With the Angels set to open the season Monday at Minnesota, here are a few things to consider, with all facts compliments of the team’s PR departmant.
ABOUT OPENING DAY: Angels open their 48th campaign vs. the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome…It will mark just the fifth time in the last 17 seasons opening on the road for the Halos…Angels have won last four Opening Day games…Club last played Twins on Opening Day in 1994 (8-2 win at Metrodome) and square off against Minnesota to open season for third time overall (’85 &’94)…Angels are 25-22, 15-14 at home and 10-8 on road all-time on Opening Day.
MARCH SADNESS: Tonight the Angels play their third ever regular season game in March…Angels opened the season on March 30, 2003 at Texas (3-6 loss) and March 31, 2002 vs. Cleveland (0-6 loss). VS. TWINS: Halos have a four-game win streak vs. Twins…Angels have won last five season series vs. Twins…Angels claimed 2007 season series 6-3, winning five of six games at home and one of three on the road…Angels swept Twins in last meeting, Aug. 10-12, 2007 at Angel Stadium…Angels’ 328 total victories vs. Minnesota are most for Angels against any opponent.
TOUGH SLEDDING: Angels play 18 of first 30 games against Cleveland, Oakland, Seattle, Boston and Detroit, all contending teams in 2007.
DID YOU KNOW? Angels have won 157 consecutive games when leading after eight innings, the longest current streak in Majors (last time Angels lost when leading after eight innings was April 19, 2006 at Twins).
GEHRIG & GUERRERO: Vlad Guerrero has batted at least .300 with 25 home runs in each of the last 10 seasons…Only player with more consecutive seasons with those numbers in Lou Gehrig who did it in 11 straight campaigns from 1927-37.