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Celebratory ammonia hits for all! Kidding aside, it’s fantastic to see CJ Wilson string together consecutive dominant starts for a rotation that desperately needs it. He’s pitching deeper into games, keeping his walks down, and limiting deep flyball outs in favor of grounders and punchouts. His control looks great and I’m very happy the Angels were finally able to give him run support today. The team has looked mediocre all season and definitely played the part during this series against the Diamondbacks but with the bats awakening from their slumber today (shout-out Taylor Featherston, first career home run!!), the Halos oughta give themselves a pat on the back for today’s effort .
in CJ Wilson Dominant Again as Angels Top Diamondbacks 7-1
6/18/15, 6:47 PM
Paul Pierce may be 37 years old, but he’s still got a lot left in the tank. At this stage in his career, he knows he doesn’t need to/can’t be a ball-dominant primary scorer anymore. The last couple of seasons, Pierce has really settled into a role as a complementary player that’ll gouge an opponent’s eyes out when his number gets called. After a historic flurry of clutch shots in the Wizards’ 2nd round series against the Atlanta Hawks, Pierce’s arrow is trending upward once again and signing him would be a big next step towards Rivers remaking his “GM Doc” image. The Clippers are closer to title contention than the Wizards are right now and if something were to materialize, I’ll look forward to hearing a lot of “THAT’S WHY THEY GOT ME HERE” shouts at the Staples Center next year. Signing Paul Pierce would definitely be a huge internal victory for the Los Angeles Clippers.
in Clippers Reportedly Exploring Paul Pierce Signing
6/18/15, 6:11 PM
Let the good times roll. CJ’s location, movement, and deception were very much on point tonight as Carlos Perez continues to develop a fine rapport with the Halos staff. The lefty has his confidence back and is going right after hitters again and the results speak for themselves. I was also pleased with the way the Halos hit the sinkerballer Graveman tonight, waiting out for favorable pitches to pull, to the tune of 8 hits. Though their performance with runners in scoring position continues to lack and their only contribution to the scoreboard came by (what else?) solo home run, you gotta feel good about these one-run, grind-em-out victories. Don’t look now, but the Halos are just 2.5 games behind the Houston Astros for the AL West division lead.
in C.J. Wilson Deals, Pujols Solo Shot Proves Difference In 1-0 Angels Win Over A’s
6/14/15, 1:09 AM
And on Kole Calhoun Bobblehead Night to boot! Though I’m still skeptical of this team’s propensity to create 95% of their runs on solo home runs (my hyperbole in this instance might not even be that far off), you gotta feel good about wins like tonight’s. The Halos came from behind to take the lead not once, but twice, and hard-fought victories like these build a lot of grit and character, something that’s a refreshing change for a ballclub that’s seemed content to play .500 ball and no more so far this season. Santiago continues to give the team solid back-of-the-rotation innings and with the exception of Salas, it seems like the blowpen culture of old is slowly being whittled out. Now let’s see the team string together a more consistent slate of victories before we purchase more stock in them.
in Calhoun, Trout Power Halos To Come From Behind Victory Over A’s
6/13/15, 2:08 AM
Honestly, the Angels are on cruise control right now. They’re not playing to their potential and it certainly showed in this weekend series with the Red Sox. A 12-run effort on Friday showed what this team is capable of but the offensive prowess has still not been consistently there yet at any point this season. Though the Red Sox made some great defensive plays in the infield today, the Halos are still offering up a disturbingly high amount of weak contact. And Mike Scioscia’s pitching decisions (either too long of a leash for starters or too short, an inexplicable affinity for Cam Bedrosian, day-to-day bullpen mismanagement, etc.) aren’t helping things any. Right now the Angels are never getting too up and they’re never getting too down, which is a blessing and a curse. But the team needs to snap out of this sense of content with playing .500 ball and nothing more and needs to do it soon.
in Mike Napoli Rains Vengeance, Red Sox Top Angels 6-1
5/24/15, 6:16 PM
Here they come. The Angels are quietly stringing wins together and it all flows from the pitching. The team has allowed a microscopic 6 runs over the course of the 5-game winning streak, the bullpen hasn’t allowed a run in over a week, and the rotation now leads all of baseball with 22 quality starts on the year. Tonight, the offense joined in on the fun as Erick Aybar is somehow clicking as the cleanup hitter, Giavotella and Kole Calhoun continue to rake, Mike Trout is being Mike Trout, and even the unholy 7-8-9 trio collected 4 hits on the day (CHRIS IANNETTA HAS A PULSE!!!). Ever since the embarrassing interleague sweep against the Giants last weekend, the Angels have found their groove and it’s probably time for the Astros to start looking over their shoulders.
