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3/25/15: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are seeing some normal results from their staff ace Garrett Richards. And by normal, that means some great pitching. Richards became a star last season as he developed into an ace. Of course, he had that terrible knee injury last August, and that ended his season. He is on the comeback trail this spring and looks great. In an intersquad game, he threw three innings and allowed just one hit while striking out four. Hopefully for Richards and the Angels, this is not an exception, and is what they will see from him throughout the season.
3/18/15: Every team in the AL West should be improved this coming season, but the LA Angels still have to be considered the heavy favorites to win the division once again. Staff ace Garret Richards is steadily improving from that devastating knee injury last August and the hope is that he will regain that form. But there is concern about another pitcher, specifically it is Jared Weaver and his disappearing fastball. His velocity has dropped in each of the pas five seasons and he averaged only 86.3 MPH in 2014. He was in the low-80's last week against Arizona, and that makes him vulnerable to most hitters. However, he may have a few tricks left and be able to paint corners like Greg Maddux did for so many years.
3/11/15: Major League Baseball seems to be wrestling the type of punishment Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton should receive for his recent drug and alcohol relapse. It is now being reported that a four person panel appointed by MLB has that job. There are a lot punishments on the table, including a year-long suspension as a four time offender of baseball's drug rules. The flip side is that addiction is an illness, and any punishment could be likened to punishing someone for an injury. By that logic, Hamilton would benefit more not from punitive measures but by rehabilitive actions.
3/4/15: Sadly, Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton had a relapse in his drug and alcohol addiction, bringing his future in MLB in doubt. His was a great story a few years ago. He was once a top prospect but got caught up in drugs and alcohol and was pretty much finished in baseball until he got his life in order. Then he went on to be one of the best players in league. He signed a five year mega-deal with the Angles a few years ago, but has done little on the field. This relapse will probably come with penalties (suspension). More importantly, Hamilton needs to find the strength he once had to beat his addictions.
2/18/15: Great news for the Angels, who already have one of the best rosters in all of baseball. They are about to get better. Pitcher Garrett Richards has been cleared to throw off a mound - a significant step in his recovery from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee from last August. He has already been running with his full body weight, so this is one of the last major steps in getting back on the field. He will likely be eased into the team - there is no need to make him go full throttle in the spring - so he may not be ready to go on opening day. That is fine. It is much more important to the team that he is available in September and October.
2/11/15: The Los Angeles Angels are holding out hope that starting pitcher Garrett Richards can be back for opening day. That may seem like a pipe dream considering that he has not yet begun even throwing off of a mound yet, but there is always hope this time of year. Richards emerged as a true ace last season when he went 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA and averaged almost a strike out per inning. However, that nasty knee injury last August cut his season short and the Angels can only hope he returns to form. In any case, the Angels should be one of the top contenders in the American League again this season.
2/5/15: Baseball teams and players going into arbitration hearings is nothing new. And these proceedings are usually pretty cut and dry as there is enough data on the player to determine a value. However, the Garrett Richards arbitration hearing, scheduled for February 11, is very different. Richards was decent until last season, when he became a bonafide ace, sporting a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and about a strikeout per inning in just under 170 innings. Then he tore his patellar tendon last August, so it is difficult to figure out how he will respond or even when he will return. Ultimately, the sides met about half way on a one year deal for $3.2 million.
1/28/15: Jared Weaver is one of the top rotation guys for the Angels, and he had another productive season last year. However, he dropped below 200 pounds, which is rail thin for a guy who stands 6'7". He as added 25 pounds to his frame over the offseason in an attempt to go deeper into games. It may also help him overall as he posted a 3.59 ERA last season which was his worst since 2009. The AL West should be among the more competitive divisions again this season and the Angles will need Weaver to be a heavy contributor to their continued success.
1/14/15: The Angels took a huge blow last season when starting pitcher Garrett Richards, who was turning in ace-like performances, when he blew out his knee last August. The Angels ended up winning the division but lacked the pitching to advance very far in the playoffs. Well, there is some good news. Richards is running again. That does not mean he is throwing or will be ready for the start of the season. In fact, the Angels are just hoping he car return to action within the first six weeks of the season. But it is a good sign that he is rehabbing well and hopefully he will regain the form he showed last season before he got hurt.
