Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 4/26/12
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Coming into the 2012 season, the Los Angeles Angels were the most hyped team in baseball following the signings of Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson. After 18 games, the Angels are in the basement of the AL West with a 6-12 record. Only the pathetic Twins and Royals have worse records in the AL. Their -10 run differential is fourth worst in the AL, behind the aforementioned Twins and Royals, plus the Red Sox. Fingers are pointing everywhere about why exactly the Angels are playing so badly, but the general consensus is "crappy luck". Aside from that, here are five reasons the Angels aren't playing very well so far. 1. The struggles of Albert PujolsIt goes without saying that Pujols and his early slump is a key part of Los Angeles's struggles. Through the first 18 games, Pujols has just a .601 OPS and hasn't homered. The change in scenery from St Louis to Los Angeles, and in league from the NL to the AL, likely has a huge part in his struggles. There are other causes, though. Pujols has ju...
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