No Pain No Gain
I know Angel fans are frustrated with the struggles of this season weighing so heavily on starting pitching when everything else with this team is at such a high level regarding talent and production.
The fact is, there are a thousand reasons as to why this ballclub is light years better with Eppler on board, many of which I just named. Without Eppler’s ability to work the trade phones and discover serious talent on the waiver wires has put this team in a position where all we have to complain about is not having a couple of good starters.
I don’t mean to make the issue smaller than it is, but the fact we aren’t stressing about having a trash bullpen like we did in the Scioscia years (thanks to Epplers waiver wire/trade magic) is a huge win already.
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I know everyone is disappointed because this team is far more talented than what they show on the field a lot of the time, but even when Eppler discussed his long-term plans he said that we 2019 is when we’d start to see things come together.
We’ve been seeing a ridiculous amount of higher level prospects making their way to the MLB level than compared to years past, and these are prospects who are going to be the glue of the team for years to come.
Everything is going according to schedule as he stated himself; at this rate things aren’t going badly, they’re going right according to schedule. I know it’s frustrating that this isn’t happening all at once, but in baseball thats how things go.
Eppler didn’t come into the organization until 2015, that’s when this system began growing. This is just a four-year old system we’re looking at here and, surprise surprise, four years is about the time it takes for a rebuild to come around as long as things are moving smoothly.
We’re right at the end of one cycle and about to hit the beginning of a fresh new cycle, a winning cycle that doesn’t end with a World Series, but can begin with one if the Angels lock down some serious starting pitching talent in the upcoming trade deadline as well the offseason that’s just around the corner.