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Los Angeles Angels Are left Punchless in Left Field

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Los Angeles Angels right fielder Daniel Nava (25) singles to right during the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Angels right fielder Daniel Nava (25) singles to right during the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Los Angeles Angels have gaping problems that emerged early and often. The biggest being the pitching, but there has been no production from the left field position as of late.

Los Angeles Angels fans have heard this before, left field is major problem. Don’t get me wrong, the platoon that consisted of Daniel Nava and Craig Gentry worked in the beginning part of the season for a while. Nava was having good at-bats; mostly swinging for power. Gentry, was great with a compact swing and his speed on the base paths was a plus.

Until the plague of the DL swept through. Gentry hopped on the list with a “personal medical condition”, plus without a timetable. He is eligible for activation in late July.

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Hopefully with the return of Nava, after suffering a groin injury will provide the help the Angels with his clutch hitting. He went 1-4 against the A’s on Friday and he’s batting .22O with 6 RBI’s and 1 homer. Hopefully Nava can find the groove he was in before he landed on the DL

Although, we can’t depend on just Daniel Nava, with the way the season’s going so far anything can happen, literally. Now that Ortega fell from our hearts into a slump, was sent back to triple-A to fine tune his hitting. Todd Cunningham was DFA’d by the Halos a few days ago could not provide the spark that the Los Angeles Angels needed from the left-field spot. The 24-year-old Jefry Marte will be the seventh man to audition for the spot this season. This is a really smart move by the Los Angeles Angels. Marte has flashed his athleticism, plus his bat has bee clutch for the organization. So far Marte is batting .288, with 4 home runs, and 10 RBI’s.

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There are some opportunities to improve, but so far the whole sight of it is really bad. Los Angeles Angels left-fielders rank dead last in the majors in batting average (.204) and slugging (.279). What the Los Angeles Angels need is consistency form a player in that part of the field it doesn’t matter whether it’s contact or power, speed, fielding, or their arm. A consistent player that gets on base and has the ability to drive in runs.

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That’ll only happen in a perfect world and so far the Los Angeles Angels have been far from it. Trades haven’t worked out well for the Angels, but all we need is a dash of hope to get back on track

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