Last night against the Kansas City Royals there were four solo homers hit by the Los Angeles Angels. Two of those might be more important than the others. I speak of course of the two by Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton respectively. It seems like the big names have started coming around in the batter’s box over the last week but the pitching still seems to be less than stellar. What is the status of this team as a whole and will they compete before it’s too late?
Hamilton’s blast last night was a sight for sore eyes. It was his third in just over a week and this one traveled a long ways. It was the kind of quick powerful swing that has become a trademark for Hamilton. Gone was the weak looking hacks that he has been throwing at the ball for a month plus and in its place was the stroke that powers an average of about 40 blasts a year.
As far as the pitching goes, things really aren’t as bad as it might seem. Though they have run against a few pitchers with better performances over the past week, they have only given up more than three runs a couple of times. Though they are far from perfect, giving up less than four runs should be enough to win a few games if the offense wakes up completely.
Also an added bonus is the looming return of Jered Weaver to the starting rotation. Weaver is a constant for the Angels and any successful run for the team is going to have to involve his healthy return. All of the other stuff should be able to take care of itself. Whether or not all of this will work out in time to make a serious run for the division is another question all together. The Texas Rangers look really strong. I’m not sure anyone will beat them in the long run.