By Bob Garcia IV @bgarcia90 on April 10, 2014
With the Los Angeles Angels getting out to another slow start to the regular season, it gives many Angels fans the all-too-familiar feeling of the disaster that was in 2013. This in turn has led to quick absurd assumptions about this year's ball club through just one week of action. So here are five ridiculous overreactions to the Halos' slow start this season.
Through eight games this season, the Angels' pitching staff has struggled as a whole as they have a 5.01 ERA entering Wednesday's game against the Seattle Mariners. This includes just three quality starts from their starting rotation and 29 walks allowed. With that said, the Halos will have some minor bumps in the road, but they will turn it around behind a revamped bullpen and the new additions to their starting rotation.
For the most part, the 35-year-old has struggled to produce to start this season, and it began to bring up the "over the hill" type criticism about him. However, Before any of that talk can take place, Pujols has produced with two two-run home runs in each of the last two games. The former three-time NL MVP will continue to pick up his production, and if he remains healthy he will return to his All-Star level of play in the 2014 season.
After a slow start to the season batting .100 (1-for-10) through the first three games played, there was some doubt as to whether Freese is the answer at third base. But since then he has collected hits in four out of the last five games, including one home run and three RBIs. So before any of that chatter continues, the 30-year-old will begin to pick up his production.
With Josh Hamilton out for the next 6-8 weeks due to a torn ligament in his left thumb, there is wide perception that the Angels' offense will suffer especially with his strong start to the season. However, that will not be the case as the Halos will just lean more on production from Albert Pujols and Mike Trout. As for Hamilton's spot in the lineup, David Freese will step in as the clean-up hitter.
The 31-year-old is off to a slow start to the 2014 season as he has an 0-2 record with a 6.00 ERA, 11 hits and nine runs allowed that include four home runs in 12 innings. This makes it easy to say that Weaver's best days are past him with his velocity continuing to fall and his early season struggles. But it is also just the beginning in the season, so he has plenty of time to fix his pitching problems and return to being an effective pitcher.
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