Man, what a rough couple of games. I was trying to stay mostly positive after Monday's game, but game 2 was almost a carbon copy of game 1. Andrew "Babyface" Heaney had a little more trouble than Garrett Richards did but the bullpen did a better job of limiting the damage. Still basically the same outcome.
In fact, Heaney was mostly effective outside of that one rough inning... similar to Richards... the offense was a nonstarter (aside from one pity run) once again... and no one was playing with any intensity, especially in the middle of the lineup.
Over the first two games, the Angels 2-3-5 hitters have one hit and six strikeouts in 22 At-Bats to start the season. The only hit was a fairly pedestrian single by Kole Calhoun in his first AB of the season. Former MVP Mike Trout has 3 of those Strikeouts and I don't think Albert Pujols has hit the ball past second base yet this season.
It would be one thing if it was just a chunk of our lineup not hitting effectively for a couple games... whatever, no big deal... but it just feels like there is zero intensity out there right now. On offense, no one is really working the counts (Neither Cubs starter needed more than 93 pitches to get through 7 innings of work), no one is showing a ton of hustle on the bases or on defense... it just feels like this week has just been a continuation of Spring Training.
This team is talented, or at least shows the promise of talent, at just about every position. Things will start to fall into place. But the start to the 2016 season has been harder to watch than an episode of Big Bang Theory with the laugh track removed.
The Rangers are in town with Derek Holland on the mound. Hector "Which One Are You Gonna Get?" Santiago is on the mound for the Angels. Trout and Pujols have great career numbers against Holland, if they are going to get out of this rut, tonight is the night.