If not peaking too soon is part of the master plan for the Angels, they're doing a great job of sticking to it.
Remember last season, when the Angels played their best ball from mid-August to mid-September, winning 25 of 31 games and clinching the American League West on Sept. 17? They lost their edge while going 3-8 in their final 11 games and were swept by Kansas City in the division series.
As September nears this season, there is no edge to lose. The Cleveland Indians pummeled setup man Joe Smith for five runs in the eighth inning Saturday night, Yan Gomes plunging the dagger into the Angels with a game-breaking grand slam for an 8-3 victory at Progressive Field.