The LA Angels love to hit in Angel Stadium.
That’s no problem of course, but the issues is, they hate to hit away from Angel Stadium.
There are only 13 home games this month, opposed to the 17 there were last month. The time to trounce on pitching and get ahead is behind the Angels now.
The LA Angels will need to figure out how to hit away from Angel Stadium in order to have a successful June.
Coming into Friday’s game at Seattle, the LA Angels were tied for eighth in home batting average across the MLB at .256.
They had launched the third-most home runs at home in the AL with 44.
The issue is, that number shrank to an AL-worst 24 home runs on the road. That’s quite a difference, and there’s also quite a difference in batting average on the road too. They went from hitting .256 at home to a very average .233 on the road.
They are 23rd in the MLB in road on-base percentage, and while they don’t load the bases consistently at home, they at least have an above-average on-base percentage of .321 at home.
The biggest differences in their hitting at home vs. on the road still goes back to their power. As previously stated, they’re not slugging home runs on the road, but they’re also not slugging anything on the road.
Their home slugging percentage is .456, which is good for second in the American League. Their .364 slugging percentage on the road however, is the third-worst in the American League.
They hit 49 doubles on the road which is nice (again, all stats in this piece are as of before June 4th’s game), but not having the home runs has been killer.
They’re 24th in the MLB in runs scored on the road with 102, and they’re in the top eight with an impressive 147 runs scored at home.
They haven’t situationally hit away from home either, grounding into 24 double plays on the road. That’s six more than what they’ve recorded in Anaheim.
They can’t square anything up on the road. Their contact has only been hard contact 26.6% of the time. That’s the worst rate in the Majors.
The Angels clearly can hit. There’s no way they can be as effective as they’ve been at home and not be able to hit wherever they’re at. The issue is that they haven’t found that consistency to where they can hit when they’re outside their comfort zone.
If they want to have a successful June, they’ll need to pull themselves together and perform away from their fans.