There was a sense of hope at the beginning of the season but it seems to be dwindling with every passing game. As of August 18, 2020 the Los Angeles Angels are 8 – 16, bad enough to get them the fourth worst record in all of baseball…
The bats have started to pick up but they are still not enough to overcome below average pitching. You can maybe attribute their extreme lack of success to them having a relatively tough first half of the season but they are struggling more than anticipated.
Calling All Angels
Even though they are far from looking like a playoff team they are only 3.5 games behind the eighth and final playoff spot. If you would have told me at the beginning of the year, before COVID, I would have been ecstatic at the idea of the Angels being only 3.5 games back in mid-August.
Is it time to start worrying? No. Plain and simple. They can definitely compete with the 6 teams above them fighting for the last two spots. All they need is one of their starting pitchers to find their groove and they should be fine.
Pitching Achilles Heel of Los Angeles Angels
But for now, nothing is clicking on the pitching side of things. Bundy was or surprising ray of hope this year but he got lit up by the Giants today as he gave up 4 runs in 4 innings. Ohtani is out for the year and was horrid in his first two starts. Canning has not lived up to the hype this year. Heaney is definitely lacking in execution and he does not look like the ace we thought he would be for us.
However, we are quickly climbing the ranks in the Runs Scored department. They are currently 11th for most Runs Scored in all of baseball. They also rank 3rd for most Home Runs hit, thanks to Trout and currently red hot Rendon.
One thing is for sure, the Angels are Calling All Angels for help to make them in the playoffs.