Los Angeles Angels: Mike Scioscia Continues To Spin Angels Struggles.
By Joshua Lea
Los Angeles Angels skipper Mike Scioscia met with the media following the final game of the season. He spoke about the team being better than the perception is.
The Los Angeles Angels finished 2016 with heavy hearts and serious questions about the future. The questions range anywhere from playoff contention next season, to the direction of new GM Billy Eppler. The fact of the matter is the Angels are in a strange place.
The Angels haven’t had a season like this since the1990’s. While a team with Mike Trout should always be in the playoff conversation, this one isn’t. Still the die hard fans of the Angels flocked to Angel Stadium game in and game out to cheer on the Halos.
This team has talent, on the surface. However, after scratching that the surface you realize this team just isn’t that deep. So, when the injury bug feasted on the starting rotation there was simply nothing the Angels could do.
Some will argue that signing two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum was a smart move. However, that move just didn’t pan out like the Angels or the fans had hoped. Still, the Angels continued to try to improve.
Once the season reached the month of July, it was clear the Angels would be looking at the post season from a rearview mirror. However, there are high hopes that the Angels can and will contend for the AL West next season. Los Angeles Angels clubhouse manager Mike Scioscia addressed the media on October 4th, via Austin Laymance of mlb.com.
"“I think that as disappointing as this season was with our won-loss record — believe me, we feel it, this is obviously not where we intended to be, and it was a rough season — but I think within that, there were definitely some things that point towards us being closer to reversing that record than going the other way and having another year like we did this year.” – Mike Scioscia."
Sosh would also go on to admit that the Angels need to bring in some talent. Which is one of the only things i’ve agreed with him on all season. The Angels do have a chance to improve next season. However, catching the Astros, Mariners, and Rangers will not be an easy task.
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Health and debpt will remain two serious factors in the 2017 season. Maintaining Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, and Matt Shoemaker to begin the season will be vital. As Andrew Heaney, Nick Tropeano and Huston Street make there returns to the mound, the Angels will have to remain cautious until they are 100 percent.
I’ve have stated my discontent for Mike Scioscia and GM Billy Eppler throughout this season. And while my position on this matter has yet to change, i do believe the Angels will be improved to begin next season. However, that doesn’t declare the Angels to be out of the woods just yet.
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The biggest question for all Angels fans is if you trust that this organization is heading in the right direction. While many fans do, some are on the fence. I remain on the fence as well. The Angels will have money to spend this offseason. I am curious to see much debpt they can add and turn this team around in 2017.