Angels Insiders: Stadium, Scioscia, Morris

Angel Stadium-night

Welcome to our latest installment of ‘Angels Insiders’. A lot of organizational headlines have crossed through the Big A. Here’s what’s happening:

  • Stadium negotiations are still happening. Eleven days ago, the Angels’ talks with the City of Tustin broke down. After bidding for the land that the old Marine Base was on, the organization, the development company, and the city could not reach an agreement that made sense financially.
  • Moving to Tustin would’ve meant building an entirely new ballpark, so this was a risk. And it was only because previous talks with the City of Anaheim were going nowhere. However, the breakdown of the deal with Tustin prompted the club to resume talks with Anaheim about improvements to Angel Stadium.
  • So it looks like our Angels will stay in Anaheim for the time being. Although they probably will need an entirely new stadium once their lease is up in 2029. That is unless they modernize the infrastructure and maintain that well enough for the ballpark to last as long as the only three parks that are older than the Big A.

  • Manager Mike Scioscia will be returning to manage the Angels in 2017. After receiving endorsements by both Arte Moreno and Billy Eppler, Mike’s job is still secure. Moreno even went so far as to point out what fans have also grumbled about all season: “no pitching”. With a full rotation on the DL at one point, and with their setup man and closer dealing with injuries all season (and their setup man traded upon returning), Angels pitching has been in shambles.
  • If the Halos could at least have a shut down bullpen, it would still be a different story despite starting pitching injuries. The Orioles, Rangers, and Giants all have shaky starting pitching at best, but their bullpens are closing the gap and putting teams away. Starting pitching is a problem all over MLB if you’re not the Cubs or Indians. The Angels have a AAAA bullpen, and that seals the deal on this season for the Angels.
  • Despite a growing movement among the fan base to let Scioscia go, it would not be fair to fire him given the current circumstances. But there’s one thing fans can probably agree on, the most viable replacement for Mike would be Bud Black.

  • Hal Morris has left his seat in the organization. The long-time Major Leaguer, and 1990 World Champion with the Cincinnati Reds, is vacating as pro scouting director for a position at Fantex in SanFrancisco. This is a company that makes deals with athletes to pay them upfront in exchange for a percentage of future earnings. The firm then offers shares of said players to investors. It actually sounds shady. But it’s a successful business model.
  • Morris was hired by former GM Jerry Dipoto, but is actually more of a Scioscia-type of executive. Probably because the former first baseman is just a bit younger than Sosh, and comes from roughly the same generation of ballplayers that eventually brought the philosophy they grew up with to front offices.
  • Morris never had a horse in the race between Scioscia and Dipoto. He’s even considered future GM material. So him leaving doesn’t have any connection with the organizational feud that occurred last season. Hal is just simply doing what’s best for him and his family.

Garret Anderson Angels Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Los Angeles Angels' Garret Anderson watches the ball after hitting a two run homer against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, July 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)

Los Angeles Angels’ Garret Anderson watches the ball after hitting a two run homer against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, July 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)

Congratulations to Angels great Garret Anderson on his induction into the team’s Hall of Fame! Here’s the ceremony from FOX Sports West.

 

2016 Game 121: Mariners at Angels

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2016 Game 116: Angels at Indians

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Angels Week In Review – August 1-7, 2016

Mike Trout is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring a run in the 3rd inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on August 6, 2016 (Otto Greule, Jr./Getty Images)

Mike Trout is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring a run in the 3rd inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on August 6, 2016 (Otto Greule, Jr./Getty Images)

If you’re a regular LA Angels Insider reader, you may have noticed a slight change in our daily postings recently. Due to a change in my schedule, I’m no longer able to put up the detailed game previews every day anymore. Fortunately, our founder Ryan W. Krol has been able to post the lineups along with a feature where you can follow the score in real-time right here at LA Angels Insider, which I think is really cool.

Even though my new schedule is forcing me to cut down on my writing for LA Angels Insider, I still enjoy doing it and I still want to contribute, so Ryan and I have decided to launch a new feature – the Angels Week In Review. This will be a feature I’ll post every Monday during the season that will recap everything Angels that happened the week before, both on and off the field. During the off-season I’ll do an Angels Month In Review feature where we’ll look at all the hot stove action on a monthly basis.

But, enough of that….let’s get on to the action! Here’s what happened in Angel Land last week:

Week Start: 47-58, T-4th AL West

Week End: 49-62, 4th AL West

Week W-L: 2-4

Monday August 1, 2016 – No Game – Non-Waiver Trade Deadline

Mike Scioscia and Billy Eppler pose for a photo during a press conference introducing Eppler as the new Angels GM on October 5, 2015 (Nick Ut/AP Photo)

Mike Scioscia and Billy Eppler pose for a photo during a press conference introducing Eppler as the new Angels GM on October 5, 2015 (Nick Ut/AP Photo)

Off the field: Monday was a big day off the field for the Angels, as Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline loomed at 4pm ET (1pm PT). The Angels hadn’t made any significant trades leading up to deadline day, but when deadline day finally came Angels GM Billy Eppler – in his first season as Angels GM – pulled the trigger on two significant trades.

This first trade involved sending veteran MLB RP Joe Smith to the Cubs in exchange for A-Advanced SP Jesus Castillo. In making this trade, the Angels were simply trying to get something in return for Smith, whose 3 year, $15.75M contract expires at the end of the season. Given Smith’s age (32) and the fact that he is posting career-worst numbers in almost every category this year, the Angels were lucky to get anything in return for him. In Castillo the Angels picked up a 20 year-old righty with a lot of potential.

Eppler also pulled off another big trade just before the deadline on Monday when he sent MLB SP Hector Santiago and  AAA RP Alan Busenitz to Minnesota for MLB SP Ricky Nolasco, AAA SP/RP Alex Meyer, and $6.3M of Nolasco’s remaining salary. This one was a bit of a head-scratcher for most Angel fans, as on the surface it just looks like the Angels traded Santiago for a guy in Nolasco who is older and more expensive, and probably a downgrade in the rotation. Diving a little deeper into the details on this one, the $6.3M the Twins are sending the Angels to cover Nolasco’s salary breaks down to $2.3M this year to cover the difference between the remaining salaries of Santiago & Nolasco, and $4M next year. That leaves the Angels responsible for $8M of Nolasco’s 2017 salary – which is likely similar to what they would have had to pay Santiago in arbitration. Also, should the Angels choose to decline Nolasco’s $12M club option for 2018, Minnesota will be responsible for the $1M buyout.

Even though the Twins evened out the money for the Angels, it still makes little sense to trade the younger Santiago for the older Nolasco. To explain the trade, Angels GM Billy Eppler said that the jewel of this trade for him is Meyer. Meyer is a big 6-foot, 9-inch right hander who can touch 100 MPH on the radar gun with a “big league slider” to go with it. His problem so far has been his control, but Eppler believes in Meyer’s raw ability and was willing to sacrifice quite a bit to get it.

On the Field: The Angels had an off-day Monday.

Tuesday August 2, 2016 – Angels Win!

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Off the Field: The Angels officially activated RHP Ricky Nolasco and optioned RHP Alex Meyer to AAA Salt Lake. The Angels also activated IF Cliff Pennington from the 60-day DL and placed RHP Huston Street on the 15-day DL retroactive to August 1 with right knee inflammation. The Angels also recalled RHP Mike Morin to take Joe Smith‘s roster spot.

On the Field – Angels Win! Beat the A’s 5-4: The Angels kicked off a 3-game midweek set against Oakland at the Big-A Tuesday night pitting righty Matt Shoemaker up against the A’s lefty Sean Manaea. The A’s opened the scoring in the top of the 2nd when Khris Davis connected for a solo blast to put the A’s up 1-0. They would take a 2-0 lead when Coco Crisp added a solo shot of his own in the top of the 5th. Then in the bottom of the 5th, Jett Bandy connected on his own home run, this time with a runner on to put the Angels on the board and tie the game up at 2.

The Angels caught a break in the bottom of the 6th however, as with no outs and a runner on, Albert Pujols smacked what looked like a tailor-made double play ball right to short, but A’s shortstop Marcus Semien mishandled it, and by the time he got control of it everyone was safe. Two pitches later, Jefry Marte sent a Manaea offering deep into the left-field seats for a 3-run bomb that gave the Angels a 5-2 lead. The A’s pulled a little closer in the top of the 8th when Yonder Alonso drilled a J.C. Ramirez pitch over the right field wall to make it 5-4, but that would conclude the scoring on the night as Cam Bedrosian came in for the 9th and earned his first career save in place of the injured Huston Street.

