But Albert Pujols, without a home run in the first 16 games and 65 at-bats) is not likely to go all season without one. Nor is the Angels' rotation likely to be as inconsistent as it has been through the early weeks of the season.
The bullpen issues that have trailed the Angels from last season into this, however, are far more likely to be a season-long sore point.
"We're going to have to have guys form some roles down there, make pitches and hold leads," manager Mike Scioscia said after a recent game. "That's critical for our club."
The same was true last season, and the Angels never did figure it out. They finished with 25 blown saves, tied for the most in the American League and third-most in the majors.
Although Jordan Walden blew 10 saves as a rookie closer, even more games were lost when Scioscia sorted unsuccessfully through an assortment of middle relievers and setup complements to reliable veteran Scott Downs.
The only changes in the bullpen this winter were the additions of 39-year-old veterans LaTroy Hawkins and Jason Isringhausen to that setup mix.
The early returns are not good.
The Angels have blown four leads in their first 16 games, tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for the most in the majors, and the bullpen has a collective ERA of 5.08, 28th in the majors.
The Angels have managed to get Walden only one save opportunity and were the last team in the American League to record a save.
First-year general Jerry Dipoto knows what it takes to rebuild a bullpen. As a member of the Diamondbacks' front office the last few years, he helped general manager Kevin Towers successfully rebuild one of the worst bullpens in history between the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Whether out of wariness over the volatility of the relief market or a lack of financial flexibility after aiming high with the free-agent signings of Pujols and C.J. Wilson during the offseason, Dipoto has not invested a lot of resources in the Angels' bullpen.
That doesn't figure to change in the short-term. Even if Dipoto were looking to acquire solutions, he would find them hard to come by on the trade market until possibly the July 31 trade deadline.
Even then it probably would cost him dearly (one of the Angels' young players like Mark Trumbo or Peter Bourjos or a top prospect).
"There is not a surplus of high-quality, major league relievers available," Dipoto said recently.
"There are 30 teams out there and virtually all 30 of them are not particularly satisfied with the depth of their pitching staff. The next team that utters the words, 'We have a perfect bullpen,' will be the first."
The Angels' best hopes for a turnaround in their bullpen's performance actually might hinge on players who don't spend their days there.
As the starting rotation rounds into its expected form, Jered Weaver (who pitched a complete game Saturday), Dan Haren, Ervin Santana and Wilson figure to get deep into games and minimize the bullpen's workload.
And a more productive offense, led by Pujols, could provide a greater cushion for the rough spots late in games.
Angels Notes & Quotes
"He's given them up in the past, too," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Santana, who is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA heading into his start Tuesday against the Rays. "It's just part of some pitchers to do that."