Way back in 2007, things were a little different than they are now. Facebook and Twitter were just getting started, Mike Trout was 16 years old, and it was the last time the Angels began their season with a 4-1 record.
These first few games in Anaheim have been nothing short of exciting. Each of the Halos four wins have been in comeback fashion, as the team has scored a combined 14 runs in the eighth and ninth innings through five games.
Offensively, the Halos have been among MLB’s leaders in a few categories. The Halos are fourth in runs scored (31), third in home runs (8), and seventh in OPS (.760).
The Angels have looked impressive in their comeback efforts this season.
In the center of all the action has been first baseman Jared Walsh. He’s been nothing short of clutch in each of the last three Halos wins, while slashing (.385/.429/1.000) with two home runs and seven RBI in 14 plate appearances.
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Sure it’s just five games, but the way the Halos have won is a great sign of things to come this season. All four wins have been by three runs or less. Last summer the Angels were 14-17 in games decided by that margin.
The win also puts the Angels in a tie with Houston for first place in the AL West. Again, there’s still 157 more games to go, but I believe a great start to the season is essential for a Halos team that was overlooked in many offseason projections. The A’s (0-5), Rangers (1-3), and Mariners (2-2) have a combined three wins, and their struggles may continue. I predicted the Halos could win the division with 90-plus games, but it’s going to take beating up on their division rivals, including this Astros team whose starting lineup is still amongst the league’s best.
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That 2007 Angels team went on to win 94 games and finished first in the AL West. Are the 2021 Halos capable of the same success? I think so, and right now the Halos are on the right track.