Astros Sweep Angels, Are The Angels Slowly Falling Apart?

Updated: July 31, 2015

It’s something nobody ever wants to think about, but are the Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim slowly falling apart? After the All-Star Break, the Angels were the hottest team in the MLB, as they swept the Red Sox and took two of three from the Minnesota Twins. After the fast start the Angels are falling apart at the wrong time.

The Angels have lost 6 out of the 7  games, as they have been just swept by the now new A.L West Leaders Houston Astros. Also, 10 of their last 13 games at Minute Maid Park have been loses. Oh yeah also not to mention they are now heading over to face their rivalries, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Angels will face off with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke the first two games as they both recently had a 60+ scoreless Innings combined of work. The Angels need to fix some major problems or else the Angels will be falling apart. The Angels have the ability to take first place and sweep the Dodgers, yet they have shown signs that they are not ready for the postseason or performing at their full potential.

First, The Angels made some trades, which they ended up with three outfielders. Read about those players in the links below.

Angels acquire OF Shane Victorino From Boston Red Sox’s

Angels acquire OF David DeJesus From Tampa Bay Rays

Angels acquire OF David Murphy From Cleveland Indians. 

Right now the Angels are in a bit of a awkward time, as they have three new outfielders but, who will get the first edge and be the full time starter in Left Field? In Conclusion, the Angels Lineup with be all over the place for the next couple of series, before their is a true starter. And for the Angels to start a good winning streak, and maintain it, they need a solid/same lineup for a good duration of time. Come to think of it right now, The Angels have never had a solid lineup where it has stayed the same. It has always been switching around, from Kole Calhoun batting first, to Carlos Perez starting over Chris Iannetta, or Johnny Giavotella leading off, the Angels need a true lineup. In the last 7 games, the Angels have scored 29 runs, yet they have allowed 41 runs, So is the pitching the main problem?

Let’s take a look at the Angels pitching. Right Now Jered Weaver is making a recovery as he had his first rehab start last night. He pitched only 3.2 Innings, but only could hit a high of 82 MPH on his fastball. In the last 7 games, the only starters who lost were Garret Richards, C.J. Wilson and Matt Shoemaker. Richards only had one error in his start as he would allow a three-run Home-Run as the Twins won by the score of 3-0. Wilson and Shoemaker both had rough starts, but the main problem of the Angels pitching is the bullpen the last seven games

In the 6 out of 7 games where the Angels lost, they have either given up the lead past the 5th Inning, or been shutout. The Angels could have won at least half of those games, if the bullpen was stronger and of course the bats would still be alive the whole game.

Right now the Angels are a big giant question mark on both offense and defense. Who is their left fielder? Should it be Shane Victorino, David DeJesus or David Murphy? When will the Angels finally have a core lineup without any changes every-single day. Will the Angels get another arm for their bullpen before the trade-deadline? Can Weaver come back healthier and stronger? There are so many questions to be answered, but for right now the Angels have a tough series against the Dodgers this weekend. If the Angels lose this series, they could be slowly falling apart.

Alex Alarcon is the Founder and Senior Writer at Halo Headquarters.  Follow him on Twitter @AlexAlarcon49, and “Like” him on Facebook.


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