The LA Angels Finally Have Their Answer in Left Field
After years of an abysmal left field for the LA Angels, the club has finally found the answer to the black hole in left. However, it is not in just one player, but two.
LA Angels fans all know the names. Matt Joyce. Vernon Wells. Raul Ibanez. All players whom have played next to Mike Trout for the Angels, and all players who severely disappointed. It seemed as if having Trout and running mate Kole Calhoun was a curse. However, two players have ended that curse, and are vital pieces to a Halo postseason run.
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Cameron Maybin and Ben Revere have both struggled at points this season. They have also both gone on terrific tears. While Maybin has been struggling since a knee injury, he has been turning it around. Revere has been on tear, hitting .306 over the past month.
Consistent playing time has definitely helped Revere find his groove. However, he has been horrid against lefties this year, with a .136 batting average against southpaws. Maybin, meanwhile, has a .275 batting average against lefties. However, that drops to .219 against right-handed pitching.
Both players are plus defenders, which is nice considering the liabilities the Halos have been playing in recent years. While neither have a Calhoun-type arm, they can both hold their own and keep baserunners honest. They also boast solid athleticism which translates to great range.
While most people will argue team’s should commit to one player, the Angels have found a great pairing in left field. Both Revere and Maybin are excellent threats on the base paths. They have combined for 49 stolen bases on the year, which would be second best in the MLB for one player (Maybin ranks fourth while Revere is 15th).
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The Angels have finally found their answer to the black hole in left. While it may not be an answer for the long-term, the platoon has helped put the Angels within striking distance of the playoffs.