July 6, 2013 |
Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at three former Angels starters who have had surprisingly strong first halves this season. Bartolo Colon SP | Oakland A Cy Young Award winner with the Angels in 2005, Colon landed on Billy Beane's doorstep in Oakland last season as a journeyman with a history of shoulder woes. The right-hander quickly provided quality starts and veteran leadership to the Athletics' young and talented staff before being handed a 50-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy.
September 25, 2012 |
The Angels curse Adrian Beltre. The Angels toast Adrian Beltre. They could hang on his every at-bat the rest of the way. If the toasts outnumber the curses, the Angels just might live to see the playoffs after all. The Dodgers? They're on life support. That is where the Angels were five days ago, when Beltre hit a mammoth ninth-inning home run in Anaheim, the one that appeared to lower the curtain of doom over the home team. The Angels were 4 1/2 games out of a playoff spot with 13 to play, and the fat lady was warming up in the bullpen.
September 8, 2012
I'm fine with extending Ned Colletti's contract, as long as they insert a restriction against trading with the San Francisco Giants. Can you say Jason Schmidt and Juan Uribe without wincing? Ken Blake Brea :: Perhaps Matt Kemp should be more concerned about his hitting than which kind of cream, shaving or whipped, to apply on his teammates. The way the Dodgers act after a walk-off win, you would think they had just won the World Series, or were at least in first place.
August 23, 2012 |
What do Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon and San Francisco outfielder Melky Cabrera have in common besides a 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone? Well, according to Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn, neither are the sharpest knife in the drawer. "It's kind of how dumb do you have to be?" Dunn told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune . "You guys see how many times the drug test guys are here. I feel like they're here at least once a homestand. "I don't want to call you stupid, but you kind of look yourself in the mirror and it's pretty dumb.
August 22, 2012 |
Bartolo Colon, who won the American League Cy Young Award with the Angels in 2005, was suspended 50 games on Wednesday after failing a drug test. Colon, now with the Oakland Athletics, tested positive for testosterone, according to a statement from Major League Baseball. He becomes the second key player within a week to be suspended for that substance, following outfielder Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants. "I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A's," Colon said in a statement issued by the Major League Baseball Players Assn.
April 18, 2012 |
Was the entire month of March, when Albert Pujols was crushing balls all over the Cactus League, the Angels were scoring runs in bushels and the starting pitchers were dominating, just a desert mirage? Twelve games into the season, which continued to spiral with Wednesday night's 6-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, the Angels are 4-8, six games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West and looking every bit as listless as they did for much of 2010 and 2011. They began 2012 with World Series aspirations and a $151-million payroll filled with All-Stars, but their performance hasn't come close to matching expectations.