The first dozen games will speak volumes about the Angel season

angelsThe Angels are a team desperately in need of a good start.

They have started off ugly each of the last two seasons and the results have been very long seasons. Not “long” as in going deep into the postseason, “long” as in “when is this going to end?”

The 2012 season ended early for the Angels

The Angels finished 2012 at 89-73 in third place in the AL West.

After games on April 30, 2012, the Angels had a record of 8-15. They were already nine games behind the Texas Rangers .

They went 81-58 the rest of the season, five games better than the Rangers and just 2.5 worse than the eventual division champion Oakland A’s.

The Angels finished five games behind Oakland and four games behind Texas, one of the two AL Wild Cards.

Had the Angels gone 12-11 in April, they would have ended the season 93-69 and tied with Texas.

The 2013 season ended early for the Angels

Last season, the Angels finished 78-84, in 3rd place, 18 games out of first. The only time they were over .500 was when they won their opening game of the season, 3-1 over the Reds on April 1.

By the end of April they were 9-17. The only team in the American League with a worse record were the Hapless Astros at 8-19.

Granted, the Halos were not great the rest of the season, but at 69-67 they were a competitive ball club.

Had the Angels gone the reverse in April,17-9, they would have finished the season 86-76, still not in the postseason, but tied with the Royals for seventh best record in AL and in a very competitive position.

The Angels first 12 games this season will be telling

Yes, the Angels are proof that games in April mean something. Maybe you don’t think they mean as much as games in September, but when you don’t play well in April, there is a good chance it will render your games in September as meaningless.

This April, the Halos can start strong in their first 12 games. Let me re-phrase that. The Angels have the opportunity, and must take advantage of it, to start strong in 2014.

Mon, Mar 31 vs. Mariners
Tue, Apr 1 vs. Mariners
Wed, Apr 2 vs. Mariners
Fri, Apr 4
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Astros
Sat, Apr 5
@
Astros
Sun, Apr 6
@
Astros
Mon, Apr 7
@
Astros
Tue, Apr 8
@
Mariners
Wed, Apr 9
@
Mariners
Fri, Apr 11
vs.
Mets
Sat, Apr 12
vs.
Mets
Sun, Apr 13
vs.
Mets

If the Angels have any illusion of being a competitive team in 2014, they must be able to roll over the Mariners, Astros, and Mets.

No discussion.

No debate.

No excuses.

Just victories.