WP: Shoemaker (6-11), LP: Manaea (3-6), SV: Bedrosian (1)

Wednesday August 3, 2016 – Angels Win! Pujols Walkoff!

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Off the Field: The Angels released OF Craig Gentry. Gentry had been designated for assignment on 7/30. Gentry was originally signed to a 1 year, $1M contract during the off-season with the plan to platoon him with Daniel Nava in LF. Unfortunately Gentry’s season has been plagued with injuries as he’s only made it into 14 games for the Angels all season. Gentry now becomes a free agent, but the Angels are on the hook for the remainder of his salary this season, minus a prorated portion of the MLB minimum salary should he sign with another club before the season ends.

On the Field – Angels Win! Beat the A’s 8-6: The middle game of the 3-game set between the Angels & A’s featured a matchup of righties Kendall Graveman and Jered Weaver. Neither pitcher had what we’d call a stellar outing, as each team matched each other run-for-run through the first 4 innings as each team scored single runs in the 2nd & 3rd inning, then both teams put up 2-spots in the 4th. By the end of the 4th inning the score was tied 4-4. Weaver was able to put together shut down innings in the 5th & 6th, but Graveman was not able to do the same. The Angels took a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the 5th inning on a RBI double by Pujols, and a RBI groundout by Ji-Man Choi.

The Angels held onto their 6-4 lead until the top of the 8th. That’s when Ramirez issued a bases loaded walk to Jed Lowrie to cut the Angels lead to 6-5. Then in the top of the 9th Bedrosian wasn’t able to lock down his 2nd save as a Stephen Vogt RBI single tied the game at 6 and sent the game to the bottom of the 9th inning. Fortunately Albert Pujols saved the day with a dramatic walk-off 2-run home run to win the game 8-6!

WP: Morin (2-1), LP: Dull (5-3)

Thursday August 4, 2016 – Angels Lose

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Off the Field: C Geovany Soto began a rehab assignment for AAA Salt Lake. OF Daniel Nava cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to AAA Salt Lake after being designated for assignment on 7/30. This means Nava remains part of the Angel organization but is no longer on the 40-man roster.

On the Field: Angels Lose. A’s beat Angels 8-6: Thusday’s series finale against Oakland featured the Angel debut of the newly acquired Ricky Nolasco as he went up against A’s righty Jesse Hahn. Nolasco started out strong, giving up just a couple of solo homers through the first 3 innings while the Angels jumped on Hahn for 5 runs – including a 3-run HR by Ji-Man Choi – over the first 3 innings and held a 5-2 lead heading into the 4th. That’s when things unraveled a bit for Nolasco as he ended up giving up 3 runs in the inning – including one that came in on a wild pitch – to allow the A’s to tie things up at 5 after 4 innings.

After the A’s scored another run in the 7th and the Angels answered with one of their own in the 8th, the game ended up tied at 6 after nine innings, meaning the 34,196 in attendance at the Big-A were treated to some free baseball. Unfortunately it wasn’t much free baseball, as Mike Morin would give up a pair of 2-out runs in the top of the 10th and the Angel offense couldn’t answer back, sending the Angels to a 8-6, 10-inning loss.

WP: Madson (4-4), LP: Morin (2-2), SV: Dull (2)

Friday August 5, 2016 – Angels Lose

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Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves Friday.

On the Field: Angels Lose. Mariners beat Angels 6-4: Friday night’s game at Safeco Field in Seattle not only kicked off a 3-game set between the Angels & Mariners and a long 9-game road trip for the Angels, but it also kicked off “Ken Griffey, Jr. Weekend” at Safeco Field, as the newly enshrined Hall of Fame outfielder was honored by having his jersey #24 retired in Seattle.

As for Friday night’s game, it featured a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners in Tim Lincecum for the Angels, and Felix Hernandez for the Mariners. Back in the 2010-2012 timeframe this would have been a marquee pitching matchup, but these days both starters are struggling, and Lincecum much more than Hernandez. Nonetheless, the struggles of both men were on display in the very first inning, as the score was 6-3 Seattle after just one inning. Mike Trout got the Angels’ scoring under way with a 3-run bomb in the top of the first, but Lincecum couldn’t hold down the 3-run lead and gave up 6 runs on 7 hits in the bottom of the inning.

Lincecum wouldn’t allow any more runs after the 1st, but could only manage to get through 3 1/3 innings before his pitch count got away from him thereby forcing the Angel bullpen to absorb the remaining 4 2/3 innings. Fortunately the Angel bullpen absorbed those innings without allowing any more runs, but the Angel offense only managed to tack on one more run on a Jett Bandy solo homer in the 5th, so the Angels dropped the series opener 6-4.

WP: Hernandez (6-4), LP: Lincecum (2-6), SV: Diaz (3)

Saturday August 6, 2016 – Angels Lose

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Off the Field: The Angels designated SP Tim Lincecum for assignment. This means Lincecum was immediately placed on waivers and will remain there until either he is claimed or 47 hours pass without a claim. If he clears waivers he will then have the option of accepting an assignment to AAA off the 40-man roster, or becoming a free agent. Lincecum’s tenure with the Angels obviously did not go well as he posted a 9.16 ERA over 38 1/3 innings in just 9 starts. Friday’s 6-run, 3 1/3 inning performance was apparently the last straw for the Angels. RP Jose Valdez was recalled from AAA Salt Lake to replace Lincecum on the roster.

On the Field: Angels Lose – Mariners beat Angels 8-6: Saturday’s 1st inning was almost a carbon copy of Friday night’s 1st inning, as 3 batters into the game the Angels had a 3-0 lead thanks to another 3-run homer by Mike Trout. Although the Angels did ultimately lose the game again, this time it wasn’t because the starter gave up a bunch of 1st inning runs.

The pitching matchup featured Tyler Skaggs making his 3rd start since his return from Tommy John surgery against Seattle’s Taijuan Walker. Skaggs wasn’t quite as dominant as he had been in his first 2 starts as he’d thrown a combined 12 1/3 scoreless innings in those two starts, but he still was able to put up 4 quality innings giving up just a couple runs to start the game off. The Angel offense had built a 6-2 lead going to the bottom of the 5th, but that’s when Skaggs gave up a 2-run homer to Franklin Gutierrez to bring Seattle a little closer 6-4.

Skaggs ultimately was charged with 4 runs in 5 1/3 innings, but things really fell apart for the Angels in the 7th. That’s when Jose Valdez was brought in to make his Angel debut, and after getting Nelson Cruz to flyout, he then proceeded to walk the bases loaded before being pulled from the game. After that, Deolis Guerra came in and gave up a sac fly and a 3-run Shawn O’Malley home run to put Seattle up 8-4. That’s how the game would finish.

WP: Storen (2-3) LP: Valdez (0-1), SV: Diaz (4)

Sunday August 7, 2016 – Angels Get Swept

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Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves Sunday. Mike Trout celebrated his 25th birthday.

On the Field: Angels Lose – Mariners beat Angels 3-1: Sunday’s series finale in Seattle featured the Angels trying to salvage one game in the series with Matt Shoemaker going up against Seattle lefty James Paxton. Unlike the other two games in the series, this one was a much more well pitched game, as Shoemaker and Paxton were locked in a duel for most of the afternoon. The Angels opened the scoring in the 3rd when Albert Pujols hit a RBI single to drive in Shane Robinson to give the Angels a 1-0 lead.

That’s all the Angels would muster all day however, and Seattle managed to rally for 3 runs in the 4th off Shoemaker on a couple of RBI singles and a sac fly. In the end both pitchers had quality outings with Shoemaker being charged with 3 runs in 7 innings, and Paxton charged with just 1 run over 8 1/3 innings. Unfortunately for Seattle, Paxton was unable to complete the game because he took an Andrelton Simmons line drive off his pitching elbow with 1 out in the 9th, forcing him from the game. Fortunately an X-ray & MRI on Paxton’s elbow taken today both revealed no damage, and if the swelling subsides enough he may even be able to make his next scheduled start.

