The Los Angeles Angels have made some noise in the last couple of years in the American League West Division.
Last year’s record was 89-73, and the Angels look to top that in 2013.
Despite losing players in Kendrys Morales, Jordan Walden, Zack Greinke, Torii Hunter and Dan Haren, the Angels are very high on the key arrivals of Jason Vargas, Josh Hamilton, Joe Blanton, Sean Burnett, Tommy Hanson, Ryan Madson and Ervin Santana.
The team has been completely dominated by Texas Rangers in the AL West Division, but has a chance to turn it all around. The Angels haven’t lost any resiliency in competing on the field.
The Angels have a more difficult pitching staff as compared to their batting line-up. Dan Haren and Jered Weaver were great last year and have played a key role in covering up for the ordinary batting performances by the bullpen this season.
Weaver’s arm strength has been at its best this season. He has been healthy and pitching an average of 115.4 pitches per game. His relentless commitment has paid off as Weaver now has the League’s third-best win-loss record of 12-4 and League-best ERA of 1.90. Achieving and maintaining an ERA of fewer than 2.00 is an achievement and Weaver has exhibited it. His fitness would be vital for the Angels to maintain their position this season and improve it in the next.
Dan Haren has created an excellent rotation with Weaver thus far. Haren has struck-out 117 batters in 140.2 innings and competes with Weaver in arm strength. He has an average of 111.3 pitches per game with an ERA of 2.75. Although not as exceptional as Weaver, he is pitching solid and there’s no drop-off. His win-loss record is 10-6 this season and is expected to improve further as the season progresses.
The batting has not been as impressive for the Angels, obvious from their 366 total team runs scored this season which is the 25th best in the league. Out of a total of 30 teams, this record is not impressive. Howard Kendrick has been their only hope among the batters who has scored 43 runs this season at an average of .291.
The Angels will be looking to make a big stand in the next coming games and the rest of the season.
The Angels have been performing well this season but the Texas Rangers have simply been the top dog in their division. They will be looking to take an early charge in the next season to destroy this advantage from the beginning.
— Jordan Vaughn Gathers