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LA Angels: 2 players who have justified Angels’ faith, 1 who has not

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval (43) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval (43) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Angels Vs Diamondbacks
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Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) follows through on a swing after hitting a two-run double during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

1 player who hasn’t justified the Angels’ faith in him this season: Anthony Rendon

Anthony Rendon is a very rich man. So rich that he’s the second-highest average annual earner in the Majors this year. He signed a 7-yr/$245 million contract in the offseason after he won a World Series Championship in 2019 with the Washington Nationals.

This year, he’s hitting a line of .240/.314/.365. That’s pretty terrible. Want to hear something even more terrible?

He’s currently at four home runs and 30 RBI this year (all stats in this article are what they were at the end of the Diamondbacks series). How does somebody getting paid an average of $35 million have such horrible numbers?

I have no idea.

It’s not that I enjoy bashing Rendon, or I don’t like him. It’s that I know how capable of a ballplayer he is and he has the potential to easily be one of the best players in the AL. He just hasn’t lived up to the hype at all, and it’s disappointing.

He’s been better as of late, hitting .313 in his last four games with seven RBI and a .993 OPS, but he has objectively not justified the team’s faith in him this year.

He’s more than capable of turning it around, though, just as the Angels as a whole have been turning around their year.

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Ohtani and Sandoval have been a big part of the Angels’ recent surge, and if Rendon joins the club, the Angels will go from a solid team to a dangerous one.

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