The Los Angeles Angels have dropped their first two series of the season but with over 10% of the year now gone, the team needs to right the ship quickly.
This is hardly the way the Los Angeles Angels wanted their season to start. Knowing that every game counted in the reduced schedule, no team wanted to get out of the gates with a 2-5 record.
The worst part is knowing that the Angels had a unique opportunity. The Astros have been bitten by the injury bug, as have the Rangers. The Mariners are in a rebuilding phase. With two playoff spots guaranteed per division, all the Halos needed to do was take care of business.
Sure, we all understood that it was an uphill battle. The Angels rotation lacks a front-line starter on paper, and we knew that would represent an obstacle when competing in the division. We knew there were players that needed to rebound offensively to make this work.
There was always the possibility that this team could play above potential. And in some cases, that has happened, but those efforts have been offset by others where the Angels have underachieved.
That all said, the Angels season hasn’t been completely lost. After all, we are talking about a seven-game stretch to start the season, and teams do slump. Despite the slow start, the Angels sit just 1.5 games out of first place, with the Astros coming to town this weekend.
However, the 60-game schedule represents the team’s biggest obstacle, with limited time to rebound. That means the Angels need to figure things out quickly so that they are not left behind.
As such, we opted to look at three areas where the Angels could immediately improve to possibly salvage their 2020 season.