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So a lot of us scratched our heads at people saying the Angels are the favorites to win the World Series when we looked at what they were and their additions (while awesome additions) didn't seem to match up to World Series favorites. This SweetSpot article really highlights all the holes we saw. Take a read and enjoy.
Many thanks, Cmdr.Yes, this brings out many of the same points a lot of us have been saying since all those reputed "experts'' said time and time again the Angels would not only be the only team to go undefeated in 2012, but Pooholes would hit 150 homers, drive in 500 runs and personally cure every sick child in the nation, C.J. Wilson would wipe out cancer and AIDs in one afternoon and when he has the time, throw 15 no hitters.From the time those two signed in Anaheim, it made a lot of us want to grab the so-called "experts'' by the lapels and shake them until they realized the Angels didn't make up the 10 games they lost to the Rangers last year ... and the year before that.Yes, the Angels are good. They stand a good chance of making the playoffs.But as the author of the article points out, they have flaws. Lots of them. Many more than the team they are chasing.And, as Cmdr. astutely points out, a lot of us have known this for a while.
I expect the Angels to finish with 88-90 wins.
And with that, they'll be in contention for one of the two Wild Card spots.
The AL West is the Rangers' to lose.
I don't expect the Angels to be nearly this bad. Even if Pujols or Morales goes down for a bit. Even if 1 of their 4 best starters goes down for a bit. But (at the risk of exuding a bit of schadenfreude) it's nice to see that they are indeed human, unlike what some of the experts would have you believe after that fateful day in December.
I would like to think professional analysts wouldn't be so star-struck by the prospect of 2 all-stars joining the Angels as to suddenly deem them untouchable, but apparently a few were. Good to see there are also some who still have their feet on the ground.
And then there's guys like Matt Ehalt, who claimed today that "Pujols [is] arguably the best hitter in baseball", just the latest I've seen in among a few others that have voiced similar sentiments. If you go by track record, sure. No hitter in baseball right now has that pedigree that he does. But is he the best right now? After last year, I think we'd have to see a substantial return to form before letting that title ride.
I don't expect Weaver and Haren to get rocked routinely by teams like the Twins and Royals. I don't expect Pujols to continue to hit in the lower 200s with an OPS barely above .600. But nor do I expect C.J. to be unhittable, or Morales to go 4-for-4 on a regular basis. I expect the AL West to be a fairly close race most of the year, possibly coming right down to the wire.
On the other hand, I'd like to mention that, as everyone knows on here, the Angels basically have 4 proven good starters and 1 passable one. You ought to have a pretty good idea what to expect out of the Angels' rotation this year. The Rangers have arguably 1 proven decent starter and 4 who probably haven't reached their ceilings yet. Many of the Angels' fans, and apparently a few analysts, would look at that situation and say there's no way the Rangers can hang with the Angels. Apparently they're assuming the the Rangers' rotation, though young and promising, will certainly not become good enough this year to compete with theirs. But I think last year should have reminded every baseball fan alive that anything can happen at any time.
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