ANAHEIM, Calif. Even when things were at their worst, Ervin Santana remained steady. He never changed his stuff, never lost his confidence, never blamed the Angels' offense for his string of losses.
He just kept pitching.
Santana figured it would pay off; he just didn't know when. But now he's won two starts in a row, and maybe it's a sign that the Angels are finding some stability.
Pitching is surely going to carry them. Despite a lineup that looks formidable on paper, they continue to struggle at the plate. You don't dismiss your hitting coach -- which the Angels did Monday when Mickey Hatcher was fired after a 4-0 win over the Oakland A's -- if your offense is producing.
The Angels rank near the bottom of the American League in runs and total bases, and they've been shut out a league high eight times. A change was called for.
It's their pitching that has carried them, and specifically their starting pitching that has provided the best results. Angels starters rank third in ...