The Angels really couldn't have hoped for much more than the result they got Tuesday night in Baltimore.
Their 7-3 victory over the Orioles came at the start of a three-city, nine-game trip against thee contending teams. Considering their just-completed 6-3 home stand and 23-8 record since April 28, expectations are understandably high.
The most impressive aspect of their win: offense. The Angels have been winning largely because of their starting pitching and bullpen, with just enough hitting thrown in to keep the offense moving forward.
But their outburst against Baltimore was reason for optimism. They had a season-high 17 hits and a season-high four home runs, one each from Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo, Peter Bourjos and John Hester.
That's a good sign for a team that figured to be strong offensively but too often has been shut down. The Angels have been shut out an American League-high nine times and been held to three runs or fewer 34 times.
Monday was a good start f...