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Surprise! Josh Hamilton is back in the Angels lineup

Remember how we heard that Albert Pujols might miss a day or two with a hamstring issue and that Josh Hamilton was hoping to return Wednesday? Here’s tonight’s #Angels lineup vs Seattle at 7:05 p.m. PT. — Angels (@Angels) September 16, 2014 SURPRISE! Both of the expensive sluggers are back in the lineup. Hamilton returning is obviously the bigger...
Via Monkey with a Halo
8 hours 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
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

RCL Update: A Trout in the Pot is Better Than a Stanton in the Sea

I'll be honest, I really wanted to do a title about Rudy. After having a top-7 pitching week and moving into the top-10 overall, I wanted to kiss some a*s to the other man in charge. It was supposed to be "Rudy Comfortable", a play on Rudy Huxtable, but then Grey told me to talk about you guys and four girl readers. I obliged and started looking at the top-10 and the...
Via Razzball
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

World Series Odds: Angels remain baseball betting favorite in mid-September

The Los Angeles Angels are 16-3 SU over their last 19 games and 10-1 SU over their last 11 games, widening their lead in the AL West to 10 games in the process. The Angels are a 5/1 favorite to win the World Series and will look to stay hot this week hosting the Seattle Mariners in a four-game series starting on Monday. In the series opener on Monday night, Matt Shoemaker and the...
Via OddsShark
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols leaves game with hamstring cramp

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Albert Pujols was forced to exit tonight’s game against the Mariners in the fourth inning with a left hamstring cramp. Pujols clutched at the back of his leg while running to second base on a bases-clearing double off Hisashi Iwakuma in the bottom of the third inning. Fortunately, it doesn’t appear to be serious and could...
Via Pro Sports Daily
17 hours 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
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Josh Hamilton could return Wednesday, inside Mike Trout’s poor defensive numbers

The September 16th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Josh Hamilton could return Wednesday, inside Mike Trout’s poor defensive numbers and much more… The Story: Josh Hamilton could return as DH Wednesday after taking BP sessions on Monday. The Monkey Says: Hamilton even admits he probably won’t be batting clean-up when he returns. I actually...
Via Monkey with a Halo
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Angels beat Mariners, become first team to clinch playoff spot

  The Los Angeles Angels on Monday night became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a playoff spot, with Matt Shoemaker pitching five-hit ball into the eighth inning of an 8-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. David Freese and Brennan Boesch homered for the big-league-leading Angels (94-56), who reduced their magic number to three in the American League West race with...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Angels clinch playoff berth

The Los Angeles Angels became the first team to punch their ticket to the playoffs. The Angels currently have the best record in MLB, with 94 wins and 56 losses. At this pace the Angels will end the season with 101 wins. This is the Angels first playoff appearance since 2012. The Angels Magic Number to clinch the West Division is down to 3. The Angels won the game by a score of 8...
Via Reading Between The Seams
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Angels Injury Update: Josh Hamilton improving, still no timetable

The Los Angeles Angels lost to the Houston Astros on Sunday by the score of 6-1. Even with the loss, the Angels have the best record in baseball at 93-56. At first in runs scored and 11th in team ERA, the Angels should be coasting into the post season. The question is whether or not Josh Hamilton, who has been out with a shoulder injury, will be a part of the run. He is improving...
Via MLB Injury News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Hamilton making progress with shoulder, Thatcher activated from DL

The September 15th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Hamilton making progress with shoulder, Thatcher activated from DL and much more… The Story: Josh Hamilton finally showed some progress with his shoulder. The Monkey Says: There is still no planned return date, but this is the first bit of good news they’ve had with Hamilton in days. Earlier...
Via Monkey with a Halo
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Trout homers twice, Angels win tenth straight game

The red-hot Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim currently possess a nine-game winning streak. With Oakland being victorious earlier, the Halos looked the win their tenth game in a row, and bring their magic number down to four.Jered Weaver (16-8, 3.58 ERA) and Scott Feldman (8-10, 3.99 ERA) were on the mound for Game Two.Mike Trout hit his 33rd homer of the season in the first, to put...
Via In The Neutral Zone
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Injury Update: Joe Thatcher activated

The Los Angeles Angels improved to a Major League best 92-55 on the season following a 11-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. The Angels remain on top of the league in runs scored and are a respectable 11th in ERA. The staff got a boost with the return of reliever Joe Thatcher, who has been activated from the disabled list. #451916564 / gettyimages.comI reported on September...
Via Sports Injury Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

5 most intriguing World Series matchups

No team has officially clinched a postseason spot heading into Thursday. However, the playoff picture, for the most part, seems pretty clear. With the teams who all but officially are set to play meaningful baseball in October, they alone pose very good hypothetical World Series matchups. Add the teams in the Wild Card races to the mix, and the possibilities are truly special when...
5 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...
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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