11/19/14: A pretty good week for a couple of Los Angeles area baseball players last week. Angels outfielder Mike Trout unanimously won the American League MVP award, while Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw won both the National League MVP and the Cy Young Award. Trout was the obvious choice in the AL. He led the lead in Wins Above Replacement with 7.8 while posting a slash line of .287/.377/.561. He also stole 16 bases while belting 36 home runs and led the league with 111 RBIs. So far, he has given the Angels a pretty good return on the six year, $144 million deal he signed in March. Oh, and he is only 22 years old.
11/12/14: The Angels improved their front office organization and may have hurt the rival Texas Rangers in the process when they hired Tim Bogar last week. Bogar was named interim manager of the Rangers in September when Ron Washington resigned and led a team that had nothing to play for to a 14-8 record. He was passed over for the permanent position, so leaving the Rangers was understandable. The new position is as a special assistant to GM Jerry Dipoto, though there are rumors that he may be in the mix for the Tampa Bay Rays manager job.
11/5/14: Perhaps the biggest move the Angels made in the 2014 season was acquiring closer Huston Street from the San Diego Padres. Street had a career year. Combining his time with both teams, he saved 41 games with a 1.37 ERA. That stabilized the Angels bullpen and put the team on track to overtake the A's and win the AL West walking away. So it is no wonder that the Angels quickly picked up his $7 million option for 2015. It will be the last year under his current contract, but do not be surprised if the Angels try to get him to agree to an extension.
10/29/14: The Angels may be watching the World Series at home like everyone else, but at least there is something to smile about. Center fielder Mike Trout was awarded the Hank Aaron Award by Major League Baseball last week. This award is given to the best offensive player in each league (Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins won in the National League). Trout hit .287 with 36 home runs and an OPS of .939 during 214, impressive numbers by any measure. He also led the league in RBIs with 111 and runs scored with 115. Trout and the Angels will be back next year, presumably to make up for some unfinished business.
10/22/14: One has to figure that the Angels will have much of the same roster next season as they did this season. Of course, that includes superstars Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. After all, the Angles, once they got going in the middle of the season, dominated the American League and won the AL West walking away. They will be without veteran third baseman Ian Stewart and catcher John Buck. Both decided against assignments and have elected free agency. Neither performed particularly well offensively, though neither registered even 90 at bats - so they will likely not be missed too much.
10/8/14: It seems hard to believe, but the best team in all of Major League Baseball throughout the 162 game season was eliminated in three straight games by an upstart group of youngsters from the Midwest. The Kansas City Royals made it official last Sunday with an 8-3 win in the first playoff game in KC in nearly three decades. The Royals were not intimidated by the big names on the Angels' roster in the sweep. For L.A., it is another long winter with some tough decisions to make on some aging veterans. For the Royals, it is a chance to make the World Series if they can get past Baltimore.
10/1/14: You can breath easy now, Rangers fans. The nightmare that was the 2014 season is over. There are not many positives to take out of the season. It was marred from the start with major injuries to key players who ended up being shelved for the season. The big offseason acquisition, Prince Fielder, is a prime example. He was hurt in the beginning of the season and that was it. The Rangers traded Ian Kinsler for him, who ended up having a great season in Detroit. But we can now put the season to rest and take comfort in knowing that the Rangers will have a high draft spot and that several prospects got invaluable experience.
10/1/14: The Angels, unlike many other teams in the league, are not fighting for their playoff lives or position. They enjoy a lofty perch on top of the American League, so they can take a few luxuries before the playoffs start. One of those luxuries is resting Josh Hamilton last weekend, though he is expected to be back for the playoffs. Hamilton has been playing with pain in chest, rib cage and shoulder for some time now. Of course, Hamilton has not been much of a star player for the past two years, at least not compared to his salary, so maybe the Angels fans wouldn't mind him missing some playoff time.
