LA Angels Week Two Power Rankings
By Vincent Page
The LA Angels are off to one of their best starts ever in 2018. They have won each of their first three series. They have called upon a lot of players, and now we rank the top ten Halos so far this season.
As usual, this list is a list of the top ten LA Angels on the season. There is a recent bias, especially early on in the season, but their impact over the entire year is taken into account.
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Falling Out: Both Kole Calhoun (9) and Matt Shoemaker (10) fell out of the rankings this week. Calhoun hit .167 with eight strikeouts and no extra base hits. Shoemaker found himself on the disabled list with a forearm strain. It is looking similar to last year’s injury, which does not bode well for Shoemaker and the Angels.
Honorable Mentions: Albert Pujols and Luke Bard
Albert Pujols has shown signs of life over the past week. While he didn’t hit a home run this week, he did bat .304 with a double and an RBI. His slugging percentage has dipped, but seeing him put the bat on the ball has been a good sign for the veteran. His power numbers will come, and as long as he keeps making contact we could be seeing a bounce back year for The Machine.
After seeing no action in the first series this season, Luke Bard introduced himself to the Angels this week. In four games where he pitched a total of 6.1 innings, He allowed two hits over his four appearances, and allowed only one run for a 1.42 ERA to start his MLB career. The only mark on his game has been his walk total, as he has given five hitters a free base. If he can cut down on his walks, he could potentially be this season’s breakout in the bullpen.