By the end of Sunday's series finale against the Orioles, the Angels are hoping at least one -- if not all -- of those things have changed.
The good news for the Angels is each of those three "problems" seems to be moving in the right direction. Pujols laced three hard-hit doubles Thursday and just missed a homer down the left-field line Saturday, the Angels have won back-to-back games for the first time this season after Saturday's win, and Haren allowed just one run over 6 2/3 innings his last time out, against Oakland.
"For Danny, it was a terrific start that got us to a point in the game that we needed to," manager Mike Scioscia said after the bullpen squandered Haren's 2-1 lead on Tuesday, leaving him with a no-decision. "We just couldn't get those last outs."
The Orioles, meanwhile, have been the mirror opposite of the Halos. Despite entering the season as the popular pick to finish the year in the AL East cellar, Baltimore is off to a surprising 8-7 start, and sits just a game off the current pace in the AL East.
As for Pujols going after that first home run, he'll be doing so against a pitcher all too familiar with milestone firsts. Right-hander Wei-Yin Chen will take the mound for the first time since collecting his first Major League win last Tuesday, allowing just two runs over 5 1/3 innings against the White Sox.
"This is just like a dream come true," Chen said after the game, through his interpreter. "This is my first win, and it seems like this is a dream when I was in high school. It feels special. I can't say any words at all."
Orioles: Reimold's neck causing an issue
Nolan Reimold was out of the lineup Saturday for the second time in three games as he continues to suffer from neck spasms. He's listed as day to day, and manager Buck Showalter said he was unsure if Reimold would be back for Sunday's finale.
"We'll see how he is [on Sunday]," Showalter said when asked if he planned on giving Reimold extended time off. "We've got an off-day on Monday. See how he is [Sunday]. Just take it day to day."
Angels: Cassevah still needs more time
Though reliever Bobby Cassevah has been eligible to return from the disabled list for quite some time, the Angels plan to leave the right-hander in the Minors for the time being.
With the Angels' bullpen off to a rocky start, the decision certainly isn't the result of a lack of need. Instead, the Angels are simply allowing Cassevah -- who started the season on the DL with shoulder inflammation -- enough time to prepare his arm for big league hitters.
"This is Bobby Cassevah's Spring Training," general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "He needs work."
Cassevah, currently with Triple-A Salt Lake, was expected to pitch in back-to-back games for the first time Saturday. Prior to his debut with Salt lake on Friday, he made five one-inning appearances for Class A Inland Empire -- totaling one run on four hits and two walks.
The Angels have scored more than five runs in back-to-back games for the first time in their last 24 contests, dating back to last season.
Since 2004, Baltimore has won just one of the eight season series against the Angels.