9/24/14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, or whatever they are calling themselves these days, are the American League West champions. The Angels struggled through the first few months of the season, allowing the Oakland A's to build up a substantial lead in the division. Then they decided to play. And play they did. The Angels conjured up a double digit lead in the division and will not have to worry about a play-in game. The only thing left now is to figure out who they will play in the playoffs. And that may not be decided for another week.
9/17/14: In baseball terms, a 'golden sombrero' is not a throne of honor. It is the humbling experience of striking out four times during a game. Albert Pujols earned that honor last week. What is amazing is that Pujols has played in the Majors for 14 years and this was his first. That equates to more than 2,100 games without striking out four times in a single outing, which is pretty darn impressive. Pujols has never struck out more than 100 times in any season, which is why many consider him to be among the best hitters of all time. In any case, the Angels are very comfy with their lead in the AL West and are only concerned about the playoffs.
8/28/14: Wow, this really could not have come at a worse time for the Angels. Just as the team overtook the struggling Oakland A's for first place in AL West, starting pitcher Garrett Richards tore his patellar tendon. That is a major injury and the recovery time is an expected six to nine months. That could put him out for half of next season as well. Richards had established himself as the star of the Angels staff this season by posting a 2.61 ERA and 164 strikeouts (in 169 innings). The rest of the staff will have to pick up the slack now as the Angels prepare for the postseason without their ace.
8/21/14: The American League playoff race is heating up, just in time for the stretch run. Oakland has owned the AL West (and, indeed the American League) all season, but the Angels have finally caught them in the standings. They are also doing it without Josh Hamilton, which, maybe why they finally caught them. Hamilton famously signed a big contract with L.A. before the 2013 season but has been a shell of his former self. Even his manager called him out and he has sat for five of eight games. If this keeps up, Hamilton may not see the field again this season. There is a big difference between first and second in the AL West, and neither the Angels nor the A's want to play a wild card game.
8/14/14: Every game remaining is important for the Angels. The team is one of the top two in all of the American League but has the unfortunate fate of sharing a division (and therefore only one guaranteed playoff spot) with the other top team in the AL. That team, of course, is the Oakland A's. So the Angles had to scrape their way to a 19 inning win last Saturday. Albert Pujols finally hit a walk-off home run that ended the game after six and a half grueling hours. The A's won as well, so they were only able to keep pace at four games back.
8/7/14: The Angels acquired the Diamondbacks' top pitching prospect, Tyler Skaggs, in the offseason to bring a new dimension to their pitching staff. He pitched well enough for a regular rotation spot this year, but is now is on the disabled list with what is being termed a 'strained forearm'. The timing could not have been worse, as it came one day after the non-waiver trade deadline. Incidentally, Skaggs was having a great outing, as the lefty was throwing a no-hitter (in the fifth inning) when the injury struck. A bit of tough luck for the Angels, though the team is still in prime position to make the playoffs.
7/31/14: Like many other contenders, the Angels have been busy over the past few weeks beefing up their roster for the stretch run. They may be the second best team in the American League, but they are still chasing the surprising Oakland A's. Their most recent move is signing veteran lefty Randy Wolf. Wolf has been on five, yes five, rosters since spring training of this season. It is a minor league deal for the 37 year old. But he does provide a wealth of experience and could come in handy as a middle reliever or spot starter late in the season or playoffs.
7/24/14: The Angels feel like they are close, and truth be told, they are probably the second best team in all of MLB - behind the Oakland A's. So good teams do what they can to put themselves in position to win. They identified their weakness (closer) and got a good one. The Angels acquired Huston Street from the San Diego Padres in a major deal last week. It was not cheap, though. The team gave up four players, including 30% of their top 10 prospects. The bill? Second baseman Taylor Lindsey, shortstop Jose Rondon, reliever R.J. Alvarez and righty Elliot Morris. Of course, if the team wins the World Series, then it will all be worth it.
