May 13, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starter Joe Blanton (55) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels Struggle Against Over .500 Competition in AL East

The Angels impressive month of May was less than impressive, but it was decidedly improved from the first month of the season. The Angels went on an 8 game winning streak when the offense outside of Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols was on fire, and Jason Vargas and the return of Jered Weaver included a few quality starts. But it was against much weaker competition than the current 9 game stretch against the AL East they are in.

At the end of a one month stretch from early May to early June, the Angels opponents were a combined 47 games under .500. The current 9 games against the Red Sox, Orioles, and Yankees will be a much better indicator of how the Angels are playing. The East Coasters are within 3.5 games of each other, and surprisingly the Red Sox have the best record at 40-25. Through the first 4 games, all indications are it is not going well.

After the Angels won the first game of their double header against Boston on Saturday 9-5, they were shelled 10-5 in the second game, and 7-2 on Sunday. CJ Wilson was roughed up and fell to 4-5 on the year. Then Mike Scioscia gave up the final game of the series by sending 1-10 Joe Blanton to the mound again. Continuing to start Joe Blanton is symptomatic of the Angels being content with thier mediocre results, which will continue since Blanton is inked to start the final game of the 9 against the Yankees at home on Sunday.

Mike Scioscia’s will likely take the fall for this. But a major issue for the Angels is their home grown talent is not meshing well with their free agent signings, and there’s no more home grown talent left. The Angels farm system is ranked near the bottom on almost every list because of the lack of impact pitching especially. The lack of swagger or organizational depth does does not bode well for the struggling Angels any time soon.

The Angels most consistent starter Jason Vargas (5-3, 3.71 ERA) takes the hill Tuesday in Baltimore against the Orioles’ Miguel Gonzalez.


Tags: Joe Blanton Los Angeles Angels Mike Scioscia

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