Biggest Needs For The Angels In 2018

Biggest Needs For The Angels In 2018

What can the Angels do to improve?

The Angels have had problems at 2nd base ever since they traded Howie Kendrick. They have a fantastic shortstop in Andrelton Simmons and they need a 2nd baseman in order to solidify the defense up the middle and have 2 major bats as threats. There is not much in the 2nd base market for free agents so I expect the Angels to look for a trade either in winter meetings or before the trade deadline.

To be fair, the Angels have good starting pitching, they just have been unable to stay healthy. There are a lot of veteran starting pitchers on the market and it depends on what the Angels are looking for. The Angels have a pitcher’s park, so pitchers should want to go there. I could see them making an offer to Jake Arrieta. I could also see them going after Jaime Garcia for some depth. Again, look for a trade with the number of bats that they could move.

The Angels have had one of the worst, if not the worst, farm system in all of Major League Baseball. If they want to be equipped for the future, they have to start making trades for some prospects and other young talent.

With Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun, Albert Pujols, and Justin Upton, the offense is there. The Angels just need to get solid starting pitching and the lineup needs to stay healthy to make a push for the postseason.

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7 Lies From F*ckboys That We've All Fallen For At Least Once

They might've had you goin' for a hot second, but you know better now.

There’s no use in even frontin’; we’ve all been there. You know he’s a f*ckboy from the beginning, but you’re interested in pursuing him anyway. Ain't no thang; I fully support you.

You tell yourself you won’t fall for his games or lies because you’ve been through it all so many times before. Yet, time and time again, you find yourself slippin’ for a hot second, wanting to give him the benefit of the doubt until he inevitably disappoints you. Here are the top seven lies you’ve heard from f*ckboys that get you heated every time.

1. You’re the only girl I’m talking to/sleeping with

HAHAHA. OK, first, I don't actually care what (or who) you're doing in your spare time because you're definitely not the only guy I'm seeing either. I'm just asking so I know you're clean, OK? I don't need more stress in my life.

2. I know how to treat girls right

Isn't it super ironic how the WORST f*ckboys are the ones to toss this line?

3. I’ll text you

This statement is so unbelievable that on the off chance that they do actually text you, you basically fall out of your chair in shock.

4. I’m gonna give it to you good

I cry/cringe/die of laughter every time I hear this one because it's always the mediocre ones that throw this line. None of my most memorable hookups have ever said this because their actions clearly speak for them. Mediocre boys, TAKE NOTE.

5. Damn, I wanted to see you though

Well, you were supposed to, but then you clearly had other plans in mind. So the desire wasn’t all that intense, obviously.

6. Yeah, she and I broke up

CLASSIC LIE. CLASSIC. Sure, I believed it the first couple of times, but don’t even try that sh*t with me after I see she’s still blowin’ up your line.

7. *No response for hours after making plans* Damn, sorry I fell asleep

Honestly, how many times are you gonna throw that line when you’re literally viewable on Snap Map. BOY, I see you at someone else’s house. Stop frontin’, there’s no point.

Again, don't ask me why we put up with this sh*t because the mystery remains. I guess in our own sick, twisted ways, we crave the dramatics and thrills that come from their f*ckery. Whatever the reason, though, at least we've got some ~fun~ stories to tell.

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It's Tough To Be A White Sox Fan

It's been a decade since the White Sox last playoff appearance, here's why it has been hard on such a loyal fanbase.

I have been a White Sox fan forever. I’ve been to countless games and watched them on tv for a long time. But for nearly a decade, it has become harder and harder to watch my beloved team. The last playoff appearance for the White Sox was in 2008, in which they lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in 4 games. Their last World Series victory was in 2005. Chicago is a great sports town. And the Sox have been close to my heart since I started watching baseball. My loyalty as a Major League Baseball fan will always be to the White Sox.

That is why I hate to see my team lose a hundred games year after year. Every Opening Day I get my hopes up and I think this is where things start to pick up. But around this time of year I am brought back to Earth and the season already feels lost by early to mid-May. The White Sox are currently in last place in the AL Central.

I look around the rest of major league baseball and the last two World Series Champions were teams whose fans are in my position. The Cubs and Astros lost a lot of games in the years before they won it all. Sports Illustrated had an article in 2014 proclaiming the Astros would win the World Series in 2017. These multi-year processes that might become a trend in Major League Baseball is something I want to see in the South Side of Chicago.

If it can work for Houston and the Cubs, then it begs the question, how many years will it take for the White Sox to become a championship caliber team? I’ve heard from Cubs fans that it was worth the wait in 2016. Especially since their last world championship was in 1908. The White Sox drought has only been 13 years so far. I already long for the days of playoff baseball. It’s been a rough 10 years since the Sox were last in the playoffs.

Fans have become more and more frustrated. The team has been stuck in a rut. In the time since their last playoff appearance, 3 teams in their own division have made it to the World Series. The Tigers in 2012, the Indians in 2016, and the Royals in 2014 and 2015, winning it all in ’15. To say that I am jealous as a fan is an understatement. To see other teams in the division have major success can be frustrating to a fanbase, even the most loyal ones.

Changing the stadium name to Guaranteed Rate Field doesn’t help anyone. If you ask me, it is the worst stadium name among all 30 major league baseball teams. I still don’t understand the name change. It doesn’t flow well like Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, and yes, even Wrigley Field. An old school name like Comiskey Park would be more appropriate for a city and a fanbase that is desperate for a winning team.

Now there is an upside. There are young players who can bring a winning style to the South Side. Jose Abreu has been a consistent hitter since he came into the majors. The one-two punch of shortstop Tim Anderson and second baseman Yoan Moncada make the infield dangerous. And designated hitter Matt Davidson is having one of his best years thus far in the majors. The bright spots give fans a glimmer of hope for the future of the team. I don’t plan on waiting 108 years before another World Series title. I hope the White Sox don’t plan on it either. In the years to come, I hope to see a winning baseball team on the South Side once again.

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