7/17/14: It is All-Star week and the Angels are looking pretty good. They are second in the Majors in wins, winning percentage and run differential. The only problem is that the team that leads all of those categories is the Oakland A's, with whom they share a division. The Angels finished the first half on a five game winning streak and winners of nine of their last 10 games. That has allowed them to climb to 1.5 games out for the stretch run. It looks like both teams should be able to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, one will may have home field advantage while the other would be forced to play in a one game wild-card play-in game.
7/10/14: The Angels are trying to catch Oakland in the standings. They have been playing well of late, winning seven of their last ten and narrowing the deficit to four games. They traded struggling closer Ernestor Frieri to the Pirates for struggling closer Jason Grilli last week, and that led to an awkward moment. Both men were traveling to their new team and both, coincidentally, had a layover in Chicago. As it turns out, they ran into each other in the men's room at the airport. Kind of an odd encounter, but interesting to say the least.
7/3/14: The LA Angels decided to get rid of their struggling closer Ernesto Frieri for an older struggling closer, Jason Grilli. This may be a case of two teams just swapping the same problem with the hope that their new pitcher just needs a change in scenery. Frieri was serviceable when he was promoted to the closer role late last season, but could not sustain that success this year. Now armed with a new possible closer in Grilli, Angels manager Mike Scioscia has not determined where Grilli will be positioned. He may get to be the closer in the near future, but looks to be a set-up man to start out.
6/26/14: Loyalty to your players is a nice thing and often in absence in professional sports these days. Of course, there are times when you have to turn the page and move on. Angels manager Mike Scioscia cannot seem to do that and keeps playing the ancient Raul Ibanez. In the meantime, the team has rookie C.J. Cron and Grant Green. Green was even sent back to the minors despite hitting .359 in 22 games. He got recalled last week, and he may get more playing time now that the Angels have finally released the struggling Ibanez.
6/19/14: Angels outfielder Mike Trout seems to like playing at Turner Field in Atlanta. He reached base in five of his 11 plate appearances in his first two games there. That included two doubles and a home run. The home run came at a good time on Saturday. The Angels coughed up a five run lead, allowing the Braves to tie the game at six apiece and sending the game into extra innings. Trout became the hero with aa 13th inning home run. The Angels also put up another four runs in the inning to win the game 11-6. Trout has likely taken the title of the best player in the league and he showed why over the weekend.
6/12/14: The Angels took an opportunity to add pitching depth last week by signing veteran Joel Pineiro to a minor league deal. Pineiro had been with the Cubs until they released him, presumably for not pitching well in AA ball. Pineiro once was a very good major league pitcher and had some success with the St. Louis Cardinals a few years ago. Of course, he clashed with the coaching staff there when Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo, who was the manager of the Puerto Rico team, did not take Pineiro as his go-to guy. It did not hurt the Cardinals any, but may have been the downslide of Pineiro's major league career.
6/6/14: The Angels are still trying to find their identity as a team and it showed last Saturday against the AL West leading Oakland A's. On paper, the Angels should win this game nine times out of ten. But they forgot about Yoenis Cespedes. Angels starter Tyler Skaggs pitched six strong innings and limited the A's to only two hits. Then Cespedes hit a three run triple in the seventh, igniting a six run inning. Then he hit a home run in the eighth inning for good measure. Oakland went on to win 11-3, which should serve as a reminder to the Angels that the A's are for real and not to be taken lightly.
5/29/14: Time to take stock. The season is past the quarter pole, so those clubs that started hot and are not really contenders are starting to fade. The real teams are rising to the top. The Angels got an unfortunate blessing with Prince Fielder of the rival Texas Rangers going down for the year with a back injury. The Angels are playing pretty well and a well above 500. The big issue now is those pesky Oakland A's. The Angels have the second best run differential in the majors with +49. Yet the A's are about double that and are not showing any signs of slowing down. This looks to be the rivalry of the AL throughout the summer and it will be fun to watch as the two sides battle it out for the AL West crown.
