With the Dodgers in the midst of a season for the ages, it’s been awfully easy to overlook the Angels, who most people wrote off for 2017, figuring their only battle would be to avoid the American League West cellar. With what looked like a pretty decent offense and an excellent as always and actually much improved defense, it was the state of the pitching staff that seemed to be the one giant elephant on the field of dreams. Those pitching prognostications were correct, and reality was even worse, with a starting staff going into the season riddled by serious injuries and a likelihood that substantial starts and innings would have to be taken by journeymen and never-weres. That reality has proven even gloomier when some of those who were healthy and counted on at the season’s start were themselves then injured, necessitating the addition of several untried and likely not-yet-ready (if ever) fill ins.
And then only a few weeks into the season, the worst possible event that could happen happened, an injury to Mike Trout, keeping him off the field for several weeks. But
amazing things have happened since, and today, in early August, two-thirds into the 2017 season, the Angels are smack-dab in the heat of the AL Wild Card race. And that with a starting staff whose three top members over the past several weeks have been Parker Bridwell, Alex Meyer and JC Ramirez, and with former wash-out starter Bud Norris as the closer.
Will wonders never cease? Continue reading