It’s cliché, but the saying is true, “you can’t win a division in April, but you can lose it.”
Just ask the 2012 Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels started 8-15 a year ago, were never able to overcome the deficit, and ended up losing the division by 5 games.
This year is starting to look eerily familiar.
After adding Josh Hamilton and creating “world series or bust” type expectations, the Angels are 2-5, Ace Jered Weaver is out for at least a month, and the “strength” of the team (their offense) is really struggling.
The Angels rank 21st in runs scored, 19th in era, and have already lost 3 out of 4 to divisional rivals.
Not to mention that Josh Hamilton is hitting .138 with only 1 extra base hit and 11 strikeouts in 7 games. While the “stand in” ace, C.J. Wilson has a 5.25 era after 2 starts.
Bottom line is, the Angels have the talent in place to get really hot for long stretches. However, last year should be proof positive that they can’t rely on that strategy.
The Angels need to get some positive momentum going NOW.
The A’s and Rangers are too good for the Angels to have another terrible April and think they can recover.
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