The Angels are 3 and 6. Meh.

Oh my God, the Angels are 3 and 6. Sound the alarm! Hit the panic button! Towels, people? Where are the towels?! The last time this happened was 2010 and we all know how that season ended, right?. 3rd place. Below .500. Unemployed, in Greenland. Except…the last time we went 3 and 6 to start before 2010 was 2002 and we all know how that season ended, right? Wild card berth. World Series Champions. Bragging rights and brand new jewelry!

So, which is it then, should we be panicking or celebrating? Neither, of course. The sample size is far too small. My point is simply that it’s only been nine games. We have at least 153 left to go. Heck, the entire summer will arrive, be initially celebrated, celebrated some more, get way too hot, begin to annoy us, begin to cool off and fade into fall long before we reach the end of that. Anything can happen in amount of time.

Fear not, the winning will come. How much winning? Will it be enough? I don’t know. It’s a mystery. They’ve got to play the games. I can tell you this much, however:

Small sample size or not, the following things are making me very happy indeed:

  • Offensive support from the catcher’s position, and how! I can’t tell you how happy I am to not have mentally prepare for an automatic out every time I see the catcher taking practice swings on deck.
  • Our bats can come from behind. Okay, so we’re still working on the ‘then not falling behind again and still losing part’, but still. I don’t know about anyone else, but for the last two years, if the Angels fell behind by so much as one run I had to fight to keep from thinking ‘It’s all over now.’ And I hated myself for it, but I also understood the limitations of our offense. Now the offense hits, runs and scores and, even though there some bats that really need to come online ASAP, I feel like falling behind doesn’t have to be an automatic loss anymore.
  • A few more of our bats – the fact that Mark Trumbo seems to hit solidly, with no need for adjustment whether he’s DHing or playing 3rd. The fact that Howie Kendrick is turning into a regular beast.

I don’t care that it’s only been nine games, the following things are seriously pissing me off:

  • The bullpen or, more specifically, the fact that we’re still cringing over the bullpen. It was shaky in 2009. It was downright scary in 2010. Efforts to improve it in 2011 were mixed at best and for some unknown reason the powers that be decided to hire another veteran lefty – Isringhausen – for 2012 after hiring two such bullpen arms for 2011 had such hot – Downs, yay! – and cold – Takahashi, flip a coin and don’t you dare leave him in too long – results. And, guess what? The bullpen is still scary. Shocking, that.
  • We still don’t have a solid 5th starter? Really? Again, it’s been a while on this one.
  • Too many options or, more specifically, the need to use them all. This isn’t P.E. Everyone does not need to play. Yes, Bobby was hitting better, but I hate what he does to the outfield. We go from having Gold Glove experience on either side of a young Gold Glover to be whose speed makes up for the few steps they’ve lost on their range, to having no range in left field over emphasizing the steps all three parties have lost off their range and an outfield with so many holes, I keep expecting the Muppets prairie dogs to make a musical appearance.

Eh, we have 153 games left to go. Don’t panic, these things will sort themselves out:

  • The completely set portion of our starting rotation. Yes we’ve seen some shaky pitches and a few of our fearless hurlers have been downright shelled. But we’ve also seen some stellar performances in these very few nine games too. These four guys are absolutely fine. And once we get past a bit of dead arm and rust, they’re going to make some of the issues with the 2012 team seem far less apparent.
  • Albert Pujols. He will hit. Remember all of the huffing and puffing and gnashing of teeth in April last season in St Louis? Sometimes he takes a while to get into his groove. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy all those great pitches Howie is getting in the mean time.

As for the rest? The jury’s still out for me. I could start adding it to any of the three lists above by the end of the month. We’ll just have to see. Of course, none of this makes starting the season 3 and 6 any happier or losing like this on a nationally televised game any less annoying when heading into the office Monday morning. Ugh! What’s a fan to do? Well, when all else fails, and the playing gets icky, the real fans go and buy more tickets I say! I now have tickets all squared away for our Interleague trip down to San Diego in May. I got great seats for Friday, right by the Angels bullpen. But it’s our Saturday seats that truly have me salivating and that made me feel a whole lot better this weekend. Of course, the fact that Padres are doing worse than we are didn’t exactly hurt me in this endeavor. Wait, the Padres record is still worse, right? *sigh of relief* LOL, relax! In this sort of situation, gallows’ humor isn’t merely to be expected, it’s highly encouraged.

Bring on the A’s.

8 Comments

Yeah, I need to see them mid-season against the Rangers. That’s what counts. Albert will hit. Like you said, he’s done this thing before. He’ll be lighting up the sky before you know it. Still, they could’ve done better to beat the Royals into submission! (sorry, couldn’t help that).
–Jeff

No apologies needed, Jeff. You aren’t saying anything that isn’t true…could have donebetter to beat the Royals…to beat the Twins…to win at least one more of those games against the Yankees. I said the Angels don’t have me panicking yet, but I never said they don’t have me swearing. ;)

– Kristen

Ha, I need to make time to blog and read more of your posts kristen! I got so busy in the last year I forgot how entertaining your posts are. My gosh though the Angels really do have quite a team. The small sample size of games thus far played could in no way be a reflection of the Angels true talent. This year I’m cheering the Angels on as my West pick. Yeah I still love my A’s more but my approach this year as a fan has much more restraint and expectations. Pujols is where the show in the west is though Imo. Once he hits his groove who knows what can happen.

Oh, thank you Invariably Baseball! I hope your classes are going well. I definitely think the Angels are pretty darned good this season and I’m dying to see what they can/will do with it. I can understand your feelings on the A’s. I don’t claim to understand why Billy Beane shed all of the pitchers, but they’re in a rebuilding phase and it’s going to take a season or two to see that really start taking shape. When it does, it should be fun for you, though.

– Kristen

No worries for the Angels, too much. I’m sure things will fall into place for them and the wins will start coming. Looks like you have some great ball games planned, too, which is always something to look forward to!
–Mike

No worries Mike. The only panic here is of the humorous, sarcastic sort. The team has some things to sort out, but they’ve got time to do that. :) Yes, I am so excited about our games and the one trip we have planned. It should be so much fun!

– Kristen

I know Ieft this in response to comment of yours on my blog, but it fits too perfectly with this entry not to re-use it:

All I have to say is that you have a bad record with evidence to suggest that it is an anomaly, the Twins have a horrible record with evidence to suggest that it will be the norm for the season.
-Mateo
http://mateofischer.mlblogs.com

Thanks Mateo! I certainly hope the Angels evidence transitions from circumstantial to verifiable sooner rather than later. As for the Twins, I don’t know. If Mauer and Morneau really are back – and I hope so, they’re definitely two of the good guys in the game – the Twins may have something going again.

– Kristen

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