ANGELS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Halos back Ramirez's 9 K's to tackle Texas

Jefry Marte drove in three runs and J.C. Ramirez racked up a career-high-tying nine strikeouts as the Angels clinched a series win over the Rangers with a 5-2 victory on Sunday.
Via Angels.com
49 minutes ago

Angels righty Guerra keeping lefties in check

Deolis Guerra's splits against right-handed hitters and left-handed hitters couldn't be more different this year, but also not in the way you'd expect.
Via Angels.com
5 hours ago

J.C. Ramirez Seeks First Win As Starting Pitcher

On Saturday the Angels had their win streak snapped. They took the 6-3 loss as Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez hit for the cycle. The start from Jesse Chavez looked promising, but a fifth inning outburst cost the Halos. It’s a new day and the Angels still have a chance to take the series on Sunday. The Angels will start right-handed J.C. Ramirez as he looks for his first...
Via Halo Headquarters
7 hours ago

Ramirez seeks first win as starter vs. Rangers

Angels right-hander JC Ramirez will be looking for his first win as a starter, and Rangers left-hander Martin Perez will be trying to show better control when they face off Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park.
Via Angels.com
18 hours ago

Albert Pujols mocks Rangers pitcher after beef

Albert Pujols mocked Texas Rangers pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez after the Angels'  6-3 loss in Arlington on Saturday.During the top of the 4th inning, Pujols was facing Yu Darvish with an 0-1 count when the Rangers pitcher buzzed him with a pitch up and in. Pujols ducked out of the way but had words with some in the opposing dugout after his at-bat, including Gonzalez.After the game...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols reaches RBI record

Heading into the season, much was made about Albert Pujols chasing down immortality as he looks to become just the fourth player in history with 3000 hits and 600 home runs.But, quietly, the Los Angeles Angels slugger set a record Friday night.With a three-run home run in the eighth, the Dominican-born Pujols passed Rafael Palmeiro for the most RBI (1838) in Major League history...
Via Hall of Very Good
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Andrelton Simmons Will Not Be The Leadoff Man Anytime Soon

In 2013 Andrelton Simmons was in the leadoff spot for the Atlanta Braves more often than not. As is the case presently, Simmons was every bit as quick, light on his feet, and solid at putting the ball in play as anyone around him. However, as 2013 progressed, Simmons’ numbers declined in a dramatic way. His OBP melted below the .300 mark in the later stages of July. This is not...
Via Halo Headquarters
1 day ago

Tyler Skaggs and C.J. Cron headed to 10-day DL, Daniel Wright and Jose Valdez get nods

When Mike Scioscia took Tyler Skaggs out of last night’s game, I got worried. You know why. We ALL know why; but I still had to do my best to not think the worst, in light of the news or injury updates we’re accustomed to hear. I was hoping it was just Scioscia being dumb; that would have been the GOOD outcome. Then, to add to the worry pile, C.J. Cron fouled a ball off his foot...
Via Halos Heaven
1 day ago

Angels Designate Greg Mahle For Assignment

The Angels have designated lefty Greg Mahle for assignment, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times tweets. The move clears space on the Angels’ 40-man roster for righty Jose Valdez, who was promoted today along with fellow righty Daniel Wright as the team placed C.J. Cron and Tyler Skaggs on the disabled list. The 24-year-old Mahle pitched 18 1/3 innings of relief as a rookie for...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

C.J. Cron Appears Headed for Another Disappointing Season.

Maybe it was just wishful thinking. In retrospect, it seems silly to think that C.J. Cron was going to have a breakout season for the Angels. Up to this point, he has never been able to put it all together consistently. Either struggles, injury, inconsistency, or all three has kept Cron from ever justifying his first-round draft status. Cron just hasn’t been able to establish himself...
Via Halo Headquarters
1 day ago

Angels Place C.J. Cron On DL

The Angels have placed first baseman C.J. Cron on the disabled list with a foot injury, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times tweets. Lefty starter Tyler Skaggs also appears likely to head to the DL with oblique trouble. Both players left yesterday’s game against the Rangers — Cron fouled a ball off his foot, while Skaggs told the team he felt a “pinch” in his right side...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Quiz: Can you name the Angels’ 2002 World Series roster?

