Lost opportunity at home for Angels

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Mike Scioscia has a lot of work to do to get the Angels back in contention.

This time last week the Los Angeles Angels had pulled to within four games of the .500 mark and 8 1/2 games of the division lead.

With four games against the Houston Astros and two against the Chicago Cubs -- all in Anaheim -- there was definitely reason for optimism. All that hope was quickly crushed as the Angels proceeded to go 1-5 in those games.

Disappointing week

The four-game sweep at the hands of the Astros was especially disturbing considering Houston is the second-worst team in baseball this season. To put it in more perspective, Houston has 22 wins this season and seven of them are against the Angels.

One of the big issues lately has been getting the final out of innings. The Angels are allowing opponents to hit .273 with two outs this season, tied for the second highest in baseball. In Wednesday's extra-innings loss, Robert Coello gave up two hits and a walk after he had gotten two outs in the top of the 10th inning.

Prospect Hunter

The Angels didn't have a pick in the first round of the draft this season after signing Josh Hamilton this offseason, so they had to wait until the 59th overall pick before nabbing high school lefty Hunter Green out of Warren East in Kentucky.

Green measures 6 feet 4 but weighs only 175 pounds, so there is definitely potential for him to fill out a little bit and get his fastball up from the low 90s, where it currently maxes out, to the mid 90s.

It looks as if the Angels received good value on their pick as ESPN.com's Keith Law had Green projected to go in the first round in his final mock draft.

Today's matchup

Tommy Hanson (LAA) vs. Felix Doubront (BOS)

Hanson got roughed up a bit last Friday against Houston, but one positive from the start was that he hit 91 mph on the radar gone after not reaching 89 mph in his two previous starts.

The only current Angel who has more than one at-bat against Doubront is Hamilton. He has three hits in seven at-bats against the Red Sox lefty including a double and a triple.