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The Rise of the Los Angeles Angels

It was supposed to be Oakland’s division to lose, remember? It was always supposed to be Oakland. Then one day, the Los Angeles Angels decided they finally wanted to play to their level of potential, and then some, clinching the AL West on Wednesday. I had Oakland winning the West this season, as did many people around the country, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t expect...
Via The Sports Post
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Angels Injury Update: Josh Hamilton struggling with chest pain

Josh Hamilton just can't seem to get healthy. The Los Angeles Angels outfielder had just got back on the field after battling a shoulder injury but Wednesday brought another ailment, this time in the form of stabbing chest pain. Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports that Hamilton was absent from Wednesday's win, and indeed the subsequent celebrations, because of pain...
Via Sports Injury Alert
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hamilton missed celebration to get chiropractic work done

Josh Hamilton did not take part in the Angels’ celebration on Wednesday night after the team clinched the AL West for the first time since 2009. We said that Hamilton was not around because he wanted to stay away from the alcohol scene. But it turns out Hamilton may have left the clubhouse well before […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Angels are rolling with a Triple-A lineup tonight because everyone is hungover (probably)

With the Angels clinching last night, it looks like Scioscia is giving everyone a day to recover from their hangovers: Tonight's #Angels lineup vs Seattle at 7:05 pm PT. LHP Wade LeBlanc replaces Weaver to start for the AL West Champs. — Angels (@Angels) September 18, 2014 Seriously, that’s an awful lineup and they are going up against King Felix...
Via Monkey with a Halo
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Angels: projecting the playoff rotation

Now that the Los Angeles Angels have clinched a playoff berth and their first AL West title since 2009, one question remains: Who will they choose for their playoff rotation? Playoff rotations are generally comprised of the top three pitchers on the team as the post season in more spread out than the regular season. This means that often the starters who are left out become part...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Josh Hamilton excused himself from Angels’ alcohol celebration

The Angels on Wednesday clinched the AL West for the first time since 2009, and one of their key players was not around to enjoy most of the celebration. Josh Hamilton, who has had well-known struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, excused himself before the alcohol started flowing during the team’s celebration. OC Register Angels […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels clinch AL West

After five innings of play in Wednesday night’s late games, it didn’t look like the Angels were going to clinch the AL West division title—at least not yet. The team was tied with the Seattle Mariners, 0-0, and the Athletics led 1-0 with Jeff Samardzija pitching a gem. But that’s why we play nine innings. The Angels did their part and used a five-run seventh inning to come...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Mike Trout joins elite company

By Jonathan Northrop, Staff Reporter - Mike Trout is going to finish the year first in fWAR again - he's at 7.8 right now, with #2 being far behind at 6.2 (Jonathan Lucroy). For those who prefer rWAR, he's also at 7.8 but Donaldson is much closer at 7.3, so it isn't quite a lock but it is close.Anyhow, this will be the third year in a row that Trout has...
Via Angelswin
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout will win AL MVP in his "worst" season

2014 is Mike Trout‘s worst season of his career. Why do I say this? Well there’s a number of reasons.For one, number 27 already has more strikeouts this season than any other season in his career. Trout’s season average is lower than it’s ever been in a full season. His on base percentage is down from last year, and he has less than half of the stolen bases he had in that...
Via In The Neutral Zone
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Injury Update: Matt Shoemaker will miss next start

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker will miss his next scheduled start with a strained oblique, reports Matthew DeFranks of / gettyimages.comShoemaker exited Monday's win over the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning with discomfort in his left side, which an MRI later revealed to be an oblique strain. The injury can be tricky to...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

No, Josh Hamilton won’t disrupt the Angels chemistry

Yesterday, Josh Hamilton made a surprise return to the Angels lineup. This is a good thing. Let me repeat that. THIS IS A GOOD THING. For some reason, there are folks out there who do NOT think that this is a good thing. Leading up to his return, anytime I posted an update to Twitter on the health status of Hamilton, I got the following responses: “Who cares? The Angels have been...
Via Monkey with a Halo
2 days ago  |  Discuss's 10th Anniversary Member Appreciation Interview with AngelsJunky

 This week we celebrate our 10th anniversary with an interview with long time member, AngelsJunky. The New Hampshire resident is a passionate Angels fan who brings intelligent topics for discussion to our forum and has posted some of the most in-depth blog articles over the years at Let's dig right in and get to know AJ better in this week's member appreciation...
Via Angelswin
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Updating Mike Trout’s Historical Context

Two years ago, Mike Trout had the best age-20 season of all-time, by Wins Above Replacement. Last year, Trout had the best age-21 season of all time, by Wins Above Replacement. This year, Mike Trout will not have the best age-22 season of all time, because he’s regressed a little bit and also because holy […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Injury Update: Albert Pujols and Matt Shoemaker exit early

The Los Angeles Angels do not need to worry about winning the AL West any more, but they would like to make it to the postseason with no more injury concerns. Monday was not ideal on that front, with both starter Matt Shoemaker and first baseman Albert Pujols leaving the Angels' win early, as's Alden Gonzalez reports.Shoemaker was already close to finishing his...
Via MLB Injury News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Vladimir Guerrero's son hits baseballs like his dad

Vladimir Guerrero was one of baseball’s best power hitters during his prime. Known by nicknames such as “Vlad the Impaler” the slugger had a knack for swinging at anything and finding a way to place it over the outfield wall. The apple does not fall far from the tree apparently as his son is also quite the slugger. In a video of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. posted to YouTube the 15...
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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