Trevor Plouffe

Angels waste Mike Trout clout, losing to Athletics on opening day

Angels waste Mike Trout clout, losing to Athletics on opening day

The 2017 Angels will not have the support of a raucous fan base behind them, nor the benefit of the doubt from an industry skeptical of their offseason improvements. They will not have an end-to-end closer or an established ace, or a bunch of prospects envied by the sport. But they do still have the best baseball player in the world.

On the first day of this incipient season, before a rare sold-out crowd at the Oakland Coliseum, that was not good enough. Mike Trout supplied the Angels’ only offense, hitting for more total bases than the rest of his teammates combined, but it was insufficient in a 4-2 opening-night loss to the Oakland Athletics.

“The first game of the year, you...

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