The Angels’ 8 game winning streak came to an end at Dodger Stadium Monday night. But as long as they keeping winning 8 of 9 or 8 of 10 they will be just fine.
For the Halo faithful, this is the real team. The one losing all those games was an aberration. But was it? The answer to that question rests with another: Where did all this great starting pitching come from? Winning games with scores like 12-to-0 tends to put the focus on that All Star, mega bucks offense.
But the overwhelming consensus nationally… when the Angels were struggling… was they were doomed because they didn’t have a deep rotation even before Jared Weaver got hurt.
But the pitching was the story during the streak. Unfortunately, it was journeymen like Billy Buckner who hadn’t won a game since 2009. Jerome Williams; a guy four other teams gave up on. Now the outstanding pitching has taken the pressure off the hitters who quit pressing and started waiting for big innings. But can it last? Weaver should be back this week. But could any other Angels starter crack the starting rotation for a contender?
And the Angels can ill afford even a moderate slump the rest of the way. Not the way two other American League West powers are playing; that would be Texas and Oakland.
Halo heaven may not be on the horizon after all.