5/22/14: Once again, things are not turning out as planned for the deep pocketed Angels. L.A. continues to trail the upstart Oakland A's, though they are in second in the AL West (and would be in line for a wild card birth if the playoffs started now instead of five months from now). The Angels have been able to score runs and average about five per game. The have been hit hard by injuries. Seven players on the DL, and that list includes Josh Hamilton, and both third basemen David Freese and Ian Stewart. If they can get healthy enough to play, then they still can win the division.
5/15/14: Many people questioned the Arizona Diamondbacks' decision to trade away star pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs, and those questions are now coming to roost. The D'Backs are among the worst teams in the league this season and really have no pitching. Skaggs, meanwhile, is starting to show his teeth. He dominated the Toronto Blue Jays last week, pitching into the ninth inning. Along the way, he retired 21 consecutive batters as the Angles beat the Blue Jays 5-3. Also in that game, rookie C.J. Cron hit his first major league home run while Chris Iannetta added a two run dinger in the victory.
5/8/14: The theory is that paying big money to big-time players should result in a lot of wins and (hopefully) post-season success. The Yankees pioneered that model in the late 90's and all through the early 2000's, and were rewarded with several World Series titles. The Angles are trying to do the same thing, but have not been able to generate much to show for their investment. While Albert Pujols is playing wonderfully this season, the team just cannot get over the hump and is middling around .500. The season is still young, though, and they have plenty of time to catch the A's and Rangers.
5/1/14: He did it! Albet Pujols was welcomed into one of the more exclusive clubs in Major League Baseball by hitting his 500th career home run last week. Pujols has been on a home run tear in the early part of the season, particularly in the last few weeks. This comes as overall hitting is at its lowest in 40 years. Pujols enjoyed most of his success with the St. Louis Cardinals. He has battled injuries for his first two years with the Angels, but seems healthy now. It may be a bit of a longshot, but Pujols does have an outside chance of catching the all-time home run record if he can keep hitting homers and stay healthy throughout the rest of his contract.
4/24/14: The Angels thought they were getting classic Pujols when they signed him to a $252 million contract just over two years ago. His first two seasons in Anaheim have been less than stellar and he has been less than healthy. But aside from the daily production that the team wanted, a bonus was his home run chase. Pujols is about to hit a major milestone as he sits on the doorstep of 500 home runs in his career. He has started strong this season and has six homer in his first 18 games. When he gets there, he will be the eighth player to hit 500 home runs by age 34.
4/17/14: The Angels have certainly opened up the wallet the past few years, but they have precious little to show for it so far. One of their key acquisitions in recent years was Josh Hamilton. Hamilton had a disappointing 2013 and is now out for six to eight weeks with a thumb injury. The outfield got thinner a few days ago as the team placed Kole Calhoun on the disabled list when he hurt his ankle. L.A. is still looking up at most of the AL West. The first thing they may need to fix is their home record, where they have only won two games all season.
CJ Wilson was solid for Los Angeles, but unfortunately they could not pull out a victory as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Angels by the score of 6-2. Wilson lasted 6.2 innings, surrendering two earned runs on six hits and a walk. He also added five strikeouts over the course of 103 pitches en route to his ninth loss of the season. Offensively, Albert Pujols blasted his 25th home run of the year in the eight inning off Indians reliever Vinny Pestano, a two- run shot that accounted for all of the Los Angeles runs. Overall on the day, the team managed just nine hits and were a paltry 0-9 with runners in scoring position.
7/28/12 ? The Los Angeles Angels made the biggest splash of the trade deadline this season. They acquired right-hander Zack Greinke from the Milwaukee Brewers for shortstop Jean Segura and two Double-A pitchers. Greinke, a former AL Cy Young Award Winner, is 9-3 this season with a 3.44 ERA this year. The addition strengthens the Angels starting rotation for the playoff push. With Greinke, CJ Wilson, Jered Weaver, and Dan Haren, the Angels now boast one of the top rotations in all of baseball. The Angels sit 4 games back behind the Texas Rangers for the top spot in the AL West.
