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Don’t call it a comeback: Angels win seventh in a row

May 25, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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Behind five shutout innings from starter Billy Buckner and four shutout innings from the bullpen, the Angels blanked the Royals 7-0 this afternoon. Hank Conger and Josh Hamilton each contributed solo home runs to aid in the offensive effort. The win is the Angels’ seventh in a row, bringing their record up to 22-27. They’re still 9.5 games behind the 31-17 Rangers, who play the Mariners later tonight.

Over those seven games, the Angels have received some much-improved starting pitching, but they really have Mike Trout to thank. He contributed a cycle on May 21 and had multi-hit games in four consecutive games entering today. Trout ended April with a .766 OPS, but it was .963 after last night’s victory.

With Jered Weaver on his way back and the Angels starting to hit their stride, better fortune may await them in the coming months. On May 25 last season, the Indians led the AL Central at 26-19 with a five game lead. The Tigers ended up winning the division; the Indians finished in fourth place, 20 games back. This isn’t to say there’s a remotely likely chance that happens to the Rangers and Angels, but it is just a reminder that the standings at the end of May may not hold through the final four months. In other words: don’t write off the Angels just yet.

  1. cadillacjosh - May 25, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    The biggest thing I’ve noticed from The Halos the past couple of weeks is Josh Hamilton. He looks way more comfortable at the plate and seems to be settling in, tons more hard hit outs. They’re still outs, but it is very encouraging. And then there’s Trout, who seems to want to top last year.

    If the starting pitching holds up, we’ve got a good chance.

    • flamethrower101 - May 25, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      Albert could learn a lot from the way Trout has improved his game. He does realize how badly he’s gone, doesn’t he?

      But even though the Angels are now only 5 games under, they’re still 9 1/2 back of the Rangers. At this rate they’ll need to challenge Oakland’s legendary 20-game win streak just to pull within 1. Obviously still a lot of baseball left to play and anything can happen. But Texas looks just as strong this year even without Hamilton, Oakland could be a wild card, and Seattle has a vastly improved offense. Just goes to show what an early hole can do for you. You think they would’ve learned their lesson from last year, but I guess not.

  2. aceshigh11 - May 25, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Wow, 7 in a row, and they’re still only 22-27. That’s amazing for a team with so much talent.

    If all that talent actually gets hot at the right time, they’ve got a chance to pull into 2nd place, but they’re going to have to keep up a scorching pace for the rest of the year to make up for their putrid start.

    That’s a tall order, but I suppose it’s possible. They’ve got the talent; they just need them to play to their potential.

  3. andreweac - May 25, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Angels still need to play at a 97.49 win pace to win 90 games. Possible, not probable.

  4. kpow55 - May 25, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    They just need to get to .500 by the all star break. Then the real season starts. Some teams excel and others implode. Happens every year. 5 teams are always World Series bound and then reality sets in and August and/or September.

    NL WEST by season’s end

    1. Angels
    3. A’s
    2. Rangers
    4. Mariners
    5. Astros

    • flamethrower101 - May 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      I would agree except for the fact that the Angels pulled this last year. For whatever reason they seemed to remain overly confident that they would cruise into the playoffs and then ended up missing by 4 games. This year they dug an even deeper hole and even with their impressive streak they’res still 9.5 back in the division. Even if they play great baseball, overcoming that deficit will be extremely hard (not impossible but highly unlikely)

    • thebadguyswon - May 25, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      Nope. The Angels may make the playoffs, but they won’t pass Texas.

    • mattryannolan - May 26, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      Well considering its the AL West I really don’t take your comment too seriously. An idiotic person with an idiotic statement plain and simple.

      • kpow55 - May 26, 2013 at 4:38 AM

        The same Al West that absolutely destroys the golden boy tigers? Yep sleep on them

  5. markofapro - May 25, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Thanks kpow for your NL West prediction.

    Angels pitching still sucks.

    • kpow55 - May 26, 2013 at 4:39 AM

      Um al west… Nl west would be

      1
      2
      3
      4
      5. Dodgers

      • abaird2012 - May 26, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        Good comeback.

  6. jkaflagg - May 25, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Angels definitely look better but 7 straight versus the White Sox, Mariners and Royals isn’t that impressive…. Once they become competitive with the Rangers and A’s who have toyed with them this year, then they can be considered contenders…..

  7. randygnyc - May 26, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Kpow- even though I think the rate that Texas is winning games is unsustainable, there’s no way the Angel’s catch them this year. It’s foolish to say impossible but nearly so, IMO. I think this year 2 wild cards come out of the east this year.

  8. joerymi - May 26, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    The AL’s most disappointing team beats the AL’s 3rd most disappointing team!

    The Angels weren’t going to be a 12 game below .500 team all season. There is one problem here though, and it is the idea that this pitching staff is going to continue to have a sub 2.00 ERA as they have over this stretch. Even with the return of Weaver, this pitching staff is still going to have issues as the season progresses.

    The offense will power them through some games, but considering that their big off-season signing will probably have a couple more disappearing acts this season, I wonder if its enough for a wild card spot. But given the Rangers collapse last season, there is nothing impossible about this division.

  9. cosanostra71 - May 26, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    They are looking better! Excited for Weaver to come back, he will certainly help the pitching staff.

  10. markofapro - May 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Funny kpow

  11. mattryannolan - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Yeah and here we are a week later and they lost 5 of their last 7. Let’s call it a come back cause losing three straight to the Astros is a great way to get the team going. This is why I hate articles like this.

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