One of the biggest high price blunders this season has been the Los Angeles Angels. After snagging Josh Hamilton this off-season, he and the team spun out of the gates to a very slow start. Things have started to turn around.
The Angels are one of the hottest teams in baseball. They've won 8 straight game, Hamilton has been hitting better lately and they'll be getting back Jered Weaver on Wednesday.
Over the last 7 days, Mike Trout is batting .462 as he continues to show why he is one of the best players in the game.
Trout has drove in 7 runs, with 2 homeruns, 2 triples, and even became the youngest player to ever hit for the cycle, Tuesday night against the Mariners.
During the month of May the Angles have had the 5th best ERA in the American League. Jason Vargas has been the most solid piece of the Angels rotation this month.
In 5 May starts Vargas is 4-0 with an ERA of just 2.25. That's the best ERA of any Angels starter this month. Although C.J. Wilson is 2-3 in his last 5 starts, his ERA still stands at a reasonably low 2.62.
"These guys feel good because we're playing the type of baseball we had hoped to play in the first month." Said Angels manager Mike Scioscia . "It's here now and guys are comfortable playing our game and having other teams try to stop us."
The Angels have put on a run to be only four games under .500. Yet they still trail the Rangers by 9 games in the West. I think they can make a run as long that they don't hit anymore rough patches and can stay healthy.
I think we all knew the Angels wouldn't play like this all year. They're a team built with a lot of guys who know how to win. They didn't spend a ton of money so Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton could struggle.
Eventually Pujols will be completely healthy and Hamilton will start hitting like he did during the 1st half of last season in Texas. And when they do the rest of the league certainly will need to watch out.
Nobody predicted that a lineup with Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, and Mark Trumbo wouldn't hit. Every big league hitter goes through slumps. Pujols went through it last year and now Hamilton is doing this year.
But when all of these players start firing on all cylinders at the same time, with Weaver back in the rotation and a healthy bullpen. Then the Rangers need to watch out, because the Angels are coming.
(I don't remember where I got the quote from, but it was really said.)