If we are playing the new game on PTI “Something or Nothing,” a game that is unlikely ever to be played again, the pertinent question is, “The Angels are Winless in their First 7 games. Is it Something or Nothing?” Even for the star filled Angels roster it’s not something, because we are only talking about Spring Training; but it’s not nothing either [sic].
Spring Training results do not have a strong correlation to regular season success. Even 7 losses doesn’t fate the abysmal Astros. But they haven’t lost all 7 of their games either. As part of the anomalies that are Spring Training and All Star Games, 2 of the Angels games up to this point ended in ties.
The Angels have been scoring runs as well. They tied the Giants and D-Backs at 8 and 7 runs apiece, and only twice scored less than 5 runs. Spring Training is always a pitching by committee situation, so it is of little wonder that they are allowing plenty of runs.
If the Angels had won all 7 games in Spring Training I would not tempt to extrapolate anything from their hot start. After all, it is Spring Training. Even if the Angels lost their first 7 games of the regular season it wouldn’t mean much. Probably only mildly troubling.
But after the Lakers went winless this year in the NBA preseason, a part of the season that typically matters much much less than Spring Training, and went onto struggle; I’ve learned that it is a little bit of something. The Lakers bucked the norms. They demonstrated correlation to their blow out losses in the pre season to regular season. And now the at least equally talented Angels are 7 games into one month of Spring Training and are tempting the same fate.
As soon as the Angels get a blow out win, when the offense clicks no matter who takes the mound, this will be absolutely nothing. They could accomplish that as soon as Friday afternoon. But it could go a few more games and days as well.
No one likes to lose. It wears on a team, even if they are meaningless losses. So the Angels winless start isn’t something, yet.