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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That brings us to Tony Two Bags, Anthony Rendon. He’s been arguably the most consistent player in the majors during his nine-year career, posting a .290 batting average and .861 OPS. If he can, and I bet he will, deliver that type of production for the Halos this season it’s going to be bad news for opposing pitchers.

Rendon played in just eight of the team’s first nine games before hitting the 10-Day IL with a groin injury. That forced the Angels third baseman to miss an additional 12 games before he was reactivated.

The Halos held their own for a bit, but there was no question the team is better with Rendon on both offense and defense. Now he’s returned, and he’s starting to get hot at the right time.

In his last three games, Rendon has gone 5-for-13 with seven RBI, one home run, and two doubles. This comes after an 0-for-8 performance in his first two games back from the IL.

Rendon’s finding his groove at the right time for the Angels, similar to his hot start after a cold stretch to begin his 2020 campaign.

Anthony Rendon provides another RBI machine for the Angels.

You won’t find many hitters (except maybe Walsh right now) more clutch in RBI spots than Rendon. He holds a career .307 batting average and .937 OPS with runners in scoring position. At the rate the Angels are getting on base (.320 team OPS), there’s going to be plenty more chances for Rendon as the cleanup hitter this season.

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The great run for this offense should provide more of a reason to acquire the necessary pitching to put the Angels over the top, and it makes things more frustrating that it hasn’t happened up to this point.

It’d be sad to look back a few years from now and say this was another case of wasted talent in Anaheim.