Albert Pujols (#5) congratulating his Angels teammates after a win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Photo courtesy of foxsports.com
LOS ANGELES ANGELS – 2016 BY THE NUMBERS
Final Record: 74-88, Fourth place in the American League West, 21 games behind the Texas Rangers
Mike Trout, CF – .315, 29 HR, 100 RBIs, 117 hits
Albert Pujols, DH – .268, 31 HR, 119 RBIs, 159 hits
Yunel Escobar, 3B – .304, 5 HR, 39 RBIs, 157 hits
C.J. Cron, 1B – .278, 16 HR, 69 RBIs, 113 hits
Kole Calhoun, RF – .271, 18 HR, 75 RBIs 161 hits
Jeff Weaver: 12-12, 5.06 ERA, 103 K
Matt Shoemaker: 9-13, 3.48 ERA, 143 K
Huston Street: Nine out of 12 save opportunities
(K = strikeouts)
Highlights of the Angels’ 9-5 win over the Texas Rangers on July 18th. Courtesy of YouTube…
A Few Thoughts:
You have to give these Angels from Orange County credit in winning nine of their last 11 games to ensure themselves of not finishing in last place!
Which showed that those “Gutty Little Halos” had a lot of heart and pride in the face of what could fairly be called a bad season, the worst since 1999.
Actually, they fulfilled my predictions as I had them finishing fourth in my preview of this team as I didn’t think their pitching would be good enough to finish higher than that – and that was before all the injuries that staff suffered.
At least they have local bragging rights as they took three out of four games from the Dodgers!
And judging from the fact that they had two guys in their lineup who drove in 100 runs this year, there was nothing wrong with the Angels’ hitting as they have a good core of players who their offense can be based around for a while.
And not just Mike Trout and Albert Pujols either as C.J. Cron, Kole Calhoun and Yunel Escobar were perfectly respectable with the bat.
As far as going forward…
I don’t expect those Halos to be as bad in 2017 as they were in 2016.
Their pitching is bound to improve as they have a lot of young guys who are only to grow.
And no one believes that the injury bug will strike as hard as it did this season.
I still don’t feel they will be real contenders as of now, but things will get better.
Until next March in Tempe…