By Bob Garcia IV @bgarcia90 on May 8, 2014
As the Los Angeles Angels are now through the first month of the season, they are in the thick of what has been a competitive AL West division race unlike last year where things quickly got out of hand for the Halos right out of the gate. But with that said, it has also given us a chance to see what type of a team they may be this year. Here are five things we've learned from the Angels through their first 25 games.
The Angels were hoping that an offseason full of changes to the team's pitching staff would help improve the group, and for the most part it has. However, the bullpen as a whole has continued to struggle with Ernesto Frieri (6.28 ERA) and Kevin Jepsen (6.35 ERA) at the forefront of the issue. Los Angeles will need their bullpen pitching to improve if they hope to remain in the AL West division race.
Through his first two years with the team, Albert Pujols struggled to play at the high level that the Halos hoped he would when he first arrived. Well in his third year it has been a different story for the three-time NL MVP, as he is back to tearing the cover off the ball and hitting .302 with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs through the first month of the season. With Pujols performing at an All-Star level, it definitely bodes well for the Angels.
The Angels made a move in the offseason to acquire Freese in hopes that he would be the long-term answer at third base. Through one month of the season, he has struggled monumentally as he is batting .202 with two home runs, eight RBIs and 27 strikeouts in 24 games played to go along with a broken middle finger that has him on the 15-day DL. To put it bluntly, Freese has not begun the season the way he or the Angels had envisioned.
If the Angels showed anything through the first month of the season, it's that the team will not have any shortage of runs scored. They rank in the top 10 in the league in many offensive categories, including fourth in home runs (40), second in RBIs (160), third in slugging percentage (.430) and first in triples (11). Los Angeles has a well-balanced offense that can bail them out of a bad pitching performance on any given night.
Through the first month of the season, the 25-year-old has quietly been the Halos' best starting pitcher. Richards has been able to pitch at least six innings in five out of his six starts this year as he has a team-leading 2.84 ERA with a 3-0 record and an AL-Best .184 BAA. Although Richards has pitched well, the Angels will need their other starters to start picking up the slack in order for them to be in playoff contention this season.
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