I'm not too high on the Halos right now, mainly because they're beginning to give me deja vu. In some ways, that's a good thing. For instance, in today's game, they had another good starting pitching performance(Garrett Richards), just like they got from Matt Shoemaker last night. However, deja vu can swing the other way, like the fact that we saw another anemic performance from practically the entire lineup. Ughhhh, not this bunk stuff again.
Look, i'm going to be blunt. They have a chronic problem of not getting guys on base or getting hits. Facing primo lefty Chris Sale today didn't make anything easier, of course, but that's no excuse. They need to be able to get big rips when pitchers throw that smoke down the pipe, regardless of who they're facing; they didn't do so today, only mustering a few hits before they were totally cashed by the White Sox, and that's just inexcusable.
Mike Trout had a couple hits out of the Angels four, the other being a pinch-hit RBI single in the 8th from Rafael Ortega, so that's a bright spot. But when the entire lineup is getting vaporized, and the only run they can muster is off a little bubbler through Brett Lawrie's glove, then you know they've got their head in clouds. This team is looking green as can be right now, and night after night, they're getting smoked. Talk about a harsh season so far.
We really should be giving our sympathy to Garrett Richards, though. He went 6.1 IP, giving up just 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER and 6 Ks. Yet he'll walk away in a purple haze of disbelief, just like Shoemaker before him, because the lineup that was supposed to support him got put through the grinder. Nothing good can happen when you're just going to let yourselves get skunked every day.
I love the Angels, they're my buds, but it's getting to the point where there are so many underwhelming performances that it's tough to weed out the good ones. In a perfect world, we could extract only the good elements of these half-baked games, and dispense that concentrate across the league or the AL West. But in reality, right now, they're a faded trainwreck.
Tomorrow, they have to face John Danks and hopefully they light him up.