7 Reasons Behind the Angels' Awful Start (and How They'll Turn It Around)

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7 Reasons Behind the Angels' Awful Start (and How They'll Turn It Around)
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The Los Angeles Angels marched into this season as the presumptive champions of baseball. Coming off a respectable 86-76 finish the year before, they made a bunch of big moves in the offseason designed to carry them to greatness. They traded for Chris Ianetta to replace weak-hitting Jeff Mathis behind the plate, they got slugger Kendrys Morales off the DL and, oh yeah, they signed All-Star free agents C.J. Wilson and Albert Pujols. With the AL champs' best pitcher and the NL champs' best slugger on the team, this was a squad zeroed in on greatness.

But look at the Angels now. They have the third-worst record in the AL and the third-worst run production, too. Sitting at a 6-12 record, they’re already eight-and-a-half games back of the division lead—and the season’s still in its first month.

Though there’s still certainly time for a comeback, we have to ask: What's going wrong in Orange County?

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