The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim lost their 10th consecutive game with a 5-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
During the game, Albert Pujols got ejected after being called out on strikes in the 8th inning. Mike Trout did not play in today’s game. It’s amazing that a team which includes Pujols and Trout could suffer such a fate.
But their pitching has been thin all season. Starters Garrett Richards, Nick Tropeano, Andrew Heaney and C.J. Wilson all have long term injuries while Jered Weaver and Matt Shoemaker have been ineffective. The team even gave former NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum a long look. But after posting 9.16 ERA in 9 starts, he is now pitching for their Triple-AAA affiliate in Salt Lake City. To make matters worse, their closer Huston Street is now the DL too.
The Angels last won a game on August 3rd when they beat the Oakland A’s 8-6. Since then they have been swept by the Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs and now the Cleveland Indians. Tomorrow, they have to see the Mariners yet again.
Mike Scioscia has managed the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since 2000. This is, by far, his worse season of his tenure. They are in last place in the AL West, 19 games back of the Texas Rangers.
If the Angels don’t improve one wonders what will become of Pujols and Trout. Pujols still has half his 10-year, $240 million contract. Although still a productive player, it would be difficult for the Angels to unload the 36-year old first baseman/designated hitter without the Angels paying nearly all the freight.
Trout, on the other hand, turned 25 earlier this month. He is under contract to the Angels through 2020. I would not be surprised if the Angels aren’t contending in 2017 that they will trade Trout for a boatload of prospects.
But until then the Angels are going to have a devil of a time.