LA Angels Series Preview: AL West Showdown in Mexico
By Ryan Falla
The LA Angels have been extremely up and down to start the season; this first month has seen them collect multiple winning streaks whilst off-setting their success with untimely droughts.
Despite that the LA Angels have finished the first month of the season just 3 games back from first place. If the Angels can follow-up their 3 game sweep of the Blue Jays with a two game rout of the Houston Astros they will be setting themselves up for a highly competitive May.
The Angels have been looking better and better as the season rolls on. It may be minor improvement after minor improvement, but after weeks of time we’ve seen these upgrades stack up to create a much better team than we saw at seasons beginning.
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The starting pitching is rounding itself out into a more palatable form, with a little more consistency Tyler Skaggs can provide a much-needed source of leadership in the rotation. Matt Harvey has posted two quality starts in a row and we now have the rookie phenom Griffin Canning here to bolster the energy and impact of the starting rotation.
A lot of minor moves here and there haven’t just reinforced this ball-club, they’ll set the groundwork for long-term success. Luis Rengifo, the rookie infielder, has shown a propensity for timely hitting and surprising pop while Brian Goodwin has gone from waiver wire depth option to contender for team MVP.
The best part of this all? This isn’t even the Angels final form. There is still the need to figure out what to do with Justin Bour and his ineffectual play, but with Top Prospects Jared Walsh and Matt Thaiss slamming the ball around in Triple A it’s only a matter of time until all of these issues fix themselves.
The Angels are in a very fortunate position where they have legitimate prospect depth prepared to come up to the big league club and clean the stains left behind by veterans who aren’t getting it done.
All in all the Angels first month of the season was much more successful than many have given credit for. With the position that they’re in it’s looking like the Angels can take the month of May by storm.