The Angels are also 1-3 after four games. They were playing at home.
They have scored 12 runs, half of those coming on opening day.
Brandon Wood, the guy they are counting on to replace Chone Figgins at third base, is 1 for 12 with 5 strikeouts, looking just as lost as he always has in the big leagues.
Jeff Mathis, he of the projected .281 wOBA, has started three of the first four games behind the plate, while Mike Napoli (projected .367 wOBA) sits and watches. Napoli is the Angels second or third best hitter, and he has four plate appearances so far.
None of their four starters have pitched beyond the 6th inning. Joe Saunders got pounded, and Ervin Santana’s average fastball in his first start was 93.5 MPH, up from last year but still down 1.5 MPH over his breakout 2008 season. Joel Pineiro walked three batters in his first start since shifting back to the AL – he only walked three batters in one start all of last year.
Their new $7 million setup man, Fernando Rodney, gave up four runs last night, and is now sporting an ERA of 18.00.
Breakout star hitter Kendry Morales is 3 for 17 with no walks and one extra base hit.
If you’re freaking out about how bad the Mariners have looked, and how many players are off to poor starts, and how this is the end of the world, then I guess you also think that the Angels are toast as well. If you think its too early to count Anaheim out, and that they’ll start playing better soon, well, then, yeah, don’t forget to apply that feeling to the home town nine as well.