Bartolo Colon earned his ninth victory of the season on Wednesday as he led his Oakland Athletics to a 10-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. CJ Wilson got the start for Los Angeles and was not his normal self, pitching just five innings and allowing three earned runs on nine hits and five walks. Despite the rough outing, he still has a record above .500 and his season ERA sits at a comfortable 3.34. Mike Trout continued his amazing rookie campaign by adding his 20th home run of the year in the eight off Travis Blackley, while Erick Aybar also went deep for the Angels in the loss.
Despite pitching well, Zack Greinke's debut in a Los Angeles uniform ended without a victory as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Angels by the score of 2-0 on Sunday. Greinke pitched seven strong innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and a walk. He also added eight strikeouts en route to his first loss in an American League uniform since he was traded from the Kansas City Royals a few seasons back. Offensively, the Angels managed just four hits off Jeremy Hellickson and the rest of the Rays pitching staff and were a paltry 0-5 with runners in scoring position.
Jared Weaver pitched well enough to earn his 13th victory of the season and helped propel the Los Angeles Angels to an 11-6 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. Weaver pitched five innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits and two walks. He also added eight strikeouts to move to an impressive 13-1 on the year thus far. Offensively, Mike Trout, Torii Hunter and Bobby Wilson all went deep, while Kendrys Morales, Alberto Callaspo, Mark Trumbo and Maicer Izturis all also drove in runs as well. Overall, the team hit a strong 6-15 on the day with runners in scoring position.
Dan Haren provided the Los Angeles Angels with exactly what they needed on Sunday as he propelled his team to a 7-4 victory against the Texss Rangers at home. Haren pitched six strong innings, allowing just two earned runs on three hits and three walks. He also added three strikeouts en route to his seventh win of the season thus far. Offensively for Los Angeles, Albert Pujols and Bobby Wilson each went deep in the victory, while Torii Hunter also added a run batted in. The home run was Wilson's first of the season, a seventh inning shot off Rangers starter Matt Harrison.
The Los Angeles Angels continue to roll, winning two out of three games this week against the San Francisco Giants and improving to 38-32. Winners of 7 out of their last 10 games, the Angels remain 5 games behind the Texas Rangers who are on a little hot streak of their own lately. The Angels will begin a weekend series with their crosstown rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, on Friday night. The Angels will send Dan Haren to the mound against the Dodgers' Chris Capuano for the first game of the series.
After an unusually slow start to the season, the Los Angeles Angels have stormed back and have climbed out of the AL West cellar to find themselves in second place, only 3 games behind the first-place Texas Rangers as we hit the halfway point of June. At 34-30, the revitalized Angels will head into a three-game interleague series against the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend. Dan Haren will be on the mound to open the series on Friday night against the Diamondbacks' Trevor Cahill as the Angels will look to gain some more ground in the AL West.
Winners of 6 of their last 10 games, the Los Angeles Angels are at .500 with a 29-29 record and have made up a lot of ground in the AL West since the early days of the season when they were in last place and trailed the Texas Rangers by as many as 9 games. Now, the Angels are only 4 games out of the division lead and will begin a three-game interleague series against the Colorado Rockies on Friday night at Coors Field in Denver. C.J. Wilson (6-4) will be on the mound for the Angels as they look to continue their hot play as of late. Mark Trumbo leads the team in all major offensive categories with 12 home runs and 37 RBI to go along with a .337 batting average and a 1.016 OPS.
After spending most of the early part of the season in last place in the AL West, the Los Angeles Angels have moved up to second place in the division and now only trail the first-place Texas Rangers by 5.5 games. At 26-26, the Angels have fought back to .500 thanks to improved play from superstar slugger Albert Pujols and third baseman Mark Trumbo. Despite taking longer than usual to hit his first home run of the season, Pujols now has 8 home runs and 28 RBI and Trumbo leads the team with a .348 batting average. The Angels will open up a series against the Rangers on Friday night and will look to put a dent in that 5.5 game deficit.
