The LA Angels left side of infield playing well so far.

By David Rice
Apr 9, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar (0) hits a 2 run double in the ninth inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Angels won 10-9. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar (0) hits a 2 run double in the ninth inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Angels won 10-9. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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The LA Angels offense has been very suspect so far this season.  The hitting of Yunel Escobar and Andrelton Simmons have been some of the only bright spots for the team as Escobar is hitting .294 and Simmons .286.

It is encouraging to see both Escobar and Simmons playing so well for the LA Angels.  Unfortunately it has not been enough to help the Angels struggling offense.  The Angels averaged only 1.8 runs per game on their latest six-game trip where they lost five out of six games.

The only other Angel regulars batting over .250 are mike Trout who is hitting .331 and Martin Maldonado who is at .294.  Hopefully big hitters such as Albert Pujols, C.J. Cron, and Kole Calhoun will follow suit and get hot soon.

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For now the Angels should be happy with Escobar and Simmons production.  Escobar overall is hitting .294 with one home run and five RBI’s with a .351 OBP.  Defensively Escobar has made three errors so far and has a less than stellar fielding percentage of .927.

Simmons on the other is doing well both at the plate and in the field making a number of highlight reel plays in the field.  At the plate Simmons is hitting .286 with two homers and three RBI’s.  He has also stolen two bases and is sporting an OBP of .411.

The Angels may get just what the doctor ordered this weekend as they face the Blue Jays, the worst team in baseball record wise so far this season at 3-12.  If they continued to pitch well like they have over the past six games in which the Angels have only been giving up 2.3 runs per game and get just a little more offense, it could go a long way in helping them break out of the recent slump they have been in.

The Angels are hitting .238 as a team so far through 17 games and are ranked 16th overall in the majors.  They are averaging 3.35 runs per game for the season thanks mainly to their hot 6-2 start.

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On the pitching side while things have been getting better the overall numbers are not very good.  The Angels rank 23rd of 30 teams in ERA with a 4.31 average. The starting pitchers only have five quality starts (six innings or more with three earned runs or less).  Those five quality starts have all been this week.

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Hopefully Simmons and Escobar keep things going and the rest of the offense catches up.  Let’s see what happen this weekend.

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