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Kole Calhoun has come back strong for LA Angels since DL stint.

By David Rice
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 19: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim runs to first base after hitting a solo homerun during the sixth inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium on June 19, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 19: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim runs to first base after hitting a solo homerun during the sixth inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium on June 19, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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LA Angels right fielder had an awful first two months of the 2018 season hitting .145 with one homer and 10 runs batted in. Calhoun went on the disabled list on June 1st. Since then he has been as hot as his hair is red.

The LA Angels have been slumping since a fast 13-3 start to the season.  One of the big reasons has been lack of production from right fielder Kole Calhoun.  Calhoun had a bad first month of the season hitting a paltry .172 with one homer and 10 RBIs.  You might think it could not get any worse for the Red Baron, but it did.

In the month of May Calhoun hit .108 with no homers and only one RBI.  His only value to the team was his Gold Glove caliber defense that he has played all season. When Calhoun went on the DL with a strained right oblique muscle he needed a break badly, not just physically, but mentally.

Since he has been back from the disabled list Calhoun has gotten it going at the plate as well going hitting .284 with eight homers and 16 runs batted in 25 games. Will this continue in the second half for Calhoun, hopefully.  If it wasn’t for his last 25 games Calhoun would have had the worst first half in modern baseball history offensively.

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With this all being said, Calhoun has been consistent in one area which is his glove.  Calhoun has made numerous gave saving plays robbing multiple home runs by jumping high on the out of town scoreboard in right field to make a great catch.  Calhoun has also gunned down eight runners trying to take an extra base.  Including one game where he made a throw to nab a runner attempting to score from third base on a sacrifice.  The out ended the game for the Angels giving them a one run victory.

While Calhoun’s defense has been great, the Angels desperately need his bat to continue to be hot to help provide some production in the bottom third of the order.  Calhoun has the ability to do it, but I believe he was lacking confidence early this season and also pressing too much. The oblique injury came at a great time for Calhoun, giving him a chance to clear his head some and start from scratch.  So far this has been what Calhoun has done.  The question is will it continued.

Mid-Season Report Card – Grade C-

Some may think my grade for Kole Calhoun is a little bit high considering his first two months of the season.  Let me explain my logic.  Being that I am a full-time teacher I look at the whole body of work when grading him.  In addition I not only am looking at Calhoun’s offense, but also his aforementioned Gold Glove defense he has exhibited this season.

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Defensively you can not ask for much more from Calhoun so he gets a solid A in that category.  Offensively Calhoun has had two horrid months to begin the season.  However,since then Calhoun is hitting much better and is threatening to go over the .200 mark.  Calhoun’s first two months were beyond horrrible, but his last month has been above average.   With all that being said we will just have to wait and see if they can rejuvenate themselves.

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