Keep on keeping on!
The Angels have been doing great so far with the pieces that they have, even if they are hamstrung by awful under performers such as Trevor Cahill and Matt Harvey. The team is still making it work everywhere else they can. It’s no coincidence that this team looks miles better during Griffin Canning starts than they do during Trevor Cahill. It’s not just that Cahill is a candidate to blow games, it’s that the rest of the team knows this and that energy follows suit. It’s a very simple formula that transcends numbers and analytics and falls into simple human psychology.
At this point in the season everyone knows that Cahill can’t handle his job and that only further dampens the teams confidence, you can see it while they’re playing and it’s undeniable at this point . The unfortunate situation is that the Angels will probably be stuck with Cahill for a little longer while better options develop within the organization.
We’ve already seen Griffin Canning and Jose Suarez recreate the club culture by bringing hard-nosed winning ways into the roster. All we can do is keep hanging on to the things that are working with this team and just be strong while the things that aren’t working continue to do so. The great news is that this Angels team has put together more and more improvements as the weeks roll on and soon we won’t have to wring out hands over pitchers like Cahill holding this team back.
When the chemistry is clicking for the Angels they’re play pretty great baseball. All it really takes to keep that chemistry flowing is strong starting pitching; we’re seeing the starting pitching improve week by week and at this point it won’t be long until we see more youth like Patrick Sandoval taking a shot at the starting roster. The Angels are still just 2.5 games back in the Wild Card, all they have to do at this point is keep playing good baseball at every opportunity and trust the process. Even though many see the A’s as a superior team to the Angels we’ve seen this Halo squad go toe-to-toe with the pesky A’s time and time again.
If the Angels can manage the one thing they haven’t most of the season, consistency, they will be more than capable of managing a sweep against the A’s.