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PostPosted: Wed 3/27/19 10:22 pm    Post subject: Angels 2019 - A New Era Begins Reply with quote

With a new manager and a newly signed superstar, the Angels are ready to get the season underway, and a new era as well. They'll get started with four games in Oakland, then play two in Seattle before heading back to Anaheim for next Thursday's home opener.
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PostPosted: Thu 3/28/19 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish the Angels a great season. They look like they're ready to turn the page.
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PostPosted: Fri 3/29/19 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Norcal scores one! LOL...well, two of the Socal teams won yesterday, at least. Anaheim was shut out, 4-0, with Trevor taking the loss. The former "A"s pitcher was knocked around by Oakland, and outpitched by Athletics starter Mike Fiers.

Halos left fielder Justin Upton will miss eight to 12 weeks of play thanks to "left turf toe", which is said to be a much more common injury in football than in baseball. Brian Goodwin and Peter Bourjos will split time in left until Upton's return. The Angels already have several outfielders on the IL--Michael Hermosillo (sports hernia), and top prospect Jo Adell, at Double A (left ankle sprain).

Matt Harvey will get his first start for the Angels tonight.
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PostPosted: Mon 4/1/19 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been a rocky road to start the season for Anaheim, which lost three of four games in their opening series in Oakland, and just dropped the first of their two-game set in Seattle. The Angels open at home this Thursday against Texas.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/3/19 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm...so far in the "new era", the Angels are 1-5. Sad
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PostPosted: Thu 4/4/19 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Angels were swept in the two-game set in Seattle, and come home for their home opener today.
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PostPosted: Thu 4/4/19 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe they can turn things around at home after a rough week playing on the road. Matt Harvey will start for them tonight.
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PostPosted: Mon 4/8/19 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just looking at my last post - well, Harvey has not shown them he has anything left.

But Mike Trout still keeps everyone in awe of him! And even though the Angels did lose their home opener they came back and won 3 straight against the Rangers.

The Brewers are starting a series in Anaheim tonight. It seems weird to look at the schedule and see they are playing a series at the Cubs this coming weekend.
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PostPosted: Tue 4/16/19 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Following a productive homestand in which the Angels took three of four from the Rangers and then swept the Brewers, they split two games with the Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend and have moved on to Texas to face the Rangers again. The third scheduled game against Chicago will be made up at a later date (weather, what else!).

Mike Trout is back in the lineup, Jaime Barria is making his first start of the season tonight. Tyler Skaggs has landed on the IL. And Shohei Ohtani continues to make more progress towards his return.
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PostPosted: Tue 4/16/19 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being at .500 is better than where they've been lately.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/24/19 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last week was a bad one for the Angels, as bad as the previous one had been for the Dodgers. They lost six straight, and now have fallen in eight of the last nine--a three-game sweep on the road by the Rangers, a home series loss (three of four) to the Mariners, and the first two home games of a four-game set with the Yankees.

Anaheim is also apparently going to use the "closer by committee" method as Cody Allen has been removed from the closer role after struggling. Angels manager Brad Ausmus has mentioned Ty Buttrey, Hansel Robles and Luis Garcia as potential "go-to" arms for the ninth inning.

The Halos will make a brief road trip to K.C. for the weekend, then return home to host the Blue Jays. Then they head SOTB for big series in Monterrey with the Astros.
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PostPosted: Thu 4/25/19 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have heard a lot of fans are dissatisfied with Brad Ausmus. I say give him time. I hope they will be able to turn things around - need to keep in mind we are 4 weeks into the season today.
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PostPosted: Fri 4/26/19 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Angels placed erstwhile closer Cody Allen on the IL (lumbar spine strain) and called up LHP Tyler Skaggs, who will get the start in tonight's game at K.C. RHP Matt Ramsey has been optioned and RHP Luke Bard recalled.

They lost three of four in their home series hosting the Yankees, and have a brief (weekend) road trip to K.C. before returning to Anaheim.
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PostPosted: Tue 4/30/19 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OC native and UCLA alum/RHP Griffin Canning has been called up to make his first major league start in tonight's Angels-Blue Jays match-up in his own backyard at Angel Stadium. Of course, the Blue Jays come to town with much fanfare having just promoted Vlad Jr. over the weekend--he being son of Angels Hall of Famer Vlad Sr. So this should be a fun series to watch.