WP: Paxton (4-5), LP: Shoemaker (6-12), SV: Wilhelmsen (1)

Up Next:

  • Mon 8/8: No Game
  • Tue 8/9: Angels @ Cubs – 5:05pm PT
  • Wed 8/10: Angels @ Cubs – 5:05pm PT
  • Thu 8/11: Angels @ Indians – 4:10pm PT
  • Fri 8/12: Angels @ Indians – 4:10pm PT
  • Sat 8/13: Angels @ Indians – 4:10pm PT
  • Sun 8/14: Angels @ Indians – 10:10am PT

Angels Remove Ric Wilson

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There seems to be a shakeup starting in the Angels front office. Organizational scouting has been a subject of debate among the masses, leaving many to wonder if the state of the farm system could still have been better even with all of the trades the club has made in recent years. Perhaps so.

For one thing, the Rangers still have a decent pipeline of young players despite sending large packages for Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, as well as finishing near the top of the league in wins in five of the last six years. Texas could have deleted their system, and have not had the greatest draft slots. But they’re still bringing up good talent from the minors. So what gives?

Could it be luck? Or is it just not the same scouting regime that existed in the previous two decades, when the Angels basically brought up their greatest pool of young players in their history over about a 15 year period, had one of the highest rated farm systems in the Major League Baseball around 2007, and then brought up the game’s best player.

Eddie Bane was the Scouting Director who played a big hand in all of that. Before him, Bill Bavasi was responsible for bringing in the core that he eventually oversaw as General Manager, and then won the World Series after Bavasi handed the reigns over to a new front office and coaching staff led by Bill Stoneman and Mike Scioscia.

Those were glorious times for this organization. So what happened?

If the Rangers can still do it after trading away lots of talent and not getting much better draft positions, then there’s really no excuse for the Angels.

So one can argue this kind of thing weighs heavily in the decision to remove Ric Wilson. Hopefully the next Scouting Director will be one that will bring a fresh approach that will result in a return to top notch scouting and player development.

And as much as Billy Eppler has had his growing pains in his first year as the Angels’ General Manager, his upbringing in the Yankees organization should help him bring in a Scouting Director that will help this club back to the successful path they were on a decade ago.

Halos On The Mend: Richards, Tropeano

Garrett Richards - wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day - delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on April 15, 2016 (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Garrett Richards – wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day – delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on April 15, 2016 (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

So there was good news, and then there was bad news. Let’s start with the good news since there hasn’t been a whole lot of that this season.

In less than a week, Richards will throw the baseball again for the first time since he left his last start in early May. It will be a very light exercise. There won’t be any intensity. Just a baby step toward getting his arm back to where it needs to be.

Reports have also stated that Mike Scioscia sees no scenario where the club’s ace will return in 2016. After all, it is now August. However, if all goes well, Garrett will be ready for Opening Day 2017.

The results so far are remarkable. But then again, his tear may not be nearly as severe as the bearer of the bad news…

Well this was isn’t all that surprising. ‘Trop’ got a second opinion in New York earlier this week, which only confirmed the original opinion that it was in fact a severe tear in his UCL that took the young righty out of his last start. So Nick will go under the knife, will likely be out all of 2017.

Unless, of course, he somehow manages to get back in a year, something the Angels don’t like to practice just to be on the safe side.

Tropeano had the option of the stem-cell therapy as well, but he answered by saying, “I don’t have time for that.” Can’t really blame him there.

Plus, why not have the surgery now? He’s younger and still has plenty of room to have a nice career.

Angels Trade Hector Santiago, Joe Smith

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The 2016 MLB trade deadline has come and gone. There were a lot of big deals made at the eleventh hour. After doing a hold out act — making people think they were considering standing pat as opposed to selling — the Angels included themselves in the fun. The club dealt two of their key pieces over the last few seasons. The question was what can they get? Let’s take a look.

At first glance this deal was puzzling. I raised my eyebrows. Then I walked into Big 5 looking for an electronic dartboard. And when I couldn’t find one that I liked, I refreshed my MLB Trade Rumors app on my iPhone, and finally read the article right there in the store.

When I read about Alex Meyer, it started to hit me.

The only way the Angels could get a young highly regarded prospect of any kind for Hector Santiago is if they took on something else, such as… Ricky Nolasco. After all, they will need to fill in those innings in place of Hector. So the Twins sent cash to off-set Nolasco’s additional salary.

The Angels also sent young arm Alan Busenitz, a non-namer prospect who was actually having a fine season at AA Arkansas.

However, setting all of that that aside for a moment, Meyer is probably the most they can get as far as any prospect that has been highly regarded and/or ranked anywhere. After being drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft, Alex Meyer was ranked in the top 100 until last season. Control problems stung him, and then shoulder injuries ensued. The Twins moved him to the bullpen, and he faired better. But his shoulder caught up to him back in May of this season. He hasn’t pitched since.

So in all likelihood, unless Meyer can bounce back as a young starter, he will be a future key bullpen piece. That’s still a good thing.

Remember, Scott Downs had a great season going for him in 2013 when he was dealt to the Braves for former first round pick Cory Rasmus, who also suffered injuries that had him converted to relief duty. Rasmus finally broke out in 2014, but injuries continued to plague him in 2015 and this season as well.

But who’s to say Meyer will have the same bad luck as he develops?

All I know is that Alex Meyer is probably as good as any organization can get for Hector Santiago. And including Ricky Nolasco is more of an ultimatum to ensure a GM can get the best possible return for a pitcher like Hector Santiago.

Angels fans need to accept the fact that a starting pitcher with an ERA and FIP over 4.00 is not getting a top prospect package at the trade deadline.

This trade is what the front office had to do to get anything young for Santiago.

Moving on now…

This one was a lot easier for me to contemplate. Smith has been up and down all season long. Mainly because of injuries. He’s spend that last several weeks getting himself right, and he’s pretty much done that of late. However, the entire sample size of 2016 diminished his value as a top set up man.

Even last season, Smith was dealing with some nagging injuries that made his performance shaky at times. And as things took a sharp turn off the road for Mr. Smith, the back end of the Angels’ bullpen went into a downward spiral.

And with it went Smith’s trade value.

But they got Jesus Castillo, a young pitching prospect who is still in A-Ball, and is pitching quite well with a 3.27 ERA as a starter. This is a kid who could develop into something decent for the future of the Halos’ pitching staff, even he just turns out to be a key reliever, like Alex Meyer may turn out to be.

As of right now, Castillo is projected to be a starter. Not exactly an ace, but maybe a Nick Tropeano; not high-ranking but can possibly turn out to be an effective back end starter under-the-radar.

No matter the case, the Angels are lucky that Joe Smith’s trade value replenished just enough in the past month or so to get a Jesus Castillo. Otherwise, this would be just another deal for cash considerations in August.

Overall, the Angels got what they could get for the trade value they had available at the deadline. You want a major haul? Then they need to trade Mike Trout or Kole Calhoun, neither of which should even be considered.

At least the Halos got something in return for what is league average value at this point.

Angels Insiders: Skaggs, Calhoun, Hunter, Trout

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The time has come! Tyler Skaggs will officially make his first Big League start for the Halos since July 31, 2014 against the Kansas City Royals! After undergoing Tommy John Surgery, and a prolonged recovery process that involved a lot of fatigue, the young lefty is finally getting another chance to make himself a staple in the Angels’ rotation of the future. Here is the panel on Angels Live discussing Tyler’s return in detail:

With a record of 43-55 and 13 1/2 games back in the AL West, this will be a boost for the Angels if all goes well. The club just won 10 of 12 before being swept over the weekend by an Astros team that they’re 1-11 against. That split, along with 0-9 against the Yankees, Cardinals, and Cubs (a split of 1-23) is pretty much where the Halos’ season is. With pitching being the main culprit, the team needs Skaggs to perform alongside a resurgent Matt Shoemaker.

And considering their rotation needs for next season, this is a very important step for this organization. We wish Tyler a healthy and productive return!

 

And now for more around the Big A!

  • Here’s a new episode of Kole Calhoun Spotlight!

  • Angels Weekly caught up with Torii Hunter to talk about the Angels selecting his son, Torii, Jr., in the 2016 Draft!

 

  • Mike Trout met longtime fan Nicholus Sutton through the Make-A-Wish America program prior to last Wednesday’s Angels game.

Angels 2016 Draft Results and Signings!

