Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/10/14
In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series. A lot of the 2013 Angels season depends on their pitching staff. It's led by CJ Wilson and Jered Weaver, but the trio after them is thoroughly mediocre: Joe Blanton, Jason Vargas, and Tommy Hanson. All three are essentially innings eaters with major meltdown potential. All the Angels need is a 4.00 ERA out of the trio...yet, there's a very real, very nightmarish possibility that the three could combine to post an ERA over 5.00. That would be a worst case scenario for the team. Offensively, what if Albert Pujols' knee isn't good to go and is an issue all season? He had offseason surgery on his right knee, but that's something that could be bothersome all year, especially if he tweaks it the wrong way. If Pujols is going to miss an extended amount of time, the likely fix for the Angels would be to shift Mark Trumbo from DH to first base, and (gulp) plug Vernon Wells into the lineup at DH. Vernon Wells getting any sort of extended playing time? Now *that's* a nightmare scenario. Speaking of Wells, he's the fourth outfielder on the team. If something happens to Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos, or Josh Hamilton, Wells will be pressed into duty, and he's a huge dropoff on both offense and defense in comparison to any of the three. Hamilton has had his share of injuries throughout the years, and Trout's high octane, open throttle style of play will likely result in an injury or two during his career. Either one getting banged up this year would be a disaster for the Angels. Speaking of Trout, what if he's healthy all season, but falls into a sophomore slump? Sure, a sophomore slump for Trout would probably end up being a five win season, but he's the team's best player, and any massive dropoff in production would be a huge demerit for the Angels. Finally, there's the matter of the Angels bullpen. Ryan Madson probably won't be ready for Opening Day after running into issues with his elbow at the beginning of Spring Training. Scott Downs missed time last year. Ernesto Frieri has tremendous meltdown potential. The Angels bullpen could be one of the best in baseball, and it could also end up being a dumpster fire. There's a lot of middle ground with this crew. Quite frankly, a bad season for the Angels would result in them not making the playoffs. A nightmare season is probably anything other than 90 wins. The AL West became a different animal last season with the A's winning the division and even the Mariners showing signs of life at times. Los Angeles can't coast by solely on talent, and while they are the most talented team in the division, there's a lot that can potentialy go wrong with them. Angels on TOC End of Season Post-Mortem 2013 Season Preview You May Say I'm A Dreamer 2013 Burning Question This Is My Nightmare X-Factor (3:15 PM) Top Ten Prospects (4:30 PM) [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Discussions to bring NFL team to L.A. are progressing

Report: Chris Mullin expected to take St. John's job

Michigan State beats Louisville, punches Final Four ticket

Ex-NHL player viciously attacks opponent before game

Rick Barnes a possibility for Tennessee coaching job?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: NFL looking into Bill Belichick's camera ideas

Saints CB Brian Dixon arrested in Miami

CC Sabathia goes off about spring training stats

Kentucky remains unbeaten after thrilling win over ND

Alabama DT arrested on domestic violence charges again

John Calipari blasted for postgame interview

Adam Morrison trolled fan who made JJ Redick comment

Jim Harbaugh finished fourth in student government election

WATCH: Notre Dame gets warm reception upon return home

WATCH: Kris Letang hospitalized after hit

Aaron Rodgers, sports writer get into it over on-court access

Sam Dekker's hot shooting sends Wisconsin to Final Four

Jim McElwain complains about Florida roster

Mark Few: I put Coach K up there with John Wooden

WATCH: Enes Kanter embraces boos in return to Utah

Mariners prospect dies from boat accident injuries

T.J. Ford sends heartfelt tweet about Rick Barnes

Bruins coach suits up as backup goalie

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Chris Mullin to take St. John's job

Report: NFL looking into more cameras

CC Sabathia goes off about spring stats

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.