By Tyler Ruby on August 31, 2014
This post may come at a bad time, especially after they just swept the Oakland Athletics, but they still should have issues winning the World Series this season. Despite their great season thus far, there are just too many question marks on this team. Here are five reasons why the Angels won't win the 2014 World Series.
Ever since Albert Pujols put on the Angels uniform, he has struggled. He has 24 homeruns this season, but he is only batting .276. He was a key component on the St. Louis Cardinals' championship teams and he would need to be the same guy in Los Angeles. I'm just not sure he has it anymore.
Mike Trout leads the Angels in every single offensive category. He's batting .290 and that leads the team. I think that is a bit of an issue for the Angels. If the rest of their lineup can't support Trout, then they may be out of luck come playoff time.
Josh Hamilton really needs to kick it in gear if the Angels hope to make a World Series run. There needs to be depth throughout the lineup and the left-handed power bat of Hamilton would be perfect. Unfortunately for the Angels, he's having a rough year. That can't continue.
With Garrett Richards' injury, Jered Weaver now becomes the de facto ace, but he hasn't pitched that way this season. C.J. Wilson is having a down season, and there are some serious question marks with the pitching staff. If they hope to move their way through Oakland, Kansas City and Baltimore, then they need to be able to pitch.
Garrett Richards' injury a couple weeks ago is devastating to the Angels' World Series hopes. With his injury, the Angels now lack an ace, which is absolutely vital in the postseason. This isn't saying that Jered Weaver can't step up because he's done it before, but it weakens already shallow pitching staff.
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