Like several of his teammates, Erick Aybar struggled initially to start the season, but the Los Angeles Angels shortstop has been swinging the bat well over the last week.
Since the Angels’ three-game series against the Washington Nationals, Aybar has batted .515 with one home run, eight RBIs, and nine runs scored over the last eight games. This also includes recording hits in seven games with four consecutive multi-hit games.
The 30-year-old’s offensive surge has come at an important time with the continued struggles of David Freese and Raul Ibanez, who are both batting under .200 at this point. Their lack of any consistency has put more pressure on Albert Pujols and Mike Trout to carry the offense, but with Aybar stepping up, it helps ease the load a bit.
Los Angeles needs the eight-year veteran to keep swinging a hot bat as he has proven over the last six seasons to be an invaluable piece to the Halos’ offense. Aybar has a knack of getting on base in many different ways, and if he continues to swing a hot bat, the Angels will continue to roll offensively, and that is critical given the fact that the Halos are just 3.5 games back of the Oakland Athletics for the AL West division lead.