I did a little digging and I found the Los Angeles Angels secret recipe. Here’s what you will need:
- a $300+ million offseason spending spree
- a midseason acquisition of a former Cy Young winner
- the longest tenured manager in the majors
- a rookie in the midst of the MVP race
- and the 3rd highest payroll in baseball
And what do you get when you mix it all up? The most disappointing team in baseball. (Yea don’t make this at home…)
The Angels’ season began with championship hopes, mostly due to one of the league’s best starting rotations and the addition of baseball’s best hitter.
Too bad for the Angels, games aren’t played on paper.
April came and the team fell flat out of the gate. Then the midseason resurgence came…and left. Now the Angels are quickly fading into mediocrity with a 62-60 record.
On Saturday, they officially hit rock bottom. After celebrating the 2002 championship team before the game, the team jumped out to an 8-0 lead on the Rays. But $100 million dollar man C.J. Wilson allowed seven runs in one inning en route to a 10-8 loss.
With another loss today, the Angels are 9 games back in the AL West, and 4 ½ games out of the Wild Card.
So who’s going to take the blame for this mess? This is sports and somebody has to be the fall guy the team’s failures.
How about the Angels starting rotation? In August, the Angels starting rotation is 3-7 with a 6.53 earned run-average.
Remember C.J. Wilson? Well he hasn’t won in his last ten starts.
How about three-time All Star Dan Haren? He’s 8-10 with a 4.90 ERA for the season.
And the ever-so-inconsistent Ervin Santana? A 5.59 ERA says it all.
Let’s not even get started on Zack Greinke, who’s been nothing short of a bust so far.
The only man unworthy of criticism is Jered Weaver who has had another All-Star year.
Look at those five names though. Four of those guys are No. 1-caliber pitchers. That’s unheard of, and should be nearly unbeatable.
Instead what does it leave them with? A 5-13 record in their last 18 games, and a season being crushed under free-falling expectations.
With one of baseball’s best managers, Mike Scioscia, at the helm, the Angels can’t go this quietly. A team this talented has to be able to right the ship.
There’s 40 games left for the Angels. 40 games left for this team to make the critics eat their words. And 40 games left for the rally monkey to make one last rally.
If not, there will probably be changes in the offseason. But what changes can you make to a team that seemingly has it all?