300 is a magic number. A perfect game in bowling. A landmark for major league hitters.
A trend for the LA Angels.
Evert starter in their line-up is hitting .300 or better - at least today.
This is the same team that used to flail away at pitches in the mold of Vladdy. Yet a strange, yet beautiful, transformation has overtaken them. Is it because of Bobby Abreu? Tori Hunter? Watching Teixeira last year? Or just the evolution of a message that has finally sunk in.
Work the count, wait for your pitch - and hit the hell out of it.
Ironically, the Angels' averages have risen at the same time as their power numbers. Who would have thunk it?
So just for today, let's forget about their problems with starting pitching. Their holes in the bullpen. The Boston Red Sox (keep 'em out of the playoffs!)
Today the Angels are special. Better than any other team one through nine (argue it all you want.) And one great starter or lights out reliever away from being the favorite to go to the Series (anyone seen Tony Reagins?)
According to recent computer analysis, the Angels have a 78.4% chance of making the playoffs.
The number I like even better is .300.
It's as perfect as you get.