What in the world is going on with the Los Angeles Angels? If you would have told me before the season started that the Angels would end the first month of the seasons only two games better the Houston Astros, I would have told you your crazy. But alas, here we are, at the end of April and the Angels are 9 and 15. The Angels have already dropped 6 series this season. Much of the struggles can be contributed to the injuries, but their problems are certainly not limited to catching a bad case of the injury bug.
So, what else is wrong? Well, for one thing the Angles super sluggers are playing super lousy so far this season—although Pujols is starting to play better as of late. Pujols is coming along, but is only hitting .244 this seasons, with a slugging percentage of .367. Even worse, Hamilton is hitting a dismal .219 and has a slugging percentage of .323. The two have 4 home runs combined! The Angels brought Hamilton to Los Angeles because they believed he would be the second piece of the most feared one-two punch in all of baseball. So far, this combination hasn’t produced much. The Angels need these guys to get going in May.
The biggest problem for the Angels however, is the pitching. Angel’s pitchers have struggled throughout the season to get out off inning. The staff as a whole is plagued by injuries and just downright struggling. Jered Weaver is out for 6-8 weeks with a broken elbow, C.J. Wilson is been inconsistent at best, and there are multiple injuries deeper in the bullpen with players like middle reliever Kevin Jepsen and closer Ryan Madson. If this staff can get rolling they have the potential to be one of the best in the American League, but so far things haven’t gone their way at all.
The Angels need to get healthy and their star players need to start playing like stars. The Angels are good from a talent perspective, but we’ve seen from teams in the Bay Area like The A’s and Giants, that you don’t need big name players and a big budget payroll to win. The Angels have talent everywhere, and I expect them to turn this season around and finish at the top of the AL West this year, but they need to start playing like a team.
What do you guys think? If you watch the Angels a lot, what else have you seen that is contributing to their struggles? Feel free to leave comments below or follow me on Twitter @JCConway1