Los Angeles Angels: How bad is the offense?
By Christoph Ludwig
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Leftfield and second base
In the offseason, it was clear that the weakest link was the massive underachievement of leftfield and second base. This season, the Angels addressed those positions to the best of their abilities, somewhat.
In leftfield, the best performer is Daniel Nava, who had a superb spring training but is now on the DL. The results from Craig Gentry and Nava’s replacement Rafael Ortega have been about as bad as everyone predicted. The three players have combined to hit .174/.242/.187, which is actually worse than last season (.216/.275/.317), when the Angels had the worst-hitting group of leftfielders in the league.
At second base, Johnny Giavotella and Cliff Pennington have combined to hit .157/.217/.257.
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