No. 1 discouraging sign from the Freeway Series for the LA Angels: Justin Upton’s still slumping
Clearly his injury is affecting him, but that doesn’t necessarily make the reality any better. That reality being the fact that he’s been batting .127 since his return on July 22nd. He’s only been getting on 21.3% of the time since then, and has posted a .218 slugging percentage since then.
He’s hit just one home run and knocked in just two runs. He’s only scored four. Joe Maddon tried moving him back into the leadoff spot on Saturday, but he went 0 for 4 in response.
He went hitless all series, despite receiving nine at-bats. We need Upton to produce, and the turnaround needs to happen now.
The outfield should be a strength for the Halos, especially with Jo Adell now up and playing well.
If the Angels want to go on a playoff run, they need to welcome Mike Trout back to the lineup with a winning record. That won’t happen if Upton isn’t performing.
The team let us down in the Freeway Series, and change needs to happen now.