Los Angeles Angels


Angels need great offer to make a deadline deal

The Los Angeles Angels are currently in the cellar of the American League West with a 45-55 record. It’s clear that this year is a wash, despite the team’s recent hot streak. The team needs to rebuild, and it must do so through trades. The Angels have one of the weakest farm systems in the league, so they don’t have much internal talent to call up the way the Chicago Cubs or Houston Astros do. Without any assets to trade there is no way the Angels will be buyers. They will likely either stand pat or become sellers. With the […]

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Examining the AL West shows the importance of starting pitching

A team without healthy starting pitching is doomed to have a dismal season To truly be a contender, a team needs all its pieces working well at the same time. Add a bit of luck to the equation and you may have a World Series champion. The 2015 Oakland Athletics proved just how much having one piece of the team puzzle out of whack can hurt a team. They had a terrible bullpen and it ruined the entire season — Oakland lost 35 one-run games. Even if a team’s starting pitching is great, they can’t win without a solid bullpen. The same […]


Graveman cruises and Burns walks it off for A’s over Angels

Friday night Kendall Graveman put up his best start of the year, holding the Angels to just three hits while striking out four through seven innings. He worked efficiently, getting ahead in the count and threw just 91 pitches.  It was by far his longest outing and best of the year. The 25-year-old right-hander is no stranger to inconsistency. In 2015, for example he was optioned back to Triple-A in early May and returned on May 23 to pitch in nine straight starts without allowing more than three runs. Then he suffered an injury and the A’s, who were in […]

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Socks Girl’s seven takeaways for MLB week 5

Seven takeaways from week 5 Each week on Monday (I figure I  can handle a small commitment to my blog, right?) I’ve been giving  you a quick wrap up of seven important things that happened over the past week in MLB, and even some MiLB,  plays, events, matchups or whatever it was I would have loved to do an entire post on but didn’t have the time. Because let’s face it, there are 30 teams and no one person can cover them all or keep track of everything. I have a hard enough time covering the A’s at for FanRag […]


A’s may have a chance to compete in a weak AL West division

It’s still early, but the underdog A’s could compete in a weak AL West division It is only the third of May. Only a month of baseball has been played meaning that there are still five months left in the regular season. A lot can happen in five months so nothing is guaranteed. Teams that are excelling now can falter (remember the 2014 Oakland Athletics?) and teams that are at .500 can turn into power houses (see the 2015 New York Mets). However, the current state of the American League West is looking mediocre. All five teams are just above […]

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I never watched this video before today ….

A post a bit past it’s expiration date but worth a read and watch! I still have not seen this with volume (just ask my little tiny Levono Yoga 2  computer why because I don’t know why I can’t get sound!! Talk about inconvenient! Even though the Angels just killed my A’s, despite the fact that my favorite position player is Marcus Semien. Semien hit three homers in two days and is leading the Athletics with four homers on the year. I don’t like the fact that people think that Semien still “sucks” at playing shortstop. The fact is that […]


AL West series: Make it or Break it Seasons: C.J. Cron

C.J. Cron showed up to camp slimmed down and ready to work, could this be his big break with the Angels? With the beginning of each new season, there are players who know they need to make an impression, and quickly. Maybe they were superstars who are now in decline, perhaps they’ve got potential to be great but are looked at as injury prone, or maybe they’re a young phenom that just hasn’t quite lived up to the hype. Still, the teams who are taking a chance on these kinds of players, whether they’re already on the big league club […]

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The lone Montreal Expo left standing: Bartolo Colon

In the already legendary career of Bartolo Colon, why wouldn’t he be the last Expo left? This shouldn’t be too surprising. You know me and what I am going to say next, right? Oh yeah ….  #TEAMBARTOLO!! I know, I know … that’s what I always say, but quite honestly this is a miraculous thing. I mean it’s miraculous that he’s still dominant at 42. It’s miraculous that he’s still playing at 42. It’s insane that he had eight hits for the New York Mets last season at age 41 (and having always been on the chubby side) – a […]


What exactly are the Angels and owner Arte Moreno doing?

What in the world is Angels’ owner Arte Moreno thinking? The front office executives of the Los Angeles Angels along with new general manager Billy Eppler and owner Arte Morneo have been sending mixed signals so far this offseason. Back in December Moreno stated that the Angels were not planning to seriously engage with any of the big name free agents this offseason. At the time the Angels were just $4 million under the luxury tax threshold of $189 million. The Angels owner said then that he didn’t intend to cross that threshold. Going over the luxury tax threshold costs […]

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Four Angels pitchers to compete for fifth starter role

 Who will be the Angels’ fifth starter in 2016?  It’s been well established that the Angels have a lot of starting pitching depth. In fact, if the season started today they would have eight pitchers capable of starting in C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver, Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, Hector Santiago, Matt Shoemaker, Nick Tropeano and Tyler Skaggs. It’s extremely likely that veterans Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson will be in the starting rotation regardless of the fact that both have regressed in recent years. Weaver, a three time All-Star from 2010 to 2012, has never been a hard thrower and in […]