There were so many good things going for the Angels this year. Starting off 6-14, the lore of the rally monkey, a hip new manager, the emergence of a lights-out bullpen, and of course, the glorious comebacks. Let’s take a moment and rekindle the good vibes. Direct link to the quiz.
Via Halos Heaven
1 day ago

Effectively Wild Episode 1051: The Mike Trout Challengers

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff Manship, Chris Devenski, the biggest playoff-odds changers, Mets injuries, and Joey Votto’s comments on swing changes, then discuss which players, if any, can challenge Mike Trout for the title of best player in baseball, try to assemble a FrankenTrout, and conduct a brief Bryce Harper debate. Audio intro: Courtney Barnett, "Pedestrian...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Angels Getting Saves From--Bud Norris?

Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

Shelby Miller has tear in his UCL, flexor strain

The news on Shelby Miller is not great.The Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher has a tear in his UCL and a flexor strain, according to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. Miller, 26, left his Sunday start with forearm tightness. He was subsequently placed on the DL and underwent an MRI.The Diamondbacks wanted to get as much information as possible on Miller, so they had him get three medical opinions...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Dustin Ackley Bobblehead Night

Come out to the Bosh on May 19 for the game against Duke and pick up your collectible Dustin Ackley bobblehead! First pitch is scheduled for 6:30pm. For more information visit goheels.com.

JC Ramirez Got Better As a Starter

It’s not uncommon for a pitcher to experience difficulty as a starter, move to the bullpen, and benefit from almost immediate success. That’s a story we’ve heard plenty. We’re seeing it in Arizona right now, for example — with both Archie Bradley and Rubby de la Rosa — but they’re hardly the only cases. Bullpens are littered with failed starters. The best relief pitcher...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Periodic Mike Trout Update

If you sort the wRC+ leaderboard, you find Mike Trout sandwiched in between Eugenio Suarez and Steven Souza Jr. That’s the bad way to spin it. The good way to spin it is that Trout is in sixth with a wRC+ of 210, and that would also easily be the best mark of his career. I don’t have any good reason to write this right now, except that it’s Mike Trout, so, hey, why not? Does...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels place P Garrett Richards on 60-day DL

Angels ace righty Garrett Richards may be looking at another lost season.The club announced on Saturday that Richards will be placed on the 60-day disabled list after a recent test showed some improvement in biceps strength but irritation of the cutaneous nerve. Richards, 28, has made only one start for the Angels this season and had to exit it after 4.2 innings due to an issue with...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Francisco Lindor turns down $100 million extension

Apparently we are at the point in professional sports where 23-year-old baseball players are turning down $100 million in cold hard cash. We knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time. But that doesn’t make it any more absurd.According to Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci, Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor just recently turned down an extension that would have...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout victimized in prank by Astros mascot Orbit

Mike Trout became a victim of shenanigans courtesy of Orbit, the mascot of the Houston Astros, ahead of Tuesday’s game at Minute Maid Park.And to the Los Angeles Angels slugger’s credit, he had a great sense of humor about it, laughing with Orbit upon learning he’d been played as a victim to a funny prank.Orbit approached Trout on the field before the game and under the auspices...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson statue unveiled outside of Dodger Stadium

The Dodgers honored Jackie Robinson in a big way on Saturday, by immortalizing him on the 70th anniversary of him making his MLB debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.It was unveiled at Dodger Stadium in front of the fans, and features him sliding into a base, which is fitting. Here’s what the statue looks like. And here’s a close-up shot of it. Robinson’s achievements can’t be...
Via The Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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