The first fifteen games of the LA Angels season have been a rollercoaster. After giving up on the season after the first two series, the team has looked like a Wild Card threat ever since.
However, the LA Angels still definitely have their needs. This team has obvious weaknesses, and if they don’t address them it would derail this hopeful season. Billy Eppler has always been hesitant to trade away prospects, but he may need to in order to address some, not all, of these needs.
3.) More Hitting
For this, I’m not recommending the Angels go out and sign or trade for someone to give their offense some help. They have help on the way (more on that later), but in the mean time, these Angels need to pick up the slack.
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Most notably I’m talking about Zack Cozart, Andrelton Simmons, and Kole Calhoun. Cozart has been absolutely dreadful this season, but it does look like he has gained some confidence at the plate and is starting to hit better. If that comes to fruition, he adds significantly to the bottom half of the lineup.
After striking out in 7.9% of his at-bats last year, Andrelton Simmons has done so in 12.5% of his 2019 at-bats. Obviously that’s a very small sample size, but Simmons need to begin hitting like he did last season. His .196 batting average this month is putrid, especially when you see he started last season with a .312 batting average in April last season.
Lastly, Kole Calhoun is starting 2019 a lot like he did 2018, and this is poorly. He has a .151 average so far into the season, and has been foolish against left-handed pitching. The worst part of this is he has hit leadoff this season, which goes to show just how weak this lineup can be.
Hopefully these three, and everyone else in the lineup, can take the off day Sunday to regroup and figure out what they need to do to be more valuable in the batter’s box.