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Welcome to the LA Angels Insider 2016 Draft Tracker. All picks are listed by round, with schools included. We will be updating this post as each player is signed, or opts not to sign. Here are the latest results:

1 (16th overall) — Matt Thaiss, C, Virginia

  • Signed June 16, 2016

2 — Brandon Marsh, OF, Buford (Georgia) HS

3 — Nonie Williams, SS, Home-schooled (Kan.)

4 — Chris Rodriguez, RHP, Monsignor Edward Pace HS (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

  • Signed June 20, 2016

5 — Connor Justus, SS, Georgia Tech

6 — Cole Duensing, RHP, Blue Valley Northwest HS (Overland Park, Kan.)

7 — Jordan Zimmerman, 2B, Michigan State

8 — Troy Montgomery, CF, Ohio State

  • Signed June 16, 2016

9 — Michael Barash, C, Texas A&M

  • Signed June 17, 2016

10 — Andrew Vinson, RHP, Texas A&M

  • Signed June 17, 2016

11 — Brennon Lund, CF, BYU

12 — Bo Tucker, LHP, Georgia

13 — Anthony Molina, RHP, West Broward HS (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)

14 — Francisco Del Valle, OF, Puerto Rico BB Academy (Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico)

15 — Mike Kaelin, RHP, Buffalo

  • Signed June 17, 2016

16 — Keith Grieshaber, SS, Jefferson

  • Signed June 20, 2016

17 — Zach Gibbons, OF, Arizona

18 — David Oppenheim, LF, Southern Cal

19 — Cody Ramer, SS, Arizona

20 — Jack Kruger, C, Mississippi State

21 — LJ Kalawaia, RF, UNC Greensboro

22 — Troy Rallings, RHP, Washington

23 — Torii Hunter, CF, Notre Dame

  • Signed June 25, 2016

24 — Brennan Morgan, C, Kennesaw State

25 — Cameron Williams, OF, Howard

  • Signed June 20, 2016

26 — Derek Jenkins, CF, Seton Hall

  • Signed June 20, 2016

27 — Gregory Belton, RHP, Sam Houston State

28 — David Hamilton, SS, San Marcos (Texas) HS

29 — Blake Smith, RHP, West Virginia

30 — Robbie Peto, RHP, Monroe Township (NJ) HS

31 — Johnny Morell, RHP, Basha HS (Chandler, Ariz.)

  • Signed June 20, 2016

32 — Doug Willey, RHP, Arkansas

33 — Justin Kelly, LHP, UC Santa Barbara

34 — Justin Nielsen, LHP, Illinois

  • Signed June 20, 2016

35 — Sean Issac, RHP, Vanguard

  • Signed June 20, 2016

36 — Jose Rojas, SS, Vanguard

37 — John Schuknecht, RF, Cal Poly

  • Signed June 20, 2016

38 — Tyler Bates, CF, East Texas Baptist

  • Signed June 20, 2016

39 — Richard Fecteau, 2B, Salem State

  • Signed June 20, 2016

40 — Brad Anderson, 1B, Pepperdine

  • Signed June 20, 2016

 

LA Angels Insider will be updating this post as new draftees sign with the club.

Angels Week in Review – August 22-28, 2016

Angel outfielder Kole Calhoun #56 waits on deck during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 27, 2016 (Angels Offical Twitter Feed @Angels)

Angel outfielder Kole Calhoun #56 waits on deck during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 27, 2016 (Angels Offical Twitter Feed @Angels)

Angels Week in Review – August 22-28, 2016

Week Start: 52-72, 5th AL West

Week End: 56-74, 5th AL West

Week W-L: 4-2

Monday August 22, 2016 – Travel Day

A United Airlines Boeing 737-900 aircraft, similar to the type of aircraft the Angels typically charter (United Airlines)

A United Airlines Boeing 737-900 aircraft, similar to the type of aircraft the Angels typically charter (United Airlines)

Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Monday.

On the Field: The Angels had no game on Monday as they traveled from Anaheim to Toronto to begin a 6-game road trip through Toronto and Detroit.

Tuesday August 23, 2016 – Angels Fall to Blue Jays

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Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Tuesday

On the Field – Angels lose to Toronto 7-2: The Angels kicked off a 6-game road trip through Toronto and Detroit – their final trip to the Eastern time zone this season – with the first of a 3-game set at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Tuesday. Tuesday’s pitching matchup featured Angel lefty Tyler Skaggs going up against Toronto’s knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. It was a night where Skaggs once again struggled with his command, and the Toronto offense made him pay. Toronto opened the scoring in the 1st inning with a RBI single by Russell Martin to take a 1-0 lead. The Angels came right back in the 2nd on Nick Buss‘ first career home run, a 2-run shot that gave the Angels a 2-1 lead. The Angels held that lead until the 3rd, when Skaggs’ control really got away from him. He walked the first two batters of the inning, and after a single loaded the bases, Skaggs then walked his third batter of the inning to force in a run to tie the game at 2. Toronto then pushed in another run when Troy Tulowitzki grounded into a double play to take a 3-2 lead.

Skaggs settled down a bit in the 4th, but still allowed another run on a sac fly by Josh Thole to expand the Toronto lead to 4-2. Skaggs then walked Josh Donaldson to open the 5th inning for his career-high 5th walk of the game, at which point Angels manager Mike Scioscia had seen enough and pulled him from the game. Reliever Mike Morin then came in and gave up a series of hits that led to 2 runs that opened Toronto’s lead up even further to 6-2. Things settled down after that as neither team scored in the 6th or 7th innings. Angel reliever A.J. Achter came in and did a nice job, pitching 3 innings and giving up just an 8th inning solo home run by Michael Saunders, which added to Toronto’s lead and made the score 7-2, which would become the final score.

WP: Dickey (9-13), LP: Skaggs (1-3)

Wednesday August 24, 2016 – Angels Win!

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Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Wednesday.

On the Field – Angels beat Toronto 8-2: The Angels continued their series in Toronto on Wednesday with a game that featured a pitching matchup between Angel righty Matt Shoemaker and Toronto righty Marco Estrada. The Angel offense got to Estrada early and often in this one, as Mike Trout and Albert Pujols kicked off the scoring in the very 1st inning with back-to-back homers to give the Angels an early 2-0 lead. It was the 24th home run of the season for both of them, and for Pujols it was the 584th of his career, putting him alone in 10th place all-time. Next on that list is Hall of Famer Frank Robinson at 586. The Angels then opened their lead up to 5-0 in the 2nd, as they pushed 3 runs across with a Kole Calhoun double, a Pujols sac fly, and a RBI single by C.J. Cron.

The Angels added on single runs in the 4th, 7th & 8th innings, and by the time the night was over Pujols and catcher Jett Bandy had put together 4-hit games, and Pujols picked up 3 RBI. Toronto tacked on single runs in the 8th & 9th innings, but the Angels were firmly in control of this game all night as Shoemaker put together 6 brilliant shutout innings to put a win on the board by the final score of 8-2.

WP: Shoemaker (8-13), LP: Estrada (7-6)

Thursday August 25, 2016 – Angels Make it Two Straight!

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Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Thursday.

On the Field – Angels Take Toronto Series with 6-3 Win: The Angels wrapped up their 3-game set in Toronto Thursday night with a game featuring a pitching matchp between Jered Weaver and Toronto’s 17-game winner J.A. Happ. As you would expect with a 17-game winner on the mound, runs were scarce early in the game as Weaver managed to match Happ pitch-for-pitch early in the game. Toronto did manage to scrape a couple runs together against Weaver with a sac fly by Jose Bautista in the 2nd, and a solo homer by Josh Donaldson in the 5th.

The Angel offense managed to get to Happ in the 6th however, as the first 3 Angel hitters managed to reach base in the inning. Mike Trout then put the Angels on the board with a 2-RBI single to tie the game up at 2. Albert Pujols then followed with a RBI single of his own to give the Angels a 3-2 lead and knock Happ out of the game. The Angels then pushed across another run in the inning on a C.J. Cron double-play, giving the Angels a 4-2 lead heading to the bottom of the 6th. Then in the 7th, Mike Trout picked up 2 more RBI’s on a single to open the Angel lead to 6-2. Toronto pushed across a run in the bottom of the 9th to make the score 6-3, but that’s all they would muster and the Angels would go on to take the game and the series with the 6-3 victory.

WP: Weaver (9-11), LP: Happ (17-4)

Friday August 26, 2016 – Angels Drop Opener

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Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Friday.

