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Lede of the day: the OC Register on the Angels

Apr 30, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT


Slow clap for the first line of Bill Plunkett’s article on the Angels in today’s OC Register:

If the Angels haven’t hit rock bottom yet, it’s only because they can’t hit anything right now.

Just a sick, sick burn.

  1. mybrunoblog - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Two comments.
    1. That picture is disturbing.
    2. The guy is absolutely right about the Angels.

  2. randygnyc - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Angels have gone 6-60 (or close to that), the last 2 games. Pujols weight is higher than his average, has as many HR’s as I do this year, and has 4 (FOUR), count em, four RBI this year. So with I/6 of the season gone, Pujols has been paid $1,200,000.00 FOR EACH RBI this year.

  3. kopy - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Well, the Twins are in Los Angeles of Anaheim for a series now. If Pujols doesn’t break out of his slump against Minnesota pitching (starters have an ERA over 7), then everyone can panic.

    SPOILER ALERT: He will hit well against the Twins.

    • - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      Don’t be so sure. He had his crack against Royals pitching, that netted him 25% of his RBI total.

  4. phukyouk - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    I predict he hits 74 HR’s this week and then not another one all season

  5. ajcardsfan - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    I want to think of something wittier to say than that….but it’s just not happening, kind of like the Angel’s offensive production

    (I know this will get thumbs downed a lot, but hey it’s a Monday and my brain hasn’t started up yet)

    • chumthumper - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Will this help? Well, they’re not the Cubs, so I guess they won’t stay this way forever.

  6. xpensivewinos - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Didn’t most people see this coming? Aside from the cliche of signing and collecting a bunch of high-priced players and that not working out (and the team the high priced guy left is doing just fine without him), didn’t everyone wonder how the Angels were going to make it work with a roster full of guys who pretty have the same skill set?

    Pujols being this inept is surprising, but he never seemed like the right fit there anyway. With Trumbo and a two-legged Morales, the Angels didn’t need a first baseman or a DH.

    The fact that we’re just sniffing May and the Angels apparently need a 20 year old kid to save their season is probably not a good sign.

    Ah, good times……

  7. kiwicricket - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    A fancied teams ineptitude is entertainment, but they will start hitting reasonably well at some point I think.
    Kendrick and Aybar have been horrific. They will turn it around which will steady the overall production.

  8. forsch31 - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    People tend to forget that Pujols had a slow start last year, as well. By the end of April 2011, he was hitting .245 with 7 home runs in 27 games. By the end of May, he was hitting .267, but had hit only two additional home runs in 29 more games.

    He’s getting older, and he’s been declining for the past three seasons. Most fans didn’t notice until last year, because he has such a long way to fall. So, he’s gone from one of the greatest players of his era to a very, very good player that’s probably overpaid. He’s not going to have an Adam Dunn-like collapse, and his offense will show up again. But I wouldn’t expect a season-long performance like he had in his prime in St. Louis.

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