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A closer look at the smoking hot Angels

On his website, Bill James has the Angels as the hottest team in baseball right now, at 118 degrees. A closer look at the streaking Halos ...

  • They have won 14 of 17 (17 of 20 overall) games since the All-Star break and now have the best record in the American League at 63-40. They lead Texas by four games in the AL West.
  • In a three-game bludgeoning of the Twins in Minnesota, the Angels scored 35 runs on 52 hits, and had 18 hits in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history.
  • In their last 19 road games, the Angels are 16-3.
  • Everyone killed them for not picking up a big bat in the offseason. Maybe they knew what they had in reserve with Kendry Morales: .299/.350/.581, 23 HR, 69 RBI.
  • This has been done without Vlad Guerrero and Torri Hunter, who both went on the DL July 11.
  • Jered Weaver (3.79) is the only starter with a sub-4.00 ERA, unless you count Sean O'Sullivan, who's made five starts. John Lackey could be there soon - his ERA sits at an ever 4.00.
  • Also of note, their records against the top teams in the East (a possible first round opponent): 4-2 vs Boston and 4-2 vs NY Yankees. However, they've been beaten up by Texas this year (2-7), with 10 games remaining.

Not to overreact to a hot streak in late July, but the Angels are creeping towards the Atlanta Zone. In other words, no matter what you think they're missing or didn't do to improve the team in the offseason or trade dealine, they will be in the mix. That organization is run too well.