All The Money In the World Is Not Helping Either LA Team So Far
The past couple of offseasons have seen a flurry of spending in the greater Los Angeles area. The Angels sunk $125 million into Josh Hamilton this offseason, 1 season after giving a 10-year, $240 million contract to Albert Pujols. The Dodgers outdid them by signing Zack Greinke (away from the Angels) for 6-years, $147 million and making a huge in-season trade last season, acquiring Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Adrian Gonzalez and the $261 million they were owed from the 2013 season through 2018.
So what have the Dodgers and their $216 million dollar payroll (2nd behind just the Yankees) gotten them so far this season? 9-10 and currently 4.5 games out of first place. And the injuries are starting to pile up with Chad Billingsley being the most recent to go down, needing Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow.
The Angels have been even worse, though a recent win streak has propelled them to a 7-11 record, trailing both the Rangers and A’s by at least 5 games. The Angels “only” have a payroll of $142 million, but that is because they have a significant amount of money owed to Hamilton and Pujols that is back-end loaded.
Interestingly, both teams have been doing something really well this season, pitching for the Dodgers and hitting for the Angels. Unfortunately, they also have done something very poorly for the season.
The Angels are more at the extremes than the Dodgers, posting the second worst team ERA in MLB (4.71) and the second best team batting average in the majors (.278). The exceptional batting average has not translated into a lot of runs, as they sit 15th in runs scored while only hitting 15 homeruns through 18 games (21st in MLB).
The Dodgers have a top 10 pitching staff (3.63 team ERA), but a bottom of the league offense. In fact, they have only scored 61 runs in 19 games, good for 29th in the league. They are also tied for 24th in homeruns with just 12. And that is with Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez manning the middle of their line-up.
These slow starts could still turn around. All teams have rough stretches during the season, some just happen to be in the month of April. But the start to the season shows the weaknesses of these two teams in spite of their lofty payrolls. Good teams are built with a complete 25-man roster, not necessarily with a few very high priced superstars.
Posted on April 24, 2013, in 2013, Angels, Dodgers and tagged Adrian Gonzalez, Albert Pujols, Carl Crawford, josh beckett, Josh Hamilton, Matt Kemp, Zack Greinke. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.