On the Field – Angels lose to Tigers 4-2: The Angels kicked off a 3-game weekend set in Detroit Friday night in a game that featured a pitching matchup between Ricky Nolasco and Justin Verlander. Both pitchers pitched well in the early going as the only scoring through the first 5 innings was Albert Pujols‘ 25th home run of the season (and 585th of his career) – a solo shot – in the top of the first that gave the Angels a 1-0 lead they would hold all the way until the bottom of the 6th when the Detroit offense finally broke through on Nolasco. The first 3 Detroit batters reached base on Nolasco in the 6th with back-to-back doubles by Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez, the second of which plated the Tigers’ first run to tie the game at 1. Justin Upton then followed with a 2-run home run to give Detroit a 3-1 lead. After the home run, Nolasco settled down to retire the next 3 batters and get out of the inning.

The trouble didn’t end there for Nolasco unfortunately, as after retiring the first batter in the 7th inning, Cameron Maybin got Nolasco for a solo home run to make the score 4-1, and that served to be a knockout blow for Nolasco. In the end he was charged with 4 runs on 9 hits over 6 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, the Angel offense struggled to solve Verlander all evening long, as after Pujols’ 1st inning home run they managed only 3 more hits off of him over his 7 2/3 innings. The final of those hits was a 2-out RBI double by Kole Calhoun in the 8th to cut the Detroit lead to 4-2, but that’s how it would end as former Angel Francisco Rodriguez came in to shut the door in the 9th.

WP: Verlander (14-7), LP: Nolasco (4-12), SV: Rodriguez (36)

Saturday August 27, 2016 – Angels Take the Middle Game

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Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Saturday.

On the Field – Angels beat Tigers 3-2: The Angels continued their weekend set in Detroit Saturday night in a game that featured a strange pitching matchup on the Angels’ side. While Detroit sent righty Michael Fulmer to the hill, Angel manager Mike Scioscia decided to make Saturday something of a “bullpen day”, as he sent righty Brett Oberholtzer to the hill to start the game. Oberholtzer pitched well in the role he was asked to play as he gave the Angels 3 innings of 1-run ball as he gave up a 1st inning solo home run to Ian Kinsler, but allowed just 2 other hits in his 3 innings. That gave Detroit a 1-0 lead after 1, and that’s how it would stay until the top of the 3rd when the Angel offense broke through against Fulmer. The Angels got on the board in the top of the 3rd on Kaleb Cowart‘s 1st home run of the year – a 2-run shot that gave the Angels a 2-1 lead. C.J. Cron followed with a RBI single later in the inning and the Angels took a 3-1 lead to the bottom of the 3rd.

That’s how the score would stay until all the way in the 8th inning, as Jhoulys Chacin came in to follow Oberholtzer and provided 4 shutout innings of his own, eventually taking the victory. The Tigers would tack on another run in the bottom of the 8th, but that’s all they would get and the Angels held on for a 3-2 victory.

WP: Chacin (5-8), LP: Fulmer (10-5), SV: Salas (5)

Sunday August 28, 2016 – Angels Take Series

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Off the Field: The Angels sent IF Johnny Giavotella outright to AAA Salt Lake. Giavotella had been designated for assignment on August 20.

On the Field – Angels beat Tigers 5-0: Sunday’s series finale in Detroit featured a pitching matchup between Angel lefty Tyler Skaggs and Detroit righty Anibal Sanchez. Skaggs was looking to improve on his last few starts as he had been struggling with his command, particularly in Tuesday’s start where he walked a career-high 5 batters and lasted just 4+ innings. Well he certainly improved upon that on Sunday as even though he did walk 2 batters, he gave the Angels 6 shutout innings allowing just 2 hits and struck out 6. The Angel offense struggled to solve Sanchez early and the game remained scoreless until the top of the 5th when Jefry Marte broke the scoreless tie with his 10th home run of the season – a 2-run shot to give the Angels a 2-0 lead.

The Angels then opened things up a bit on Sanchez in the 6th, as Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron each singled to open the inning and loaded the bases with nobody out. Andrelton Simmons and Marte then followed with a pair of sac flies to open the Angel lead to 4-0, then Nick Buss hit a RBI double to make it 5-0 and drive Sanchez from the game. That’s how the game would end as both bullpens managed to keep things scoreless the rest of the way, but thanks to Skaggs’ strong outing and the offensive outburst in the 5th & 6th innings, the Angels took the rubber match and the series by the final score of 5-0.

WP: Skaggs (2-3), LP: Sanchez (7-13)

Up Next for the Angels

After completing their 6-game road trip through Toronto & Detroit the Angels have now finished all of their games in the Eastern time zone this season and will be coming home for a quick 3-game interlague series against the Cincinnati Reds starting Monday 8/29 through Wednesday 8/31. They will then have an off-day Thursday to head right back out on the road to go to Seattle for a 3-game weekend set at Safeco Field starting Friday 9/2.

  • Mon 8/29 – Reds @ Angels – Tickets
  • Tue 8/30 – Reds @ Angels – Tickets
  • Wed 8/31 – Reds @ Angels – Tickets
  • Thu 9/1 – No Game
  • Fri 9/2 – Angels @ Mariners
  • Sat 9/3 – Angels @ Mariners
  • Sun 9/4 – Angels @ Mariners

Updated 2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 48-83 (.366)
  2. Minnesota: 49-81 (.377)
  3. Arizona: 55-76 (.420)
  4. San Diego: 55-75 (.423)
  5. Tampa Bay: 55-74 (.426)
  6. Cincinnati: 55-74 (.426)
  7. Angels: 56-74 (.431)
  8. Milwaukee: 56-74 (.431)
  9. Oakland: 57-73 (.438)
  10. Philadelphia: 60-70 (.462)

Angels Week In Review: August 15-21, 2016

Former Angels outfielder Garret Anderson waves to the crowd during a pre-game ceremony inducting him into the Angels Hall of Fame at Angel Stadium on August 20, 2016 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Former Angels outfielder Garret Anderson waves to the crowd during a pre-game ceremony inducting him into the Angels Hall of Fame at Angel Stadium on August 20, 2016 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Angels Week In Review – August 15-21, 2016

Week Start: 49-68, 5th AL West

Week End: 52-72, 5th AL West

Week W-L: 3-4

The Angels entered the week in the midst of their worst losing streak of Mike Scioscia‘s tenure, a 10-game skid that began with the last game of the last homestand against the A’s on August 4, and continued through their entire 9-game road trip through Seattle, Chicago and Cleveland. It was the first time they have lost 10 straight since the franchise record losing streak of 11 in July 1999. It was also the first time the Angels have gone winless on a road trip of 9 games or more since 1969!

Well, the Angels started this week matching the franchise record single-season losing streak of 11 with a loss to Seattle at Angel Stadium on Monday. While not officially the longest losing streak in franchise history – the Angels lost 13 straight during the 1988 & 1989 seasons, but the streak had an offseason sandwiched in the middle – the 11-game losing streak does match the longest single-season losing streak in franchise history as the Angels also lost 11 straight in July 1999. Fortunately however, the Angels did not set a new franchise record single-season streak, as they finally busted the losing streak with a thrilling 7-6 victory over the Mariners on “Ducks Night” Tuesday. The Angels would go on to lose 3 of the remaining 5 games this week, but at least they aren’t ending the week on a prolonged losing streak. In fact, they ended the week on a high note with an impressive 2-0 victory over the Yankees on Sunday.

Monday August 15, 2016 – The Angels Tie Franchise Record With 11th Straight Loss

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Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Monday

On the Field – Angels lose to Mariners 3-2: The Angels kicked off a 7-game homestand Monday night with the first of a 4 game set against Seattle. Monday night’s pitching Matchup featured Ricky Nolasco going up against Felix Hernandez. Nolasco once again put together a solid outing – he was the only Angel starter to post a quality start last week – but he fell short of his second straight quality start. He did however hold the Mariners to 3 runs on 8 hits over 5 1/3 innings to keep the Angels in the game. In fact, Nolasco was in cruise mode for a while as he put up zeros in the first 3 innings, but he ran into some trouble with his control in the 4th. After walking the first two batters, back-to-back singles knocked in the Mariners’ first two runs, but Nolasco managed to limit the damage and get out of the inning. The following inning, Nelson Cruz tagged him for his 30th home run of the season, a solo shot.

