Last night’s come-from-behind victory was just what the Angels needed to shake them out of their early-season team slump and start a winning streak.
Albert Pujols’ bottom-of-the-ninth walk-off double scoring the tying and winning runs, Josh Hamilton’s first home run of the season, two infield hits from lighting-fast Mike Trout, and a lights-out performance from Mike Roth in his major league debut all were the types of things the team could not count on over the first 10 games.
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|This afternoon, they face perfect-game Philip Humber, who has gone 4-7 with an ERA over 6.00 since his perfecto of April 21 last year. Despite their makeshift infield, the team and starter C.J. Wilson should make it two in a row against a Houston team that, believe-it-or-not, has over achieved so far this season, with a 4-7 record.
Looking deeper at the situation, in a division with two other loaded teams, the Angels cannot afford another horrid April like last season. The team lost its playoff chances last April, and they need a strong second
half of the month to be in contention over the rest of the season.
As this afternoon’s key game is starting, the pressure is on Mike Scioscia and the team to turn one impressive win into a terribly-needed streak.