Over the past 99 games, the Angels lead MLB in batting average (.284), on-base percentage (.343), runs per game (5.3) and slugging (.458). "Our offense has been off the charts," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Average, on-base percentage, slugging, going first-to-third, stolen base percentage. Everything is up to where it hasn't been in a long time." The Angels are the only team in the Majors with at least three men with 25 or more homers: Mark Trumbo (31), Albert Pujols (30) and Mike Trout (28).
The pitching staff has found its groove over the past 26 games with a 2.42 overall ERA -- 2.72 by the starters, 2.35 by the bullpen. The previous 15 games had been terrible: 6.51 team ERA, 6.90 by the starters, 5.00 by the relievers.
Trout, with 120 runs scored, is four shy of Vladimir Guerrero's franchise record set in 2004. Trout is the first AL rookie to score at least 120 runs since Ichiro Suzuki (127) in 2001.
Before Saturday night's game, Jered Weaver was named winner of the Nick Adenhart Award for Angels pitcher of the year, while Trout was chosen by teammates as the team's Most Valuable Player. Weaver has won the Adenhart Award all four years since its inception in 2009 after the young pitcher was killed in an automobile accident.