It really seems hard to believe, given the quality of some of their hitters and pitchers, but it’s an undeniable reality at this point: the Los Angeles Angels are terrible at baseball.
The team has lost eight of its last 10 games and boasts an abysmal 40-56 record, particularly disappointing given the expectations attached to them.
Before the season, the Angels made a concerted effort to improve one of the weaknesses that had plagued them for years: the pitching staff.
They brought in Noah Syndergaard, Michael Lorenzen, Ryan Tepera, Aaron Loup and others; and had two quality young pitchers in Reid Detmers and Patrick Sandoval.
The offense was meant to be a force, headlined by Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani but also featuring 2021 breakout star Jared Walsh, former World Series hero Anthony Rendon and other good bits.
Just a bitter disappointment.
The Oakland Athletics are actually only 5.5 games behind the Angels in the standings, so if LA continues to play this badly, there’s a good chance they’ll end the year as the bottom team in the league. ‘AL West.
A humiliating season
The A’s traded all their prized assets ahead of the season and are clearly in rebuilding mode, so that would be humbling.
“Angels at the rate of 95 defeats. Club record: 95 losses. Angels in July: 3-15. Team batting average in July: .194. Team ERA in July: 5.11,” tweeted journalist Bill Shaikin.
The Angels on pace for 95 losses. Club record: 95 losses.
Angels in July: 3-15.
Team batting average in July: .194.
Team ERA in July: 5.11.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 26, 2022
How can a team that has both Ohtani AND Trout be so bad?
It’s confusing, and no one understands.
Not even angels.
But they are, and there probably won’t be postseason baseball for the Angels for another year.
They haven’t made the playoffs since 2014.
It looks like the drought will continue.