Closing out April with a depressive 8-15, the Angels suddenly resurrected themselves by the end of May with a 28-27 record, only 4 1/2 games behind the AL West division-leading Texas Rangers.
They had the second-worst batting average (.238) with only 17 home runs in the month of April. They were eight games under .500 April 29. But they managed to surprise disgruntled fans who were more than ready to throw in the towel. They sky-rocketed their performance, batting .265, fifth-best in the AL, with 31 homeruns and 114 RBI’s.
The team seems to have refocused and surged through the lull of losses under Mike Soscia, the longest tenured manager in the majors. Scoscia marked his 13th season and celebrated his 2,000th game last Monday against the Seattle Mariners.
Jered Weaver revamped Angel fans his May 2 no-hitter (6-1), although a lower-back injury on May 28, placed him on the 15-day disabled list. Mark Trumbo has had a consistent performance, with a AL third-best batting average and .632 slugging percentage on May 31. Trumbo has a team-high of 10 home runs and led the Angels to the 9-8 victory against the Yankee’s on May 28. No. 2 and No. 3 starters Haren and Ervin Santana celebrated their first 2012 victories. No. 4 starter Wilson reached a sixth victory.
Approaching the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Series crown, the Angels may still have a chance to celebrate by winning another one.
Story By: Marcia C. Smith, The Orange County Register
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