Los Angeles Angels’ sluggers have not accomplished much since their meager debut this season. The result is two straight losses, and an offense that appears incapable of outscoring their opponent. The top hitters must find a way to wake up the bats against the Texas Rangers.
Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trumbo went a combined 2-for-19 with six strikeouts on Opening Day. They also were unable to knock in a run despite having eight men on base in front of them. Since then, the only player who is somewhat stepping up is Trout. The youngster went 4-for-15 in the series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Pujols and Hamilton have been non-existent. The No. 3 and No. 4 hitters are a combined 2-for-23 at the plate to start the season. Granted, each player recorded a pair of RBI and walks, but their eight combined strikeouts are inexcusable.
The good news for Los Angeles is that even though the middle of the order is not hitting for average, at least they are producing runs. This is something no one on the team has been able to accomplish, with the exception of starting catcher Chris Iannetta. The 29-year-old is 3-for-9 with one home run and three RBI so far this year.
The other good news is that the Angels are not worried, which means the fans should not be either. There is no question Los Angeles’ lineup will be able to spray the ball all over the field. It is just a matter of time until the big guys flex their muscles on offense.
“Those guys are going to hit in the middle,” manager Mike Scioscia told FoxNews.com. “We just have to keep constant on the defensive side and we’re going to be fine.”