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Angels' Weekend Ends Outside Of Wild Card Race

If the postseason began today the Angels would be home with you and I watching it all play out.

The Halos’ 1-6 road trip has them 0.5 game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second Wild Card., 3.5 behind Houston for the AL West.

It couldn’t have been a more frustrating loss that dropped them there.

Hector Santiago pitched his best game in the last month at Kauffman Stadium last night (7.0 IP 3H 2ER 5 SO), giving up all three hits and both earned runs in just the first inning. He then went 6 1/3 innings without giving up a single hit.

Despite Santiago’s efforts only Kole Calhoun seemed to show up on Sunday, smacking a triple in the 6th inning and scoring on a Wild Pitch from Yordano Ventura.

A David Murphy solo shot would tie the game at two in the sixth, before Calhoun dealt his own solo homer to give the Halos the lead in the 8th inning.

With a 3-2 lead enter Huston Street in the 9th inning. Street would walk the bases loaded (one being intentional) before giving up a sac fly to Alex Rios that would score Eric Hosmer and tie the game. Paulo Orlando almost ended it in regulation, however a spectacular catch from Mike Trout only extended the agony, pushing the game into extras. A walk-off single from Kendrys Morales would the end the game for good in the 10th inning.

Now, the Angels are on the outside looking in, with way more questions than answers.

David Freese is reportedly coming along slowly from a broken right index finger. While he can swing the bat just fine, the issue seems to be defensively as he is having trouble throwing the ball.

Matt Shoemaker (5-9, 4.76 ERA), who finished second in last year’s AL rookie-of-the-year voting, was demoted to Triple-A Salt Lake to figure out his issues after being rocked in his last two starts. (13 runs, 16 hits in just 7 1/3 innings pitched)

Taylor Featherston (.130 1 HR 5 RBI 92 AB) was mercifully placed on the DL because of an upper back strain. While I say his time in the majors should be over, Mike Scioscia seems to like him for some reason, and we could see him again sometime in September.

There are a ton of red flags in Anaheim, and not the good, fan waving kind of flags. The kind of flags that show you the Halos pitching staff is beginning to fall apart, that the lineup is struggling and that injuries are starting to effect this team.

Just in time for September.

Monday, August 17th Angel Stadium vs CHW

C. Rodon: 5-4, 4.61 ERA (+132)


A. Heaney: 5-1, 2.53 ERA (-142)


To take Featherstone’s spot on the roster the Angels have promoted shortstop Ryan Jackson from Triple-A Salt Lake. Jackson is batting .295 in 104 games in Salt Lake, and appeared in 20 games for St. Louis in 2012-2013.

Outfielder Matt Joyce (concussion) began his rehab assignment Sunday, according to the L.A. Times.

Cory Rasmus was also placed on the DL Sunday with a forearm strain. Cam Bedrosian and Mike Morin have been recalled from Salt Lake as well. 

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Angels Scoring Struggles Continue With Royals Coming Up

Welcome to our archaic ESPN 1100 Blog. There are rumblings of some changes coming, so I figured I would flex my writing fingers and give you a bit about the Angels. This will be part of a writing series that I will begin following every series that the Angels play. After all, we are the Angels station on Fox Sports 1340. I don't have a witty title for these pieces yet, but rest assured it is coming.

Also, I'm having some trouble getting some pictures approved for use, so please enjoy the picture of Adam Hill below, and imagine everything with your bright minds.- JVT a.k.a JBT, JTV, or "Pretentious 12-year-old who doesn't know what a parabola is"



When I first purchased cable it was an amazing feeling.

I had HBO, meaning I could watch the much maligned Season 2 of True Detective.

I had ESPN, so SportsCenter could be consumed daily.

And I had Fox Sports West, so I ran home every day after Cofield & Co. to catch the Angels game.

That last one isn’t working out so well. In fact, it actually gives me asco every time I watch.

The Angels haven’t won a road game since July 12th.

No that is not a typo.

The last time the team won a road game was prior to the All-Star break. With the loss last night they have now lost 14 of 19, and are plummeting in the standings in both the Wild Card and AL West.

They are 2.0 games behind Houston in the West, and they hold a precarious 1.5 game lead for the second Wild Card in the American League.

So who do we blame?

I’m looking at anybody in that lineup not named Mike Trout or Albert Pujols.

The consistency of Anaheim’s bats is non-existent. At one point during the final game of the Halos’ road series with the White Sox they were 1-for-20 with RISP. 1-for-20! That won’t win baseball games, and that surely won’t win a division.  

Another mind-boggling stat that shows how crappy this offense has been? On Wednesday’s loss Angels relievers combined to pitch 6 1/3 scoreless innings, but a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the 13th inning from Avisail Garcia ended the game. Anaheim managed one run in that scoreless stretch.

That one run came when Tyler Featherstone tied the game in the ninth inning, and even that play wasn’t the Angels doing. With one out and Johnny Giavotella on first and Featherstone on third Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu fielded a grounder from Doug Gillaspie and tagged first instead of trying to force the double play, catching Giavotella in a run down and allowing the runner to score.

