The Final Month: What to Look Forward to

Updated: September 6, 2016

Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

With twenty-five games left in the season, the Los Angeles Angels are in the final month of what has been a tough and trying season, for fans and players alike, no doubt. When a team is wrapping up what might go down as the worst season in franchise history, there are not a lot of positives to look forward to. These Angels do offer a few reasons to look forward to first pitch, however:

1.)Mike Trout – All discussions regarding the Angels begins and ends with the Millville Meteor, for good reason. Trout is once again leading the majors in WAR, with 9.0. The man is putting up yet another MVP-caliber season that will end in a second place finish due to his team’s inability to win. Don’t blame Trout, though; with a slash line of .320/.438/.567, you may be watching the GOAT in his prime. So sit back and enjoy, because a player like this doesn’t come around very often.

2.)Albert Pujols – Ignore the contract, ignore the age, turn your head when he runs, and just enjoy watching another first-ballot hall of famer hit towering home runs. Pujols now sits at 589 career home runs, good for ninth all-time, with some big-time names in front of him(no, not you Sammy Sosa!) It’ll probably be the highest he’s able to climb this year, but Pujols is at the stage of his career where every home run, RBI, run, and extra-base hit are historic. Enjoy watching history!

3.)Young Players – Unfortunately, for a team in the middle of such a horrible season and one postseason appearance in the last seven years, the Angels have almost nothing in the way of young and exciting players to look forward to. There are a few intriguing youngsters, however. 3B Kaleb Cowart has taken a long and winding road to get to where he’s at now, but he’s finally getting a prolonged look at the major league level. Alex Meyer, the big get in the Hector Santiago trade, is scheduled to make his first start Wednesday in Oakland after tearing it up throughout brief stops in the minors, and Nate Smith may not be far behind (although the injury news tonight was potentially very bad.) Combined with a promising first look at Catcher Jett Bandy, the Angels do have some interesting young players. Hey, you never know, Garrett Richards and Kole Calhoun were not highly rated prospects, either!

4.)The Bottom Line – It’s been a tough season, with the team being downright hard to watch at times, and finding those few bright spots can be quite a task. However, there are other bright spots to look forward to each night like Andrelton Simmons‘ scintillating defense, C.J. Cron’s continued development, and role players like Jefry Marte and Gregorio Petit potentially carving out future roles with the team. So remember these things next time you’re deciding whether to watch the next Angels’ game or spend time with your family!

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