Anatomy Of A Failed Season

10 games under .500 at 28 wins and 38 losses.  11 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West.  3-7 in their last 10 games.  All numbers that point to another failed season for the LA Angels of Anaheim.  Any hope that these failures could change the team name back to the Anaheim Angels?  Or even the California Angels for that matter?

What happened to our promising off-season acquisitions?  Oh that is right, he decided that he forgot how to swing a bat and has become a horrible option to play everyday.  Sorry Josh Hamilton, but you are playing about as well as I could out there right now.  The difference is that you are making an ungodly amount of money and I am stuck writing about your failures every damn day.

The Angels have been so bad this year that I can't even watch their games anymore.  I never thought that would happen.  However, as soon as I start to watch it is more entertaining to laugh at how bad they have been.  Yesterday, they actually won a game and yet the only part of the game that I saw was the top of the 5th inning when the leadoff hitter got on base only to be followed by consecutive fielder's choice outs at second and then a weak pop out to first base.

Obviously, I can't judge a baseball game on 1/2 an inning, but that is the way of the Angels this season.  They just don't have the team to win games.  They have the hitters, but they aren't hitting and they don't have the pitching and yet that is what has been keeping them in games at least.

What is next?  Every winning streak is followed by a twice as ugly losing streak.  Where are the guys that are going to change the feeling in that clubhouse?  I think somebody needs to come out and get up in everybody's face and tell them that they need to be held accountable.  Do they need me to go in there and motivate some people?  Because I would more than happy to do so.

With so much money invested for the long haul where can this team make changes in the next year or two or three.  I know that the Angels management has deep pockets, but these investments they have made the past two seasons are not panning out and will not be easy to unload.  How do you improve without spending money?  I have a simple solution.  Do it the same way you did in 2002 when you won the World (not really "World") Series.  Build a strong minor league system, have solid players everywhere, not just a bunch of stars and clutch pitching.

This plan will take a few years to take hold once again, but they can do it.  Hell, they have done it before.  The only thing that is going to change this season as opposed to last season is that I don't see this team getting over that .500 mark.  Angel fans are in for another disappointing second half of the season and not even Mike Trout can make this season one to remember.  Well, unless he somehow becomes head and shoulders above everyone better.  Probable, but not likely.  Go Angels!

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