistant GM’s Matt Klentak and Scott Servais. The Angels have yet to sit down face-to-face with an external candidate but one thing for certain is that current manager Mike Scioscia will not have any direct interactions with the process of hiring a new GM.
8-31-15: Although the struggling Mike Trout went 4-for-4 on Sunday at Progressive Field, the Angels could not avoid the sweep at the hands of the Indians. Jered Weaver allowed eight runs in six innings in the loss. The Angels will look to turn around this losing streak against the Oakland Athletics.
8-28-15: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have struggled to fill the shoes of injured third baseman David Freese since he went down with an injury on July 22 but they may finally get him back off the disabled list as soon as this week. This is great news for the Angels but it is even better news for Freese as well as he is set to hit free agency after the 2015 season. Freese could have joined second baseman Chase Utley in Los Angeles if the Angels had pulled the trigger on the deal with the Philadelphia Phillies but at the end of the day the Los Angeles Dodgers swooped in and acquired him. Rival executives were quoted as saying the Angels “blew it” by not acquiring Utley who was basically acquired for little to nothing when you consider the amount of money that Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. threw into the deal to make it work with the Dodgers.
8-24-15: The Angels, who have struggled on the road this season, will have to pick up the pieces during their upcoming nine-game road trip. On Sunday, Los Angeles dropped its fourth consecutive game and fell to 63-61 on the season. The Toronto Blue Jays went into Angel Stadium and swept the Angels by the combined score of 36-10.
8-21-15: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are said to be interested in the services of Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley now that he has cleared revocable waivers and can be traded to any team for the remainder of the season. Utley has a full no-trade clause due to his 10-and-5 rights meaning he can block any trade this season although the veteran left-hander has stated he would waive his no-trade clause if it meant more playing time for him. The Angels seem to be in the lead for Utley’s services and can probably offer him the most playing time of any of the other teams interested so it will be interesting to watch how this unfolds. The Angels thought they had a deal worked out with Philadelphia to acquire Utley but the veteran second baseman has a lot on the line including potentially guaranteeing his contract for the 2016 season as it looks like the option that was originally written into his contract will not vest. Utley had a vesting option written into his contract that would have guaranteed his contract for the 2016 season if he reached 500 plate appearances in 2015 but with a cut in his playing time mixed with an ankle injury that option looks extremely unlikely to vest at this point. The Angels ended this week by designating third baseman Conor Gillaspie for assignment in order to clear a 40 man roster spot for Kaleb Cowart.
8-19-15: The Angels stayed 2.5 games behind the Houston Astros with their second consecutive victory on Tuesday. Los Angeles took the first two contests of its four-game series against the visiting Chicago White Sox. These are important Angels wins because they came after losing six of their previous seven games, including a sweep at the hands of the White Sox.
8-14-15: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are still working on winning the American League West Division and/or at least clinching a playoff spot and that force the team’s hand into acquiring Chase Utley from the Philadelphia Phillies. Utley has a full no-trade clause since he has 10-and-5 right for spending at least 10 years in Major League Baseball and five years with the Philadelphia Phillies and has stated that he would only waive his no-trade clause if it meant more playing time for him. Utley is still owed about $4.43 million for the remainder of this season and the Angels are strapped for cash overall making a deal unlikely to happen unless Philadelphia is willing to eat some or nearly the entire contract. Utley has cleared waivers at age 36 and can be traded to any team for the rest of the season with his permission and the Angels will not be alone in their pursuit for Utley. If Utley is acquired he will push out rookie incumbent Johnny Giavotella who has slashed .271/.320/.359 while playing second base for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this season.
8-7-15: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim began this week showing off their newest players on the roster David Murphy and David DeJesus. These two trades, made just minutes apart from one another, looked to improve on the team’s outfield situation as the team continues to make a run at the American League West Division race. That race towards the playoffs took one step forward with those two acquisitions and took two steps back when the team learned that left-handed starter pitcher CJ Wilson was injured and would miss the remainder of the 2015 season. Wilson was diagnosed with elbow impingement secondary to arthritis in his left throwing elbow. Wilson is also dealing with bone spurs in the elbow expanding and worsening which caused the veteran to opt for surgery rather than trying to pitch through the pain and the injury this season. Wilson’s range of motion is severely decreased with the injury and his left throwing shoulder is also at an increased risk for injury if he were to attempt to pitch through it. Wilson had a similar surgery to his elbow after the 2012 and returned in 2013 to pitch 212.1 innings for the Angels so the thought process going forward suggests that Wilson should be back to his old self in 2016.
