1.) Be Great At the Plate
The Angels came into the season with expectations of having a top offense in the American League. When healthy, they’ve had just that and have shown the ability to win games with relentless offense.
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However, their offense was also designed for nights like last night. Obviously you want to score ten runs every night, but sometimes the ball doesn’t drop for you, which is why the philosophy of the Angels offense is so important for nights where the team is cold.
Through six innings last night, Rangers’ All Star Mike Minor has a one-hit shutout going. He was holding the Angels bats down and keeping them quiet. However, the key part of this was that he only had four strikeouts in those six innings. The Angels were making contact just as Eppler designed the team to do, the ball just was not dropping.
Then came the seventh inning, and the odds evened out. The Halos had a three hit, two walk inning and scored four runs on Minor. Then, to cap things off, Mike Trout hit a league-leading 43rd home run to left field.
This is what the Angels offense was supposed to be: too good to have a night where they don’t have AT LEAST one great inning.
Oh, and that Mike Trout fella hitting fingers and having another MVP season.