Los Angeles Angels: 5 Things Wrong with the Angels This Season

Charles Bennett@chasbennettonbrSenior Analyst IJune 5, 2013

Los Angeles Angels: 5 Things Wrong with the Angels This Season

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    The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were recently swept by the Houston Astros, a team with a minuscule payroll widely believed to be one of the worst in the modern era.  

    This drops the Halos' record to 25-33, 11 games out of first place in the AL West and seven games out of the wild-card picture.

    With a seven-game win streak now decidedly in the rearview mirror, here are five things wrong with the Angels this season.

    All stats courtesy of ESPN.com and current as of 8 p.m. ET, June 4.

Stolen Base Problems

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    The Halos have allowed 47 stolen bags this season, the worst in the majors.  They are the third-worst in the majors at caught-stealing percentage with a mere 16 percent.

    Coupled with the fact that the Angels give up a lot of stolen bases is the fact that they don't steal very many of them.  The Halos have only stolen 23 bases this campaign, with all but six of those steals coming from Howie Kendrick or Mike Trout.  Angels runners have been caught 16 times, however, meaning they are third-worst in stolen base percentage.  

    The Angels' minus-24 differential between bases stolen and stolen bases allowed is tied with the Tigers for the worst in the majors this season. 

Where Is Albert Pujols?

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    The Angels are middle-of-the-pack in most batting statistics.  No thanks to Albert Pujols, who hasn't been earning his bread.

    Pujols is batting just .243, with 14 fewer hits than his 56-game average.  He only has 20 extra-base hits on the season, which is passable, but not earth-shattering.  His OPS is the worst of his career by far, and he's on pace for his lowest RBI season total of his career.    

    Pujols, once capable of double-digit steals all season, also hasn't stolen a base all season.

    Pujols' numbers would suggest somebody making $6-7 million, not the $16 million he is slated to make this season. 

Joe Blanton

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    The Angels signed Joe Blanton to make up for the losses of Zack Greinke and Ervin Santana.  By now, they are regretting cutting him a $6.5 million check this season. 

    In 71 frames of work, Blanton has allowed 44 earned runs against only 55 strikeouts.  Blanton's WHIP sits at a calamitous 1.62, and he has conceded a triple slash of .332/.363/.513.  

    No small wonder his WAR is minus-0.4.

    There is one stat Blanton is leading the league in, though: defeats.

Instability in the Rotation

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    We are not even to the All-Star break, and the Halos have already started 10 men.

    This is due in large part to Angels ace Jered Weaver missing more than half of his scheduled starts due to elbow issues, as well as Tommy Hanson's extended period of bereavement.

    Two of the men called up as replacements, Michael Roth and Barry Enright, were particularly abominable, combining to give up 14 earned runs in less than nine innings of work.  Long reliever Garret Richards has been terrible both starting and finishing: In four starts and 17 relief appearances, he's incurred three defeats on a 5.15 ERA  

Hamilton Not Earning His Benjamins

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    Josh Hamilton is slated to make $17.4 million this season.  That's $17.4 million Arte Moreno probably wishes he had back.

    Hamilton's triple slash on the season is a gosh-awful .216/.280/.380, with 61 strikeouts (eighth-worst in the AL) against only 46 hits.  Hamilton is on pace for the fewest doubles and the fewest RBI of any of his seasons of more than 100 games.  

    Hamilton's woes are so massive that he's twice been relegated to pinch-hitting duty.  And to top it all off, Hamilton is having back problems...