Angels Insider Tabs Most Glaring Issue in Team's Clubhouse

Larry Rupp
Los Angeles Angels insider Sam Blum tabbed the most glaring issue in the team's clubhouse.
Los Angeles Angels insider Sam Blum tabbed the most glaring issue in the team's clubhouse. / Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels have finished above a .430 winning percentage in each of the last seven MLB seasons, but they have never finished above .500. This year is on pace to produce similar results as the Angels sit 7.0 games back of the final AL Wild Card spot with a disappointing 37-44 record.

Team insider Sam Blum went into depth about how it's not only what is happening on the field that is subpar for this LA squad. The toxic positivity in the clubhouse is the Angels' most glaring issue.

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Sunday's game was a perfect example of how LA's coaching staff tends to focus on the positives no matter the score. The Angels suffered a 9-1 blowout loss and tied a major league record with 20 strikeouts at the plate. It was a statement ending of a three-game sweep for the Houston Astros.

Interim manager Bill Haselman spoke during the postgame conference about how well the pitching staff performed. The same pitching staff that gave up five home runs. Much like Joe Maddon and Phil Nevin, he preached about optimism rather than giving an earnest answer about the team's struggles.

Yes, it's important for teammates in the dugout to always believe in themselves. However, flaws have to be pointed out before they can be improved upon. Blum mentioned how the Angels have scored four or less runs in 29 of their last 37 games. That's not going to get the job done in today's league.

The Angels have always had a big picture point of view, but that hasn't done much to end a lengthy playoff drought. It'll be interesting to see if the talent on the roster will be enough to turn things around. LA has odds set at +7500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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