Let me pop open the hood on this clunker of an offense and see if I can't figure out what's wrong with the engine. Well, there's your problem right there! Too many strikeouts. Take care of that and this old girl will be running like brand new.
Forgive my hacky impression of a mechanic, but this floundering Angel lineup really does need to figure out why it can't seem to get into top gear and stay there. Mike Scioscia has already juggled the lineup every way he can dream of, but no permutation has had a lasting effect. Clearly there is a deeper problem plaguing the bats and it appears to be that said bats just aren't actually making contact with the ball as much as they should.
Throughout Mike Scioscia's storied tenure with the Halos, his squad has always finished in the bottom third in the majors when it comes to strikeouts (with the exception of his first season when they had the 16th most). Considering that Scioscia's offensive philosophy relies so heavily on situational hitting, and thus putting the ball in play, it should be no surprise that he has always crafted his lineup to avoid the K. This year though, things are much different as the Angel batters lead the American League in strikeouts. Clearly that is something the Halos are going to have to address, but the question is if they really can correct it enough to fix the offense?