It wasn’t quite a week ago when the Los Angeles Angels still seemed to be the most underperforming team quite possibly in baseball history. The first two games of the Houston Astros series went against them but a subtle shift could be seen. The big sluggers were swinging the bat better and getting better wood on the ball. Even Josh Hamilton was striking out less for a game there and looked better. What is happening and is it for real?
Each of the games since the second game of the Astros series has seen less strikeouts and better hitting from the big four. Hamilton had a homer in two consecutive games for the first time all season long and added a few other hits to it. Tonight the Angels took their show to the Chicago White Sox for a little bit more challenging team to face. What was the result?
The big four became the big three for a night as Mark Trumbo, Albert Pujols and Mike Trout combined for four hits, two runs scored and three RBI. Hamilton had another 0 – 5 night but this one didn’t come with four or five strikeouts. It was more with a few sharply hit balls and two K’s. They are getting offense from all other parts of the line-up as well to support the big guns and it is working. They beat the Sox 7 – 5 for their second straight win. It is only two wins and some struggles may very well continue. Something is different about this team right now though. They just look different. We’ll see how they finish this series.