The Los Angeles Angels are off to a record-breaking start this year. The Angels are currently 5-0 in spring training play and showing no signs of slowing down.
Call it what you will, the Los Angeles Angels look like a legit contender. So far, the Angels are 5-0 in spring league play. With wins against Chicago, Texas, and Oakland, the Angels are poised to make some real noise this season.
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However, before we crown the Angels the AL West champs, we have to remember that this is spring training. The Angels hot start will be obsolete in one month’s time when the regular season starts.
The defensive presence that GM Billy Eppler envisioned during the offseason has somewhat come to light. The Angels opponents have a slash line of .188/.309/.289. The Angels offense has a slash line of .268/.364/.350
Another element of the Angels spring training to notice is the pitching is much improved from last season. Yesterday against the Texas Rangers, both Jesse Chavez and Alex Meyer saw the mound. Both pitched well, Chavez and Meyer pitched two scoreless innings. However, one area of concern is the Angels are walking a number of batters so far in spring training.
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Alex Meyer, J.C. Ramirez, and Manny Banuelos have all walked at least 2 batters in their limited action on the mound. While it’s not of great concern, it should still be on pitching coach’s Charles Nagy‘s radar.
As the Angels continue to work pitchers in slowly, we will get a chance to see Ricky Nolasco today, Matt Shoemaker Friday, Tyler Skaggs on Saturday and Garrett Richards on Sunday. While it’s likely Richards and company will not see more than two innings, their appearance will give us an idea of how loose they are before the season starts.
Another encouraging fact about the Angels spring training is they’ve posted 22 runs in 5 games. That’s an average of 4.4 runs per game. Hopefully, the Angels can continue their impressive start during the regular season when the wins and losses matter.