3 Things we learned from the Angels 4-2 loss to the Oakland A’s

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Updated: April 3, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are going to be starting the 2017 season without a win as they fell to the Oakland A’s by the score of 4-2. It was a close game from start to finish, however the Angels bats simple could not get warmed up besides the top of the order.

Starter Nolasco did a great job but it was not enough to get the win. His final line: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 91 pitches. With the first game now complete, here are 3 things we learned from the Angels 4-2 loss to the Oakland A’s.

  1. Mike Trout + Opening Day = Match made in heaven 

The Angels only lead of the night came off the bat of MVP Mike Trout during the 3rd inning in Oakland. Trout launched a 2 run home-run off of Graveman as the Angels took a 2-1 lead which was slowly lost later in the game.

He now has three opening day home runs under his name in an Angels uniform. Even though he likes to take the first pitch, Mike Trout still knows how to start the season on fire. Trout’s third Opening Day home run equals the tally of Tim Salmon and Joe Rudi in a Halos uniform.

     2.  Bottom 4 in Angels Lineup need to step up

It’s hard to really judge on who needs to step up after the first game of the season, but it’s going to be important for the Angels to have a strong bottom 4 of the lineup to succeed well in the AL West. In today’s game Bottom 4 in order: 1 for 14, 8 Ks, 1 GIDP.

Those four players being Maybin LF Simmons SS Espinosa 2B and Maldonado C. Maybin and Revere will be switching in and out during series, but Simmons and Espinosa need to be the strong hold of the bottom lineup. If those two players can be average at best, it can give the top half of the lineup a chance to inflict even more damage. Maldonado and Perez will to be switching.

      3.  Bud Norris may be the Angels secret bullpen weapon

Norris looked great in relief as he pitched one inning with two strikeouts. Not a lot of fans know about this guy because he’s had a pretty rough career so far. He’s transitioning from starting pitcher to bullpen and may have found his true calling. If he can pitch solid innings every game, it’s exactly what the Angels need.

From our Editor Jacob Hunter: While his signing may not have made waves, he may end up having a much larger impact than anyone thought he could this season.

Tough loss Angels Fans, but we can only get better from here right???

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