Third Worst: Tommy La Stella
While he has been turning it on more so in recent weeks than at the very beginning of the season, La Stella has still be more bad than good. He does offer some slugging to the lineup, which is valuable from a position such as second base.
The real problem with La Stella seems to be his defensive miscues. More than a few times this season it seems as if La Stella either tries to much on a play or gets in the way of a play he doesn’t need to be apart of. With a defensive wizard like Andrelton Simmons on his right, he just needs to play solid second base and allow the extra dazzling to be done by Simmons.
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La Stella is best fit to be a first man off the bench type of player, but with the Angels’ lack of power until Ohtani and Justin Upton return, he’ll continue seeing time at second. If he continues his hot hitting, La Stella could very well end up in the “three best” portion of this article in the future.
Second Worst: Justin Bour
Originally brought in to hopefully platoon over at first base with Albert Pujols, he has been forced into extra playing time with Shohei Ohtani out. While that could change into a more favorable role for Bour when Ohtani does return to the everyday lineup, at this point in time he has underperformed.
Hitting well below his career averages in every category, Bour has been a liability at the plate. We all knew he wasn’t great against southpaws and could absolutely mash against righties, but he hasn’t hit well no matter what hand the pitcher uses. He doesn’t provide any value on defense or the base paths either, so until he can be a platoon option solely against right-handed pitching, he’ll continue to underwhelm.
The Worst of the Worst: Matt Harvey
This one hurts to write, as I spent the entire offseason thinking and writing and telling others about how this will be the year. His velocity was coming back in Cincinnati, and it seemed like a new home stadium was all Harvey needed.
However, we all know how bad Harvey has been. After a first outing that was exceptional, he has delivered three straight starts that weren’t just underwhelming, but downright awful.
He has been hit hard and often in his past three starts, giving up long ball after long ball (I’m pretty sure Matt Harvey has nightmares of Joey Gallo nowadays). While his whiff rate was a good indicator that he might just be getting unlucky, it seems like Harvey is falling further and further down this hole.