Last Week: 4-1
The Angels have been nipping at the heels of the Oakland Athletics for months, so it's only fair that they take over the top spot now that the A's have faltered enough to warrant dropping.
At 4.70 runs per game, they are right behind the A's (4.81), and that is despite the struggles of Josh Hamilton (.216 BA, .630 OPS) and Erick Aybar (.204 BA, .509 OPS) since the All-Star break.
The starting pitching continues to be strong, outside of C.J. Wilson, with Hector Santiago in particular stepping up with a 1.39 ERA in 32.1 innings of work over the last month.
The Angels didn't face the best competition last week, but they took care of business, sweeping a quick two-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies before taking two of three from the Texas Rangers over the weekend.
They kick off this week with a four-game tilt against the Boston Red Sox before a huge three-game series against the A's in Oakland over the weekend. That will be the true test of whether they are deserving of the No. 1 spot, but for now it's theirs.
Silver Slugger of the Week
RF Kole Calhoun (9-for-22, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 R)
Top Pitcher of the Week
SP Garrett Richards (1 GS, W, 7.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)
Unless otherwise noted, all stats are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and cover games from Monday, Aug. 11, through Sunday, Aug. 17. All injury information comes via MLBDepthCharts team pages, per Baseball Prospectus.
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