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The offense looks awful.  I believe they have more strike outs then hits.  They can't put a rally together at all.  It is basically home runs or nothing.  The team speed is horrible.  This is so far from a Sosh team I wonder if he is even interested.

 

I know it is early but these were things I was concerned about going into Spring Training. 

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Yep. I am not sure how well this team is constructed. No speed to speak of, no lockdown glove to replace Freese late in the game. No power off the bench. The offense is better than we've seen so far but these things are conceding to me.

Look at the team we just played, not that they needed to use Dyson this series, but he is still a useful guy off the bench. We don't have that guy in any facet. We don't have a speed guy, we don't have a power guy and we don't have a defensive specialist. Hell look at our outfield options yesterday, Joyce and Navarro, defensively, that's not too good to say the least. Heck they might even be the same player minus Navarro's great glove at first. Things will get better but yea this isn't a well constructed team yet.

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It is indeed early, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating.  The choking with RISP, the black hole that is everybody after Trout...sure, it's going to improve but it sucks to look this bad coming out of the gate.  Joyce is looking like the next Steve Finley, Cron is dreadful so far, and there isn't any relief on the way.  However, Giavotella is looking decent so far, Calhoun had a good game Saturday, and Pujols will get better.  It's not all bleak.

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Watching the Royals in the postseason last year convinced me of the usefulness of having a super fast guy on the bench. It is really too bad that the Angels don't have one, and I don't see anyone on the horizon.

 

That said, give the team time. I expect strong performances his year from Trout, Calhoun and Pujols at the heart of the lineup. Aybar, Freese, and Iannetta should all be solid. Cron remains a question mark, but I think he'll come around, and Giavotella is going to surprise people, I think. I'm not really a Joyce fan and don't like his downward trend. My hope is that Grant Green replaces him in LF by the ASB.

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I guess I'm not as worried about the lineup as I am Weaver and Wilson.  

 

Joyce, Aybar, Freese and Iannetta are solid offensively and will be fine.  

 

Freese actually looks ok so far.  

Albert is hitting for power.  

 

Iannetta has looked dreadful so far, but he is a good offensive player.  

 

Cron doesn't have a hit, but he's hit some balls hard.  

 

They aren't going to hit .195 as a team for very long.  Their LD rate is above average and their BABIP is the second lowest in the league.  

 

They have faced two teams with very good defenses and several very good starting pitchers.  

 

The offense will be fine.  

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6 games in, yes, but a troubling pattern is forming...an old, slow team that has trouble with quality pitching and athletic opponents.

 

Iannetta, Cron, Joyce: nearly all are outs walking to the plate.  Iannetta has trouble just making contact.

 

Take Pujols two dingers away and he's been a black hole in the 3rd slot, still hitting a buck something.

 

Even more troubling, starting pitching.  After a good start, nibs returned to his 2014 ways.  I love Weav but there are only so many ways to camouflage an 83mph fastball.  Richards can't get back soon enough. 

 

We'll learn some more about this team against a not so good Texas.   Perhaps the offense will be fine, then again...

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This team won't go far or put up many crooked numbers with Pujols-Joyce-Freese hitting in that order.

Cron and Iannetta both look like garbage as well. We should've atleast signed Asdrubal Cabrera, could've stuck him on 3rd or 2B. Freese is all around garbage and who know how long Johnny's got streak is going to last.

I like our young pitching depth but we're going to struggle to score runs all year long with this current group

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I'm not too worried about the hitting.  They have the pieces just need to settle down and get into their groove.  Really like how Pujols and Freese look so far and even though Freese's average isn't that impressive the dude has always been clutch.

 

It's the starters that I want to see more consistency from and I think Richards is the key.  Might be expecting too much, but I want to see him become the Angels' ace this season.  If he does that, all of a sudden this rotation looks like they can get 'er done.

 

That series vs the Royals was tough, but gonna chalk that up to a hot team vs cold team and cross my fingers.

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You've decided in 7 games that Cron and Joyce are a mess that need to be replaced? That's impressive. You might be right but it's WAY to early to jump to that conclusion.[/quote

Yeah Cron is developing. Fans need to have some patience. Joyce, on the other hand, doesn't provide feelings of optimism. The offense will come around. A slump for 2 series isn't that big of a deal.

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I guess I'm not as worried about the lineup as I am Weaver and Wilson.  

 

Joyce, Aybar, Freese and Iannetta are solid offensively and will be fine.  

 

Freese actually looks ok so far.  

Albert is hitting for power.  

 

Iannetta has looked dreadful so far, but he is a good offensive player.  

 

Cron doesn't have a hit, but he's hit some balls hard.  

 

They aren't going to hit .195 as a team for very long.  Their LD rate is above average and their BABIP is the second lowest in the league.  

 

They have faced two teams with very good defenses and several very good starting pitchers.  

 

The offense will be fine.  

Things aren’t as bad as they appear. I agree with your opinions on the overall health of the team. If I had to pick an area of most concern, CJ Wilson and possible rotation woes come to mind. Weaver may not be the #1 guy anymore, but he will be more than enough as 1 of 5 pieces in a successful rotation, he’s a gamer. Richards will return soon, and who knows how Rucinski will take to the big leagues. At this point in the season, things are not even close to bleak.

 

I don’t see Joyce making much of a contribution this season, but a good lineup can absorb a Joyce and a slumping Cron when necessary. We have a capable offense; they showed us that last year. Overall, I to believe the team will come around and play good ball. One can hope that happens sooner than later.  

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