When the Los Angeles Angels started off the season 27-17, we all thought things were going to be different this time.
They looked highly competent and ready to challenge for the postseason for the first time since 2014.
But fast forward a few weeks, and they are currently 34-38, out of playoff spots, and with a losing record.
They had to endure a franchise-worst 14-game losing streak, too.
With a 5-5 record in their last 10 games, a reality has become evident: they are not as bad as their 14-game losing run may suggest, but they are also not as good as their early-season performance indicates.
They are inconsistent and flawed.
MLB’s Andrew Simon summed up what the Angels mean and represent with his latest tweet, sharing a recent article by Rhett Bollinger.
“Summing up this era of Angels baseball in one paragraph,” he tweeted.
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) June 22, 2022
Ohtani’s Efforts Went To Waste On Tuesday
What did the paragraph say?
This: “It was an incredible performance Tuesday night from two-way star Shohei Ohtani, who hit a pair of three-run homers and set a career-high with eight RBI, but it simply wasn’t enough for the scuffling Angels,” the text read.
There you have it.
It happened on Tuesday: despite a two-homer, eight-RBI performance by Ohtani, they dropped the game against the Kansas City Royals in extra innings.
For as good as Ohtani was, his teammates failed to deliver (especially the pitchers) and it all resulted in a loss.
Oh, and then they went out and blanked the Royals on Wednesday.
The past two days are a clear representation of what the Angels are as a franchise.
Will they be able to compete for a playoff spot?
It’s still too soon to tell, but things are not looking good.