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Angels Week 15 Review: Narrowly avoiding a sweep

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Trout is back, Espinosa gone, and Cron needed one pitch to win Sunday’s game

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

I’m taking a break from the usual rankings this week due to the very short 3-game week. It’s hard to rank the players when you only have a few games worth of stats. So instead, a brief summary with highlights and of course - lowlights.

The Good

CJ Cron has been with the big league club since July 7th and has barely had any playing time. He needed exactly one pitch in one AB Sunday and launched a pinch hit 2 run go-ahead homer that would end up being the game winner.

Mike Trout is back!! He stole a base and went 4 for 12 with a walk. The fact that he was back is good enough, let alone that he had a .718 OPS.

The Angels FINALLY cut bait on Danny Espinosa as the DFA’s him on Sunday. It took almost 100 games for this to happen - probably about 30 games too late. Espinosa had a -1.4 WAR and a 36% K rate to go along with his .162 batting average.

Parker Bridwell was a pleasant surprise yet again and allowed just 2 runs over 6.2 innings. The shoe may drop on him at some point since his ERA of 3.24 is WAY over performing his FIP of 5.81.

Ricky Nolasco continued to impress as of late. This time he threw 7 innings of 1 hit ball. We could get used to this version of him.

The Bad

8 runs in 3 games is hardly a juggernaut offense. The Angels offensive woes continued as they dropped their first post break series to the Rays.

Martin Maldanado his just .235 in June and .207 so far in July. His offensive numbers are normalizing more toward his career .233 average than how he started off in April and May. He was just 1 for 11 over the weekend series.

Cameron Maybin has been back to looking lost at the plate and he came up empty this past week in 11 attempts. He also struck out 3 times.

The new second base platoon was worse than the dude they DFA’d on Sunday. Cliff Pennington and Nick Franklin combined for 9 ABs and not a single hit between them. They are ASLO not the answer for the Halos second base woes.

JC Ramirez hasn’t really been that great lately. In his last start he had a .320 BAA and gave up 4 runs over 6 innings.

The Meh

Albert Pujols hit a home run so that’s pretty cool. He didn’t do much else though other than his .250 average which is 60 points below his career number. His terrible year continues right on rolling with an occasional home run.