The Angels have spent the past two weeks in a dance with .500. They have been at the break-even mark six times in their past 12 games and have not strayed more than two games either way since May 15, when they were 22-19 after a loss at Texas.
It is not the kind of consistency Angels manager Mike Scioscia is looking for.
"First and foremost, this team has to get better," he said before Sunday's 6-5 win over the Twins put the Angels one game above .500 (28-27). "This is not the finished product and we're all confident we will get better. There's no doubt in a number of areas we are not playing as well as we need to.
"But you don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater and set yourself back. Some of the things we're trying to address and some things will be addressed with some guys getting back in the lineup and getting productive. It's where we are."
The Angels' biggest problem has been subpar production from their lineup, a shortcoming Scioscia expects to improve with the return from injuries of Vernon Wells and Howie Kendrick in the next couple weeks. The continued improvement of young players like Mark Trumbo, Peter Bourjos and Hank Conger (all of whom have slumped in May) is also something on which the Angels are counting.
"We've been inconsistent and there's no mystery why there has been inconsistency," Scioscia said. "We've had a number of guys batting in spots in the lineup they might not be best-suited for. We're trying to get some continuity there and we've got some young guys trying to learn major-league pitching and that's going to bring some inconsistency."
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