A team can cover up a lot of mistakes with one big swing. The Angels have a diminished capacity to do that this year, at least based on the early returns.
The Angels rank last in the American League in home runs. On a night when one big swing could have revived them, the Angels went quietly in a 4-1 defeat to the Texas Rangers.
The Angels got a well-pitched game, but not a well-played one. They went hitless with runners in scoring position. Their lone run scored on a groundout. They botched a rundown in the ninth inning that gave the Rangers an insurance run.
You don’t need to hit home runs to win, of course. The Kansas City Royals finished next-to-last in the...