Los Angeles Angels: First-Half Report Card for 2014

Los Angeles Angels: First Half Report Card 2014

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The Los Angeles Angels have made quite the comeback thus far in 2014 after a disappointing 2013 campaign. At 57-37, they currently hold the second best record in MLB, trailing their in-division rival Oakland Athletics club. The Angels have been a balanced team this season, and here is a look at their first-half report card.

5. Offense

Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols
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5. Offense

Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols
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The Angels' offense has been sizzling all season, as they lead MLB in runs scored with 478 and are getting contributions from every spot in the order. Mike Trout clearly is their catalyst, but the resurgence of Albert Pujols has been key as well. They truly deserve an A+.


4. Defense

Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout
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4. Defense

Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout
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The Angels' defense has been extremely solid as well in 2014. They have made the eighth least errors in MLB (49) good for a .986 fielding percentage, giving their pitching staff an advantage all season. Being that they are in the top third of the game in team defense, they deserve a B+.

3. Starting Pitching

Los Angeles Angels Garrett Richards
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3. Starting Pitching

Los Angeles Angels Garrett Richards
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The Angels have gotten some solid starting pitching thus far in 2014, anchored by the unexpected emergence of Garrett Richards, who is 11-2 with a 2.55 ERA. Jered Weaver has performed as a solid number two starter, and while C.J. Wilson is not having his best season, he seemingly gives the team a quality start each time out. They deserve a solid B.

2. Relief Pitching

Los Angeles Angels Joe Smith
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2. Relief Pitching

 Los Angeles Angels Joe Smith
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The Angeles rank in the middle of the road in saves with 26, however, that should be viewed as an accomplishment considering the rollercoaster that was Ernesto Frieri at the start of the season. Frieri has since been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and current closer Joe Smith has been fantastic. However, they might be best served by trading for a more effective setup man than Jason Grilli. They deserve a B.

1. Manager/Coaching

 Los Angeles Angels Mike Scioscia
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1. Manager/Coaching

Los Angeles Angels Mike Scioscia
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Just last season, many fans and media alike were starting to question manager Mike Scioscia's ability to lead a floundering group of underachieving veterans. Not even 12 months later, Scioscia has essentially the same core of players with the second-best record in the game. Scioscia still has it and deserves a solid A.

Timothy Downs is a fantasy sports writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.

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