Last week at this time, the Los Angeles Angels had turned a corner. Their ace pitcher Jered Weaver was back from a fractured left elbow and the halo bats were hotter than … well, you know what.
But then, the Angels had to take on the mighty Houston Astros. It’s tough to go on the road and play a good team though, and … what? The series was in Anaheim? The Astros are not a good team? Well now, that changes everything.
Riding an eight-game winning streak when the last place ‘Stros came to town, L.A.’s red team was sitting in the cat bird seat when it came to sneaking back into the race. Boy, did they ever blow that.
Houston swept the four-game series from the Angels and virtually put the Angel bats into a deep freeze.
Now the Chicago Cubs are in Southern California and have brought out their DH for the interleague series. Luckily for the Angels, Albert Pujols, who has been known to be a Cub-killer during his St. Louis Cardinals days, stroked an eighth-inning home run to edge out Chicago and break the halos four game skid.
It is still unsettling, however, that the Angels are in this position. With so much going right for them the past two weeks and a soft schedule ahead, they choke up a mess of a series against possibly the weakest team in MLB.
Now the Cubbies come to Cali and nearly put the hurt on the halos? Something has to change, and right now folks. There are only so many more chances to begin eight game winning streaks that mean something. As of now, the last one just flew out the window.