The LA Angels past week was marred by a hamstring issue for Mike Trout. With him out of the lineup in half the games, the Angels went 2-4 on the week (1-2 without Trout).
The LA Angels have an easier draw this week. They will travel to Oakland for a three game series before coming home for a four game set against the Detroit Tigers. While they have yet to face the Tigers this season, the Halos are 5-2 against the A’s this year. That includes a three game sweep at The Big A last month.
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Before we dive into next week though, let’s give some recognition to the Angels’ top performers from last week.
Player of the Week: Yunel Escobar
Yunel Escobar was not enjoying a great season up to this week. He was in an abysmal slump, and was looking like he was on the decline. However, he answered the speculation with an amazing week. In six games, he hit .407 with two walks. He scored three times while also tying for the team lead in home runs on the week, thanks to his two-home run performance on Sunday. The Angels offense needs every bit of support it can get, and a strong leadoff hitter definitely helps.
Pitcher of the Week: JC Ramirez
For the second straight week, JC Ramirez was the Angels top dog on the mound. He has continued to impress in his transition from bullpen arm to starting pitcher. In his one start this week, Ramirez went six innings and allowed just one run. He was not his usual strikeout master, only sending two batters down on strikes. He walked two batters, hit another, and gave up eight hits, but did not allow the offense to string hits together, which is what really matters. Ramirez has been the biggest surprise of the season, and one the Angels’ desperately needed.