How Long Can Los Angeles Angels Remain Hot and Become Relevant?

By Connor Muldowney
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Sitting five games under .500 on a good day, the Los Angeles Angels are one of the league’s biggest disappointments. The Angels have been hovering around the mediocre to poor record all season long and that is a far cry from what they thought would happen.

With one of the most dominant lineups on paper, the Angels were predicted by many to run away with the AL West, or even the American League as a whole.

However, they have seen their record drop 12 games below .500 this season and see their deficit in the division grow substantially. Albeit, the Texas Rangers are one of the biggest surprises in the league, the Angels still have the better team on paper, but have yet to translate that to the field of play.

Finding themselves 9.5 games out of first place in the division, the third place Angels are just one game ahead of the lowly Seattle Mariners and seven games ahead of the laughable Houston Astros.

By adding Josh Hamilton this season, the Angels believed that he would provide the bat needed to make a necessary run into October. They believed that he was the missing piece to their World Series puzzle. However, he is hitting below .200 and has eight homers and just 18 RBI.

Since being 15-27 on May 17, the Angels have been on a bit of a hot-streak, going 10-3 and getting closer and closer to the .500 mark.

How long can they stay this hot and will it translate into contention?

I believe it’s only a matter of time before this team legs out a huge win streak. They have already showed that they are capable of it with their recent eight-game win streak last week stretching into this week, but will they do it now while they still have time, or in August when it’s too late?

I’m not even going to second-guess it. This team will be a contender before the All-Star break and in my opinion, they will win the division by a slim margin.

Sometimes teams take time to gel. This is a prime case and this team has far too much talent to not make a postseason push.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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