Everything is starting to click again for the Angels. The club is now eight games above .500 and 1 1/2 games out of first. Here are some additional notes:
- In 10 of the Angels first 85 games they’ve had the privilege of faced Felix Hernandez (4), Sonny Gray (4) or Dallas Keuchel (2).
- The Halos have a .773 team OPS last 38 games to rank third in A.L. (.650 OPS first 47 games – last in A.L.).
- Since the club’s 5 game losing streak they suffered at the hands of the Rays and Yankees, they are 18-10.
- Matt Joyce has a .355 OBP in the last 7 weeks.
- Kaleb Cowart is hitting .303 at AAA Salt Lake. Big positive if he is reviving his career.
- Mike Trout and Albert Pujols are the second tandem in MLB history with 26 homers or more each at the All-Star Break. Who was the first? Troy Glaus and Garrett Anderson of the 2000 Angels.
- The Astros started 18-7, and are now 31-32 since, a run that began on May 4. The Angels started 11-15, and that date was May 5. Since then, the Angels are 35-24.
With a superb start to his Angels debut so far, lefty Andrew Heaney is giving the Angels the type of problem they love to have: depth. And it looks like decisions will have to be made shortly. In this week’s running post of ‘Scioscia’s Office’, we have updates on injuries, staff roles, and much more. Here are the top headlines from Angels beat writers:
- Erick Aybar is thriving behind Trout and Pujols. Filling in for Alden Gonzalez while Alden is in Cincinnati getting ready for the All-Star Game, Andrew Erickson tells us how and why over at Angels.com.
- Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register gives us another update on Weaver, as well as notes on Street, Cowgirl, and… Roger Lodge?
- Jered Weaver is inching toward his return as the Angels ponder rotation possibilities.
- On Wednesday night, closer Huston Street tweaked his groin on the final play of last night’s ballgame at Coor’s Field. Fletcher reports that as a result of the unusual ending to his latest save, Street will be out a couple of days, and possibly after the All-Star Break. But won’t be going to the DL.
- Alden Gonzalez of Angels.com broke down Chris Iannetta’s season, and found that he’s actually having one of his better seasons. If you count April out.
- Gonzalez also sat down with Mike Scioscia and got the skipper to talk about player data. Scioscia insists the way the Angels filter information to players “hasn’t changed a bit,” but some roles have.
- Fletcher tells us why Mike Trout donned the elbow guard on Monday night.