5/25/12 The Los Angeles Angels, at 21-25, are in the 4th place in the AL West. Winners of three in a row now, the Angels will finish off their four-game set with the Seattle Mariners this weekend before heading into a decidely tough six-game stretch beginning next week where they will face the New York Yankees and the AL West-leading Texas RangersIn a 3-0 win over the Mariners on Thursday night, starter Dan Haren avoided losing his 5th straight start, which would have been a first for him in his career. On Friday night, Ervin Santana will take the mound for the Angels as they look to extend their winning streak to four games.
5/18/12 The slow start to the 2012 season by star free agent acquisition mirrored a similar slow start for the Angels, but both have begun to pick up their play in recent days. With a 2-game series split against the Chicago White Sox, the Los Angeles Angels head into a weekend interleague series with the San Diego Padres with a 17-22 record, 7 games out of first place in the AL West. The good news for the Angels is that they are no longer in last place, as they have moved past the Seattle Mariners into 3rd place in the division.
5/11/12 With a 14-18 record, the Los Angeles Angels currently sit in last place in the AL West, 7 games behind the division-leading Texas Rangers. The Angels' on-base percentage and runs scored is way down to start the season and they are near the bottom of the league in both categories. Despite great pitching from the likes of Jered Weaver, who has a 1.60 ERA and a no-hitter under his belt already, the Angels are failing to get production from the key hitters in their lineup like Albert Pujols, Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter.
5/3/12 - In front of a crowd of 27,288 at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night, Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter. The 9-0 victory against the Minnesota Twins was the first no-hitter at home since Nolan Ryan threw one back in 1975. Weaver struck out nine and walked one while throwing 121 pitches. The only baserunners for the Twins were Chris Parmelee, who reached first base on a strikeout in the second inning after the ball got away from Angels' catcher Chris Iannetta, and Josh Willingham, who walked in the seventh inning. Weaver ran into a little trouble in the ninth, with a couple of hard hit balls to the deepest parts of the outfield but outfielders Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells were there to track down the balls. Weaver's record improves to 4-0 with a 1.61 ERA. This is the second no-hitter of the year. Chicago White Sox pitcher Phil Humber threw a perfect game earlier this season.
The Los Angeles Angels won their second game in a row against the Minnesota Twins behind a complete game shutout performance from starter Jerome Williams. Williams propelled the team to a 4-0 victory by giving up only three hits and a walk through nine innings of work, including six strikeouts. With the victory, Williams moves to 2-1 on the season. Torii Hunter and Howard Kendrick each added home runs against Twins starter Francisco Liriano in the second inning. The Angels will look to Jered Weaver to close out the sweep of the Twins in Wednesday night's game at Angels Stadium.
The Los Angeles Angels continue to struggle in the month of April, currently sitting at a 5-14 record and a 3-7 record through their last 10 games. The woes begin with slugging first basemen Albert Pujols, whose struggles have been magnified through his first month in the American League as he pushes to hit his first home run of the season. The rest of his numbers are not strong as well; so far, Pujols has hit just .216 and driven in only four runs. For an offense that was projected as one of the best in baseball, the rest of the team has yet to step either - the Angels are currently near the bottom of the league in all major offensive categories.
5/4/12 With the longest home run drought of his major league career still going, Albert Pujols has been unable to help the Los Angeles Angels at the plate early on in this season as they have struggled mightily out of the gate. With a record of 10-16, the Angels are currently in last place in the AL West and 7.5 games behind the division-leading Texas Rangers. The lone bright spot for the Angels so far this season has been Jered Weaver's no-hitter that he threw on May 1st in a 9-0 win over the Minnesota Twins. It was the Angels' second no-hitter in as many seasons.
The Los Angeles Angels continued their suspect start this past weekend in a series against the Baltimore Orioles. While they ended up winning two of three in the set, the team record remained below .500 at 6-10. Newcomer Albert Pujols continues to struggle as he adjusts to the American League, while free- agent pitching addition C.J. Wilson has continued to pitch well in the A.L. West. Kendrys Morales has had a strong April so far after returning from injury, posting a .294 batting average on the young season. Going into a three game series against the strong Tampa Bay Rays, the Angels are currently 6.5 games behind the division-leading Texas Rangers.
