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Three Takeaways From LA Angels Series vs. Cubs

By Vincent Page
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 12: Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 12: Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CA – MARCH 30: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates with teammates after scoring on a single off the bat of Andrelton Simmons in the top of the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on March 30, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – MARCH 30: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates with teammates after scoring on a single off the bat of Andrelton Simmons in the top of the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on March 30, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

The LA Angels played a short series against the Chicago Cubs in the Windy City, and they came away with a 1-1 series tie after the Sunday game was postponed.

While it’s tough to take major takeaways from just two games for the LA Angels, there were a few things I noticed while watching along this weekend. Some good, some bad, the takeaways are a lot like this team: inconsistent. Overall though I think we’re going to learn a lot about this team in the next week with the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners on deck.

Zack Cozart Can Hit a Baseball

I know this one seems obvious, but after gathering one hit in his first 33 at-bats of the season, Cozart had himself a really nice day at the plate. He had three hits in the Angels’ win on Saturday, and even drove in his second RBI of the season.

I wrote more about Cozart potentially turning his season around yesterday (click here), and the biggest note I had about him was that he just seemed more comfortable in the batter’s box this weekend.

Maybe it was because he used to play the Cubs regularly as a member of the Reds. Maybe he found something in his swing during the Angels’ off day. I couldn’t tell you what was going on in Cozart’s mind in Chicago, but he ended what was one of the worst hitless streaks in baseball this season. If he can continue putting the bat on the ball, this Halo lineup becomes much more dangerous.

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