Before this season I loved what the Angels had put together out in Anaheim. They had the best staff in that division, the second best player in baseball, and arguably one of the top three managers in baseball.
Then they stumbled out of the gate to 10-17.
Outside of Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson their staff wasn’t pitching to its potential; and that second best player? All he did was hit .217 and convince everyone in the media he wasn’t going to hit a home run or drive in any runs the rest of the season. Here we are in June, however, and the Angels are just three games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West.
Say whatever you want about winning streaks and the like, but the Angels have positioned themselves to not only play for the division, but into the consciousness of the baseball world as potential threats to the Rangers throne.
I’ve said once before not to get too carried away in the hype machine that surrounded the Rangers and their fast start. They have one of the best offenses we’ve seen in a few years, but their pitching is starting to act their part a bit more than it had at the beginning of the season. They are 4-6 so far in June after ending May 7-6. That doesn’t even mention the 31 runs given up to the Mariners during the last two games of the month of May (note: Seattle ranks 27th in offense in all of baseball).
While it isn’t a done deal and anything can happen I give the edge to the Angels because their starting staff is proven and seems to be coming around. Oh, and that second best player in the game, Albert Pujols? He’s hitting .344 to start the month.
Wake up Texas, you’ve got company.