The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim doomed their 2012 season from the outset with their cold start. The talented club put themselves in a difficult position in the much improved AL West, and they never recovered. Don’t the Angels remember last year?
The Angels are 2-4 to start the season. It’s desperate to call anything a hole this early in the season. But losing is a sickness. Without addressing what caused it, the symptoms persist game after game. Hole dug.
The Angels started with 6 games against 2 of the better teams in the majors: the Reds and the Rangers. Losing to good teams is no disaster. But the Angels starting pitching has been an area needing improvement. Other than Jered Weaver‘s opening day start, and Jason Vargas‘ Angel’s opener, the starters have been the deficient area of the squad. Other than Weaver’s opener, the Angels are yet to allow less than 3 runs. Tommy Hanson looked allright considering how much he struggled in Spring Training. But CJ Wilson was erratic, Joe Blanton was Joe Blanton, and Wever was rocked in his 2nd outing.
Last year Albert Pujols slow start was appropriately blamed for the Angels horrific start, that and the play of the bullpen. Pujols was ice cold to start his Angels career. It’s too early to consider the start of Josh Hamilton‘s Angels career along similar lines. But Hamilton is 4 for 25 with 10 strikeouts. Hamilton admitted the boos from his former hometown crowd in Arlington affected him, but Hamilton is too good to continue with that trend.
The Angels open up their first game at home Tuesday against the Oakland A’s. The improbable 2012 playoff team is no cake walk, and that’s why the Angels are in dangerous territory again to start this season. The Angels have too many good players to panic now. They’ll turn it around. Then again that’s what we said last season too.
Taking the hill for the Angels in this 3 game series is likely to be CJ Wilson, Joe Blanton, and Jason Vargas; compared to the A’s Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone, and AJ Griffin.