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Friday, August 07, 2009

Tim Kurkjian On The Angels' Offense

The Angels are 15-5 in the second half, and they have done so with a devastating, versatile offense. They have averaged 7.2 runs per game and scored at least six runs in 15 of those 20 games. They are second in the American League in runs scored with 605. In a three-game series last weekend at the Metrodome, the Angels became the second AL team since the 1938 Red Sox to score at least 10 runs and have at least 15 hits in each of three consecutive games. They did so with two of their best hitters, Vlad Guerrero and Torii Hunter, out with injuries.

"I've never been on a team where our total offense has been on target like this one," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, whose team will face the Texas Rangers on Friday in the opener of a three-game weekend series. "I haven't seen our offense like this since 2002 [when the Angels won the World Series]. This has not been the template for our club in recent years when we've won with really strong starting pitching, a good 'pen and defense. But this year, our offense has been different. We have exploded on the offensive side this year."

Kurkjian notes that the Angels are poised to demolish the franchise record of 866 runs scored, set by the 1979 team (they are presently on pace for 920 runs, currently with 605 runs, which means they'll likely break the record some time during the Yankees series September 21-23.

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