As for the Angel offense, Hernandez was able to keep it in check most of the night as you’d expect. He ended up being charged with 2 runs on 4 hits over 6 2/3 innings. Cliff Pennington & Nick Buss were able to get a run on him with back-to-back doubles in the 2nd inning, and Mike Trout launched his 23rd home run of the season – a solo shot – off him in the 5th. That would be all the offense the Angels would muster on the evening however, and the Angels matched the franchise record with their 11th consecutive defeat.

WP: Hernandez (7-4), LP: Nolasco (4-10), SV: Diaz (7)

Tuesday August 16, 2016 – Ducks Night and The Angels Finally Win!

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Off the Field: The Angels sent IF Sean Coyle outright to AA Arkansas. Coyle had been designated for assignment on August 13 to make room on the roster for OF Nick Buss.

On the Field – Angels beat Mariners 7-6: The Angels continued their 4-game set with the Mariners on “Ducks Night” Tuesday night. There were plenty of pregame festivities with several members of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, who of course play their home games just across the 57 freeway at the Honda Center, and the two franchises have been showing each other some “neighborly love” recently as the Ducks also held an “Angels Night” during one of their home games back in February, so the Angels repaid the favor Tuesday night.

Once the game got going however, it featured a pitching matchup between Jhoulys Chacin and the Mariners young rookie Ariel Miranda. It was looking like the Angels were in fact headed for their 12th consecutive loss early on as despite a 1st inning run, the Angels found themselves trailing 4-1 by the end of the 5th inning. Chacin gave up a 3-spot in the 2nd inning and another run in the 5th, while the Angel offense was struggling to figure out the youngster Miranda. The Angel offense woke up in the 6th however as the Mariners decided to go to their bullpen, and after a game-tying 3-run home run by Albert Pujols and a solo shot by Jett Bandy, the Angels took a 5-4 lead. Unfortunately however, the Mariner offense bounced right back with 2 in the 7th off of J.C. Ramirez to retake the lead 6-5, but the Angel offense bounced back in the 8th scoring 2 on a Jefry Marte solo homer, and a thrilling RBI triple by Cliff Pennington that allowed Jett Bandy to score all the way from 1st to give the Angels back the lead 7-6. That’s how it would end as Fernando Salas came in for the 9th and nailed down his 3rd save of the season, finally busting the Angel losing streak and giving them a thrilling victory on Ducks night.

WP: Oberholtzer (3-2), LP: Caminero (2-3), SV: Salas (3)

Wednesday August 17, 2016 – Angels Lose

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Off the Field: The Angels once again placed C Geovany Soto on the 15-day DL with right knee inflammation and recalled C Carlos Perez.

On the Field – Angels lose to Mariners 4-3: The Angels took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning of 3rd game of the 4 game series against the Mariners Wednesday night, but Tyler Skaggs had trouble holding that lead and was out after 3 1/3 innings having thrown 82 pitches. The Mariners sent Cody Martin to the hill, who was making a spot start in place of James Paxton as Paxton was still experiencing soreness in his pitching elbow after being hit by an Andrelton Simmons line drive up at Safeco Field on August 7. Skaggs managed to get through the first inning quickly, but it was a struggle the remainder of the evening for him as he allowed the first 4 batters to reach base in the 2nd and the Mariners would ultimately tie the game at 2 after 2. The would go on to get to Skaggs again in the 4th, plating two more runs to take a 4-2 lead and knock Skaggs from the game.

The Angel offense struggled to muster anything off of Martin after the 1st inning, and he would go on to give the Mariners 4 1/3 solid innings in a spot start. The Mariner bullpen also stepped up, allowing just 1 more run over the remaining 4 2/3 innings to nail down the win for the M’s. The Angels did however put together a bases loaded threat in the bottom of the 9th and even plated a run, but came up just short thanks to an amazing play by Kyle Seager on a line shot off the bat of Andrelton Simmons to end the game.

WP: Storen (3-3), LP: Skaggs (1-2), SV: Diaz (8)

Thursday August 18, 2016 – Angels Salvage Series Split

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Off the Field: The Angels signed LHP Manny Banuelos to a minor-league contract. Banuelos is a 25 year-old starter/reliever who was originally signed as an amateur free agent our of Mexico by the Yankees back in 2008. His big league experience consists of 7 games (6 starts) for Atlanta last year in which he pitched 26 1/3 innings of 5.13 ERA ball. He owns a career 3.30 ERA over 583 innings in 8 minor league seasons at all levels.

On the Field: Angels beat Mariners 6-4: The Angels managed to salvage a series split in the final game of the 4-game set with the Mariners Thursday night as Matt Shoemaker turned in yet another phenomenal performance. He was tagged with a 1st inning solo homer by Robinson Cano, but after that he went on to toss 7 innings of 5-hit ball, giving up just 2 runs – Nelson Cruz also got him for a solo homer in the 6th.

On the other side of the diamond, the Mariners handed the ball to Hisashi Iwakuma, who has traditionally given the Angels fits over the years. The Angels did however manage to tag him for a couple runs in the bottom of the 1st to take an early 2-1 lead. Jett Bandy tacked on another run with a solo homer in the bottom of the 5th to open the lead to 3-1. After Cruz’s homer in the 6th the Angels maintained a 3-2 lead until the bottom of the 8th when they opened up with a 3-spot on the Mariners’ bullpen to open a 6-2 lead. The Mariners made things interesting in the 9th when Mike Zunino took Fernando Salas deep for a 2-run homer to make it 6-4, but that’s all they would manage and the Angels salvaged the split by a 6-4 final.

WP: Shoemaker (7-13), LP: Iwakuma (14-8)

Friday August 19, 2016 – Yankees Blank Angels

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Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Friday.

On the Field – Yankees blank Angels 7-0: Friday night’s series opener against the Yankees at Angel Stadium featured a pitching matchup between Jered Weaver and Masahiro Tanaka. While Weaver pitched well through the first 4 innings giving up just a couple runs, things really fell apart for him in the 5th as he was tagged with 3 solo home runs in the inning by Ronald Torreyes, Didi Gregorius and Brian McCann, the last of which proved to be a knockout blow ending Weaver’s night after just 4 2/3 innings. The Yanks would also tack on a couple more in the 6th to open up a 7-0 lead. On the other side of things, Tanaka thoroughly dominated the Angel offense giving up just 5 hits over 7 2/3 innings. The Yankee bullpen went on to finish the job, tagging the shutout on the Angels to take the series opener 7-0.

WP: Tanaka (10-4), LP: Weaver (8-11)

Saturday August 20, 2016 – Angels Make a Rash of Roster Moves, Fall to Yanks Again

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Off the Field: The Angels made a rash of roster moves on Saturday, some of which were quite surprising. First of all, they placed IF Yunel Escobar on the 7-day concussion DL after he bunted a ball off of his face in Friday night’s loss. In a corresponding move, the Angels recalled IF Kaleb Cowart from AAA Salt Lake. The Angels also activated IF C.J. Cron, who had been on the 15-day DL since July 8 with a fractured left wrist suffered on a hit-by-pitch. The surprising move was the corresponding move to Cron’s activation – IF Johnny Giavotella was designated for assignment. Angels manager Mike Scioscia explained the decision to designate Giavotella by saying he had been passed up on the depth chart by Cliff Pennington and Gregorio Petit, and the Angels needed the roster spot for “fresh arms” in the bullpen.

On another note, the Angels inducted former outfielder Garret Anderson into the Angels’ Hall of Fame and honored him in a pre-game ceremony before Saturday’s game

On the Field – Yankees beat Angels 5-1: After the rash of roster moves and GA’s ceremony on Saturday, that night’s game seemed almost anti-climatic from the start. Once the game did get going however, it featured a pitching matchup between Ricky Nolasco and the Yankees young righty Luis Cessa. The game started out ugly for Nolasco and the Angels right from the start, as Nolasco gave up a 3-spot in the very first inning including a homer by Gary Sanchez. Nolasco settled down after that however, shutting the Yankees down in the 2nd-5th innings, but they would get to him again in the 6th on a 2-RBI single by Aaron Judge.

The Angel bats remained cold for the 2nd consecutive night as they struggled to solve the youngster Cessa, managing just 3 hits off the kid over his 6 innings. Only an Albert Pujols solo homer in the bottom of the 9th saved the Angels from their 2nd consecutive shutout. The homer was significant for another reason however, as it tied Pujols with his friend and former teammate Mark McGwire for 10th on the all-time home run list at 583.

