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Keep The Faith: Dodgers Fans Seeing Red

By Jim Hill
Sentinel Sports Columnist


Call it the Southern California hit parade or an explosion come to you soon.

No matter how you describe it, the Angels hit machine took over the best record in the Southland and are second only to the New York Yankees, whom they own.

As the baseball season swings toward the closing month of September and the pennant races loom larger into focus, the more impressive the Angels appear.

Led by Chone Figgins team leading .319 batting average the Angels began the week 70-45 and a .609 winning percentage.

Figgins is 19th among all players in baseball in average with 119 hits in 113 games, including 22 doubles and seven triples.

This for an Angels team that leads all major league clubs in hitting with a team average of .291 with 666 runs scored as of press time.

Two other Angels Juan Rivera and Erik Aybar are also among MLB leaders in batting average at .312, respectively.

The Angels have need everything they could muster to keep the blistering Texas Rangers at bay in the AL West, just 4.5 games behind and in first place in the combative Wild card race.

Meanwhile, after a team meeting with Manager Joe Torre, the Dodgers regained focus after a disappointing home stand to go on the road and take two of three from the Giants and then win another best of three series against the Diamondbacks.

Although their lead in the NL West is a precarious 5 games in front of the Rockies at press time, the Dodgers return home this week against the red hot Redbirds from St. Louis and then a weekend series against the faltering Cubs.

However, the Dodgers still maintain the best record in the National League with a 70-48 report card, thanks primarily to Matt kemp who ranks 23rd in MLB in hitting with a .311 average.

Kemp's 137 hits in 116 games has been huge, right up their with his 76 RBI and 17 home runs.

He is not a one man wrecking crew, as other Dodgers have propelled the Dodgers to the third best hitting team in MLB with a team average of .276.

Sandwiched between both clubs is the best team in baseball, the Yankees- targets both clubs. The Angels will need to continue their dominance over the Bronx Bombers if they want to get the World Series, and Torre would mind one bit facing his former employers in the fall classic if they managed to get that far and the Angels don't.

We know where is crowded freeway is and the Angels and Dodgers know where the World Series is, baseball match made in local heaven.

Category: News


 

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