The Angels completed a mini-sweep (2 game series) of the Orioles yesterday behind a pretty gutty performance from Shane Loux. The righty was in trouble a bit early, but was able to minimize the damage and give the Halos' bats a chance to come around. The O's Uehara kept the Angels bats pretty quiet till Torii Hunter and Kendry Morales went back-to-back in the 7th inning. Hunter's power stroke has been nice (his 8th HR already) but Kendry has been the Angels best hitter the last week or so, driving in runs and coming through with big hits. He's now hitting .288 with 3 HR and 14 RBI and a .534 slugging %. Kendry's obviously not going to put up Mark Teixeira numbers, but I thought going into the season that he would out-produce Casey Kotchman. Kendry can hit, and he's starting to show it.
Now the club heads to the new and improved Yankee Stadium for a 4-game set with the bombers. A split would be just fine with me, but we'll see what happens. The bullpen's starting to coming around a bit (knock on wood) and the middle of the order guys continue to hit. The biggest concern right now for the offense is Chone Figgins. The Halos' lead-off man has looked terrible at the plate lately, and the club desperately needs Figgy to get on base. He can be streaky, so let's hope he gets a streak going in the opposite direction - soon.
Angels have a tough test today, facing A.J. Burnett, who has the ability to shut down any lineup. Anthony Ortega gets the ball for the Halos coming off a shaky but not horrendous first start against the M's.