Top 5 Los Angeles Angels of 2013
Top 5 Angels of 2013
Hey, guess what? The Los Angeles Angels have won six of their last seven games. Sure, these wins have only improved their record to a meager 61-72 and sure, four of those wins have come against the Seattle Mariners and the Milwaukee Brewers, neither of whom is a formidable opponent. But, the streak is a good reminder that despite all their disappointments, this team has a lot of talent.
After a dominating performance like the one Jered Weaver put on Friday night (six innings, no runs, six strikeouts), Angel fans can't help but wonder why their team never put it together this year. Then you realize that after Weaver and C.J. Wilson, the Angels might as well be starting minor leaguers. That, plus the rash of injuries that has afflicted Los Angeles' roster, is no recipe for success.
But let's not dwell on the negatives; fans tend to be too high on their team when it's winning, and too low when it's losing. As management looks ahead to 2014 and figures out how to make the most appropriated and needed personnel changes, we can't lose sight of the fact that this roster contains some very good players without whom the Angels would be utterly lost.
With that, let's take a look at some of those players. Here are the top five Angels of 2013.
5. J.B. Shuck
Though he'll probably be overlooked for AL Rookie of the Year consideration, J.B. Shuck has been a silver lining in what has otherwise been a hugely disappointing season for the Angels. He has hit .295 in 106 games, and leads American League rookies with 16 doubles. Mike Scioscia, or whoever is the Angels' manager next year, will have a tough time deciding who starts in the outfield thanks to Shuck's strong showing this year.
4. C.J. Wilson
Wilson has lived up to his five-year, $75 million contract this year, going 13-6 with just a 3.36 ERA. Though his pitch counts tend to get out of control early in games, no one is more effective at getting out of jams. The Halos are hoping he can pitch at this level for at least the next three seasons.
3. Howie Kendrick
Kendrick's 2013 campaign was cut short by a knee injury he suffered in early August. Even though he got snubbed for the All-Star game, Kendrick had put together a very impressive season at the plate, hitting .311 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs through 108 games. It's unclear whether Kendrick will return to the Angels next year, as GM Jerry Dipoto may be shopping him around for a reliable starting pitcher.
2. Jered Weaver
Weaver's excellence seems to be the one thing Los Angeles can count on year after year. His 3.30 ERA this year is inflated by two miserable starts against the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians in August; otherwise, his ERA is 2.61. All Weaver needs now is some help in the rotation so he can rest easy when he's not pitching.
1. Mike Trout
Yeah, not a conversation for who's no. 1 on this team. And it will likely stay that way for several more years.
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