The LA Angels finished up their two-game set with the Seattle Mariners with a 2-1 loss. Before they head back to Anaheim to face the Rangers, here are three observations from the loss.
- The LA Angels took an early lead in this one, with Jonathan Lucroy scoring in the second inning. It was only the third time the Angels had a lead so far this season.
- Per reports, David Fletcher is the Halos’ emergency catcher should they ever need one in a game, taking his role as a utility player to an entirely new level. He has his own gear, which is a power move from the Angels’ sophomore.
- Mike Trout still doesn’t have a home run. That isn’t necessarily concerning, but with Bryce Harper annihilating baseballs on the East Coast, it’d be nice if Trout could join the party.
- No Angels other Kole Calhoun, who has one, has hit a home run either. Their single home run is tied for dead last in the entire league.
- Luis Garcia allowed an eighth inning home run to Dan Vogelbach that wound up being the game-winning hit. It was the second consecutive night the Angels’ bullpen had allowed a home run after not allowing any runs in the Oakland series.
Handful of Halos Still in Major Slumps
Apart from the lack of home runs, several everyday players are still slumping through the team’s first six games. Zack Cozart still only has one hit on the season. Justin Bour wasn’t in the lineup due to him being a non factor against left-handed pitching. Peter Bourjos and Kevan Smith are both still hitless as well.
While some players, such as Jonathan Lucroy, have been hitting well, this offense is playing as poorly as it has in Mike Trout’s entire tenure with the Angels so far. If not for his record extension, “Trade Mike Trout” headlines would be swirling around the internet right about now.