The Los Angeles Angels are in panic mode again.
On Tuesday, they lost 2-1 to the Miami Marlins.
Sure, there is no shame in being dominated by Sandy Alcantara, one of the best pitchers in the game, but this is not just a one-game thing.
“The Angels lose 2-1 to the Marlins. They recorded 3 hits or fewer for the 4th straight game. They struck out 11 times,” Sam Blum, who covers the Angels for The Athletic, tweeted.
The Angels lose 2-1 to the Marlins.
They recorded 3 hits or fewer for the 4th straight game. They struck out 11 times.
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) July 6, 2022
Three hits over a nine-inning game usually leads you nowhere.
That’s where the Angels’ offense is headed if they don’t correct things: nowhere.
Four consecutive games with three hits or fewer is a pathetic showing for a unit that has some of the best hitters in the world, such as Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Jared Walsh, Taylor Ward, and others.
A Flawed Organization
It goes to show that the Angels’ problems go well beyond who the manager is.
Joe Maddon lost his job a few weeks ago after Los Angeles lost its 12th straight game.
The streak reached 14, but the organizational issues persist even with a new manager in Phil Nevin.
Before Wednesday’s games, the Angels are 37-45, fourth in the AL West.
After an offseason of high expectations, even the Texas Rangers have been better than them.
Los Angeles has lost fourth straight and seven of their last ten.
They don’t seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Only the Detroit Tigers, the Kansas City Royals, and the Oakland Athletics have scored fewer runs than them in the American League.
It’s baffling, but the Angels may fall out of postseason contention before August if they keep this up.