I know we’ll all be laughing about this come September, but as of right now the Angels are hard to watch.
Ervin Santana didn’t give up 3 1st inning runs today against Tampa Bay, but he did give up leadoff bomb to Desmond Jennings.
Santana did give up 3 more home runs, making it 10 in 4 starts, but he at least gave the team a chance to win. Oh, I forgot, the Angels offense was completely shut down.
If you would have told me that this group would he shutout 3 times in their first 17 games, I would have taken that bet every time. David Price is an above average pitcher, so him allowing no runs I can see.
Will the real Albert Pujols please show up. The 250 million dollar man has gone 0 for his last 15. He is still looking for his first home run as an Angel. He is either putting an ungodly amount of pressure on himself, or he finding out what a lot of National league hitters find out. The AL pitches differently. Instead of throwing a fastball on a 3-1 count, they will throw a changeup like Price did on Tuesday. I don’t think Pujols will sink to the depths of what Adam Dunn of the Sox did last year, but he’s looks befuddled at times.
I’m glad people are starting to point out what I already know. The Angels offense can’t get any consistency with Mike Scioscia juggling the lineup every day. How can any guy gain any momemtum when he gets 2 hits one night, and the next night finds himself on the bench.
I read somewhere that the solution to the Angels bullpen woes is trading Mark Trumbo. That is stupid. No offense (I could mean that literally) to Bobby Abreu or Vernon Wells, but those guys will be long forgotten Angels when Trumbo is still smacking home runs. Plus, the Halos will never get value for Trumbo with other teams knowing the Angels are desperate.
I know I don’t pay the salaries, or put up with the inevitable headaches, but for the foreseeable future, Trumbo would be in left, Bourjos in center, and Hunter in right. Wells and Abreu would get sporadic playing time. This is an results driven field, and right now Trumbo gives the Angels the best chance to win.
Or, you could keep feeding Trumbo grounders at 3rd until he becomes a passable 3rd baseman. That may work, but it may not.
In 24 games, Wells and Abreu have combined to hit 3 home runs while driving in 11 runs. In 11 games, Trumbo has 2 big flies, and 6 RBI. He has also played 5 positions, so it shows he doesn’t get fazed by moving around.
Hard to believe that the Angels have played 5 series, but have won one only of them. They have won back to back games just once, while losing 3 in a row 3 times. They could make that 4, if they lose tomorrow.
Hope Fernando Rodney pitches. A friend asked me the other day why MLB doesn’t make Rodney wear his cap correctly. I wonder that too.
About the Author
Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.