Saturday, June 25, 2011
The perils of home
By Mark Saxon
LOS ANGELES -- The Angels won't leave Southern California for nearly four weeks.
Their next series that requires them to fly begins July 15 in Oakland. That is good news for their families, but not necessarily good news for their fans.
The Angels entered Saturday's game five games under .500 at home and four games over .500 on the road. The reason is obvious: They can't seem to hit at Angel Stadium. Entering Saturday, they're hitting .235 with 14 home runs in Anaheim, where they're averaging 3.1 runs per game. They are batting .272 with 43 home runs and an average of 4.3 runs per game away.
Turnover appears to be an issue. Saturday, the Angels had a lineup with six players who weren't here one year ago. Many of the newest hitters just don't appear to like hitting at Angel Stadium. Vernon Wells is hitting .152 there, Mark Trumbo is batting .216 there and Hank Conger is hitting .179 at Angel Stadium.
"There's a lot going on with a lot of guys and I think they're taking it and moving along and hopefully getting better with it," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Starting Monday against the Washington Nationals, the Angels play 13 straight home games before the All-Star break.