Game Four Recap
It was Doug Fister vs Brett Anderson. They weren’t going to win this game without a lot of luck. And then Rajai Davis took away a home run from Milton Bradley, and you just got the feeling that this wasn’t a get lucky kind of day.
So, rather than write about the ineptitude that was today, let’s talk about the bigger picture. We talked about how this was something like an 84 win team in terms of true talent level, but that projection includes the value the team is supposed to get from Cliff Lee, Erik Bedard, and Jack Hannahan when they return from the DL. This roster, the one the M’s are running out there right now, is more like a 76 or 77 win team.
So, yeah, they looked like crap for most of the last three days. Well, right now, they kind of are. When Lee got hurt, the odds of them playing well in April went down significantly. The dropoff from Lee to Fister is pretty dramatic, and it affects the rest of the roster. This team, as currently constructed, is going to be pretty frustrating to watch at times. April is survival month, where the goal is just to keep within shouting distance of the rest of the division so they can try and make a run when they get the injured guys back in the fold.
So, hang in there. The Angels went 9-13 in April last year, then rallied once Lackey and crew got healthy. That’s the path the M’s have to take this year. It’s not going to look good this month. There are going to be too many days like today, where the team doesn’t look capable of beating anyone. But, don’t abandon ship yet. This isn’t the team the M’s put together this winter, and it’s not the team we’re going to see in a month or so. If we get into May and the team still can’t play, we’ll all freak out together then.
For April, though, let’s just all try to not break too many bones jumping off the bandwagon. The first month is going to suck. Let’s just try to survive it.