"We haven't thought about that, so stop thinking about it," the Angels left fielder said. "Talk to me in a like a week and a half. Guys are getting their feel, getting settled in, not only here but at home. We'll be good."
Getting their feel? Getting settled in? If the Angels needed time to acclimate to the regular season, just what was that little six-week exercise in Arizona known as
The bright lights went on this week, and the Angels, who killed their playoff opportunities by having a combined 17-32 record in April the previous two years, were clearly not ready for prime time.
They lost to the
The Angels were outscored, 26-8, by the Mariners and went one for 19 with runners in scoring position. They struck out nine times Wednesday against James Paxton, a 25-year-old left-hander who gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings of his fifth big league start. Hamilton struck out four times in the game.
The top three pitchers in the rotation —
Fernando Salas, who saved 24 games for the
Three pitches later, the Mariners had a 6-0 lead, as Stefen Romero slammed a run-scoring double into the left-field corner and
And remember, this was supposedly the soft part of the April schedule, which begins with 12 games against the Mariners,
They close the month with 15 games against defending
"Nothing went right for us this series," Manager
"You want to start seeing some positive things, especially in the early innings, to where you start to build momentum and confidence and set up games to where you're holding leads. We didn't do it at all this series."
The Angels took several measures in an effort to avoid another slow start, hiring a nutritionist, monitoring off-season workouts more closely, putting their pitchers on far more aggressive spring throwing programs and playing their regulars in longer blocks of exhibition games.
That worked great … in spring training. The Angels were 19-11 in exhibition games, the second-best record in the AL, and they ranked second in the league in batting (.288) and third in ERA (3.49).
That Angels team apparently got lost between Tempe, Ariz., and Anaheim.
"On the mound, we were 180 degrees from where we were all spring leading up to this," Scioscia said. "Where we can make adjustments, we'll certainly look to make adjustments. Where we have to show patience, we'll show patience. I feel this team is too good not to learn from this experience and get better."