Heading into 2014, the Los Angeles Angels knew that they had plenty of areas to improve in, such as their pitching and defense, in order to compete for an AL West title. However, one aspect the team felt they were set in was hitting.
Los Angeles has one of the league’s most potent offenses this season as they are in the top 10 in many offensive categories. The team is third in runs scored (142), first in home runs (37), third in RBIs (136), second in slugging (.443), and fourth in hits (242). This includes scoring at least three runs in 16 games and having not been shut out in any game this season.
The offense has been led by their two-headed attack in Mike Trout and most importantly Albert Pujols, who is off to a strong start this year. After Pujols and Trout, the Halos offense is balanced with five players with double-digit RBI totals, 11 players with at least two home runs, and five players in double figures in runs scored through 26 games played this year.
All of this offensive firepower is a major reason why the Halos are only 3.5 games back of the division-leading Oakland Athletics despite their pitching woes. The pitching staff is off to a subpar start to the season, and as the starters continues to work through their early-season struggles on the mound, Los Angeles will have to remain among the league’s most productive offenses in order to keep up in a competitive AL West division race.