Now, stuck in a nine game road losing streak Anaheim heads to Kansas City, a team that has won 5 of its last 6, and holds a 39-19 record at Kauffman Stadium.

Oh, and they’re averaging 4.8 runs per game in that six game stretch.

The Angels are right behind them at 2.8 runs per game in their last six.

This upcoming series has the makings of yet another sweep of the Angels, unless the bats can come alive and give some run support to their pitching staff.


Thursday, August 13 Kauffman Stadium @ KCR 5:10 PM PT

G. Richards: 11-9, 3.51 ERA (-115)
J. Guthrie: 8-7, 5.84 ERA (+105)

Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie has given up 4+ runs and six homeruns in just his last three starts.

Angels pitcher Garrett Richards isn’t much better, giving up 3+ runs and four homers in his last three.

For the month of August the Angels are hitting .160 (13-for-81) with runners in scoring position.

Third baseman David Freese could begin his rehab assignment next week.    

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Gridlock Post Show Follow Up

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The City of Las Vegas and the Findlay Sports & Entertainment Group are in talks to build a new soccer stadium on the strip. The Stadium, if approved would cost Las Vegas over $150 million in tax payer's money. On the show today we asked listeners what they think of this proposal. Would you be on board with so much tax money going towards the Stadium?



ESPN made headlines with their reporting of Michael Sam yesterday. The sports network actually dished Tuesday on Michael Sam's showering habits during the St. Louis Rams training camp. On the show today we talked about how inappropriate the story was and that Sam's showering habits should be the least of their concern. ESPN apologized for the story today stating it was unprofessional of them and an insult to Sam. What do you think of the Michael Sam situation. Are reporters focusing too much on his sexual orientation and not enough on his football career?



Josh Gordon will have to serve his one year suspension as the NFL upheld the verdict against him today. Gordon received the suspension for repeatedly violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. On the show we asked listeners if this was a fair verdict after the NFL has been so lenient on other players for different violations. What do you think of the Gordon situation? Is one year to harsh?

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USC cornerback Josh Shaw apparently has been injured after rescuing his nephew from drowning in a pool. According to Shaw. he leaped from a second story balcony to a concrete landing in order to save the boy. On the show today we questioned the incident, and if the story really went down like josh is saying. Sources have come forward to say that it never happened the way Josh explained it. USC is investigating the incident and we will know more soon. What do you think of Josh Shaw? Is he a hero or lying to hide the real source of his injury?



Suspended last season amid allegations that he bullied a teammate, former Miami player Richie Incognito has been reinstated by the NFL.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have recently met with Richie in talks about playing for the franchise. On the show today we asked listeners if they would want him on their team after his actions in Miami. Would you sign Incognito? Or should he be banned after what happened last season?




Coach Bobby Hauck and the UNLV football team are set to start their season this week against Arizona. On the show today we talked about what the team looks like and what is a realistic number of wins for the them. Mitch Moss says that UNLV should win six of their 13 games while Ed Graney said they could even get seven wins possibly. What do you think UNLV will do this year? Can our Vegas boys go 8-5?




Also on the show we reviewed the top coaches in the NFL today. NFL Mocks put out their list of the top 5 coaches that they think are the best at their job. We agree with some of the spots but not all of them. Here is the list of the top five in order from NFL Mocks, see if you agree with them.

  1. Bill Belicheck ( New England Patriots)
  2. Sean Payton ( New Orleans Saints)
  3. Tom Coughlin ( New York Giants)
  4. Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers)
  5. John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens)



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The boys from Mountain Ridge little league made it all the way to the Little League US Championship on Saturday. They fell in the end to Chicago's Jackie Robinson West team 7-5, but put forth a great effort and have made Las Vegas very proud. Coach Aston Cave joined us live on air today to talk about the team and how they are dealing with the loss. Cave said that the boys were still in high spirits and ended up hanging out with the Chicago team all night, even exchanging team gear with each other. you can hear the interview with Coach cave here.

St. Louis rams' QB Sam Bradford is out for the season with a torn ACL. On the show today we asked listeners what the next step is for coach Fisher and the Rams franchise. Who would be a suitable replacement for Bradford? Listeners today texted in with Tim Tebow as their choice but we strongly disagree, while others said Michael Vick would be a good fit. Who do you think could be the starting QB for the Rams this season?

The guys tossed around the possibility of seeing a repeat of last years Super Bowl on the show today. Seattle and Denver have both looked great during the preseason, dominating the teams that they have faced except when they played each other, which was one of the best games so far this year. Would you be okay with seeing these teams back at it again in the Big Game? Or do you have two other teams in mind?

Also on the show today Mitch mentioned Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards last night. Both of the performers were wearing a body tight black and silver dress with cut outs on the front and sides. We asked listeners today who they think is hotter. Here is a side-by-side below so you can judge appropriately.



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