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Big-name rotation failing to deliver
The Los Angeles
Angels aren’t very good again. This time it’s pitching. Who knows what
it’ll be next week, as the Angels’ maladies have been something of a
moving target in this, the season of their reputed renewal.Remember, the
madhouse ticket lines had given way to the vanishing offense and a
startlingly untidy April, and then the Angels became the league’s most
capable team when rookie Mike Trout saved them all.
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It was in that time, when the Angels with the cheap hockey jerseys
were playing in Cleveland, that Indians manager Manny Acta turned to
one of his coaches and said, “That must be the way the Mick used to
look, to be the fastest guy on the field and the strongest one.”C.J.
Wilson dealt a decent game Monday, but the Angels still lost 6-2.It was
enough for a while, too. Not just Trout, of course, but he had a knack
for pulling the game along with him, making them all better and covering
for some of the stuff that wasn’t going as well. That’s when Albert
Pujols was hitting and so was Mark Trumbo, and it seemed the Angels had
survived the worst of what they could be.
Except they arrived at
Angel Stadium on a Monday night in mid-August to a languid crowd, arms
folded and cheers muted. The Angels hadn’t won so much as a series in
three weeks. They had lost eight of 11 games, and five games in the AL
West to the Texas Rangers,all fans likecheap baseball jerseys.
Squarely in third place, the division title probably lost already, the
Angels suddenly had an entirely new issue, that being a pitching staff
would be worst in the league since the All-Star break if not for the
moribund Cleveland Indians.
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As of Monday afternoon, the offense was the best in the AL over
the same period. And still the Angels were being buried by the Rangers,
had been passed by the Oakland A’s, and were in a fight for that
one-game postseason do-or-die with half the teams in the league.“Do we
want it to be better?” Pujols mused with the cheap mlb jerseys.
“Of course.”Other than Jered Weaver, the starters – including newcomer
Zack Greinke – have lately bordered on lousy. That, in turn, has exposed
a thin bullpen. The Angels have one win from a starter in August, and
five losses from their relievers.