Los Angeles Angels: Are they built to sustain winning ways?
The Los Angeles Angels are 61-59 and currently hold the second wild card spot. They’ve also won 9 of their last 13 games.
But, are the Halos going to sustain this successful run?
The Halos have received significant contributions from various sources. Albert Pujols has 72 RBIs; Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons with 55; and Kole Calhoun with 47; Luis Valbuena with 38. Martin Maldonado, C.J. Cron, and Yunel Escobar have more than 30 RBIs as well.
LA is ranked 10th in total pitching. It includes Ricky Nolasco, Parker Bidwell (2.88 ERA), JC Ramirez, Troy Scribner, and Jesse Chavez.
Their bullpen has been a force to reckon with as Cam Bedrosian, Yusmeiro Petit (2.36 ERA), Keynan Middleton, Blake Parker (2.39 ERA), and Bud Norris (18 saves) have helped elevate the Angels during the course of the 2017 season.
The Halos don’t have much power and they could use a top tier starting pitcher.
They have a rigorous schedule the rest of the regular season that includes 3 series against Houston, 2 against Seattle, 3 versus Texas, 1 versus Cleveland, 1 versus Baltimore, and tonight’s matchup with Washington.
However, the Los Angeles Angels countless efforts to win games shouldn’t go unnoticed.
The Angels have weathered a plethora of storms this season that included injuries to Trout, promising young pitcher Alex Meyer, Matt Shoemaker, and Cameron Maybin. Garrett Richards and Andrew Heaney were also placed on the disabled list for a lengthy period of time.
LA had some big wins versus high-quality clubs this season: beat Boston 4 out of 6 games this season; split a 4-game series with the Dodgers; defeated the Yankees 4 out of 6 games.
The Halos can win in September and remain in the hunt for a wild-card spot this season, but they need to find a way to acquire additional talent by trade.
There isn’t much depth on their roster, but the fight and energy the Los Angeles Angels bring to the ballpark every night is something special.
Editor’s Note: This was written prior to the Los Angeles Angels game against the Washington Nationals.