If the Los Angeles Angels were compared to a storybook character based on the start thus far in 2013, they would the tortoise...not the hare.
Yes, they have started the season that slow.
Originally hoisted to elite status in the winter, backed by the Trio, the payroll, preseason predictions and power rankings, a 4-10 stumble has the Angels cornered as a below-500 squad, baffled by injury, plagued by a failure to launch.
Oh how the perception of the Angels has changed. The team is now left to fight and struggle for that elusive second chance at a first impression.
Are they completely out of it? No, was the tortoise?
However, the poor numbers of last April (8-15) that helped pave the way to a third-place finish and missed playoffs should put the Angels franchise and fan base on high alert.
It’s history, repeating.
Solutions? Well, they need to hit better, and they need to pitch better; and doing that, collectively, wouldn't hurt, either.
Obvious generalities aside, there is hope and plenty of time—the unknown of 148 games left on the season—for the team to prove this crawl-like beginning is nothing more than "a slow gain of momentum" on the way to better months ahead.
But if they are going to turn this thing around and win the race—as the story goes—then these five, key points should be followed.
NOTE: All stats provided were courtesy of baseball-reference.com unless otherwise specified.