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The Angels bullpen is getting its ace back

Entering the season, the Angels bullpen appeared to be the club’s most obvious weakness; it was filled with castoffs, unproven youngsters, and past-their-prime veterans. However, the bullpen has actually turned out to be one of the team’s bright spots thus far.

The group’s 3.62 ERA ranks eighth in baseball and fifth in the American League. This unexpected success has been the result of a few standout performances from pitchers like Blake Parker, Bud Norris, David Hernandez, and Yusmeiro Petit. And the success of the team’s relief corps has been even more surprising due to the fact that the three relievers who were expected to be the Angels’ best—Andrew Bailey, Cam Bedrosian, and Huston Street—have been hurt for most, if not all, of the season.

But later today, Bedrosian, the best of those three, is set to be activated from the disabled list, adding a true relief ace to an already dependable bullpen. Bedrosian came into his own last season, and he was continuing that dominance this year before succumbing to an injury a few weeks into the season. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

How the Angels are surviving without Mike Trout

The Angels just took out of three games from a Houston Astros team that owns the best record in baseball. In their two victories in Houston, the Angels won by a combined 11 runs while they were outscored by just two runs in the lone game they lost.

With that series win, the Angels are now 33-33 on the season and 7-6 since Mike Trout’s trip to the disabled list was supposed to derail the team’s season. Before Trout’s injury, the Angels already had very little margin for error because of the slew of injuries to key pieces of their pitching staff, and Trout’s injury only compounded the matter.

To survive in the wake of such an impactful injury with no room for error meant excelling at the little things and receiving contributions from unexpected places, and the Angels have done both so far. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

Series preview: Braves @ Angels (Simba’s revenge?)

After a disappointing road trip that saw the Angels drop six out of 10 games to bring their record to 26-27, the Angels welcome the Braves to town. Atlanta is currently tied for second place in the NL East at 21-27, and they lost one of the game’s top players, Freddie Freeman, to an injury a couple of weeks ago. They’ve scored one more run than the Angels this year, which slots them at 17th in the majors in that category, and they are 24th in team ERA. 

The Braves are in the midst of a rebuilding process, which is why Andrelton Simmons is an Angel and the reason the Angels should have the advantage in this series. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

JC Ramirez shuts down Marlins en route to 5-2 Angels victory

Behind yet another dominant outing by JC Ramirez, the Angels managed to take the second game of their series against the Marlins by a 5-2 margin. Ramirez permitted just one unearned run in 7 masterful innings, punching out three and allowing seven hits. Ramirez started opposite fellow reliever-turned-starter Vance Worley, who was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning after allowing a pair of runs. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

The keys to Cameron Maybin’s recent hot streak

Through May 15, Cameron Maybin was one of the worst hitters in the league, batting .180 with a .549 OPS. But due to Yunel Escobar’s inury and Kole Calhoun’s poor start to the season, Maybin was shifted to the leadoff spot the following day, and his fortunes suddenly changed; he went 5-for-6 that day and hasn’t looked back. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

Who are the 2017 Angels?

During the first two weeks of the 2017 season, the Angels displayed the good (Opening Week) and the bad (last week), but they have yet to showcase who they actually are. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

Over/Unders Part IV: National League East

Chad Stewart and Jim Turvey continue their trek across the majors; this time they evaluate USA Today’s predictions for the NL East, and they each decide between the over and under for every team. Continue reading at Banished to the Pen.

Angels Opening Day 2017: The 25-man roster

Opening Day is just a couple of days away, which means the Spring Training position battles are over, and the 25-man roster is nearly set. The Angels entered Spring Training with almost no questions surrounding their crop of position players, but there were quite a few players fighting for a spot on the pitching staff. Here’s how everything turned out and what the 25-man roster will probably look like come Opening Day. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

2017 Angels season preview: How everything could go wrong again

The Angels made a few notable additions this offseason that should have them set up for a better year in 2017 than 2016. I mean, it would be hard for it to be worse. But the possibility that things go awry again remains a pertinent one. Here is what that unfortunate scenario would look like. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

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