On June 16, after a 24-game stretch in which the Angels scored as many as 6 runs just once, and as many as 5 just four times, all while managing to go 16-8, I wrote a post defending the team against the many saber-complaints that Captain Pythagoras was bound to unleash some wicked karma onto the Big A (a theme that will be with us all year, thank God). In the comments there, I heard a lot of criticism of the offense, including complaints from scareduck that "this team has been all about pitching from 2005 on," that it has a "shabby offense," that it's built on "fundamentals like not scoring enough runs" (pre-emptive disclaimer: I'm sure Rob will say I'm "quoting him out of context," so please read the whole post, rather than require me to reproduce it here).
Anyhoo, in the midst of the back-and-forth, I wrote the following: "I'll bet you whatever you care to wager right now that the Angels will average 5 runs a game from here on out." The thinking being, a healthy Howie Kendrick, Chone Figgins and Macier Izturis, in addition to a non-sucky Vlad, should change things around.
So how'd I do? Since that day the Angels have played 31 games. And scored ... 156 runs! That's 5.03 per, for those scoring at home. And yes, that includes the wretched four-day stretch of 2 runs and one lost no-hitter.
Something to think about in all this talk of how the Angels' offense is inadequate and so forth. It really isn't, especially now that Juan Rivera has (finally) replaced Gary Matthews in the lineup. We've got 20 homers and 63 RBIs from the catcher position, easily leading the league on both counts (while grounding into only 2 double plays!); we're getting better shortstop offense than the team with our shortstop from last year; we've got a second basemen hitting .341/.361/.514 and right there with MVP candidate Ian Kinsler on a per-AB basis; and there still isn't anyone (with the possible exception of Kendrick) of whom you could say they're hitting way over their head.
This is a good offense, folks, and a great team.