8-7-15: Although July’s American League Player of the Month Mike Trout went 0-for-4 in Wednesday’s game, the Angels were able to come back to beat the visiting Cleveland Indians in walk-off fashion. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Los Angeles scored three times and won on a walk-off wild pitch.
7-31-15: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim came into this final week before the July 31st trading deadline as big time buyers in the market. The Angels wasted no time in buying in this final week when the team acquired a platoon hitter from the Boston Red Sox in Shane Victorino. Boston gave up Victorino who is expected to platoon in the Los Angeles outfield with Matt Joyce while the Angels gave up infielder Josh Rutledge. To make the deal work for the cash strapped Angels the Red Sox will pay all but $1.1 million of Victorino’s $4.9 million salary remaining in 2015. Despite being strapped for cash the Angels made a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays that brought outfielder David DeJesus and the remainder of his salary to the club minutes after another trade that brought Indians outfielder David Murphy to the club. Tampa sent DeJesus to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Right-handed pitcher Eduar Lopez. Tampa will save around $2.9 million in salary by sending DeJesus to Anaheim as DeJesus has roughly $1.9 million remaining on his deal and the lefty also had a team option for the 2016 season with a $1 million buyout.
7-28-15: During Monday’s off day, the Angels acquired Shane Victorino from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Josh Rutledge. On the field the day before, Mike Trout continued his stellar year, as he launched his 30th and 31st home runs of the season in the Angels’ 13-7 victory over the Texas Rangers.
7-24-15: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim started this week the same way they started many of the last few weeks, by looking for a left-handed power hitting outfield bat. That search may take the team to Cincinnati as the team looks to acquire the Reds outfielder Jay Bruce. Through his first 86 games of the season Bruce hit .255/.341/.474 with 14 home runs and for that reason he would not come cheap in terms of prospects or dollars. The Angels are doing their due diligence on many Reds players right now including Bruce who has $19.5 million remaining on his contract through the 2016 season while he also has a $13 million club option written into his current contract for the 2017 season. Bruce can block trades to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Boston Red Sox, the Miami Marlins, the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees, the Oakland Athletics, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays but could not block to a trade to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. If Bruce doesn’t come to Los Angeles then the team easily could make a run at the San Diego Padres outfielder Justin Upton before he fits free agency after the season.
7-22-15: On Tuesday, the Angels did not miss Mike Trout, who sat out for the first time this season with a sore left heel. The Angels received four hits from C.J. Cron in addition to Chris Iannetta’s sixth home run of the season, as Los Angeles defeated the Minnesota Twins, 7-0. Matt Shoemaker threw six shutout innings and had 10 strikeouts in the win.
7-17-15: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have a new GM to handle their July 31st trading deadline moves after former GM Jerry Dipoto resigned from the job earlier in the season. The Angels new GM, Bill Stoneman, is also the team’s former GM as he was at the helm during the 1999 and through the 2007 seasons. During those nine years the Angels GM Stoneman did not make a single trade at the July 31st trading deadline but intends to do something at this year’s trade deadline if the right deal presents itself. If the Angels do make a trade this season they will make a trade for a big bat to bolster their offense, preferably from the left side of the batter’s box. Essentially the team is looking for a left handed power hitting outfielder much like the healthy Josh Hamilton that they traded away to the Texas Rangers earlier in the season. The Angels are being patient as they wait the market out as the team looks to improve their left field, catcher and DH positions. Matt Joyce has struggled in the outfield for much of the season while Chris Iannetta hasn’t hit much outside of the month of July for the first place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
7-13-15: Although the Angels could not continue their five-game winning streak into their series with the Seattle Mariners, Mike Scioscia’s squad moved into first place with a split of its four-game series against the divisional foe. While the Houston Astros were swept on Sunday, the Angels’ offense was on fire. Los Angeles tallied six extra-base hits, including a two-run Chris Iannetta home run.
