LA Angels falling from grace, losing 10 straight games
The LA Angels have dropped 10 straight games, the longest losing streak for the team since 1999. The team looks tired, frustrated, and ready for an answer. An Answer to why this team has struggled all-season long.
When the LA Angels 2016 season began, no one envisioned a constant struggle to get on track and stay there. The Angels are 49-68 this season, the sixth worst record in the entire league. While it seems like this season has been a lost cause from the start, the Angels still are searching for answers.
We all know about the injuries, and many of us are saying that injuries are the only reason the Angels are in the position they are in. However, there’s more to this story. Following the trade involving Hector Santiago, the LA Angels have lost 10 of their last 12.
Of the 10 games lost, six of them were against the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. These two teams are many experts picks for the World Series match-up. Prior to that, the Angels lost three straight to Seattle Mariners and one to the Oakland Athletics. With August halfway over, the Angels have won just two games this month.
The Angels had a chance to end the slump yesterday versus the Cleveland Indians.
However, frustrating emotions took over when Albert Pujols was ejected for arguing a call with umpire Clint Fagan. Pujols was 0-4 on the day before be tossed for arguing a strike that happened earlier in the count.
The LA Angels held out Mike Trout yesterday, citing rest as the reason. However, many felt that Trout could have pitched-hit late in the game for a chance to win. The 5-4 loss at the hands of the Indians was tough to swallow. You could tell the Angels used all of their resources to win that game.
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Jered Weaver pitched well through the first four innings. The Indians would score twice in the bottom of the fifth, and twice in the bottom of the sixth, sealing the win and the sweep.
Where do the Angels go from here?
At this point the Angels should be discussing the idea of resting guys like Trout more and more to avoid injury. You also need to get a victory to stop the bleeding. Tonight, the Angels return home to the Big A for a three-game set with Seattle. Tonight Ricky Nolasco will face Felix Hernandez in a game the Angels need more than Seattle.
If the Angels continue to lose games at such an alarming rate, a changing of the guards should be welcomed. Whether it be Mike Scioscia or Billy Eppler, neither of which are currently on the hot seat according to reports.
Ideally, bringing in a new clubhouse manager could evoke a new spirit with these guys for next season. If Eppler resigns, we can expect for the Angels to remain in the mediocre position for the next couple of seasons.
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Regardless of what happens in the off-season, the Angels main focus should be racing towards the off-season as fast as possible. Once there, lick your wounds, re-tool, and recharge. The fans will want to see a more competitive team in 2017.