Simmons has a hit surge for Los Angeles Angels
By Ryan Whitehead
While the Los Angeles Angels pitching may be responsible for many of the team losses so far this season, the offense has had it’s sparks throughout the season, and a few have stood out in the month of June.
Besides Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, outfielder Kole Calhoun, and first baseman C.J. Cron have been red hot as well. No one can doubt about Cron’s status of late, after the 21-2 pounding of Boston, where he went 6-for-6, and tied a franchise record as far as number of hits in one game.
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Unfortunately for the Angels Cron is now another injury casualty as broke his left hand yesterday and will be out at least a month.
Simmons has certainly made an impact in the month of June after the Angels last road trip, in which the shortstop went 0-for-17 and dropped is average to .204. However Simmons has turned it around throughout the last seven games, scoring nine runs and driving in seven RBI hitting a scorching .444. Over the past two weeks Simmons is batting .397.
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Since his adjustment, throughout the last 30 games, Simmons has raised his average 62 points to its current .266. One part of his adjustment has been his new toe tap routine, in which works with his front foot before he takes a swing.
“I’ve been feeling pretty good,” Simmons told OC Register on Wednesday, ” I can’t ask for much more right now at the plate. I know I have a really good chance every time I step in there. I have to just keep swinging at good pitches and find holes.”
The Angels mini-streak that has been cooked up on this recent road trip so far, has shown that the team is capable of producing. The obvious weakness has still been the pitching, can’t address this enough. The offense has been required to put up at least six or seven runs a game just to guarantee a win.
Simmons who has always been known for his defense, not as much for his offense. Simmons’ recent hot streak has certainly helped the Angels give their fans a light to shine upon during this rough season.
Will the Angels be able to keep this recent hot streak going is anyone’s guess? At least for now the Angels are playing baseball more like the way that their fans have become accustom to and they expect them to. So sit back and enjoy it.