5 Adjustments Los Angeles Angels Must Make For Playoff Push

5 Adjustments Los Angeles Angels Must Make For Playoff Push

Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
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The Los Angeles Angels have the second-best record in the Major Leagues and Angel Stadium has become the toughest ballpark for opposing teams to capture a win. However, injuries, subpar performances from key starters and an overworked bullpen could derail the Angels down the stretch. Here are five adjustments Los Angeles needs to make if it hopes to make a serious title run this fall.

5. Play Better on the Road

Erick Aybar Los Angeles Angels
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5. Play Better on the Road

Erick Aybar Los Angeles Angels
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Manager Mike Scioscia's squad has won an MLB-best 38 home games this season, but is just two games over .500 on the road. Considering that both the Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners rank among the league's best road teams, the Angels need to prove they can win consistently away from Angel Stadium.

4. Get Pitchers Healthy

Joe Thatcher Los Angeles Angels
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4. Get Pitchers Healthy

Joe Thatcher Los Angeles Angels
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The Angels have a trio of southpaw starting pitchers -- C.J. Wilson, Tyler Skaggs and Joe Thatcher -- who are all dealing with injuries that have put a tremendous strain on the bullpen. Wilson was rocked in his return from the DL on Saturday, and both Skaggs and Thatcher are currently on the shelf.

3. More Offense From David Freese

David Freese Los Angeles Angels
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3. More Offense From David Freese

David Freese Los Angeles Angels
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Los Angeles currently ranks 23 out of 30 MLB teams in regards to offensive production from its third baseman this season. Freese, who is a career .280 hitter, has batted a dismal .249 with six homers and 35 RBIs in 85 games, while reserves John McDonald (.164) and Luis Jimenez (.160) have fared even worse at the plate.

2. Reduce Bullpen Workload

Jason Grilli Los Angeles Angels
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2. Reduce Bullpen Workload

Jason Grilli Los Angeles Angels
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The addition of closer Huston Street stabilized the backend of the bullpen but only nine big league teams have logged more relief frames than the Angels so far this season. Los Angeles cannot expect to make a deep postseason run with a tired and overworked group of relievers.

1. Inspire Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels
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1. Inspire Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels
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The former AL MVP has played in only 60 games this season and has just seven home runs and 33 RBIs. For a guy who signed a whopping $125 million contract in 2012, the Angels need the confident Hamilton that swatted 43 long balls and drove in 128 scores less than two years ago.

Marvin Moore is a Texas Rangers writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsMarvin, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google.

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