2009 MLB season review: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

In 2009 the Los Angeles Angels won their third straight American League West title, but came up a little short in the American League Championship series losing there four games to two to the eventual World Champion New York Yankees. After losing a few of their stars in free agency at the end of 2008, the team worked hard to bring in new talent. After, yet another disjointing post season it seems that once again a few of the Angels stars are set to leave, leaving the Angels to restock and go after a fourth consecutive AL west title.

Their final record in 2009 was 97-65, and they won their division by 10 games over the Texas Rangers. In all this club spent 101 days in first place, and led their division for most of the 2009 season. However with the additions of Bobby Abreau and relief pitcher Brian Fuentes they got off to a slow start. At the end of May they were five games back, and a few games under .500. Through the summer they kicked butt and finished the season 32 games over the .500 mark.

The Angels have a very impressive offense in 2009, of their regular nine starters the lowest batting average was .272. As a team they batted .285 easily the best among American League Teams. They hit 173 home runs, had 1,604 hits, and scored 883 runs. Along the way they struck out 1,054 times, and drew 547 walks. Their starting pitching rotation was anchored by Jered Weaver, and Joe Saunders who both won 16 games. Their staff ERA was 4.45 and they gave up 761 runs. Along the way Angels pitchers struck out 1,062 batters while issuing 523 walks.

In all 3,240,386 fans came to Angel Stadium to see the Angels play. For their 81 home games they averaged 40,004 and that was good enough for fifth among the 30 MLB teams. IN 2009 they were able to sell 88.8% of their ticket inventory.