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Time for Billy Eppler to make moves

Patrick Zajac

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Going into their series in Seattle, the Angels were an impressive 7-2 in their past 9 games. However, they hadn’t made any ground up against the Mariners and Astros, who continue to lead the AL West.

That fact made Monday’s series opening loss very tough to stomach, as the Angels wasted a 2 home run effort from Mike Trout, succumbing to the wizardry of Wade LeBlanc and his 85 mph cutter. As injuries continue to mount and the team hovers on the fringes of playoff contention, now is the time for Billy Eppler to make a move and invigorate some life into this franchise. With the Royals in full rebuild, a package centered around a premium prospect like Jahmai Jones or Brandon Marsh could be the key to landing Mike Moustakas and Kelvin Herrera.

Part 2 of our draft class analysis continues as well, this time with special guest Brent Maguire of The Athletic. Maguire sits down with the podcast to share his thoughts on the Halo draftees, including what he likes about first rounder Jordyn Adams. Tune in!

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.

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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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.

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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Los Angeles Angels

Appreciating Albert Pujols

Patrick Zajac

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Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

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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