And the Halos have suddenly won three of their last four, which includes taking the series in K.C. Not only did Tyler Skaggs look great in the series opener, throwing five scoreless innings, but Matt Harvey got the win in the finale with a solid start (one run over seven innings).
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PostPosted: Sun 5/5/19 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After sweeping the Blue Jays at home, the Angels participated--and I use that word "at best"--in the Monterrey series, in which the Astros really took it to them in the series opener (of two), last night, 14-2. Sad
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PostPosted: Sun 5/5/19 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whatever Matt Harvey did right last week didn't work in this series with the Astros. It was pretty miserable for the Angels and their fans. Confused
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PostPosted: Mon 5/6/19 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was watching bits and pieces in between our games. I expected better of the Angels, at least a split.
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PostPosted: Tue 5/7/19 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Losing the second game of the Mexico series to the Astros, 10-4, the Angels have looked pretty pitiful. But, yo! Ohhhh-tani is back and will be in the lineup tonight after being activated from the IL. He'll be hitting third (DH--bleah).
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PostPosted: Mon 5/13/19 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Griffin Canning took his first loss on Sunday, to the Orioles.
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PostPosted: Thu 5/16/19 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After losing the series in Mexico over Cinco de Mayo weekend, the Angels won two road series, beating the Tigers and the Orioles, then lost a series to the Twins in Minnesota.

The Halos thus far this season:

"Angels' Promising Start Fueled by Surprises, Roster Gambles and a Returning Star"

By MARIA TORRES
MAY 16, 2019 | 4:30 PM


It may be hard to see now. The Angels are 20-23 and 8½ games behind the first-place Houston Astros in the American League West.

But a path for the Angels to emerge from the haze cast over the first quarter of their season exists — if they can build off a succession of recent promising trends.


Unexpected sources start hot

Caught in the rubble of pre-season injuries to left fielder Justin Upton and starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, the Angels made two player moves to shore up their roster ahead of the season. Pitcher Chris Stratton, one of those acquired, was shelled repeatedly and traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates last week.

But outfielder Brian Goodwin, the other acquisition, has performed better than the Angels expected. Since being picked off the waiver wire, Goodwin has turned in a solid first 40 games. His .315 batting average leads the team and his .874 OPS trails only Mike Trout and Tommy La Stella.

The Angels were slow to play Goodwin every day because they were unsure what damage the left-handed hitter could do against left-handed pitchers. He’s followed the team trend in that regard — the Angels hit left-handers at an MLB-worst .211 clip and Goodwin has a .217 average against them — but his ability to make daily adjustments has superseded concerns about splits. After being held hitless in 14 at-bats from May 10-14, he broke out of his slump with a four-hit game Wednesday.

La Stella, a career backup acquired in a November trade, heated up in April after hitting three home runs over two days. He now leads the team with 11 homers and has a 1.087 OPS since April 10. Before this season, La Stella had hit 10 home runs in 947 career plate appearances. It took him 121 appearances to reach that number this season.

Angels hitting coaches helped La Stella alter his swing path during spring training. He said last month the adjustments allowed him to relax his grip and generate power more naturally by launching baseballs a few degrees higher, but he wasn’t trying to reinvent himself as a slugger. He figured playing on a near-daily basis allowed him to find a better groove at the plate than he had in the past.

It’s too early to determine if either development is sustainable through the season. But both roster gambles have provided favorable outcomes.

Experimentation is underway

Perturbed by Justin Bour’s .584 OPS that ranked last among first basemen with 100 plate appearances, the Angels optioned the veteran to Triple-A after Tuesday’s loss in Minneapolis. Jared Walsh came up in his place and had a three-hit game Wednesday, the sixth player in Angels history to do so in his debut.

The move was the latest in a series of bold choices by Angels officials, who promoted top pitching prospect Griffin Canning on April 30 after gave top infield prospect Luis Rengifo a chance to play while Zack Cozart was hurt. And when Cozart returned from the injured list, manager Brad Ausmus indicated that his performance would dictate his playing time.

While they have stuck by veterans Cozart, Albert Pujols and reliever Cody Allen, the Angels have also made it apparent they reward performance. Utility man David Fletcher, for instance, has earned playing time after entering spring training competing for his first opening day roster spot.

