Angels Trying To Get Through April…

Ever since Jed Lowrie’s walk off single in Game 4 of last year’s ALDS which ended the Angels season, it seems nothing has gone right for one of the best run franchises in baseball. The string of things that have not gone their way since that night in October is amazing if you think about it.

  • They lost their closer, Krod who just happened to set the all-time saves record to free agency
  • They failed to resign Mark Teixeira
  • Ervin Santana started the season on the DL because of a sprained elbow ligament. The is projected to return in early May
  • A day before the season started, the Angels put their ace, John Lackey on the DL due to an elbow injury. Lackey is expected back in May
  • Top pitching prospect, 22 year old Nick Adenhart was tragically killed in a drunk driving accident the morning after he gets a win against the A’s
  • Kelvim Escobar who was rehabbing nicely from shoulder surgery suffers a set back in the first week of April. Escobar is expected back in May
  • Vladimir Guerrero, the Angels biggest offensive threat was placed on the DL on 4/18 because of a torn right pectoral muscle. He is expected to miss a month

That is a lot for any team to handle in just 6 months. To make matters worse, after a 9-2 loss on Saturday night, a game in which the Angels were forced to start Darren Oliver the Angels are now 4-7 to start the season. You know things are going bad when you have to start Darren Oliver. Even their usually reliable bullpen has been smacked around to the tune of a 8.55 era through the season’s first 11 games.

Vlad should be back in May

Vlad should be back in May

Led by the steady stewardship of Mike Scioscia, who I consider the best manager in the game, I believe the Angels will get through this. The Angels are still recovering from the Nick Adenhart tragedy and seem to playing in a daze right now. Only time will help the Angels get over this and time is definitely on their side. There are still 151 games to go.

If the Angels can just maintain in April and stay close to the pact in the improved AL West (they are only 3.5 games out), they should be in good position to take off in May when they should get Lackey, Santana, Escobar and maybe Guererro back.

I still like the Angels to win the AL West but it is going to be a lot harder this year than in years past. Right now the Angels are just trying to get through April.

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3 Responses to “Angels Trying To Get Through April…”

  1. john Says:

    tony larussa is the best manager in the game

    • Adam Bernacchio Says:

      It’s definitely is an interesting debate that is for sure. Both have different managing styles; Scioscia promoting a steady lineup and has set roles for the bullpen, while LaRussa manages more by the day and by matchups. I always favored the manager who promotes a stable environment over a manager who tries to play every matchup possible and sometimes out thinks himself

  2. Tommy K Says:

    I’m not really sure who the best manager is. You can make a case for both LaRussa and Scioscia as well as a couple of other guys, but as a Cardinals fan, LaRussa can drive you nuts.

    Case in point – All Spring you heard how Skip Schmaker was going to play 2B because that was the only way to get his bat in the line up everyday. LaRussa starts Brendan Ryan on opening day. Further confussion, David Freese is declared the 3B over Joe Mather after a strong second half of Spring Training. Brian Barden is at 3B on opening day.

    Sometimes its pure genius, other times it leaves you scratching your head.

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