7-8-15: On Tuesday, the Angels, who saw general manager Jerry Dipoto resign last week, scored double-digit runs for the third consecutive game, as they defeated the Colorado Rockies, 10-2, and moved to seven games above .500 and evened their 2015 road record at 20-20. American League Player of the Month Albert Pujols, who homered for the 26th time this season in the contest, became the first player to commit to the home run derby.
6-30-15: Mike Trout hit his 20th home run of the season on Monday, as the Angels defeated the visiting New York Yankees, 4-1. C.J. Cron also homered for the second time this season. C.J. Wilson threw six innings of one-run ball, as he won his sixth game of 2015. The win was the third consecutive one for the second-place Angels.
6-16-15: The Angels fell back to .500 with their 7-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday. All of Los Angeles’ three runs came in the eighth inning, and two scored on Mike Trout’s double to centerfield. Albert Pujols went 0-for-3 after slugging .903 with 10 home runs in his previous 16 games.
6-8-15: The Angels fell below .500 on Sunday, as they dropped their fifth straight contest. In Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the New York Yankees, Los Angeles accumulated just five hits, two of which were home runs. Mike Trout hit his 16th home run of the season, and Albert Pujols passed Jimmie Foxx for 17th place on the all-time home run list.
6-5-15: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim had a shot at acquiring a familiar face in Mark Trumbo before the Seattle Mariners ultimately acquired him but reportedly never got too interested in the acquisition. The team was thought to be interested if Trumbo was made available since the team has an obvious need for a right handed power bat and a left fielder, both needs which Trumbo fills, but the team ultimately passed on the chance. Instead the team announced that they preferred a big time left handed bat to pair with Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, both right handed hitters. Los Angeles is not ready to make moves yet despite falling behind the Houston Astros in the American League West division and will instead stand pat and be patient at least for now. Speaking of roster moves and shuffling the team finished their week off by designating outfielder Gary Brown for assignment to make room for LHP Edgar Ibarra. Brown was ultimately outrighted to Triple-A after he cleared waivers and will remain with the club at least for the rest of this season.
6-1-15: Jesse Chavez’s eight shutout innings on Sunday made it back-to-back starts for him with eight innings and no earned runs. However, this time, the Athletics won the game. Stephen Vogt hit his 11th home run of the season, and Oakland won, 3-0, taking three of the four games from the New York Yankees.
5-30-15: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim made a trade with the New York Mets this week acquiring Kirk Nieuwenhuis for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment by the Mets last week and almost cleared waivers before the Angels snatched him up this week and worked out the trade. To make room on the 40 man roster for Nieuwenhuis the team designated LHP Chad Smith for assignment clearing an active roster spot for their new outfielder. With the addition of Nieuwenhuis the team now faces the decision of whether to place fellow outfielder Collin Cowgill on the disabled list or whether to send Marc Krauss down to Triple-A for the time being. When all was said and done Krauss was designated for assignment but not to make room for Nieuwenhuis but instead to clear an active roster space for Alfredo Marte. This deal all but ends any potential deal the team had discussed with the Philadelphia Phillies regarding speedy outfielder Ben Revere. Revere has two years of team control left while Nieuwnhuis is a free agent after the 2015 season making the acquisition from the Mets much cheaper in terms of dollars and prospects than a potential deal for Revere would have been.
5-26-15: After Craig Kimbrel intentionally walked Mike Trout to load the bases with two outs in
the bottom of the ninth inning of a 3-3 ballgame on Monday, Albert Pujols delivered a walkoff single to allow the Angels to move back above .500 and keep sole possession of second place in the American League West.
5-18-15: Last week, the Angels agreed to a two-year contract extension, which includes a club
option in 2018, with Huston Street. The closer was busy last week, as he put together four
consecutive scoreless outings, each with at least one strikeout. Los Angeles’s pitching
was very strong, as the team put together five straight victories until the loss on Sunday in Baltimore.
