Hapless halos

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Bret Lewis

Bret Lewis

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Are there really reasons to assure ourselves that it’s early and the Angels can still turn it around?

Not really. Not enough to go on the roll it will take to win the American League West. It says something that, even when ace Jared Weaver comes back from injury the Angels starting pitching is still bad.

That’s number one. But number two could haunt this franchise for years to come. They supposedly got the best 1-2 power punch in the game when they signed Josh Hamilton to go along with Albert Pujols. And they would. If this was 2010. But for all the excuses for Albert last year… and both of them this season … their less than impressive play may not be an aberration.

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (AP Photo)

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (AP Photo)

Take Pujols. The face of the franchise in baseball-mad St. Louis. But he struggled down the stretch in his final season as a Red Bird… and the word out of St. Louis is the Cardinals figured his skills were diminishing, that he was older than his official age (right now 33. Allegedly). And there was no way they were going to give him a long term contract. Certainly not the 10 year, $250 million deal the Angels offered.

Same thing last year for Hamilton in Texas. His struggles in the second half were not dismissed as a temporary thing so they didn’t stand in his way when he jumped to Anaheim for five years and $125 million.

If both are fading, then keeping youngsters like Mike Trout will be tough for a team that’s not contending.

Owner Arte Moreno is given proper props for spending the big bucks. But like many an owner he is dazzled by reputation more than who that player might be now. That could REALLY cost the Angels down the line.

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