Game 1: Angels 11, Astros 3 | Game 2: Angels 5, Astros 2 | Game 3: Astros 6, Angels 1
Runs Scored = 17
Runs Allowed = 11
YTD Record: 93-56 | 1st in AL West | Magic Number: 4
Up Next: Monday vs. Mariners
In case you haven’t been paying attention for the past five-and-a-half months, the Angels’ offense is really, really good. Ranking first in the majors in a plethora of offensive categories including wRC+ (113), runs scored (728), and WAR (29.9), the Halos’ lineup is much more than Mike Trout. In fact, the Angels have 10 players with over 200 plate appearances and an above-average OPS+ (better than 100). The aging corpses of Josh Hamilton (115 OPS+) and Albert Pujols (129), once thought to be lost to oblivion, are now providing ample support to Trout’s MVP-caliber bat; Howard Kendrick (115) and Erick Aybar (107) are both enjoying seasons that rank among the best of their careers; David Freese (101) has performed significantly better after a poor start; Kole Calhoun (130) is among the best leadoff hitters in the game; Chris Iannetta’s (129) offense and Hank Conger’s (76) spectacular glove have formed a top-notch tandem behind the plate; Meanwhile, CJ Cron (121) and Collin Cowgill (108) have both been spectacular support pieces. Simply put, the Angels have quite a lineup.
The Angels took two out of three from the Astros this weekend, with the offense coming through in both victories. Only a masterful performance from Dallas Keuchel stood in the way of an Angels sweep.