Are the Angels a .500 team?

Los Angeles Angels against the Detroit Tigers in Michigan
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First things first, we need to get the usual caveats out of the way: The Angels have thus far played 26 out of 160 games, which is obviously a pretty small percentage, and not nearly enough of a sample size to definitively say anything except what they’ve done in 26 games. Of course, if you’ve ever watched Baseball Tonight, you know that fact doesn’t stop most people.  That said, with the uneven performances we’ve seen from the team thus far, I think it’s a fair question to ask.

So far this season, the Angels have played Minnesota, Detroit, Oakland, New York, Toronto, and Cleveland, and they’ve amassed only a 12-14 record. The offense has been woefully uneven thus far, scoring a high of eight runs only once, but they’ve been held to two or fewer runs eight times thus far, and while they haven’t been shutout, it’s been of little help to their W-L record. The pitching, unfortunately, has also been as inconsistent as the offense, giving up ten runs three different times, and averaging nearly five runs per game given up. Unfortunately, the blame for the pitching woes can’t be given to only the rotation or pen, as both have been rather uninspiring thus far.

Some days the Angels seem to be playing at a different level, such as their five-game winning streak, including a sweep of Toronto and series split with Detroit. At other times, like the first ten games of the season, they go 3-10 and lose three straight series. Given all this, it’s not terribly shocking that the Angels have hovered right around .500 through the first month of the season. Will it continue? As I said above, it’s basically impossible to say anything definitively, but my gut says that the Angels are not going to finish terribly above .500 this season. As I’ve talked about in multiple posts on here, regression is a bastard and the Angels seemed poised to be hit pretty hard by it. An increasingly competitive AL West, with the A’s, M’s, and Rangers all improving to some degree, is only going to hurt the Halos a little more.

As bad as the Angels have been, we always want to believe they just need to find their rhythm or whatever and they’ll turn things around. In seasons past, I even believed they would. This year, I’m not so sure. They may just be a .500 team in 2010.

(Nate Proctor is the lead writer for Halo Hangout.  You can stay up to date on all of Nate’s work by following him on TwitterFacebook, or by way of the Halo Hangout RSS feed.)

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