Scioscia, offense share thoughts

Scioscia, offense share thoughts

ANAHEIM -- In an unusual development, Angels manager Mike Scioscia and hitting coach Mickey Hatcher assembled their hitters on Tuesday for a meeting designed to bring the offense to life.

"There were a lot of voices," Scioscia said. "That's what makes for a successful meeting. Guys have a good frame of mind. Some guys are swinging the bat too tight. I don't want to talk about specifics of the meeting, but certainly it's important to get more opportunities, do a better job of moving runners along. Those are the things that have been hurting us the last few weeks.

"In this meeting, we were addressing stuff in a lot more detail as a group, so guys understand it's not playing to its potential now. I think after the team meeting guys feel real good about the guys we have. I think they did before [the meeting]."

Scioscia said he believes the Angels have the talent in-house to turn on the juice, as they did for a three-month stretch of spectacular offense last season. After breaking out with 5.3 runs per game during an 18-9 June, the offense is producing 3.6 runs while going 8-14 in July.

Even that 3.6 figure is misleading, given that 21 of their 80 runs have come in two games. In half of the 22 games this month, the Angels have been held to two or fewer runs.

"This offensive success is not contingent on an outside player coming in," Scioscia said. "We have a number of offensive guys who we feel can and will be productive. That [on-base percentage] is where it starts. We're in the middle of the pack in hitting with runners in scoring position, but the volume of runners has been down."

Only three American League clubs -- the Orioles, Blue Jays and Mariners -- have a lower team on-base percentage than the Angels' .319. They are fifth in homers but ninth in slugging, indicating there haven't been enough doubles or triples, and they're uncharacteristically low -- seventh -- in steals as a team.

"We don't have as much team speed as the last couple years," Scioscia said. "But we certainly have enough to move things along better."