5-12-15: Garrett Richards allowed just one hit and one run in 6.2 innings and had 10 strikeouts in
Sunday’s 3-1 victory over the American League West-leading Houston Astros. Richards
threw 6.1 no-hit innings in the contest, while David Freese and Erick Aybar each had one
run and two hits, as the Angels split the series.
5-5-15: Last Friday, the Angels got their record back to .500, as they took two of three games from the Athletics in Oakland. However, Los Angeles struggled in San Francisco. The Angels scored a combined six runs, as the Giants swept them. Then, Mike Scioscia’s squad dropped its season-worst fourth game in a row on Monday.
4-27-15: The Angels and Rangers, who were coincidentally playing each other this past weekend, agreed to a trade to send Josh Hamilton to Texas in exchange for cash considerations on Monday. The Angels, who had struggled at home early in the season, looked strong over the weekend, as they took two of three games from the Rangers.
4-21-15: On Sunday, Albert Pujols hit his 522nd career home run, giving him sole possession of 18th place all-time, as he passed Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas. However, it came in a 9-2 loss, as the undefeated Kansas City Royals went into Angel Stadium and swept Los Angeles. The Angels did bounce back to defeat the Texas Rangers on Monday, 6-3, behind home runs from Collin Cowgill and David Freese.
4-7-15: In Monday’s Opening Day game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, Mike Trout hit a solo home run in his first at-bat of the season. However, the Angels had just three hits the rest of the contest, as they fell, 4-1. Jered Weaver received the loss after giving up four runs and eight hits in six innings.
3-31-15: Last Wednesday, David Freese suffered a hyperextended left elbow in a collision, but it is expected that he will be ready for Opening Day. On Saturday, the Angels released right-handed relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom, who had a very frustrating 2015 spring training. Also that day, Mike Trout continued his strong spring training with another home run.
3-25-15: There have been recent reports that a decision will be made about Josh Hamilton’s drug-
related suspension before Opening Day. Former Tampa Bay Ray outfielder Matt Joyce,
who missed a week due to hamstring tightness, returned to the lineup on Monday is
expected to replace Hamilton in left field, as the 2010 American League MVP works his way back from shoulder surgery.
3-18-15: On Tuesday, C.J. Wilson was scratched from his second straight start. He was expected to start against the Colorado Rockies, but an illness has sidelined him. The veteran starter
tweaked his left knee last week, forcing him to miss his last start. On Monday, Jered
Weaver threw five innings against the Texas Rangers and allowed just one hit and one run.
3-4-15: Although there have been reports of Josh Hamilton facing a drug-related suspension of a minimum 25 games, the Angels are not expecting a decision soon. Meanwhile at spring training, 2014 American League MVP Mike Trout, who led his league with a career-high 184 strikeouts last season, is working to bring that number down in 2015.
3-3-15: Last week, general manager Jerry Dipoto said that Josh Hamilton, who underwent surgery on the AC joint in his right shoulder earlier in February, will be out at least six weeks and as many as three months. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that he is leaning toward batting Mike Trout second in the lineup this season.
2-17-15: Early last week, the Angels and Matt Joyce avoided arbitration, as they agreed to a one-
year, $4.75 million contract. The former Tampa Rays outfielder came to Los Angeles
during the offseason and is expected to be mainly the Angels’ designated hitter in 2015. Then, on Monday, Garrett Richards threw a bullpen session for the first time since his knee surgery last August.
2-9-15: On Wednesday, Josh Hamilton underwent surgery to repair the AC joint in his right
shoulder. The former American MVP, who struggled in 2014 and played fewer than 120 games for the first time since 2009, is expected to miss six to eight weeks. The five-time all-star matched his career-low with 10 home runs last season.
2-5-15: The Los Angeles Angels ended the 2014 regular season with the league’s best record but that didn’t materialize to any postseason series win, being swept by the Royals in the Division Series. The Angels didn’t make any game changing moves but did acquire pitcher Andrew Heaney, who is regarded as one of the top young pitching prospects in baseball. The Angels also added some young players to their roster and claimed outfielder Marc Krauss off waivers from Houston. Angels tickets this season at Angel Stadium have an affordable average price of $75.39 on the secondary market. The average price for tickets for their home opener is $66.93, with a get-in price of $18.
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.