Many doubted if the Angels could contend for a playoff spot this season, but here they sit just two games out of the division lead. Of course, the Halos are also one game under .500 as well, so many doubters remain. Over the course of the next 13 games, all at home, those doubters will either be silenced or grow exponentially in numbers.
Call it hyperbole if you want, but this homestand is going to decide the course of the Angels' season. Contender or pretenders? Buyers or sellers? A second half of hope or torture? One way or another, we should have all of those answers, or at least be very close to them, by the time this thirteen-game set wraps up.
For most teams, having thirteen straight games at home would be an undeniable blessing from the Baseball Gods, but the Angels just can't do anything normally, can they? With a 15-20 home record, the Angels will no doubt be entering this stretch with trepidation rather than temerity. For whatever reason, the Halos just don't seem to take well to playing in the Big A. The last time the Angels had the "pleasure" of playing at home, they dropped seven of nine games in the homestand and saw their record drop under .500, a hole from which they have yet to fully extricate themselves from. The problem, as it has been all season long, was an inability to genertate offense (just 21 runs in 9 games, only once scoring more thant three runs in a game). The question of why they struggled is a classic "chicken or egg" scenario.