Dont give up on the Los Angeles Angels just yet.
By Grant Avise
Oh those Los Angeles Angels… I know how you feel. I’ve been watching the games too. This season has been terrible so far. The bats get hot for a game and freeze the next. Pitchers look great and get no run support. An entire starting rotation is on the disabled list not to mention the other 6 guys who are there too.
The season hasn’t started well for the Angels and I know it’s frustrating. You’ve probably been frustrated since the winter meetings when Jason Hayward and Ben Zobrist went to the Cubs, Alex Gordon stayed with the Royals and the Angels decided to sign Daniel Nava and Craig Gentry (both on the DL too) to platoon in left.
The Angels were supposed to have a surplus of starting pitchers and they did however, they’ve needed 10 already this season. Number 11 will make his debut on Saturday in Oakland in the from of Tim we-hope-you-can-look-anything-like-your-former-freak-self Lincecum. (Just for the record that isn’t really his middle name. It’s LeRoy).
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Young gun Andrew Heaney had an ultrasound on his Ulterior Collateral Ligament on Monday and was told it is healing from stem cell therapy. However, it is still unsure as to when he will begin a throwing program. Garrett Richards who is the “ace” of the staff is also going through the same type of treatment also to hopefully avoid Tommy John surgery. So there is some good news. Want more good news?
Andrelton Simmons will be back stealing hits from opposing players this afternoon (Wednesday). Daniel Nava of the Nava-Gentry platoon duo, should be back soon as well. So guys are getting healthy again and coming back from injury.
It is still way too early in the season to start giving up hope yet. You are allowed to be frustrated and as of now, you should be. Nobody likes to see their team not play well. Try to remember though as starters are coming back from the DL, Lincecum is coming, and that Huff guy who started in Sunday’s debacle was designated for assignment.
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Moral of this story is there is still time to turn this thing around and I believe that they will. It won’t be easy but it can happen. This team, if nothing else, has shown heart all season. These guys want to win.
If you still feel like you’re getting down on this season, just remember… At least you aren’t the Indians Juan Uribe who left the game on Sunday after he took a 106mph grounder off of his goodie bag without a cup on. He did respond pretty well when he was questioned why he wasn’t wearing a cup. “The trainers don’t have one in my size.” He also added “I’m serious” afterwards.
It was unclear if this was because they didn’t have one small enough, big enough or if he should stop asking the training staff and start asking the equipment manager.
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Anyway, Go Angels!