You can argue until the cows come home that the Angels have the most dangerous lineup in the AL West, if not the entire West Coast and even the Major Leagues.
But ever since the All-Star break, except for Mike Trout, Punch and Judy have been at the top of manager Mike Scioscia’s non-productive offense.
What in the world of Tinker Bell is going on in Anaheim of Los Angeles these days?
For one thing, going into this week, the team was 3-for-33 with runners in scoring position, which is not conducive to producing runs – 13 in the past 64 innings over the most recent five-game stretch.
Scioscia knows all too well that there isn’t anything the team trainer can give the hitters to get them untracked. But with the middle of August approaching and the first-place Athletics showing no signs of a slump, getting the Angels’ offense in gear can’t happen soon enough.
Now for the GW Power Rankings:
1. Athletics (1): The best home record (40-21) in the Majors keeps the Beane Machine purring right along.
2. Dodgers (2): If the team can play as well as Paul McCartney played Dodger Stadium Sunday night, the division leaders will become NL West champs.
3. Angels (3): A missing persons report has been issued for most of the Angels’ biggest boppers.
4. Mariners (4): A three-game series against the Blue Jays starting Monday night has playoff implications.
5. Padres (6): Don’t look now, but the Padres are the hottest team in the NL West the past 10 days (seven wins).
6. Giants: (6): It takes a really good memory to remember that the Giants had 9 ½-game lead in May.
7. Astros (7): A GW tip of the cap to broadcaster Milo Hamilton for being inducted into his SIXTH Hall of Fame, this one in his home state of Iowa.
8. Diamondbacks (8): Alumni Night (August 30) could be the best home game of the season for the struggling Snakes.
9. Rangers (10): Does anyone outside the Dallas-Fort Worth area know that Adrian Beltre is having another superb season?
10. Rockies (9): That familiar cry of “It’s football season!” can be heard throughout the state of Colorado.
(Last week’s ranking in parenthesis)