The Los Angeles Angels have MLB‘s best player with Mike Trout looking as solid as he has in his first two seasons, but if the team is going to be a real contender, other players will need to help on offense.
That was the hope when the Angels signed outfielder Josh Hamilton before the 2013 season, but it did not work out well at all last year. Hamilton hit only .250 and managed just 21 home runs and 79 RBI. During the offseason, Hamilton said he rededicated himself and gained more muscle-mass. This has led to a quick start and the Angels may become contenders this season because of it.
The Houston Astros defeated the Angels 7-4 behind a seven inning, one-run allowed performance by Scott Feldman at Minute Maid Park on Sunday. However, for the series, Hamilton is eight for twelve with two homers during the three-game stretch and gets to face the ‘Stros again on Monday. Hamilton also made a nice defensive play late and looks better than he did ever in 2013. The Angels are 2-4 on the season, but did make up for the 0-3 start to against the Seattle Mariners.
There is still a lot missing with the Angels because the starting pitching is questionable, Albert Pujols will never live up to his contract and the American League West could be a very tough division. Hamilton’s bat needs to stay consistent so teams do not ultimately work around Trout. If Hamilton can resemble the player the Angels were hoping for when they signed him to his five-year $133 million deal, they could be contenders all season long.