After hitting it big in the offseason with the additions of slugging first- basemen Albert Pujols and left-handed-pitcher C.J. Wilson, the Los Angeles Angels have begun the 2011 campaign with a 2-2 record and a game behind the division-leading Texas Rangers in the standings. While Pujols has struggled so far with a .214 batting average, the team is pleased to have added a slugger that paced the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series with a .299 batting average, 37 home runs and 99 RBI's. The Angels begin the second week of the season with a series against the Twins before heading to Yankee Stadium for New York's home opener.
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Los Angeles Angels tickets allow fans the opportunity to see one of baseball's youngest franchises play their way into the history books. The Angels, based in Anaheim California since the expansion team relocated in 1961, won their only World Series championship and AL pennant during the 2002 MLB season. The Angels play at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, also known as The Big A, and have called it home since the park was opened in 1966.
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The Los Angeles Angels look to emerge from the 2010 season with a positive focus. After finishing third in the AL West last season, the Angels went out and signed relievers Hisanori Takahashi and Scott Downs. As long as the Angels can get another big year out of Kendry Morales, the club should be able to return to the top of the AL West in 2011.
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Los Angeles Angels tickets ensure that fans see the Angels playing top contenders throughout the entire MLB season. The Angels have their work cut out for them in a competitive American League West. With matchups with great teams like the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers and non-divisional meetings with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox throughout the season, the Angels will have a great opportunity to test themselves against top talent in 2011. Buy your tickets now and don't miss the action!
Los Angeles Angels Tickets - 2011 Season Update
The Angels are currently in a battle for the division championship with the Texas Rangers and are currently far behind in the wild card. Its going to be a tough road ahead for the Angels. They have been successful in the past and have always been so close to making it to a World Series. Last year the Rangers made it but lost to the San Francisco Giants. The Rangers are also hungry. It'll be interesting to see who makes a run down the stretch to make the playoffs.
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|Apr 19, 2015||Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros|
|Apr 20, 2015||Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels|
|Apr 21, 2015||Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels|
|Apr 22, 2015||Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels|
|Apr 23, 2015||Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels|
|Apr 24, 2015||Texas Rangers vs Los Angeles Angels|
Los Angeles Angels Past Games Schedule and Los Angeles Angels Scores
|Apr 18, 2015||Los Angeles Angels - Houston Astros||0 - 4|
|Apr 17, 2015||Los Angeles Angels - Houston Astros||6 - 3|
|Apr 15, 2015||Los Angeles Angels - Texas Rangers||10 - 2|
|Apr 14, 2015||Los Angeles Angels - Texas Rangers||2 - 8|
|Apr 13, 2015||Los Angeles Angels - Texas Rangers||6 - 3|
|Apr 12, 2015||Kansas City Royals - Los Angeles Angels||9 - 2|
|Apr 11, 2015||Kansas City Royals - Los Angeles Angels||6 - 4|
|Apr 10, 2015||Kansas City Royals - Los Angeles Angels||4 - 2|
|Apr 7, 2015||Los Angeles Angels - Seattle Mariners||2 - 0|
|Apr 6, 2015||Los Angeles Angels - Seattle Mariners||1 - 4|
|Apr 3, 2015||Spring Training: Los Angeles Dodgers - Los Angeles Angels||0 - 6|
|Apr 2, 2015||Spring Training: Los Angeles Dodgers - Los Angeles Angels||2 - 3|
|Apr 1, 2015||Spring Training: Los Angeles Angels - Oakland Athletics||1 - 4|
|Mar 31, 2015||Spring Training: Oakland Athletics - Los Angeles Angels||13 - 10|
|Mar 30, 2015||Spring Training: Los Angeles Angels - Seattle Mariners||3 - 5|
|Mar 29, 2015||Spring Training: Cincinnati Reds - Los Angeles Angels||8 - 6|
|Mar 28, 2015||Spring Training: Los Angeles Dodgers - Los Angeles Angels||5 - 4|
|Mar 27, 2015||Spring Training: Arizona Diamondbacks - Los Angeles Angels||7 - 2|