Monday, April 24, 2017
Angels in the Danger Zone
(Okay, that was a relatively forced pun based on a direct-to-TV sequel that I'm surprised even got Christopher Lloyd back.)
I think it's pretty sad that even when you have Mike Trout, indefinitely the best player in baseball, on your team, you still can't friggin' win games.
The Angels have been gutted. Jered Weaver, Mark Trumbo, C.J. Wilson, Torii Hunter and David Freese, all of whom made a division title slightly easier to imagine, are all gone. Garrett Richards and Huston Street are injured for the second year in a row. Albert Pujols, Cameron Maybin, C.J. Cron and Danny Espinoza aren't off to great starts. Plus, with Richards gone, nobody's stepping up as an ace, and none of the starters are doing very well.
The team is a mess, and this is a sad sign to come from a club who was very close to competing only a few short years ago. At the very least, people like Trout, Kole Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Yunel Escobar are off to some nice starts, but it's not going to be enough. This team needs to figure out how to rebuild without giving away Mike Trout to someone who'll use him to win World Championships....and if they can't, they have to legitimately consider that possibility.
Coming Tomorrow- A rookie hurler for a first-place Rockies team.