LA Angels: A healthy Anthony Rendon creates ‘Big 4’ in Halos lineup

Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Jared Walsh, Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Aside from the usual offensive statistics, the Angels feature the second-highest Weighted Runs Created Plus in the majors (116 wRC+). Only the White Sox have a higher team wRC+ (117). A 100 wRC+ is considered league average.

Angels Offensive Leaders:

  • Mike Trout: 1.332 OPS, 267 wRC+ (1st-MLB)
  • Jared Walsh: 1.068 OPS, 200 wRC+ (6th-MLB)
  • Shohei Ohtani: .939 OPS, 162 wRC+ (18th-MLB)
  • Anthony Rendon: .762 OPS, 119 wRC+ (59 PA)
  • Max Stassi: .819 OPS, 140 wRC+ (26 PA)

Anthony Rendon: The Angels lineup features three of MLB’s best offensive players.

The Angles are of course led by Mike Trout, who is proving to get better with age. The 29-year-old posted career highs across the board in April for any one month (min. 50 PA) and hasn’t slowed down one day into May.

Trout’s slash line of .429/.527/.805 leads the majors in each offensive category while he also holds a modest seven home runs, 16 RBI, and 20 runs (4th-MLB). Those are only Trout’s traditional offensive numbers, he also has MLB’s highest WAR (2.2).

Aside from what he does statistically, Trout’s success translates to the rest of the lineup with the way pitchers are forced to attack.

Shohei Ohtani is seeing the fruits of those performances, batting second in the order just before Trout. Ohtani has just four hits in his last 19 at-bats, but he still holds a solid slash line of .271/.314/.625 with eight home runs (3rd-MLB) and 20 RBI. In 94 plate appearances this season, he’s already surpassed his home-run total from last summer (2020: 7 HR-175 PA).

The biggest surprise, maybe for some, has been the bat of Jared Walsh. All he has done since last summer is drive in runs during clutch moments. Walsh reached base five times in a 4-for-4 performance with two home runs in Saturday’s win. This pushed his season slash line to .360/.429/.640 with six home runs and a team-leading 21 RBI.

What’s most impressive to me has been Walsh’s ability to deliver in high-leverage moments. He currently has the third-best batting average in the majors (.474) with runners in scoring position this season.

The Angels feature another hitter who has been just as good at driving-in runs throughout his career.