Pitching help is coming

Heaney, who has battled left elbow inflammation since spring training and received a cortisone shot to alleviate the pain in early April, threw 58 pitches in four innings on Wednesday in his second extended spring training rehab start. Ausmus said last week Heaney might only need three starts before rejoining the Angels rotation, so he could be in a major league game by the end of the month.

If Heaney can shake off the injury and perform close to his line in 2018 — he struck out 180 in a team-leading 180 innings while improving his ground ball rate and posting a serviceable 4.15 ERA — he could help stabilize the Angels’ rotation. As things stand, offseason acquisitions Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill have a combined 6.83 ERA in 17 starts.

J.C. Ramirez, coming back from Tommy John surgery he had in April 2018, will face hitters Monday in a rehab game for the second time. The Angels have not yet determined what role he will play upon his anticipated activation in late June or July.

Ramirez, 30, enjoyed some success with the Angels when they converted him from a reliever to a starter in 2017. Despite the heavier workload, he maintained his mid-90s fastball, struck out nearly 17% of the batters he faced and saw his team win 14 of his 24 starts.

Ramirez could just as easily slot into the rotation as the bullpen, which ranks in the top 10 in ERA (3.84) but could use a boost. Reliever Keynan Middleton is also expected to return from the injured list in July.

Trout and Ohtani are back together

Shohei Ohtani rejoined the Angels’ lineup May 7 and immediately deepened it. The Angels have averaged 6.5 runs and batted .312 with an .880 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in their nine games with Ohtani.

They batted .240 with a .730 OPS before Ohtani came back. Plus, Trout was issued free passes, intentionally and otherwise, in 28% of his plate appearances in his first 31 games of the season. With Ohtani batting third behind him, Trout has drawn a walk at a 17% rate. None have been intentional.

Trout, the two-time American League most valuable player, is the Angels’ OPS leader (1.004) despite a 24-game stretch in which he has hit .253. Ohtani has already collected six RBIs and 10 hits, numbers that might have been higher had he not stranded nine runners in Wednesday’s one-run road loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Upton, who is hitting in the cage and throwing, does not yet have a date targeted for his return from a toe sprain. The Angels initially hoped it would come as early as the beginning of June, but he has yet to put weight on his feet while running. When he finally comes back, the middle of the Angels’ order will be rejuvenated again.
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PostPosted: Fri 5/17/19 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for keeping us updated on them. I hope they will improve under Ausmus as I want him to succeed as a manager. I have only watched a couple of games of theirs this year but we will no doubt get out to see one "live" sometime in the middle of the season.
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PostPosted: Thu 5/23/19 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now here's some real news--a game at Angel Stadium was rained out last night. Surprised It was the 17th time in their 59-year history that an Angels home game had suffered this fate. But probably never this late in spring. And since it was postponed by a day, that game is just underway now as I post.

From the L.A. Times:

"Clubhouses Not Happy About the Postponed Series Finale Between Angels and Twins"

By MARIA TORRES
MAY 22, 2019 | 8:25 PM


A Wednesday afternoon storm caused flooding in the Angel Stadium outfield, where drainage is lacking, and wreaked havoc on the series finale between the Angels and Minnesota Twins.

The rain had already dissipated an hour before the originally scheduled first pitch. Yet as the grounds crew used squeegees and team president John Carpino skipped baseballs across the grass to test their paths, it became clear to game officials that baseball could not be played safely. Field concerns forced the Angels to postpone the game until Thursday at 1 p.m.

“There was just too much water in the outfield,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “As they moved the water around, it seems to disappear. You don’t see the puddling. But when you stepped on it, it would just come up around your shoe.

“I couldn’t imagine having to field a ball coming through that water, picking it up soaking wet and trying to make a throw to a base, never mind what could happen if your cleats didn’t catch.”

Players in the Angels’ clubhouse were annoyed, said Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson, who is Minnesota’s representative to the MLB Players’ Association. The postponement made it so that the Angels would have to play 20 games in 20 days.

Gibson said he met with Andrew Heaney, Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun, among others, to discuss the situation.

“When I walked over there, I literally was like, 'Hey, listen. Ideally, we would like to play tomorrow,’” Gibson told reporters in the Twins clubhouse. “And they said, ‘Ideally, we would not like to play tomorrow because it’s going to be our only off day for three weeks.’”

