The Los Angeles Angels have really cooled off after a promising start.
They battled for the top spot in the AL West Division with the Houston Astros for a time and compiled a strong 27-17 record to open the year.
They are 39-53, fourth in the division, and are playing like an unhappy and hopeless team.
They have Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and a strong hitting core, but they haven’t been able to win games consistently in recent weeks.
They had to endure key injuries, disappointing and underachieving stars and difficult periods of play, including a 14-game losing streak.
Even Juan Soto doesn’t seem likely to save or help this organization, and that’s a sad reality.
MLB writer Dan Szymborski tweeted about it for the past few hours.
“I have to admit I want to see the Angels acquire Juan Soto because I’m legitimately curious if they can get 20 WARs from Trout/Soto/Ohtani in 2023 and still go 79-83,” he said. declared.
I have to admit, I want to see the Angels acquire Juan Soto because I’m legitimately curious if they can get 20 WARs from Trout/Soto/Ohtani in 2023 and still go 79-83.
—Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) July 18, 2022
Angels are painful to watch
In fact, Ohtani and Trout have been on the same team since 2018, but the Angels haven’t made the playoffs in that span.
The last time Los Angeles played a significant game in October was in 2014.
It’s been eight years.
The Angels seemed to have made progress in a year or two, drafting only pitchers last year and bringing in a few free agents this offseason.
The moves were unsuccessful, however.
We imagine an Ohtani/Trout/Soto trio would be extremely productive, but the Angels could find a way to miss the playoffs even with all of them.
Trout and Ohtani often have a few homers and several RBIs between them, only for the team to lose by a final such as 7-4.
It’s a painful truth, especially for their fans.