Last Build Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:51:01 -0700Copyright: ©2016 Los Angeles Times
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT
For one more week, the Angels’ games will continue under a shroud of irrelevance, destined to be forgotten by the morning after they occur, if not before.
The franchise’s future is not at stake within these last games. It will be, far more, on Wednesday afternoon at Angel Stadium, when right-hander...(image)
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:25:00 PDTHello, Angels fans. The 2016 season is ending, and the club is 69-87, on pace to win 72 games. They played two competent teams last week in Texas and performed fine against them, and now they will face Oakland and Houston to conclude the campaign. Here's the place to ask anything you want about...(image)
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:50:00 PDT
Defensively speaking, the Los Angeles Angels showed up to play Sunday.
The same could not be said of the offense.
Starter Daniel Wright gave up two home runs, and the Angels' bats fell flat in a 4-1 loss to the Houston Astros that ended a four-game winning streak.
“Defensively, we played a very...(image)
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:30:00 PDT
Kole Calhoun had three hits and two RBIs, and the Los Angeles Angels scored nine runs in the final two innings to rally for the second consecutive game in a 10-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
It's the third straight victory in this series for the Angels, who scored six runs...(image)
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:05:00 PDT
In this election season, Mike Trout has a simple platform.
“I try to be the best player in the league every year,” he said.
He has succeeded this year, again. Now comes the vote for most valuable player, and the annual debate over whether “best” and “most valuable” are the same thing.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:30:00 PDT
Yunel Escobar hit a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Rafael Ortega had three RBIs during a six-run ninth inning, lifting the Los Angeles Angels over the Houston Astros 10-6 on Friday night.
Houston fell 2 1/2 games behind the Tigers for the second AL wild card, a tough blow after clawing back with...(image)
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:10:00 PDT
Ricky Nolasco latest solid outing snapped a lengthy losing streak for the Los Angeles Angels.
Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Nolasco pitched seven strong innings, helping the Angels hinder the Houston Astros' wild-card hopes with a 2-0 victory Thursday night.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:05:00 PDT
Mike Trout hit his 28th homer and Jered Weaver went six innings for his 150th career victory in an Angels uniform as Los Angeles beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, 5-4, on Wednesday night.
The magic number for Texas (90-63) to win its second consecutive AL West title remained at two after...(image)
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:40:00 PDT
Rookie Nomar Mazara hit his 20th homer in another testy game with multiple ejections and the Texas Rangers moved closer to their second consecutive AL West title by beating the Angels, 5-4, on Tuesday night.
Texas (90-62) cut its magic number to two to clinch the seventh division title in franchise...(image)
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:40:00 PDT
Ian Desmond had an RBI single with no outs in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers moved closer to the AL West title with a 3-2 win over the last-place Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Elvis Andrus led off the ninth with a sharp single to left off Jose Alvarez (1-3) before Carlos Gomez turned...(image)
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:35:00 PDTWhat is up, fans of the Angels? Let's get right into this week's mailbag. With the season two weeks from conclusion, the club is 65-84 and on pace to win 71 games. They would pick seventh in the 2017 MLB draft if the season ended at this moment. This is the place to ask anything you want about...(image)
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:30:00 PDT
Just when it seemed like nothing could distract the Angels from their fantasy football teams Sunday morning, Matt Shoemaker walked through the clubhouse.
It wasn’t Shoemaker’s first time back since a 105-mph line drive fractured his skull two weeks ago. The pitcher stopped by Angel Stadium a few...(image)
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:15:00 PDT
Amid the rubble of a brutal 2016 season rose a sign of hope for the Angels on Saturday.
It came three hours before a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, when Garrett Richards, who four months ago was “dead set” on having elbow ligament-replacement surgery that could have sidelined him for 2017,...(image)
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 22:20:00 PDT
Andrelton Simmons’ average fell to .204 on June 22, which is about the time the Angels shortstop received a surprise text message from General Manager Billy Eppler, who sent a batch of statistics showing the type and location of pitches Simmons drives with authority and the ones he struggles to...(image)
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:15:00 PDT
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager are the first brothers in MLB history to each hit at least 25 home runs in the same season…. Washington’s Tanner Roark leads the majors with nine starts this season where he pitched at least seven scoreless innings. Jake Arrieta...(image)
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:05:00 PDT
Albert Pujols, slowed for weeks by plantar fasciitis in his right foot, the same condition (but in the left foot) that ended his 2013 season in July, was asked if there was any chance he would shut himself down before the end of the season.
“For what?” the Angels slugger, clearly insulted by the...(image)
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:55:00 PDT
As summer fades into fall, the Angels’ losses fade, forgettably, into the ether. They suffered another defeat Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, one destined to be forgotten the same moment it is recorded.
The Seattle Mariners beat them, 2-1. It was their 82nd defeat of 2016, securing their first...(image)
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:30:00 PDT
A Wednesday MRI exam on Tyler Skaggs’ sore left arm showed that his ulnar collateral ligament remains intact. No structural damage was detected, and the diagnosis was a mild flexor-pronator strain, said Angels General Manager Billy Eppler. Skaggs will rest his arm for at least one week.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:05:00 PDT
In their attempt to assemble their starting rotation of the future, the Angels continue to encounter obstacles. Scheduled to start Wednesday against Seattle, two months into his return from Tommy John surgery, talented young left-hander Tyler Skaggs will instead undergo an MRI exam on his arm....(image)
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:55:00 PDT
The Angels welcomed their smallest crowd of 2016 into their ballpark Monday night.
Reasons abounded. The team is 16 games under .500 and amid a 10-game homestand. School is back in session across Orange County. The Los Angeles Rams competed with fans’ attention for the first time since Oct. 4,...(image)
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:10:00 PDTHello, Angels fans. Thanks for checking out this week's mailbag. The club did not have a great week. There are 20 games left in the 2016 season, and the Angels would need to win 18 of them to avoid a losing season. At 63-79, they are on pace to win 72 games and pick ninth in the 2017 MLB draft....(image)
Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:35:00 PDT
As the sand descends in the hourglass of his career, Jered Weaver marches on, taking the ball every fifth day no matter how beat-up his body feels, how many miles he has racked up on his arm or how many starts he has left.
The Angels right-hander is in the final three weeks of the five-year, $85-million...(image)
Sun, 11 Sep 2016 13:15:00 PDT
Angels broadcasters Mark Langston and Mark Gubicza, both former big league pitchers, had a spirited debate about Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts’ controversial decision to pull Rich Hill from a perfect game in which the left-hander threw 89 pitches in seven innings on Saturday night in Miami
Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:50:00 PDT
He flips his scorebook to a blank page, then gazes at the empty ballpark in front of him, his daily moment to dream. After eight decades on this planet and six in front of a microphone, he still arrives four hours before game time, still tickled by the anticipation of a new game and what it might...(image)
Fri, 9 Sep 2016 23:00:00 PDT
The Angels’ opposition Friday night represented the manifestation of their hopes for their franchise’s future.
In the form of Yu Darvish, the Texas Rangers’ dominant, deceptive right-hander, the Angels could envision their path to success. Darvish underwent Tommy John surgery 18 months ago to repair...(image)