Sunday, July 10, 2011
Angels' roll, interrupted?
By Mark Saxon
ANAHEIM -- The All-Star break comes at an inconvenient time for the Angels, who have been one of the hottest teams in baseball for a month.
Since ending a six-game losing streak on June 11, the Angels are 19-7 and have won eight straight series. So much of it is about power, an attribute they simply didn't have in April, May and early June. Vernon Wells has hit nine home runs during this run, Mark Trumbo has hit five, Torii Hunter has hit three and even Erick Aybar has hit a couple.
The Angels hit 49 home runs in the first 67 games, but they've now hit 26 in the last 24, including 15 on this homestand.
"We're going to take them any way we can get them," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Obviously, if a guy comes up and hits a home run or a guy comes up and gets to first base and we have to move him around to score on a sacrifice fly and manufacture a run, sure [it's easier]."
Here are lineups for Sunday, with a brilliant pitching matchup between Dan Haren and Felix Hernandez: