MLB Post All-Star Break Review: Los Angeles Angels
The LA Angels have had yet another disappointing season just one year after dropping hundreds of millions of dollars in what was thought to be a championship caliber team. At 53-64 the Angels would be at the bottom of the AL West if it wasn’t for the Houston Astros being so terrible.
C.J. Wilson in his second year with the Angels is 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA after going an impressive 7-1 with a 2.92 ERA in his last 10 starts. Jared Weaver has pitched well enough this year to post a sub 3.00 earned run average going 7-4 with a 2.87 ERA giving the Angels a nice one two punch at the top of the order.
It is the tail end of the rotation and bullpen that is killing the Angels with guys like Joe Blanton 2-13 with a 5.52 ERA and has given up 25 long balls this season, Jerome Williams 5-8 with a 4.85 ERA, and Garret Richards 3-5 with a 4.04 ERA.
Albert Pujols having a bad season just a year after signing a 240 million dollar contract with the Angels is certainly not helping. He is currently injured and wasn’t playing great when he was healthy hitting just .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI’s.
Left fielder Mike Trout has been the most solid hitter of the Angels batting .330 with 20 home runs and 73 RBI’s and a team leading 26 stolen bases on the year. Second baseman Howie Kendrick is having a solid season with a .301 average, 11 homers, and 47 RBI’s. First baseman Mark Trumbo is leading the team with 25 home runs and is tied with Trout for a team lead 73 RBI’s, but is hitting only .235 with 129 strikeouts.
The LA Angels maybe in trouble if they handcuffed themselves from getting further talent with the pricey additions of Pujols and Wilson. They have some hitters with Trout and of course Pujols could return next year in full form, but they will continue to have issues if they cannot some how turn this rotation around.
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