With the month of May fast approaching, the Angels need to right the ship this weekend to avoid adding to their deficit of 7.0 games back. Unfortunately for the Halo faithful, the club has inexplicably posted their worst record since 1961 (4-10). And rest assured, dropping to 4-10 is no easy feat for a team as talented as the Angels; only the Houston Astros (4-11) and Miami Marlins (3-13) look more incapable in the standings.
The Angels have a number of issues that they need to address. We hear this all the time – they clearly need to hit with runners in scoring position (RISP). Even more importantly, the Angels desperately need starters that can pitch beyond the 4th inning – note: only SP Garrett Richards has pitched in the 7th inning. Angel fans realize this, and with that realization comes talk of dealing for a big arm (i.e.: David Price). The two Angels most often mentioned in a possible deal are Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos. Trumbo has posted a respectable .310 AVG thus far with 1 HR and 7 RBI’s. After starting the 2012 season on fire, Trumbo (naturally) regressed after the All-Star break, finishing the season: 268 AVG, 32 HR’s, 95 RBI’s and a 2.3 WAR (Wins Above Replacement). His power at the plate and big target at first base (6’4″ 235 lbs) make Trumbo arguably the most appealing option – at least for teams looking to add some power to a stagnant offensive lineup.
Peter Bourjos is another viable option if GM Jerry DiPoto intends to complete a deal for pitching. “Speedy Petey” has been the subject of trade talks season after season. You can’t help but sympathize with a player who is merely trying to settle in. After playing second fiddle to Mike Trout last year, Bourjos has posted fairly pedestrian numbers this season: .220 AVG, 2 HR’s, 3 RBI’s and .256 OBP, and 0 SB’s in 41 at bats. Where Bourjos really shines is in the outfield – he has a solid arm, is lightening fast off the line and can cover more ground than just about anyone in the bigs.
Mike Scioscia’s club is looking to turn things around tonight as they take on the Detroit Tigers in the first of a three game series against the 2012 American League champs. The Tigers bring an underlying storyline to Anaheim with the beloved Torii Hunter is returning to the Big A for the very first time. Torii made it well-known last season that he wanted to retire as an Angel. The club went in a different direction, and so did Hunter who undoubtedly will be looking to play spoiler this weekend. It’s imperative that the Halos turn things around tonight – the Texas Rangers come into town for a three game series next week so it won’t be getting any easier.