Remaining June schedule should allow Angels to make move in AL West
The Los Angeles Angels' season has been as up and down as they come.
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols called it "a roller coaster." That's a fairly accurate description, too.
The month of April saw two three-game losing streaks and one three-game win streak. May was just as up and down. The Angels kicked off May with a four-game losing streak, won five straight in the middle of the month before closing the month on a five-game win streak (last win of streak came June 1).
June hasn't been any better, either. The Angels just recently snapped a five-game losing streak.
"Obviously, we're not right where we want to be," Pujols told FOX Sports West. "We know we can be better than our record shows. Hopefully we can turn it around in the next couple of weeks here."
As the standings sit June 12, the Angels are playing .500 baseball, sporting a 30-30 record -- exactly where Mike Scioscia's squad started the season.
"We always say 'it's a long season,' but it is almost two and a half months into the season," Pujols went on to say. "I think it's time to turn things around."
Yes, the time is now for the Angels. Summer is upon us. The All-Star break is next month.
Pretty soon, every game will start to matter. So the Angels really must take advantage of the gift they're about to receive. Eighteen games remain in June, with 13 of them coming inside the friendly confines of Angel Stadium.
The race for the AL West crown is tight. The first-place team, the Houston Astros, and the last place team, the Oakland Athletics, are separated by only 9.5 games. The Angels currently sit third in the AL West -- 3.5 games back -- with six of the next 10 games against the A's.
If there ever were a time for a hot streak, now would be a great time to get it started.