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Mike Trout…and nobody else

Patrick Zajac

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Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Trout hit two mammoth blasts to take the MLB lead in home runs at 23, and yet that still was not enough to propel the Angels to victory in Seattle.

With another loss and potential sweep looming, the Halos could find themselves 8 games back in the loss column after the series. Yes, we are in mid-June. Yes, there are still 90+ games to go. But the mediocre play over the last two months has limited the Angels offensively, allowing the Astros and Mariners to further separate themselves. Problem is, this was supposed to be a veteran-driven team, with guys like Ian Kinsler, Zack Cozart, and Kole Calhoun adding even more juice to the lineup.

Wild West Wednesday examines the state of the AL West. Even though the Angels entered Seattle winners of 7 of 9, they have lost ground in the division over the past two weeks, as no one can slow down the Astros and Mariners.

Don’t forget to follow the show on Twitter @LockedOnAngels and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play.

Patrick is the play-by-play radio broadcaster on the road, as well as the Event Manager, for the Eugene Emeralds, a Short Season-A club in the Northwest League. He was born and raised in Orange County, CA, first attending games at Edison International Field while watching Jim Edmonds patrol center field. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Pat also created The Lob, The Jam, The Podcast on Clips Nation, featured on SB Nation. Pat shares the same alma mater as MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Trevor Hoffman, both having once attended Cypress Community College in California.

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Los Angeles Angels

Part Two: If I were Billy Eppler

Patrick Zajac

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Lucas is back and putting on his Billy Eppler thinking cap. Lucas dives in to see what the Angels should do looking forward to the offseason (even though this season isn’t lost).

He breaks down the biggest needs he sees in the team, and what holes need to be filled more than others.

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Los Angeles Angels

A plan to get ready for 2019 in Anaheim

Patrick Zajac

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Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

After a disappointing finish to the series in Los Angeles, the Angels remain mediocre on the season heading into the All Star Break, nine games out of a playoff spot.

With a highly improbable chance at reaching the postseason this season, it’s time for Billy Eppler to make the moves at the trade deadline to get his franchise ready for the 2019 season. The Halos are in an odd spot as they look to contend next summer, meaning they cannot have a full blown fire sale at the end of July. What to do? Tune in to find out!

Studs and Duds of the Weekend also highlights Kole Calhoun‘s resurgence and the surprising rise of Felix Pena, before the show ends with some exciting words on Jo Adell in the Futures Game yesterday.

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Los Angeles Angels

Appreciating Albert Pujols

Patrick Zajac

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The Angels won a series over the Mariners, while Albert Pujols belted two home runs and is now tied with Ken Griffey Jr. on the all-time list.

Pujols draws the ire of Halo fans at times, never living up to his contractual expectations. But when you throw away the yearly salary, Pujols is quietly producing a very acceptable age-38 season. A historic one, in fact.

Your Friday Mailbag also makes its way into today’s episode, featuring questions about David Fletcher, which Angels to move at the deadline, and also postulating some pitchers the Halos will chase during the offseason. Tune in!

Don’t forget to follow the show on Twitter @LockedOnAngels and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play.

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