in Shoemaker, Trout Power Angels Past Orioles
5/16/15, 11:10 PM
Aces wild. Richards was flat-out dealing today and now that he’s fully up to speed, there’s little doubt that he’s the anchor of this Angels rotation. Today’s outing against a scorching Houston offense showed just what he’s capable of when he’s clicking on all cylinders and delivering his full arsenal of filth. In a season where the other 4 starters in the rotation (Weaver, Wilson, Shoemaker, Santiago) have had their moments but have been moderately to woefully inconsistent, having a rock like Richards to lean on is crucial. The Halos were able to ride their pitching to a series split with the AL-best Astros, despite scoring just 12 runs in 4 games, and once the notoriously slow-starting offense comes around, hold onto your hats.
in Garrett Richards Twirls A Gem, Angels Defeat Astros 3-1
5/11/15, 12:41 AM
As Angels broadcasters Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza mentioned tonight, Jered Weaver and Matt Shoemaker are way too similar to be pitching in back-to-back games against the same opponent and even in the same series, really. Low velocity, righty, flyball pitchers that struggle to keep the ball in the yard need to be separated with a couple of lefties and/or ground-ball inducers and/or flamethrowers as buffer. After being stifled by Weaver yesterday, the Astros knew exactly what to expect out of Shoemaker today and pounced on him early. Neither starter has looked all that impressive this season (with the big exception of Weaver’s phenonemal CG shutout yesterday) but that might be a product of this rotation mismanagement. When you rely on precision instead of elite stuff, you need to be put in a position to succeed and Scioscia really hasn’t done that with the Weaver/Shoemaker duo this season. Thankfully, the Halos have a glut of young arms to serve as that buffer so it’s just about actually making the adjustment. The offense looked healthy tonight at least. Carlos Perez is universes above Chris Iannetta right now, Mike Trout is still Batman, they hit Keuchel a lot more than we’re used to seeing this season, and the 9th inning rally was nice. But digging yourself into a hole in the first 3 innings puts you in a tough spot as a ballclub and it all can be avoided with some simple roster management. Let’s hope the Angels can figure it out soon because with the walkoff wins and the recent gems from the rest of the rotation, this team could be rounding into shape before we know it.
in Astros Pummel Shoemaker, Hang On To Defeat Angels 6-5
5/10/15, 12:10 AM
The artist formerly known as Dream Weaver has quickly become Nightmare Weaver. He put on 25 pounds in the offseason in an attempt to pitch deeper into games, but with no movement on his pitches and tortoise velocity, that’s been nothing more than wishful thinking. He’s not getting ahead of hitters and the precious few times that he does, instead of putting them away, he hangs a 67 mph curveball out over the plate and pays for it. I don’t know if he needs a DL stint or a Lincecum-esque temporary relegation to the bullpen but Weaver doesn’t look right at all and he needs to reinvent himself/get his mind in order. The fact that the offense is getting continually stifled by has-beens isn’t helping things and it’s becoming a true comedy of errors when you celebrate a Chris Iannetta single because he’s hitting .098 in his best impression of Jeff Mathis (HE HIT BEHIND JERED WEAVER TODAY). Terrible start to the month of May for the Halos and drastic changes might be needed to the rotation or to the batting order if this continues through two huge upcoming divisional series against the formidable Mariners and the red-hot Astros.
in Giants Rough Up Jered Weaver, Complete Sweep of Angels
5/3/15, 6:50 PM
9th inning rally notwithstanding, the Angels’ refusal to come out of their offensive hibernation is getting frustrating. The only semblance of offense they’re able to manufacture nowadays is on inefficient, one-and-done solo home runs. And today, we witnessed the pitching giving those runs right back in the bottom half of the inning after the solo shots came in the top halves. The late, small-ball-inspired rally off Romo was nice but they wouldn’t have been in that position had they not been stifled by elder statesman Tim Hudson. Stop hitting the damn snooze button and get your hides out of bed, Halos!
in Tim Hudson Parties Like It’s 2002, Leads Giants Over Angels
5/2/15, 7:04 PM
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