It is surprising that with the offense the Angels have, they have been outscored by 17 runs this season.
The blame doesn't completely fall on the offense, but rather on Los Angeles pitching.
The Angels are second-to-last in team ERA at 4.88 and if they are not able to produce better results, they could be in store for a lot of close games. That could make the closer role that much more important to the team's success or lack thereof.
This past offseason, the team brought in Ryan Madson, who was coming off Tommy John surgery at the start of the 2012 season, to provide stability to an Angels' bullpen that struggled last year. The problem is that Madson has taken longer than expected to recover and recently suffered a setback in his rehab.
In the meantime, the Angels have turned to Ernesto Frieri to start the season as the team's closer and he has filled the role admirably. In limited action, he has converted both of his save opportunities and has an ERA of only 2.16.
There has to be some concern though about the two solo home runs he has allowed and six walks in only 8.1 innings. The Angels' playoff chances could come down to how effective Frieri is over the course of the season.