WP: Cessa (3-0), LP: Nolasco (4-11)

Sunday August 21, 2016 – Angels Salvage Series Finale

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Off the Field: The Angels recalled RP A.J. Achter from AAA Salt Lake and optioned IF Ji-Man Choi to AAA Salt Lake.

On the Field: Angels beat Yankees 2-0: Sunday’s series finale between the Angels and Yankees turned into a surprising pitcher’s duel considering the fact that the Angels handed the ball to the struggling Jhoulys Chacin, and the Yanks went with yet another youngster in Chad Green. The Angels jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a RBI single by Andrelton Simmons in the bottom of the 1st inning. Surprisingly, that would be all that Chacin and the Angel bullpen would need as they shutout the Yankee offense on just 6 hits. Chacin pitched 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball, and Deolis Guerra, J.C, Ramirez and Fernando Salas picked up the rest. The Angels also tacked on another run for good measure in the bottom of the 8th on another RBI single by Simmons, and the Angels salvaged the series finale by the 2-0 final.

WP: Chacin (4-8), LP: Green (2-3), SV: Salas (4)

Up Next For the Angels:

After closing out the 7-game homestand with a win on Sunday, the Angels will take Monday off before heading out on their final east-coast road trip of the season. They will kick off the 6-game trip with 3 in Toronto Tuesday-Thursday, then wrap it up with 3 in Detroit next weekend.

  • Mon 8/22 – No Game
  • Tue 8/23 – Angels @ Blue Jays – 4:07pm PT
  • Wed 8/24 – Angels @ Blue Jays – 4:07pm PT
  • Thu 8/25 – Angels @ Blue Jays – 4:07pm PT
  • Fri 8/26 – Angels @ Tigers – 4:10pm PT
  • Sat 8/27 – Angels @ Tigers – 4:10pm PT
  • Sun 8/28 – Angels @ Tigers – 10:10am PT

Updated 2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 45-80 (.360)
  2. Minnesota: 49-75 (.395)
  3. Arizona: 52-73 (.416)
  4. Angels: 52-72 (.419)
  5. Tampa Bay: 52-71 (.423)
  6. Oakland: 53-72 (.424)
  7. Cincinnati: 53-71 (.427)
  8. San Diego: 53-71 (.427)
  9. Milwaukee: 54-70 (.435)
  10. Philadelphia: 58-67 (.464)

Angels Week in Review – August 8-14, 2016

Albert Pujols runs out a double during the ninth inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 11, 2016 (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Albert Pujols runs out a double during the ninth inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 11, 2016 (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Angels Week in Review – August 8-14, 2016

Week Start: 49-62, 4th AL West

Week End: 49-68, 5th AL West

Week W-L: 0-6

It’s been a pretty ugly week for the Angels as they’ve continued their 9-game road trip that has taken them through Seattle, Chicago and Cleveland. The Angels went completely winless this week and have lost 10 in a row overall, marking the first time they’ve lost 10 straight since they lost 11 in a row in July 1999. While the Angels faced some difficult competition this week as they faced two first place teams in the Cubs and Indians, they really struggled on the pitching side of things, and it was mostly the starting pitching that really struggled. The only quality start they got all week was from Ricky Nolasco at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, but even then the Angel offense only managed 1 run in support of Nolasco. In the end it was just an ugly week and road trip all the way around for the Angels, so they’re hoping some home cooking can help them get things turned around next week.

Monday August 8, 2016 – Travel Day

A United Airlines Airbus A320-232 (tail registration N467UA), the same airline & type of plane the Angels typically charter, prepares itself for landing at Charlotte's Douglas International Airport (Copyright: Hawkaire)

A United Airlines Airbus A320-232 (tail registration N467UA), the same airline & type of plane the Angels typically charter, prepares for landing at Charlotte’s Douglas International Airport (Copyright: Hawkaire)

Off the Field: The Angels sent RP Al Alburquerque outright to AAA Salt Lake.

On the Field: The Angels had no game as they had a travel day to travel from Seattle to Chicago.

Tuesday August 9, 2016 – Angels Lose

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Off the Field: The Angels placed RP Cam Bedrosian on the 15-day DL, retroactive to August 4, with right middle finger flexor tendinits. The Angels also optioned SP Tim Lincecum to AAA Salt Lake after he had been designated for assignment on August 6. In corresponding moves, the Angels claimed SP/RP Brett Oberholtzer off waivers from Philadelphia and selected the contract of RP A.J. Achter from AAA Salt Lake and placed him the active MLB roster.

On the Field – Angels lose to Cubs 5-1: The Angels kicked off a brief 2-game set at Wrigley Field Tuesday night, marking their first trip to “the friendly confines” since July of 2013. The pitching matchup featured two former teamates with Jered Weaver taking the ball for the Angels, and former Angel John Lackey taking the ball for the Cubs. It was something of a student against teacher game as Lackey once mentored Weaver when Weaver first came up with the Angels. Well, this time the teacher won the battle as the Angels could only muster a single run – a solo home run by Kole Calhoun on the 3rd pitch of the game – along with just two other hits off of Lackey over his 8 innings of work.

Meanwhile the Cubs scored all 5 of their runs off of Weaver in the 3rd, 4th & 5th innings, including home runs by Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras. Weaver was charged with 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits over his 5 innings of work and took his 9th loss of the season as the Angels dropped their 5th straight game. With the win, the Cubs increased their winning streak to 8 in a row, and became the first team in baseball to reach 70 wins. It marked the fastest the Cubs have reached the 70-win mark since 1945, which, probably not so coincidentally, was the last time they appeared in the World Series.

WP: Lackey (9-7), LP: Weaver (8-9)

Wednesday August 10, 2016 – Angels Get Swept, Again

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Off the Field: The Angels activated C Geovany Soto from the 15-day DL and optioned C Carlos Perez to AAA Salt Lake. In explaining the choice to send Perez down rather than Jett Bandy, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said basically that there’s some things Perez needs to work on to “get his game where it needs to be”, so he needs to be down at AAA playing every day to get himself there.

On the Field – Angels lose to Cubs 3-1: The Angels wrapped up their brief 2-game trip to Wrigley Field along with their season series against the Cubs Wednesday night sending newly acquired Ricky Nolasco to the mound to face the Cubs Jason Hammel. Nolasco pitched much better in his 2nd start with the Angels as he allowed just a couple of runs on 6 hits over his 6 innings of work, but the Angel offense once again came up flat, managing just a single run on an Albert Pujols RBI groundout in the 8th inning. Addison Russell added a solo home run off of J.C. Ramirez in the bottom of the 8th to put the nail in the coffin and propel the Cubs to their 9th straight victory and send the Angels to their 6th straight defeat.

With the win the Cubs completed their thorough dominance of the Angels this season as over their 4 games, the Cubs outscored the Angels 23-3. They outscored the Angels 8-2 in this series, and also outscored the Angels 15-1 in their two-game set at Angel Stadium to open the season back in early April.

WP: Hammel (12-5), LP: Nolasco (4-9), SV: Chapman (24)

Thursday August 11, 2016 – Angels Lose 7th Straight

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Off the Field: The Angels officially activated RP Brett Oberholtzer after claiming him off waivers from Philadelphia on Tuesday. In a corresponding move the Angels optioned RP A.J. Achter to AAA Salt Lake.

On the Field – Angels lose to Indians 14-4: Thursday night’s series opener at Progressive field turned ugly for the Angels early even though they took an early 1-0 lead on a first inning solo home run by Mike Trout off of 2014 AL Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber. That would be the only lead the Angels would hold all night however, as Jhoulys Chacin really struggled in his return to the rotation replacing Tim Lincecum, who was demoted to AAA earlier in the week.

Chacin went on to give up 5 first inning runs including a Carlos Santana home run. It didn’t get any better for Chacin in the 2nd inning as after getting a groundout to start the inning, he gave up 2 more runs and was removed from the game after just 1 1/3 innings in which he gave up 7 runs. Things got out of hand a couple innings later as after Jose Alvarez gave up another run in his 1 2/3 innings, Brett Oberholtzer made his Angel debut and that did not go well at all. Oberholtzer gave up 2 more runs in the 4th, then 4 more in the 5th, capped off by back-to-back home runs by former Angel Mike Napoli and Jose Ramirez. In the end the Indians had scored 14 runs in just 5 innings. Fortunately Mike Morin, Jose Valdez and Fernando Salas were able to put up zeros in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings respectively to keep it from getting historic.

