With a lack of consistent production from Albert Pujols and Mike Trout over the past two weeks, Howie Kendrick has been one of the players to step up offensively for the Los Angeles Angels.
Kendrick has swung a hot bat over the last 12 games as he is hitting .326 (15-for-46) with four RBIs, 11 runs scored, five stolen bases, and six walks during that span. This includes collecting hits in nine games with three multi-hit outings highlighted by a four-hit game with one RBI, and two runs scored in a 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers on May 3.
He has also played a big part of the Halos recent success as they have won five out of the last six games. Although he was not in the lineup in Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, he is batting .388 (7-for-18) with one RBI and five runs scored over the past five games played.
Although he has committed a team-high three errors this season, Kendrick has been a solid defensive player at second base for the Halos as he leads them in assists (94) and double plays turned (27). In a lot of ways, the eight-year veteran has played a key part in Los Angeles’ success this year because of his consistent play in many different aspects of his game on defense and offense.
As the Angels move forward into the season, they will need Kendrick to sustain his high level of play given the continued struggles of Trout, Pujols, Raul Ibanez and especially with David Freese and Josh Hamilton still out of the lineup. Kendrick has been asked to do a lot for the Halos, but has surely handled the responsibility and provided more than what is expected.
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