The Los Angeles Angels began their season with high expectations and the first few weeks have not gone according to plan. Their big acquisition of Albert Pujols has not panned out yet, due to the fact that Pujols is struggling badly. I believe Pujols has to-adapt to the American League and the new pitchers he is facing. Not to mention all of the pressure he is under, considering the hefty contract he signed with the Angels.
I know that Albert is one of the best hitters in the game, but even the best hitters struggle at times. It’s also quite obvious that he altered his batting stance and that’s what the problem is. He is much closer to the plate, than he use to-be and he can’t extend his arms as much to-produce his usual power numbers. Before, he was able to get his hands through the strike zone much quicker as well. Now, with the adjustments his swing is more tight and he can’t explode off the ball. Maybe, it may-be better off for the Angels, if he converted back to his old stance.
Once Pujols gets going it will provide a big bolster to the offense and will help the Angels immensely. Currently, the Angels are 6-14 on the year, with a pitiful .316 winning percentage. That is pathetic for a team, who was favored to-win the World Series this year. Since, it is very early in the season the Angels still have plenty of time to address their issues. However, they better not wait too long because the Texas Rangers are dominating the American League right now and are pulling away in the A.L. West.
With a nine and half game lead right now, they are sitting alone at the top of the division. Although, there are some positive aspects for the Angels right now. For example, last year’s rookie Mark Trumbo is off to a great start and is currently leading the team in basically every offensive category. Therefore, we can say that last year was no fluke and he is going to-generate exceptional numbers.
The Angels offense as a total has not been performing as predicted. Considering they only have 13 home-runs as a team, the power just hasn’t been there. Although, I do believe as the season progresses their offense will begin to-display just how talented they really are. With one of the best starting rotations in the American League, they should bounce back and challenge the Rangers in the West.
In conclusion, the Angels are still favored to-make a postseason appearance this season, but they must start playing like the team they were suppose to-be. They are similar to the Phillies in some ways, as they have great pitching and their offense lacks the consistency to-score runs. However, a team with Albert Pujols in the line-up should not have these issues and once he starts hitting, so will the team.