Found July 29, 2013 on
After starting the second half of the season strong in a series victory over the American League West leading Oakland A’s, the Los Angeles Angels have now stumbled towards the bottom of the standings.
C.J. Wilson (photo credit: Jason O. Watson/Getty Images North America)
Things looked very promising coming off the All-Star break when the Angels were able to take two out of three from the A’s. Their top two starters, ace Jered Weaver and lefty C.J. Wilson, looked the part as they shut down the A’s offense and out-duelled the A’s strong pitching. Well, that’s the thing, their top two pitchers are the only ones to be carrying the weight so far. The last time a starter has earned a victory, other than Weaver and Wilson, was June 29 when Joe Blanton defeated the Houston Astros.
With the lack of victories from the rest of the rotation, one month, the Angels went on to lose two out of three from the Minnesota Twins and then lost three out of four from the A’s this past weekend. Now, the Angels are looking at a 13 game deficit behind the A’s and have fallen to fourth place, behind the Seattle Mariners. To think that the Angels actually had a chance to get over .500 before the All-Star break, now they drop to seven games under .500.
The biggest sign of the Angels possibly waving the white flag was when they announced that Albert Pujols will be headed to the 15-day disabled list and will possibly need to stay there the rest of the season as he has a partially torn plantar fascia, which he has been battling all season long. A typical recovery period for this type of injury is six to eight weeks and with the season going nowhere for the Angels, Pujols might as well just take the rest of the season. With Pujols out of the lineup and Josh Hamilton still struggling at the plate, the offense will be unable to carry the pitching woes that the Angels have battle so far this season.
It just has been a truly lost season for these Angels as nothing has gone according to plan and now it may be time for the Angels to start selling before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31st. The Angels desperately need to begin to rebuild their farm system as the big offseason signings and trades of GM Jerry DiPoto and owner Arte Moreno have wiped out any top draft picks and some high end prospects. DiPoto will need to find a way to build up the farm system or to simply vastly improve that awful pitching for next season.
Although the Angels don’t have many trade chips on the table, what they do have might be enough to bring in a nice haul of prospects and/or pitching. They have a young center fielder in Peter Borjous that might entice some teams that are looking to stabilize that position for the future like the New York Mets or Philadelphia Phillies. The Angels also have power-hitting first baseman Mark Trumbo, who they should trade now while his stock is still up before teams start seeing more of his swing-and-misses. These two young and cheap players will certainly catch the attention of buyers in contention looking to make that push to the top and will allow the Angels to build a team that will compete for next season and beyond.
For now, the only thing going for the Angels is the turnaround of Weaver and Wilson which gives hope for their chances next season and beyond as well the strong season of Mike Trout. After one of the greatest, perhaps the greatest, season of any 21-year-old in history, Trout is now having one of the greatest seasons for any 22-year-old in history as he is batting a cool .321 with 17 home runs while leading the team in RBIs with 65, runs with 69 and on-base percentage at .959. The future looks bright for the Angels, but for now they must get through the horrible season first.
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Albert Pujols has been placed on the DL with a partial tear of the left plantar fascia, and he reportedly could miss the rest of the season.
Albert Pujols will likely sit out the rest of the season after suffering a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot Friday night an injury that forced the Angels slugger to the 15-day disabled list Sunday.
Manager Mike Scioscia said that Pujols who hit .258 with 17 home runs and 64 runs batted in despite being hobbled all season by the painful condition will be out "...
Per Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, Albert Pujols may not play another game during the remainder of the 2013 season. Pujols is suffering from plantar fasciitis and is expected to miss a significant amount of time. The only cure for this issue is rest and lots of it. The only way for the team to know how long he will be out for is to take it by a week-by-week basis.
Mark Trumbo is expected...
The Los Angeles Angels say slugger Albert Pujols is done for the season because of an injured left foot.
The Angels made the announcement Monday before playing Cleveland.
Pujols hasn't played since July 26. He had been saying he wanted to return when his partially torn plantar fascia healed.
The injury has bothered him all season, and forced the first baseman to mostly become...
Angels' DH/first baseman Albert Pujols is back in Southern California from Oakland to have an MRI on his left foot. The slugger re-injured it running to first base last night after he singled in the ninth inning against A's closer Grant Balfour.
In his absence, Mike Trout will bat third for the first time in his Major League career, according to Alden Gonzalez. The...
Angels first baseman may not play again this year after he was placed on the disabled list on Sunday with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. Pujols has been dealing with the injury for awhile, but aggravated it while running to first base on Friday against the A's. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Pujols would be out for "a significant amount of time...
An already tough season for the Los Angeles Angels just got even tougher.
The Angels announced that Albert Pujols was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. L.A. manager Mike Scioscia said that Pujols would be out for “a significant amount of time,” and possibly the remainder of the season.
His left foot was bothering...
Entering the season, Los Angeles Angels first baseman and
designated hitter Albert Pujols was hoping he would be able to produce closer
to his career norms devoid of significant injury and ailment. He was specifically
hoping for comfort rather than lingering discomfort in his foot. While Pujols
says his case of plantar fasciitis is no worse at this point of the season, it
Angels slugger Albert Pujols returned to Los Angeles on Saturday
morning for further testing on his sore left foot.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a $137 million white flag you see being waved atop the Big A. As was suspected after he re-aggravated his foot on Friday night, the Angels announced that Albert Pujols has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot and will quite likely miss the rest of the season.
As devastating as that might sound, it is actually a stroke of serendipity for the Angels...
Albert Pujols, in year two (!) of a deal that will make past Los Angeles Angels Of Outer Rancho Cucomonga death deals look like nothing, DL'd for the year. His OPS was all of 767, so it's not like this is going to be a bitter loss for the Angeles to take... but dear heaven, do the Angels need for an NBA/NHL style amnesty experience to kick in right about now.Oh, and...
A single link late Saturday night, with no comment. Right there in the e-mail box from Mountain Fresh (LINK HERE).
He didn't have to say anything and I didn't have to respond.
It was sad.
Sad that it came to this. Sad that we didn't really, but kind felt like we needed to say something to each other. Sad that we knew all of this was coming...
The Angels dropped three of four to the A's in Oakland are 13 games out of first place and probably won't have Albert Pujols (partial tear in his left plantar fascia) for the rest of the season.
Time to sell?
The Angels don't expect to be very active before Wednesday's non-waiver 1 p.m. PT Trade Deadline sources with the team continue to say. But they...
In what initially seemed like deja-vu, the Los Angeles Angels seemed to be duplicating their season of a year ago. It was then when they stole the headlines, signing free agent Albert Pujols and LHP CJ Wilson. This made a very good team seem better as the Angels were the favorites to win the AL West division. The Angels started out 2012 by going 8-15, but were 26-26 by the end of...
By Jason Sinner, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
I keep seeing tons of internet chatter from Angels fans about selling off the teams spare parts to make them better......eventually.
Yet a bad loss tonight and many are still pissed even with little doubt about the outcome of this season.
On top of that, we traded a 38yo middle relief lefty specialist about to become a FA...