Halos surge at plate, but there's room to improve

Halos surge at plate, but there's room to improve

Halos surge at plate, but there's room to improve
TORONTO -- Remember when the Angels couldn't hit?

Yeah, neither do they.

With Mike Trout setting the tone, Albert Pujols reverting back to form and Mark Trumbo continuing his terrific season, the Angels' offense now seems to be clicking on all cylinders after some head-scratching early struggles.

In April, they had the second-worst batting average (.238) and OPS (.659) in the American League.

They finished a 7-5 loss on Friday with the June lead in both those categories -- with a .300 batting average and a .846 OPS -- and have posted double-digit-hit games in eight of their last nine.

Trumbo finished the day with 27 RBIs this month, just three shy of the club record set by Vladimir Guerrero in 2004. Pujols, coming off the first four-hit game of his Angels career Thursday, was batting .341 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs. And Trout led the AL in batting average (.342) and stolen bases (22), while ranking fourth in on-base percentage (.398).

But it's not just them.

Howie Kendrick has hit .310 in June, raising his batting average from .257 to .273.

Erick Aybar recently snapped an 11-game hitting streak, the longest on the team this season.

Alberto Callaspo was batting .297 over his last 42 games, raising his batting average from .170 to .265.

And Torii Hunter has taken off since being placed in the No. 2 spot, posting a .364 average in 19 games.

"I think offensively, we're much closer to being the team we can be than the team we were in the first two months of the season," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, whose club reeled off 25 wins over 34 games. "But I still think there's upside."