The Los Angeles Angels put forth a dismal season to say the least. A 78-84 record is not want anyone had in mind, especially with the big names scattered throughout the roster. Even though the Angels are contemplating trades in the offseason to make the team better, it is quite clear the only way Los Angeles improves in 2014 is if Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton come around.
The good news for the Angels’ fans is that the organization is convinced both sluggers will come through for the team next season. In fact, manager Mike Scioscia, who will most likely be fighting for his job next year, can guarantee it.
“Very clearly, there’s no doubt in our minds that you’re going to get a better Albert Pujols and a better Josh Hamilton next year, no doubt. Both for different reasons,” Scioscia said, according to Angels.com. “These guys are very motivated. Albert will be rejuvenated because he’ll be able to do a lot of the things we haven’t seen him do in a couple years, both at the plate and in the field. And Josh has grown a comfort level that has grown through the year. I think he’s turned the corner on that. And I think he’ll be what we expect next year.”
The two guys that were supposed to make the lineup scary good in 2013 will have to bust out the bats in 2014 if they want to show everyone that the organization did not make a huge mistake giving out ridiculous contracts.
At least both All-Stars will have the motivation to get better once they take a look at their numbers. The combined .253 batting average, 38 home runs, 143 RBI and 51 doubles are inexcusable for two players who are easily capable of putting up those power numbers on their own.
Obviously, something must change between now and the start of the regular season, which probably means a different approach in Spring Training. Either way, the Angels can make all the moves they want but nothing will matter unless Pujols and Hamilton improve.