When Mike Trout went down with a calf injury on May 18, many were ready to count the LA Angels out. Combined with key injuries and severe underperformances from many of the team’s other veterans and big free agent signings, things definitely looked grim.
And yet, here we are, in the middle of July with the Angels sitting at 44-42 after taking two out of three from the best team in the American League. (All stats from this article are as of that point.)
The LA Angels are positioned perfectly heading into the All-Star break.
Rather than just lay down and die like everyone expected, the Angels dug deep and came together to win as a team. Instead of relying entirely on a single superstar to do all the work, several players have broken out at the perfect time to help keep the team afloat during Trout’s absence.
The result so far is a 26-20 record since losing Trout, a marked improvement over the Halos’ initial record of 18-22 to start the season.
As we head into the All-Star break, there is a heightened sense of optimism surrounding this team that hasn’t been felt in a long time.
All credit here goes to a group of unexpected heroes for keeping the Angels competitive.