The LA Angels aren’t having the year we wanted them too so far, but they’re absolutely still alive.
Entering the Giants series, they are a .500 team that hasn’t had their franchise player on the field for over a month.
They’ve been improving on the mound, they’ve had players who struggled early come alive, and are just 5.5 games out of the Wild Card spot. One of the reasons they’ve stayed alive without Mike Trout in the lineup is that they’ve been absolutely crushing the baseball.
The LA Angels have hit more home runs than all but two AL teams this year.
The Halos have hit 97 homers this year (entering the San Francisco Giants series). Only the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins have more in the American League (107).
Again, this is without Trout in the picture since May 17th, who was on pace for an impressive 36 homers on the year.
Shohei Ohtani is tied for the Major League lead in home runs with 23 (all stats in this article are as they were entering the Giants series), Jared Walsh is tied for fourth in the American League with 18, and Upton is tied for 15th in the AL with 14.
The Angels have some guys in the top to the middle of their order that can hit the long ball. We’re a powerful team. The Halos are fourth in the AL in slugging percentage at .437.
This is exactly why we’ll go on a tear when Trout gets back. The Angels don’t have a dominant staff, they don’t play very good defense overall, and they haven’t won a ton of games.
However, there’s one thing they do better than almost everyone, and that’s hitting the ball out of the yard.
It’s why they’re in a great position to make a run when Trout gets back for the Halos.