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April 30, 2013

Western Front

Walked By an Angel

by Geoff Young


You probably know that the Angels' expensive, aging stars aren't hitting. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton have combined for a .231/.305/.344 line through the season's first 3 ½ weeks; they have been out-homered by that deadly Milwaukee tandem of Yuniesky Betancourt and Yovani Gallardo.

It's fun to say these things out loud, if only because we won't always be able to do so. And while the slow starts of Pujols and Hamilton have contributed to the team's poor showing, and the offense overall has been below average, the Angels find themselves in fourth place as April draws to a close because they have done a lousy job of preventing runs.

Before holding an anemic Mariners offense to two runs on Sunday, the Angels were one of three American League teams to allow more than five per game. Even after that performance, they rank among the junior circuit's worst:

Team

R/G

IP

H/9

HR/9

BB/9

K/9

ERA

Astros

5.92

215.2

10.7

1.5

4.0

6.3

5.51

Blue Jays

5.00

232.0

9.2

1.1

3.6

7.1

4.46

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