The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are hurting; bad. The opening two weeks of baseball have turned the favorites of the division into an emergency crisis. A quick rundown of the past month shows why the Angels are spiraling out of control and none of it is because of the management or play.
DISCLAIMER: For those who read my first edition of the article, I made a mistake in my writing and I apologize. I wrote Juan Rivera was suspended for 50 games for violating the MLB Drug Policy.
Turns out I was wrongly informed and did not double check the source my information came from. I apologize for the confusion I gave you readers, I apologize for my incorrect writing, and I apologize to Juan Rivera for writing a false statement about him.
Now, onto my article.
To begin the season, the Angels began with three of their best five pitchers on the DL.
Everyone knew Kelvim Escobar wouldn't be ready until after the All-Star Break. But, the surprise came when injuries ravaged the top two pitchers in their rotation.
John Lackey and Ervin Santana got hit with injuries that will sideline them for quite sometime. Ervin Santana may be out for the year, possibly longer. Lackey is out for about a month with his injury.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck next. Adenhart's life was taken from him after a drunk driver hit his friend's car he was riding in. He and two others died.
As sad and tragic as it is, the Angels as a franchise and business had to look forward at the team and season.
This means that now four of the starting five pitchers going into the season are not with the team.
Joe Saunders and Jered Weaver stand alone along with a rag tag bunch of relievers and triple AAA ball players.
The Angels were still getting by, until the outfield started taking shots from the injury bug.
Vladimir Guerrero is going to be out for at least a month with his injury. The Angels success this year has been linked to how Vlad performs.
The heart of the offense and the heart of the pitching is gone from the team.
The Angels are being decimated across the board and are getting their depth tested. The Angels have not responded well.
What are the Angels to do?
Fans are rambling to make a trade. Jake Peavy is being talked in rumor circles as a possible trade target.
Pundits say there are plenty of free agent arms available. Pedro Martinez is still out there and a possible agent.
My personal opinion is the Angels extend an offer to Maddux, but that is my biased opinion.
The front office is deciding to stay in house and work it out. Arte Moreno is holding his cards tight to his chest and letting it ride on the flop. He has promoted Shane Loux, asked Darren Oliver to turn back into a starter, and used long reliever Dustin Moseley.
UPDATE: Since writing this article, Moseley has been placed on the DL. Rich Thompson and Dan Davidson have been called up to replace Vlad and Dustin on the roster.
The Angels are hurting, to say the least. They are banged up, emotionally scarred, and betrayed by one of their own. This is possibly one of the unluckiest franchises in the last decade.
Hopefully, the Angels do what they do best: trust Mike Scioscia and each other, and persevere through this tough season.