Base Running A Concern For Los Angeles Angels

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Last season, the Los Angeles Angels had 134 stolen bases, which ranked second in the American League. Reigning American League Rookie of the Year award winner Mike Trout had 49 stolen bases and Erick Aybar had 20. Now, the Angels only have six stolen bases to start the season and are 13th in the American League in that category. With eight wins, it shows that the Angels are not moving runners and are not putting runners in position to score, one of the reasons why the team is struggling so early in the season.

The Angels have Trout and Peter Bourjos at the top of the lineup, while Aybar is on the disabled list. Trout this season has three stolen bases and Bourjos does not have any and has not attempted to steal any bases. Trout has also eight extra base hits to go along with two home runs and 11 RBI and Bourjos has two triples and two home runs with eight RBI. The top of the order needs to be more productive if the Angels think that they are going to defeat the Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics in the American League West division this season.

The Rangers and the Athletics are on fire to open up the season and barring injuries to both teams, the Angels are going to be behind for awhile if they do not start manufacturing runs and keep trying to hit the long ball. It starts at the top of the order with Trout and Bourjos and with Aybar coming back soon, things should pick up for Los Angeles, at least offensively.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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