Sometimes when the present is bleak and the future is cloudy—with a chance of meatballs in the form of your favorite sports team's over-priced busts—looking to the past really is the best medicine.
It’s the cure for the present-day “what the hell is happening” unlike any other out there. And based on the current circumstances for Mike Scioscia, Jerry Dipoto, Arte Moreno or any fan of the Los Angeles Angels, it wouldn't hurt to take trip down memory lane.
Remember the good times, Halo faithful?
After all, we learn from the past. Like an elderly group hanging outside the barbershop on a Sunday (or is it Wednesday?) some of us live in the past—especially when it comes to the heroic escapades achieved in sports.
Well, pull up a chair.
No question, there was once a time—not too long ago by MLB industry standards—when the Los Angeles Angels franchise was filled with balance, defense and timely offense.
And the pitching...oh man, the pitching.
There were solid arms in the bullpen, like a Troy Percival (300-save closer) and Francisco Rodriguez (58 saves in 2008). There were solid arms in the rotation, like Jarrod Washburn (winner of 12 straight back in 2002), Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon and some guy named Nolan Ryan (h/t MLB.com).
There is 50-plus years worth of stats and inning-by-inning breakdowns, proving that there have been meaningful, great performances on the mound for the Angels throughout history. And since you are not currently able to witness any such feats by the 2013 club, I did my best to sort through the statistical log-jam on the Internet in order to find the best of the best.
Here is my top five.
(Note: all statistical data was provided courtesy of baseball-refernce.com. A special thanks to such a history-packed baseball site.)