Monday, August 17, 2009
Angels' Pitching Woes Squander Postseason Chances?
After a slow start, the Angels are back in first place, headed for a third-straight division title. This is thanks in large part to a thermonuclear offense that's cranking out 5.69 runs per game, the best overall mark in the major leagues.
Trouble is, history says this year's Angels don't pitch well enough to win in October. Through Saturday, the Angels' mark of 5.06 runs allowed per game stood 11th in the 14-team American League, well below the leaguewide average of 4.75. The 2002 Angels, the franchise's only World Series champion, were the AL's top team in runs allowed. Even as they've gained ground, the Angels' ERA since the All-Star break is just 10th in the AL. All this suggests one thing: another quick exit from the postseason.