If any Halos fans were disappointed by the team’s inactivity at the trade deadline they were likely pleased with the Angels past two performances. Through the first two games of the Angels series in Minnesota they have been absolutely destroying the baseball. In their two wins the Halos have combined for 22 runs and 37 hits. Certainly if the Angels continue hitting the baseball like that their pitching concerns will be less significant.
As of Sunday morning the Halos sit atop the American League for the first time this season. They have continued their July surge to the top. Over the last 10 games the Halos are 8-2, two games better than any other club, during that span the club has scored an astounding 77 runs. At a clip of 7.7 runs a game it would be nearly impossible to beat anyone. Their 62-40 record also puts them four games ahead of the Rangers in the AL West, a season high for the Halos. Just like last season the Angels also have the best road record in the AL, at 30-20. Everything seems to be coming together for them the question becomes can they keep it up? The Angels have been through a lot collectively this season. If you look at the Angels body of work this season it is hard to imagine that their pitching could get much more inconsistent, and at the same time there is no way realistically the Angels bats can stay hot. If the Angels offense and team defense can meet in the middle it is possible that the Halos could make some noise.
For now the Angels are in a position they’ve grown accustomed to, in a playoff position considered contenders behind the Yankees and Red Sox. And for now that’s enough.
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Written by Nich Hall