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Halos Daily is Moving

May 13th, 2015

 

We were recently contacted by the fine folks at Monkey With a Halo about teaming up to create a mega-blog. They felt (and continue to feel) that the Angels’ vibrant online community would be better served if the blogging was unified on a single, comprehensive site, rather than spread all over the web. Sites like Dodgers Digest and Padres Public have found great success in this kind of collaboration, so why not Angels blogs?

We couldn’t agree more.

And so, starting right now, the entire Halos Daily team (Nathan, Andrew, Jeff, Justin, and Drew) is moving its operation over to Monkey With A Halo. We’ll be joined there by the long-standing MWAH crew, Garrett Wilson and Scotty Allen, as well as Mike Hllywa and MJ Lloyd (formerly of Halo Hangout), and a handful of other writers you’ll likely recognize from baseball Twitter and elsewhere.

This site will technically continue to exist, so you can check in on it if you want, but it will likely become a virtual ghost town. All of our writing from now into the indefinite future will be published at MWAH, so we highly encourage you to make it your go-to site for Angels analysis.

We are incredibly appreciative of the support you all have given us over the last four years by reading and commenting, and we sincerely hope you’ll follow us on our journey over to MWAH. (Final link, I promise.) We truly believe that this collaborative effort will not only strengthen the credibility of the Angels blogosphere, but also infuse it with a spirit of inclusion and positivity that’s often missing in online communities.

Thank you again for reading. This move wouldn’t be possible without your support.

So long, and thanks for all the

Update from the Farm: May 11

May 12th, 2015
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Third baseman Kyle Kubitza is hitting .328 with 21 runs scored in 30 games for the Bees.

Salt Lake Bees

The Angels’ Triple-A club is in fourth place in the PCL Pacific Southern with a 12-18 record.  The team went berserk on offense last week scoring 7.5 runs per game in 8 games, and three of those games were shortened to just seven innings due to double-headers.  The team is now second in the league in batting with a .300 average.  Catcher Jett Bandy had a great week, going 7-for-18 for a .389 average with seven RBI.  Third baseman Kyle Kubitza is second in the league in hits with 42, and he leads the league in doubles with 13.  First baseman Marc Krauss is third in the league with 20 walks.  Ryan Wheeler, who had been hitting .291, was released from the team, and pitcher Chad Smith and catcher Charlie Cutler were assigned to the team.  Here are some of last week’s individual highlights:

Halos Split Series With Houston

May 11th, 2015

 

Game 1: Astros 3, Angels 2 | Game 2: Angels 2, Astros 0
Game 3: Astros 6, Angels 5 | Game 4: Angels 3, Astros 1

 

The Angels (15-17) wrapped up their four-game series with the AL West-leading Houston Astros (20-12) in superb fashion on Sunday. A one-hit, ten-strikeout gem from staff ace Garrett Richards was just what the doctor ordered to secure a series split and send the club into the off-day on a high note.

The four game set was chalk full of ups and downs for both clubs. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve dazzled fans and no doubt wore out Angel players and management for the better part of four days with spectacular play on both offense and defense. The home team answered in kind with superstar Mike Trout providing otherworldly value on both sides of the ball. The Astros came into the series somewhat slumping at the plate and continued to struggle in spots. The Angels matched that offensive mediocrity with Matt Joyce and Chris Iannetta. This series really was all over the board, so it kind of makes sense that they split it down the middle.

Walk-Off Wins Give Angels Series Over M’s

May 7th, 2015

 

Game 1: Mariners 3, Angels 2 | Game 2: Angels 5, M’s 4  | Game 3: Angels 4, M’s 3

 

A pair of walk-off victories gave the Angels a much-needed series victory over the Mariners. The series mirrored the Halos’ opening series of the season in Seattle, when they dropped the opener against Felix Hernandez but won the next two games, thereby getting me that much closer to winning a season-long bet with my Mariners-fan friend.

The Angels hope these two wins can propel them into some good baseball this weekend when they welcome the surprising Houston Astros*, who were just swept at home by the Rangers. Hopefully, momentum is real and the Angels carry swagger into the four-game series while the Astros are shamed after losing three straight to a team that features Elvis Andrus near the top of the order out of necessity.

* Every mention of the Astros will henceforth include the adjective “surprising.”

On to the games, with some stray observations from each.

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Game 1:

* On May the Fourth, Shoebacca pitched about as well as one could hope, dueling Felix Hernandez for six scoreless innings before surrendering back-to-back homers to Nelson Cruz — a Darth Vader from the Angels’ perspective if there ever was one — and Logan Morrison in the sixth inning. After Matt Joyce got a run back with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning, Seth Smith put the M’s up by two again with another home run off Shoemaker in the seventh with what proved to be the winning run in Seattle’s 3-2 win. Shoemaker needed only 90 pitches to throw 7-1/3 innings, striking out ten and walking only one in a thorough evisceration of the Mariners…except for three batters.

Update From the Farm: May 5

May 5th, 2015
Second Baseman Alex Yarbrough had 6 doubles, 6 RBI, and 5 runs last week for the Bees.

Second Baseman Alex Yarbrough had 6 doubles, 6 RBI, and 5 runs last week for the Bees.

Salt Lake Bees

The Angels’ Triple-A club is in fourth place in the PCL Pacific Southern with a 9-14 record.  The new man on the team, 26-year-old former CS Fullerton Titan outfielder Gary Brown, who was claimed off of waivers from St. Louis, hit .270 with two home runs and two stolen bases for the Bees last week.  Alex Yarbrough has caught fire, going 12-for-31 (.387 BA) in his last six games.  Third baseman Kyle Kubitza is leading the league in hits (33) and doubles (12) while first baseman Marc Krauss is leading the league in walks with 16.  Infielder Josh Rutledge leads the team with 13 RBI.  Here are some of last week’s notable stat lines:

• 4/27 – C Carlos Perez:  2-for-3, BB, R
• 4/30 – 2B Alex Yarbrough:  4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI
• 4/30 – RP Zach Stewart:  3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
• 5/1 – RF Alfredo Marte:  3-for-5, BB, 3B, 2 R, 4 RBI, assist at second
• 5/2 – DH Ryan Wheeler:  2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
• 5/2 – 3B Kyle Kubitza:  2-for-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI
• 5/3 – CF Gary Brown: 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

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The Travs celebrate Anthony Bemboom's walk-off pinch hit home run in the 12th inning on Thursday.

The Travs celebrate Anthony Bemboom’s walk-off pinch hit home run in the 12th inning on Tuesday.

Arkansas Travelers

The Angels’ Double-A club is in first place in the Texas League North with a 15-8 record.  The team celebrated two walk-off victories last week — one on Anthony Bemboom’s pinch-hit home run in the 12th that broke a 0-0 tie and another on first baseman Wade Hinkle’s ninth-inning RBI single.  First baseman/third baseman Brian Hernandez is leading the league in RBI with 27, and reliever Trevor Gott is leading the league with five saves.  Here are some of last week’s noteworthy performances:

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