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There’s always a “but” when it comes to the Angels

Life can be complicated sometimes.  For the most part, those who are able to simplify it tend to be the happiest.  Baseball is a simple game, and thus it brings joy to fans around the world.  But the Angels, they’re a complicated team, and that leads to a lot of discontent.  Their fan base would probably be more pleased with their performance if there were any certainties with this team, but there are not…..at least not this year.  There’s always a “but”…..

Jett Bandy – Bandy turned into one of the more promising catchers in baseball this year with his blend of “plus” defense, a rocket for an arm, power in his bat and the ability handle a pitching staff.  BUT……because he plays for Mike Scioscia, he won’t ever be more than a platoon catcher.

Albert Pujols – Pujols again flashed the power that’s become his calling card as a player in the downside of his career,  BUT…..he still leaves a lot to be desired in batting average, OBP and base running.

C.J. Cron – C.J. finally proved that he can hit for average, power and reach base in this his age 26 season, when healthy.  BUT….C.J. just didn’t have a healthy year.

Second Base – Gregorio Petit was a revelation at second base and now coward has added this to his list of positions he can play.  BUT…..The Angels are still bottom of the barrel in terms of production from second base for the second year in a row.

Andrelton Simmons has been everything he was advertised to be and more.  He’s always been a great defender with a suspect bat, but now Simmons has shown the ability to hit for a decent average.  BUT….it doesn’t matter how much of a wizard you are at SS, when balls are flying 400+ feet, all Anderlton can do is stand there and watch.

Yunel Escobar – Yunel proved to be the best leadoff hitter the Angels have had since Mike Trout was still a leadoff hitter and before that since Chone Figgins was still a force to be reckoned with.  BUT…..he made some of the most boneheaded plays on defense and on the base paths that just drive everybody crazy.  He’s a loose cannon.

Left Field – The Angels were better in 2016 than they were in 2015.  They’ve had some younger, better players out there actually capable of playing some defense.  BUT….They were still the worst LF unit in baseball, by a whole lot, and we still don’t see any hope on the horizon that things are going to change unless Arte starts spending money again.

Mike Trout – Mike Trout proved for the fifth consecutive year that he is by far, the best player in baseball.  His in a class of his own.  The brightest stars in the game like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still can’t hold a candle to Mike Trout.  Statistically, he’s on base to be one of the best ever if not THE best ever.  BUT….he won’t win the MVP this year, again.  Because apparently, you aren’t that valuable of a player unless you play on a good team.  Yeah, that logic is air-tight.

Kole Calhoun – Kole Calhoun had yet another solid season.  He blends a slid amount of power, speed, and defense to go along with his all-out style of player and blue-collar attitude.  BUT Calhoun is once again being deployed as a #2 hitter (because of a lack of other options) while the Angels #5 spot in the lineup has been absent production when C.J. Cron has been hurt.

Jefry Marte –  No one had any idea Marte had it in him.  11 HR’s in only a third of a season’s worth of playing time.  He really could hit .250 with 30 HR’s as a 3B if he was a full time player.  BUT an OBP of .301.  Say it isn’t so Mark Trum……I mean Jefry Marte!

Scott Allen

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