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Lack of run-producing hits dooms Angels again

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Roster Report · Notes, Quotes · Lack of run-producing hits dooms Angels again
 

The Angels' offense has been fairly erratic through the first 30 games of the season, but one thing has been pretty consistent: the team's inability to hit in the clutch.

After going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position (RISP) on Tuesday during a 7-3 loss to the Red Sox, the Angels are now hitting .227 with RISP this season -- a shortcoming that has manager Mike Scioscia very frustrated.

"We need to do better in certain components of our game, especially on the offensive side," Scioscia said. "We're seeing one at-bat after another mirroring each other with runners in scoring position. We're just not getting it done, and that's putting a lot of pressure on our pitchers."

It's not one thing causing the problem, Scioscia said, but "each guy has their own issue" creating the overall lack of production. The middle of the lineup has been particularly bad in the clutch. Torii Hunter (.167) and Vernon Wells (.192) are each hitting under .200 with RISP.

That is just part of the picture with two key offensive players who have yet to produce consistently for the Angels.

"We're fortunate (to be over .500) right now -- and I didn't use that word last week, but I am now," Scioscia said, referencing a line of questioning from the recent homestand. "We're fortunate we're pitching well and playing good defense, and that's given us a chance to keep our heads above water."

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