The Angels have a new slugger in Albert Pujols and a new old slugger in Kendrys Morales. The Angels have a new catcher. The Angels have a new set of high expectations.
The Angels still can't hit with runners in scoring position. Today, they took the collar in 13 at-bats with runners in scoring position and even resorted to their old trick of having the bases loaded with nobody out against a pitcher who couldn't find the strike zone and managed to only plate one run. Having the new guys in the lineup doesn't help when the holdovers from last year, namely Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells, combine to leave a small village on base. The Red LOBsters ride again!
To put it mildly, this is very frustrating, but it is also way, way, way too early in the season to be worried. The Angels probably should have won a home series against the Royals, but these things happen over the course of the baseball season. Just because it happened at the very start is no reason for anyone to get their panties in a bunch (unless you are a Red Sox fan, then you should absolutely panic). Give it time, Angels fans. This lineup will find a rhythm. The starting pitchers will live up to their billing and the Angels will start winning.