The LA Angels entered Thursday’s contest a game under .500.
Our chances for the playoffs aren’t looking very good with Mike Trout healing very slowly.
If the Angels really want to make a run at this thing during these last seven weeks or so, they’ll need three x factors in particular to step up on offense. They’re supposed to be an offensive team, and need to get back to that identity.
No. 3 LA Angels X Factor Offensive Player for Remainder of 2021 Season: Jose Iglesias
Jose Iglesias‘ bat could be better for the LA Angels. After a great season last year where Iglesias hit .373/.400/.556 with a .956 OPS, the expectations for him this year were high.
Overall, that hasn’t been the case for Iglesias so far this year. He’s hitting .272/.305/.392 this season, which is obviously quite the downgrade.
I’m worried that Iglesias isn’t seeing the ball well. His strikeout percentage (15%) is the highest it’s been since 2013, and he’s only walking 3.8% of the time.
I don’t know exactly what Iglesias needs. Maybe he needs a mental reset, or maybe it actually is mechanical. There have been stretches of this season where Iglesias has looked good and even been a little underrated.
I still like what Iglesias does on defense. I get that 13 errors stinks, but think about how many crazy plays he has made this season. The eye test proves that he’s better than that error count.
I want to see a strong finish offensively, though, and know that he can do it. He did it just last year.