Los Angeles Angels: What We’ve Learned In 2017

Jul 5, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun (56), Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (2) and teammates congratulate each other after they beat the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Los Angeles Angels defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 13-5. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 5, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun (56), Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (2) and teammates congratulate each other after they beat the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Los Angeles Angels defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 13-5. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Los Angeles Angels are struggling to stay above .500 during the 2017 campaign. Mike Trout continues to remain impressive despite the Angels subpar season.

The Los Angeles Angels are once again a product of their environment. By environment, of course, I mean the injuries that can make a season difficult. The early loss of Garrett Richards was a critical blow the Angels this season. They are also without Yunel Escobar, Huston Street, Andrew Bailey, Tyler Skaggs, and Cam Bedrosian. Furthermore, Albert Pujols is listed as day-to-day with a hamstring injury.

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Still, the Angels are 2.5 games behind the Texas Rangers who struggled themselves until recently. The Angels have won six of their last 10 games, are seven games behind Houston for first place. The Angels recently acquired right-handed pitcher Doug Fister. However, Fister will have to make his start in the minors before joining the Angels rotation.

Fister has a decent career ERA of 3.60. Last season, he pitched a 4.64 ERA with the Houston Astros. The Angels 2017 season is much like their 2016 season. If you recall, the Angels were in the AL West race until the month of June. They won just eight games during the month of June.

This year doesn’t seem quite that bleak. In fact, the Angels have pressed on under the sheer brilliance of Mike Trout. Thus, adding a fighting chance for the Angels to make a push for the AL Wild Card.

Currently, Trout leads the Angels in hits, runs, home runs, and RBI’s. Trout’s OBP is .466. These numbers are the fuel that is keeping the Angels season alive. However, the Angels have a tough road ahead.

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The Angels pitching staff is providing some excellence this season. Despite the injuries to Richards, Skaggs, and Bedrosian. Jesse Chavez has given the Angels some great appearances winning four games this season. Matt Shoemaker has also performed well this season with a 3-2 record and an ERA of 4.47.

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June is going to be a crucial month of the Angels. They have some tough games against the Astros, Yankees, Redsox, and Dodgers. Hopefully, the Angels can lean on Mike Trout and win more than eight games.