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Jonathan Lucroy has shown he’s still got it for LA Angels in 1st week.

By David Rice
SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 02: Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scores on a groundout by Kevan Smith #44 in the second inning at T-Mobile Park on April 2, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 02: Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scores on a groundout by Kevan Smith #44 in the second inning at T-Mobile Park on April 2, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /
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The LA Angels have not hit well all season averaging 2.1 runs per game in the first week of the season hitting .178 as a team.  The Angels only hit one home run in their first six games.

With this being said it is hard to find a player who is worthy of being the LA Angels offensive player of the week for the first week of the season.  The obvious answer would be Mike Trout as he is hitting .294 through the first six games of the season.

However, Trout’s .294 batting average going into Thursday’s game was not the best batting average on the team.  That distinction of being the highest Angels batting average belongs to catcher Jonathan Lucroy who going into Thursday’s home opener is batting .333 (6 for 18).  Lucroy has only driven in one run, but with the guys in front of him not getting on base he has not had many chances to drive in runs.

What has been even more impressive is Lucroy has only one strikeout and has played very defensively as well as being a rock for the Angel pitchers behind the plate. Lucroy was signed as a free agent in the off-season to do exactly what he has been doing. Lucroy has a career .277 batting average in nine plus seasons.  Lucroy has 100 home runs in his career with 510 runs batted in and a respectable .337 OBP.

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Lucroy is not going to be the savior of the Angels offense this season, but the fact that he is off to a good start is promising and hopefully a few more players will step-up in the stead of Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani who are both on the injured list.

The sad thing is the Angels offense, while it has been weakened some without Upton and Ohtani, but it is still talented.  Andrelton Simmons has shown over the past two seasons that he is not just a great gloveman, but he can hit too.

Kole Calhoun also has still got some pop in his bat and has hit the only home run for the Angels through six games.  Albert Pujols for all his faults still has something left in his tank, but so far none of the other Angels other than Lucroy and Trout are hitting close to .300.

Pujols is hitting just .211 and Simmons is hitting .174, and another guy the Angels were counting on is Zack Cozart who is hitting .053.  Calhoun is hitting .208 and David Fletcher is hitting .167.

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Hopefully in the next week the Angels offense will pick things up and the Angels will improve on their one victory they so far this season. For now congratulations to catcher Jonathan Lucroy for being the Angels Offensive Player of the Week here in the first week of 2019.

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