Game 1: Giants 3, Angels 2 | Game 2: Giants 5, Angels 4 | Game 3: Giants 5, Angels 0
Well that didn’t go well. After finishing April on a high note with two dramatic wins in Oakland, the Angels made the quick trip across the Bay Bridge to begin May but forgot to bring the good vibes along. The Halos were outhit 27 to 16 over the weekend, and managed just three extra-base hits (two by Trout) to the Giants’ eight. They never held a lead at any point over the three-game series, opting to tease hopeful fans with brief ties and one-run deficits.
The Halos have now scored three runs or fewer in 14 of their 25 games this season, and are already one shutout loss away from matching their 2014 total (3). Mike Trout’s MVP start has single-handedly prevented the Angels from having the worst offensive numbers in the American League, but even with him they’re still in the bottom three across the board.
If there was ever any doubt the front office was going to use it’s Howie Kendrick and Josh Hamilton savings to add a bat this summer, that doubt should be long gone. The only question now is where on the diamond the team needs a boost most. Currently, the team is in the bottom five offensively at catcher (30th), left field (30th), first base (26th), shortstop (29th), and designated hitter (13th in AL). Of those five positions, you can reliably count on two (1B and SS) to bounce back and have respectable numbers by the end of the year. That leaves three potential weak spots in need of bolstering by midseason, but with little help from the minors on the horizon and the means to address only one externally. If you’re Jerry Dipoto, what do you do?