Going into this season, many were skeptical over whether the Angels had done enough this winter to build a true contender. So far, 17 games into the season, the jury is still out.
Don’t get me wrong, the Angels are certainly off to a good start and are currently fielding one of their most exciting teams in years. However, there’s still a lot that needs to be done if they want to make a serious playoff push this season.
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Currently at 9-8, the Angels are third in the AL West. While it’s a decent start, anyone who’s watched them play this year can tell you how unreliable the starting pitching has been, or how the team’s lack of depth has crippled the defense. Sure the offense has managed to bail them out, but this isn’t sustainable.
As of Thursday, the Angels pitching staff had the third worst ERA (4.72) in basebal. Aside from a surprise blowup by the bullpen last Wednesday, the relievers have done an excellent job this year. This leaves the starters as the main culprits behind that ugly ERA.
Similarly unimpressive are the defense’s 17 errors and -4 DRS.
The good news is that there are potentially multiple available players that the Angels could trade for in order to fix these problems.