Angels short on long balls throughout lineup

Angels short on long balls throughout lineup

Angels short on long balls throughout lineup
ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols' home run drought to start the season has been well doccumented.

But for the Angels, it isn't just Pujols who has had trouble putting the ball over the fence.

Entering Sunday's game against Baltimore, the Angels had launched just 10 home runs, the fewest of any American League club.

This comes after the offseason acquisition of Pujols, the former Cardinal with 445 home runs, and the return of Kendrys Morales from a broken ankle that sidelined him in 2011.

"One thing in our offense is certainly home runs have not been part of it," manager Mike Scioscia said. "The power hasn't emerged yet. It will be a big part of what we do."

But for those wanting to place blame for the club's slow start on a lack of home runs, Scioscia said to look elsewhere.

"There's going to be a power element to our team that we maybe haven't seen in a couple years, but that has not emerged yet," Scioscia said. "But, again, I think most of the issues with our club relate more to some of the starts we've had and bullpen issues, as opposed to lack of power."

Vernon Wells leads the club with three home runs, and Chris Iannetta and Mark Trumbo, who has been used sparingly because of a logjam at first and some questions about his defense at third, have two.

Only three other players -- Morales, Peter Bourjos and Howie Kendrick -- have one. Notably absent from that list are the club's Nos. 3-4 hitters, Pujols and Torii Hunter.

Both have hit the ball hard, but haven't been able to get it to carry. Scioscia said he was impressed with the way Hunter has used all fields recently after a poor spring, and he said it's just a matter of time until he starts hitting a few out.

There's no single solution for the Angels power problems, and neither Scioscia nor the Angels seem too concerned this early in the season.

"Sometimes you're just not going to square balls up, your swing isn't quite where it needs to be," Scioscia said. "There's not one overall generalization you're going to make that says anything about where our power will show up. It's all individual."