Do the 2012 Angels look a lot like the 2011 Red Sox or what? Like Boston did with Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez prior to last season, Los Angeles went out and signed two enormous free agents this past offseason in Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. Unfortunately, they are also off to a terrible start like the one the Red Sox experienced last season. The Angels are 6-12 to begin the year and Pujols is in one of the worst slumps of his career. According to Torii Hunter, neither the players nor the coaches are putting enough effort into winning.
“You have to dig deep,” Hunter said after Wednesday night’s loss to the Rays, according to the L.A. Times. “We can’t get down in the first two innings and say, ‘Here we go again.’ We have to fight a little harder. I don’t think we believe we’re trying that hard. We’re just going through the motions. We have to do what we’re capable of doing. That’s everybody; not just the players.”
Many who have heard or read Hunter’s comments interpret that as a shot at Mike Scioscia. Hunter and Vernon Wells led off the second inning with back-to-back singles, and Scioscia opted to let Maicer Izturis swing away rather than bunt and move both men into scoring position with one out. The Angels were able to load the bases after that but could not push any runs across. Hunter alluded to that inning after the game when asked if early execution could have changed the outcome.