Mike Trout and Albert Pujols struggle in the 2016 Opening Series

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Updated: April 6, 2016

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Angels’ fans filed into Angel Stadium on April 4-5 in hopes to see their team take down the powerful Chicago Cubs. Instead they watched the Angels fail to produce any kind of offense whatsoever. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, who carried the offense for the Angels during the 2015 campaign, finished the series a combined 0-15 with five strikeouts.

The two players together had 319 hits and 81 homeruns last season. But Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester and the Cubs relievers handled the two with ease. A two-game series is a small sample size, but it’s just not what you like to see in the opening series of the season, especially after a hot Spring Training. Trout hit .412 and Pujols hit .278 with six homeruns during the Spring.

Pujols had offseason right foot surgery in hopes to fix the plantar plate that has troubled him for a few seasons in Anaheim. He was projected to return in late March or early April, but healed quickly and returned at the beginning of March instead. The 36-year-old veteran is now in his 16th season in the big leagues and fifth with the Angels. His overall numbers have continued to decline with age.

As for Trout, he started off last year by homering in his first at bat off of Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez. The 2014 AL MVP struck out three times against Cubs pitching in the series. Trout struck out 158 times in 2015 and it is clearly the weakest part of his game. Fear not though Angels’ fans it’s only two games into the season and there is plenty of time for the two players to get their bats going.

The Angels take on the Texas Rangers April 7-10 in a four-game series at Angel Stadium. Derek Holland takes the bump for the Rangers in the opening game of the series.

That might be when we see the two slugger’s bats come to life. Trout is 10-32 [.313] against Holland with two homeruns and nine RBIs. While Pujols is 8-23 [.348] versus the southpaw with three homeruns and four RBIs.

Anthony Sosa is a Staff Writer at Halo Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @A_sos27.

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