The Los Angeles Angels have arguably been the biggest disappointment in all of baseball this year with a 23-28 record. Jered Weaver is set to return Wednesday against the other L.A. disappointment in the Los Angeles Dodgers.
But regardless of how well he pitches, the season has already proven to be a struggle for the entire team.
Weaver, who is recovering from a fractured elbow, is the most important pitcher in the team’s starting rotation and should be replacing Joe Blanton, who has been a disaster for the Angels. Weaver has been out since early April and only pitched in two games so far this season with a 4.91 ERA. The team has proven they cannot sustain success without him as the their team ERA ranks 26th in MLB at 4.46.
When you lose an ace like Weaver, it is obviously always tough. But when you have players like Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton leading your bats, there are no excuses for losing. The payroll is too high to just rely on one player to solve everyone’s problems.
The Angels have to hope that Weaver’s return ignites the locker room and helps make the team feel like they are starting the season over at 0-0. That’s the only way they can look at it because the reality is that they are 8.5 games back of first place in the AL West.
Los Angeles is 8-2 in the team’s last 10 games, but just came off a close 8-7 loss to the Dodgers on Monday. Weaver’s veteran leadership on the mound should hold the them steady for a bit, but the overall progress of the team will be in baby steps.