Despite suffering a season-opening series sweep at the hands of the divisional rival Seattle Mariners, the Los Angeles Angels must take advantage of the next couple of favorable opponents in their upcoming schedule.
Over the next three series, Los Angeles will play on the road for three games against the Houston Astros, a pair against the Mariners, and return back to Anaheim for three against the New York Mets. In order to avoid putting themselves in a deep hole to start the season, it will be essential for the Halos to win a majority of the games as the following five out of the next seven series will be against formidable teams in the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers.
But with that said, the Angels must first solve their pitching problems as they hold the league’s worst ERA (8.33), most home runs allowed (six), second-highest BAA (.309), and have the third most walks (15) through three games this season. Those type of number are discouraging given that Los Angeles made a concerted this past offseason effort to improve its pitching staff.
It will not only be the Angels’ pitching staff that must pick it up, but outside of Mike Trout, their offense as a whole has struggled out of the gate this season with Albert Pujols, Raul Ibanez, Erick Aybar and David Freese combining for just six hits in 43 at-bats between them.
This all points to a much-needed sense of urgency that the team has to start playing with. The season can slip away early as it did last year with their 9-17 start. The Angels know what they must do over the next couple of weeks because if they don’t turn it around quickly, things could get ugly real fast.