Los Angeles Angels are getting a big lift from J-Up.
By David Rice
The Los Angeles Angels were struggling offensively to score runs in a 12-game stretch against the AL’s elite teams. One of the major deficiencies was lack of production from anyone no named Trout or Simmons.
One of the players struggling the most was Los Angeles Angels left fielder Justin Upton. In that 12 game stretch Upton was 6 for 45 (.133) with 0 home runs and two RBI’s. Thankfully for Justin Upton and the Angels the calendar turned to May and they were both able to turn the corner on May 1st. Since then Justin Upton is 16 for 47 (.340) with six homers and 17 runs batted in. The Angels have also warmed up since then as well going 7-3 since then.
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Upton has hit five home runs in his last six games and is currently one of the front runners for AL Player of the Month a little less than halfway through the month of May and the Angels are tied for first with Houston in the AL West. The fact of the matter is, Justin Upton is good, damn good and now Angels fans are starting to see this.
Justin Upton was in the conversation in 2017 for AL MVP, but the fact that he played with one of the worst teams in the American League for most of the year proved him to be not as worthy as other candidates in the voters eyes. Just like what many people have said about Mike Trout, Upton gets short-changed in MVP consideration for playing for a non-contender. However, Upton is now on a legitimate playoff contender in the Angels and he and Trout can chase an even bigger prize than an AL MVP: A World Series Ring.
The Angels dynamic duo has reached only the tip of the iceberg so far, but Upton and Trout will benefit greatly from the fact that they are #2 and #3 in the batting order in the same line-up along with all the other talent that Angels general manager Billy Eppler has put together in this 2018 Angels team.
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The Angels will lean heavily on Justin Upton, the man being dubbed as J-UP on the Angels twitter account. It is a fitting nickname for Upton as he is going to be one of the main reason why the Angels will come up this season.
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For now Angel fans need to sit back and enjoy this team and realize you are watching three potential hall of famers (Trout, Pujols, and Upton) plus the best two-way player since Babe Ruth in Shohei Ohtani. Hopefully this will lead for a return to Red October.