Angels players were not made available to media postgame. When reached for comment, Angels Vice President of communications Tim Mead said, “It’s hard to convey how valuable off days are.”

The Angels have already had one day off scrubbed because of weather; they will spend their originally scheduled day of rest June 3 playing the Cubs in Chicago to make up a game postponed by snow.

The Angels’ next day off will not occur until June 12.

Officials considered delaying the start of the game several hours because they were concerned about Thursday’s forecast, which in an early incarnation showed a chance of rain. When those chances lessened, officials decided to it best to reduce the chance for injury.

“It didn’t make a lot of sense to push back the start time because the water’s not going anywhere,” Ausmus said. “The sun’s down. There’s no evaporation. It’s just sitting there. As it was explained to me, we could move the water around. But we could do that until midnight. It’s not going to change how much water’s there.”

The Angels are confident groundskeepers can dry the field in time for right-hander Matt Harvey to start for the Angels opposite Twins left-hander Martin Perez one day late.

This home rainout is the 17th in Angels history, 12th at Angel Stadium, and the first in Anaheim since July 19, 2015. The Angels have had one other home game rained out in the last 24 years, a June 16, 1995, game against the Chicago White Sox.

Tickets for Wednesday's game can be used Thursday. The Angels are offering refunds and exchanges on tickets purchased through the box office, Angels.com or the team’s sales department.

“I think we probably could have played tonight but again it is not my decision to make,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “There were people that disagreed with me and that’s OK. We were able to speak freely. Someone had to make a decision. You have to respect that the decision was not ours to make.”

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PostPosted: Fri 5/24/19 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my co workers was on his way to that Angels game thinking it would still be played. There would be no way of knowing the water was all pooled even if had stopped raining.

It's too bad the Angels can't find any traction or get into a groove.
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PostPosted: Sat 5/25/19 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...the Angels can't find any traction


Cute; I almost missed that.

To recap the past week, after losing the series in Minnesota, the Angels returned to Anaheim, where they took a series from the Royals, then were brought back to reality with a Twins sweep at Angel Stadium--including the makeup of the "watered-out" game, in which Matt Harvey started for the Halos and was promptly shelled.

With the Rangers in for a three-game weekend set, RHP Andrew Heaney will make his season debut on Sunday.
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PostPosted: Tue 5/28/19 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Angels took 2 of 3 from the Rangers, at home. They have 3 games this week against the Athletics who have won 10 straight! That included yesterday's Memorial Day loss to them (in Oakland). And then 4 games at Seattle. That will be a battle for the basement. It's a good thing for the Angels that the Mariners started losing a lot after their hot start. That's keeping them out of last place. I see this division as a 2 team race even if that. Right now the West has 3 teams under .500.
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The Angels took the series in Oakland, and then 3 of 4 from the Mariners at home. That makes it 5 of their last 6 games they won. Tomorrow they play 1 game in Chicago to make up for that snowed out game on April 14. And then they fly back to Anaheim immediately to start a series on Tuesday against the Athletics! I'm not surprised they were mad at that game being delayed with the standing water messing up their schedule.
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PostPosted: Sun 6/2/19 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the last two updates, Sunny! I've been following along little by little but of course this was leading up to the craziest weekend of spring!
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PostPosted: Mon 6/10/19 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A glimmer of hope has been followed by disappointment--a make-up game loss to the Cubs, home series losses to both the "A"s and the Mariners.

And then they get the Dodgers this week. For that series, there's no doubt where my allegiance lies.
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PostPosted: Sun 6/16/19 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to post an Angels update while I'm still de-stressing from the Dodgers-Cubs game.

The team continues to search for some footing in the AL West. They split four in Tampa Bay this weekend after winning two back in Anaheim against, of course, the Dodgers. They will continue on the road in Toronto and then, St. Louis next weekend, as Albert makes his long-awaited return to Busch Stadium.

Following that will be a homestand in which they host the Reds and Athletics to close out the month of June.
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PostPosted: Tue 6/18/19 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In one of those losses in Tampa Bay they (Halos) had 20 LOB!

Justin Upton was activated for yesterday's game in Toronto. He homered on the first pitch he saw so that's the first pitch of the season for him. The Angels hit 4 home runs in that game. They won, 10-5.
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