April baseball rarely provides a clear window into the state of the game by October.
Teams that struggle to find their way early on suddenly become high-powered contenders late in the season, and those who led their respective divisions in the first month rarely sustain that dominance into the sixth.
However, while 20 or so games may not be enough time to accurately predict a team's path through the season, it is plenty of time to notice trends.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are trending poorly.
With all of the movement in the AL West—big trades, free agent signings, and the loss of certain key players in the division—many had picked the Angels to be overwhelmed by surging competitors in the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.
But after slogging through a 9-10 start, it seems the Angels aren't being overtaken so much as they have fallen back in the pack.
Confidence in the middle relievers is shaky at best, third base has become a black hole as far as power goes, and speed and anticipation in the outfield has been, frankly, non-existent.
A .500 season seems sadly within reach for the once-mighty Halos in 2010, a season of mediocrity the likes of which fans haven't seen in nearly four years.
That is, unless manager Mike Scioscia and GM Tony Reagins recognize their team's shortcomings and act quickly to restore the halo atop the division crown.
Take a look at the top five trades the Angels should consider in order to save our season in Anaheim.