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Angels slow to start 2013

Apr 13, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

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The L.A. Angels, some prognosticators’ pick to win the AL West, have stumbled out of the gate to a 2-8 start, dead last in the division. As I write this, they trail the Astros, some prognosticators’ pick to win fewer than 55 games, 2-0 a night after getting blanked 5-0. With a loss tonight, they would be in danger of a series sweep tomorrow afternoon.

Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for the Halos. Josh Hamilton, whom they signed to a five-year, $125 million contract over the off-season, entered the night with a .492 OPS. Mike Trout, the defending AL Rookie of the Year, is hitting .227 with no homers. Jered Weaver is out until late May with a fractured elbow. The starting rotation has otherwise been dreadful, posting a 6.02 ERA entering tonight, the third-worst mark in the Majors.

That being said, all the Angels have to do to keep the faith is look at Albert Pujols. Many pronouced the slugger dead last season when he entered May with a .570 OPS and no home runs. From the start of May through the end of the regular season, Pujols posted a .910 OPS with 30 homers.

Their -23 run differential through ten games is their third-worst in franchise history. Their fourth-worst? They were at -20 through ten games in 2002, the year they won 99 games during the regular season and the World Series.

  1. aceinthehole12 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    As an A’s fan I’m glad they’re starting out like this. Even after all they did in the off-season I always said Texas and Oakland will come out the west. Hopefully it stays like that.

    • chill1184 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      I have to agree as an outsider observer that currently it looks like the A’s and Rangers fighting for the division with the Mariners a distant third. However the season is still young and there is still alot of games to be played

    • captainwisdom8888 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      people get so worked up in april over things like this. They Angels have immense talent on their team. Good for the Stros to find some early success and build some confidence, but as the season goes on you will see everything regress back to normal

      If you are doubting anything, it shouldnt be Hamilton or Trout or Pujols…Id be most worried about The Angels pitching staff moving forward, especially without Weaver. That being said, i still like the offensive firepower on this squad to overcome their mediocre pitching

      • kingscourt25 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        Except their pitching isn’t mediocre. It’s really, really bad.

      • captainwisdom8888 - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:50 AM

        houstons pitching is “really really bad.” weaver will be back prior to the all star break. wilson/hanson/vargas/blanton etc have it much easier holdin it down with 3 top hitters in the league than most teams would have if their ace went down.

        on a side my fantasy leagues i prey on april fools. they bug out when their players start slow and rush to trade. thats when i scoop up a jason heyward for a nelson cruz str8 up. even tho i drafted cruz in rd 10 and heyward was a 4th round choice

  2. themuddychicken - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    At least Pujols is putting up a Pujolsian .313/.489/.594 prior to today’s game

  3. usdiveteam - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Go Rangers

  4. soundsofsuccess7 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Every damn year.

    The Angels underachieve every damn year.

    This isn’t surprising, at all.

  5. gpatrick15 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Last year they blamed it on missing Mike Trout for the first few weeks of the season. What’ll the fans say this year if (big if) they miss the postseason this season?

  6. retaeyssup - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Last I checked it’s still April. Too much talent on that team for them to remain terrible. That’s almost like saying the Cubs, Royals, Pirates, and Astros will all make the playoffs.

    • frank433 - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      You can’t win a pennant in April, but you definitely can lose one.

      See: Red Sox-2011

      Just to name 2 right off the top of my head.

  7. 13arod - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    you know they will get hot soon

  8. thebadguyswon - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    There isn’t another manager in baseball that does less with more than Mike Sciocia.

  9. tfbuckfutter - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Damn. 6 games back in the division?

    That is almost insurmountable…..I mean you’d need a good week and a half to two weeks to overcome that at this point. And to make it even more difficult the division leader has power-hitting Coco Crisp hammering taters left and right, son!

  10. markofapro - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Guess your column made the halos win

  11. joerymi - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Can one really be “defending AL rookie of the year?”

  12. Last Road Reviews - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    I really don’t understand why so many people get worked up over 10 games. This isn’t a football schedule. If this was like the nba with 82 games a little concern. Very little. But game 10 out of 162 its absurd.

    Many teams have played .500 ball or lower until August than get red hot and win the division. But after 50 games a little concern can start after 100 ok a little more but after 10 of 162. Stupid

  13. mungman69 - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    There’s plenty of time.

  14. Old Gator - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Angels and Feesh in a dead heat. Hard to imagine, no? Is there a technical difference between “Fantasy Baseball” and “Nightmare Baseball”?

  15. toejoronto - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    There’s something about putting these dreams teams together that just doesn’t seem to work in year one. Hamilton will get going, but like Albert last year it might just be too late by then.

  16. markofapro - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Their pitching sucks!

  17. jikkle49 - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    They managed 89 wins with terrible pitching last season so they aren’t going to continue this trend or being terrible.

    With that said they still likely won’t win the division and probably be just good enough for Scioscia to hold the team hostage another year.

  18. macjacmccoy - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Bringing up 2002 was ok last year as a glimmer of hope for a turn around, but you cant use it every year they start out horribly. Especially 2 years in a row.

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