The LA Angels have had a tough time finding a consistent everyday 1st baseman in 2017. C.J. Cron had a horrific first 3 months batting .212 with only 2 HR and 14 RBIs. Luis Valbuena was not any better hitting .184 with 5 HR & 21 RBIs.
C.J. Cron was so inconsistent that he was sent to the minors on June 22nd. When the LA Angels recalled Cron two weeks later it was out of desperation. This time around Cron started to click. On July 16th with Angels in a dogfight with the Tampa Bay Rays, Cron came up in the bottom of the 8th in a tie game. Cron was patient and got a pitch he could drive the opposite way. The result was a pinch hit two-run homer that won the e game for the Angels.
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Cron didn’t stop there hitting another big two-run homer against the Washington Nationals to ignite a 7-0 Angels victory. Cron again hit another two-run blast against the Blue Jays on July 28th and by the end of the month Cron had raised his average 20 points.
In August Cron has been even better thus far hitting .382 in nine games with three more homers and 10 RBIs. He has been one of the catalyst during the Angels current four-game winning streak going 8 for 15 (.533) with two home runs and six RBIs. Cron has raised his average to .257 which is the highest it has been since April 18th.
Cron’s resurgence couldn’t have come at a better time with the Angels in a dogfight for the AL Wildcard. Luis Valbuena is still around as well and has had a few key hits during the Angels recent surge (Angels have won 10 of their last 14 games). However, Valbuena has not been nearly as consistent as Cron has been.
With the recent injury to Yunel Escobar, Valbuena will find more consistent time at third base, but he will have to battle Jefry Marte, who was recently recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake this week. Between the three the Angels hope to get some good production which will bolster their line-up.
Cron will hopefully be the one leading the way, especially since he is finding himself in the clean-up spot more. One thing is for certain Cron is back and the Angels could not be happier.