The Angels chipped away, scoring single runs in the 3rd, 5th, and 9th innings, including a Cliff Pennington home run, but obviously never came close to competing in this game and extended their losing streak to 7 games, a new season high.

WP: Kluber (12-8), LP: Chacin (3-8)

Friday August 12, 2016 – Angels Lose 8th Straight

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Off the Field: The Angels claimed RP Cody Ege off waivers from Miami and optioned him to AAA Salt Lake. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Angels transferred SP Nick Tropeano to the 60-day DL. Ege is a 25 year-old left-handed reliever originally drafted by Texas in the 15th round in 2013. He owns a 4.50 ERA over 44 innings at the AAA level this season and briefly earned a call-up earlier this season with Miami. His big league experience consists of 5 games in which he tossed a total of 3 innings, giving up 4 earned runs. The Angels also sent IF C.J. Cron out on a rehab assignment to AAA Salt Lake.

On the Field – Angels lose to Indians 13-3: The losing streak continued Friday night in Cleveland as even though the Angels got out to a quick 2-0 lead in the 1st inning thanks to another 1st inning home run by Kole Calhoun and a RBI single by Albert Pujols off of Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, Angels starter Tyler Skaggs and catcher Geovany Soto had trouble controlling the Indians’ running game and the Indians chipped back and tied the game at 2 after 2 innings.

After the Angels & Indians traded runs in the 3rd & 4th innings to send the game into the 5th inning tied at 3, things really got out of hand for the Angels in the bottom of the 5th inning. That’s when the Indians manufactured 4 more runs off of Skaggs with a few hits and several stolen bases. At that point the Indians opened up their lead to 7-3 and never looked back. Skaggs exited the game after 5 innings having been tagged with 7 earned runs on 10 hits, and the Angel bullpen didn’t fare any better as they went on to allow 6 more runs on 7 hits over the next 3 innings. The Indians tied a franchise record with 8 stolen bases in the game, something they haven’t done in nearly a century. The last time was in 1917. To their credit, both Skaggs & Soto blamed themselves for losing control of the running game, saying after the game that they will watch film and work on getting better.

The 8-game losing streak marks a new low in recent Angels franchise history, as it marks the first time in Mike Scioscia‘s tenure that the Angels have lost 8 consecutive games. The last time the Angels lost 8 straight was in September 1999, a streak after which then manager (and current Mets manager) Terry Collins handed in his resignation, paving the way for Scioscia to take over the following year. There have been no reports of Scioscia handing in his resignation as of the published time of this post.

WP: Carrasco (8-6), LP: Skaggs (1-1)

Saturday August 13, 2016 – Losing Streak Reaches 9

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Off the Field: The Angels placed OF Shane Robinson on the 15-day DL with a right hip strain and selected the contract of OF Nick Buss from AAA Salt Lake and added him to the active MLB roster. To make room on the 40-man roster the Angels designated IF Sean Coyle for assignment. Also, the Angels signed RP Andrew Bailey to a minor-league contract.

Buss is a 29 year-old outfielder originally drafted in the 8th round of the 2008 draft by the Dodgers. The Angels signed him to a minor-league contract this past winter and he opened some eyes in Spring Training before starting the year at AAA Salt Lake. Buss owns a solid .290/.345/.462 batting line over 372 plate appearances for the Bees this season. Bailey is a 32 year-old reliever originally drafted by Oakland in the 6th round of the 2006 draft and made a big splash early in his career winning the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year award as Oakland’s closer. He also made the AL All-Star team in both 2009 & 2010. Bailey’s time as an All-Star was short lived however, as he’s fallen on rough times over the last 3 or 4 years. So far this season he’s pitched 32 1/3 innings out of the Philadelphia bullpen, posting a 6.40 ERA. Philadelphia released him on August 6.

On the Field – Angels lose to Indians 5-1: One of the most dreadful road trips in recent franchise history continued Saturday night as rain in Cleveland delayed the start of the game 2 hours, 11 minutes. Once the game finally did get started at 9:21pm local time, the Angels starting pitching and offense once again failed them. Saturday night’s pitching matchup featured Matt Shoemaker going up against former Angel farmhand Mike Clevinger. Clevinger was traded to the Indians by the Angels on August 7, 2014 in exchange for RP Vinnie Pestano. While Clevinger was just recently called up by Cleveland and had a bit of a rough go of it leading up to Saturday’s start, he was certainly stellar Saturday as he flirted with history when he took a no-hitter into the 6th inning. While the Angels managed to score a 2nd inning run with no hits (2 walks and 2 productive ground-outs), Clevinger was still working on a no-no with 2 outs in the 6th when Andrelton Simmons barely snuck a ground ball through the left side of the Indians’ infield for a base hit. It would turn out to be the lone Angel hit of the evening.

Meanwhile, Shoemaker struggled through his first two innings, giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning and another in the 2nd. He was able to settle down after that and put up zeros in the 3rd, 4th & 5th innings, but ran into a bit more trouble in the 6th and gave up another run. In the end Shoemaker was charged with 5 runs on 12 hits over 6 innings and the Angels fell once again for their 9th consecutive loss. The game finally came to an end at 12:25am local time, 5 hours and 15 minutes after its scheduled start time. Not exactly what any MLB player wants to see with a day game on the schedule for the next day.

WP: Clevinger (1-1), LP: Shoemaker (6-13)

Sunday August 14, 2016 – Angels Drop 10th Straight

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Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Sunday

On the Field – Angels lose to Indians 5-4: Sunday’s series finale at Progressive Field became the 3rd of the 4 games in the series to be delayed by rain in Cleveland. Sunday’s game started an hour and 38 minutes behind schedule with the first pitch coming at 2:48pm local time. Once they did get started the pitching matchup featured Jered Weaver going up against the youngster Trevor Bauer. The game started out well enough for the Angels as despite a 1st inning solo home run by Jason Kipnis, they were able to build a 4-1 lead by the end of the 4th inning. The Angel attack featured home runs from Ji-Man Choi and Geovany Soto. Weaver was scattering a few hits, but had put up zeros in the 2nd-4th innings and it looked like the Angels may just bust their worst losing streak in 17 years.

The Angels lead didn’t last long however, as Weaver’s control began to allude him in the 5th. After allowing the first 3 batters of the inning to reach base, Weaver then walked in a run and allowed another on a RBI fielder’s choice. He got out of the inning allowing just the 2 runs, but then ran into more trouble in the 6 inning as well. He allowed a single to lead off the inning, then a RBI double by Tyler Naquin tied the game at 4. That served to be a knockout blow for Weaver, but then Jose Valdez allowed a RBI single to the next batter – Abraham Almonte – which gave the Indians the 5-4 lead they would not relinquish. In the end Weaver was charged with 5 runs on 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings in the loss which extended the Angels’ worst losing streak since July 1999 to 10 games. It also completed a dismal 0-9 road trip through Seattle, Chicago and Cleveland.

WP: Bauer (9-5), LP: Weaver (8-10), SV: Allen (22)

Up Next for the Angels

The Angels will try to turn things around with a little home cookin’ as they begin a 7 game homestand with the Mariners coming in for 4 this Monday-Thursday, and the Yankees coming in for 3 next weekend.

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  • Tue 8/16: Mariners @ AngelsTickets
  • Wed 8/17: Mariners @ AngelsTickets
  • Thu 8/18: Mariners @ AngelsTickets
  • Fri 8/19: Yankees @ AngelsTickets
  • Sat 8/20: Yankees @ AngelsTickets
  • Sun 8/21: Yankees @ AngelsTickets

Updated 2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 44-74 (.373)
  2. Minnesota: 47-71 (.398)
  3. Tampa Bay: 47-69 (.405)
  4. Arizona: 48-69 (.410)
  5. Cincinnati: 48-68 (.414)
  6. Angels: 49-68 (.419)
  7. San Diego: 50-67 (.427)
  8. Oakland: 52-66 (.441)
  9. Milwaukee: 52-64 (.448)
  10. Philadelphia: 56-63 (.471)

2016 Game 114: Angels at Indians

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2016 Game 112: Angels at Cubs

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