Maniac Ball

Because you have to be a maniac to be an Angels fan


(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

After taking three of four against the Detroit Tigers and six of ten in the homestand, the Angels start off an eight-game road trip with a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. First pitch tonight is at 4:05pm PST (same time throughout the series). Here’s what to keep an eye on during this series:

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With the recent trade for Huston Street, we lost four of our top prospects: Taylor Lindsey, Jose Rondon, R.J. Alvarez, and Elliot Morris. So here is our updated list, we’ve added four new prospects. This list will not contain any additional scouting reports, however in our next installment for the 2015 list, there will be scouting reports. Without further ado, here is our updated top 30!

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Photo by Nakai Green

Photo by Nakai Green

After avoiding a sweep yesterday against the Baltimore Orioles, the Angels wrap up their long homestand with a four-game series against the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers. First pitch tonight is at 7:05pm PST (same time on Friday; 6:05pm on Saturday; 12:35pm on Sunday). Here’s what to keep an eye on during this series:

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The dust has finally settled since the Angels made their trade for closer Huston Street on Friday evening. So now is a good time to take a look at the current bullpen as we head into the second half of the season. You can take a look at the more long-term impacts of the trade here, but what I want to go over is how the relief corps are positioned right now as we head into the stretch run. The bullpen was one of the Angels’ biggest question marks heading into the season and has arguably been the biggest weakness through the first half. Upon closer examination, the bullpen has actually been trending upward, and the addition of Street has actually turned it into a great asset heading into the second half.

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When you think of historical offensive achievements, your first thought is a certain player or team who put up video game like numbers. All of the many 50 home run seasons in the steroid era come to mind and many of the offenses in that time come up as “all time great offenses”. There’s no doubt that many of those steroid era offenses were great but one huge mistake many fans and analysts make is adjusting for context.

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