Three Takeaways from the Last Few Halos’ Games

Updated: March 13, 2017

The Angels have been handed some defeats in the last week or so, but that does not mean that the spirits in the clubhouse are low or anything akin to that. There are still various positives to extract from the last set of days regarding the club as a whole.

  1. Garrett Richards’ Solid Outing Against LAD

Granted that the Angels did not take down their crosstown rivals on Saturday, their likely Opening Day starter had a solid outing. He went 2 1/3 scoreless innings against Los Angeles. During that span, he struck out a total of four batters.

Although he walked a pair in the third, it was still an encouraging performance from the right-hander. His overall command of the strike zone was far more discernible than was the case in the prior start. The fact that he was not afraid to pound the zone in terms of getting ahead of hitters is also a great indicator. It showcases that Richards is getting more comfortable on the mound.

  1. C.J. Cron Continues To Swing A Hot Bat

Cron is on an absolute tear in spring. A tear is probably not even the best way to portray it. The plan is to likely still rotate him with left-hander Luis Valbuena when his health is no longer a concern. Despite that probably being true to this day, Cron has really been turning heads in his playing time.

Through yesterday’s contest, C.J. has compiled 13 total hits, which equates to a high .419 clip. Moreover, the first baseman has belted a trio of long balls and has knocked in 4 runs. Given his impressive performance, Cron could be on his way to earning more playing time than many would have originally surmised. It makes sense as well because he finished off last year swinging the bat well, too (prior to the injury bug getting to him, anyway). One could say there has been quite the carryover effect.

  1. Cam Bedrosian Looks Sharp

The possible Opening Day closer has not pitched in an abundance of games up to this stage. Be that as it may, Bedrosian has not really missed a beat thus far in Spring Training. His 2016 campaign is appearing to be more meaningful in lieu of it being some kind of fluke.

In his pair of appearances, he has waded his way through two innings. During said innings, he has collected a total of four punch outs, and has not coughed up a run. It not an excellent sample size to create a picture perfect assessment of. Nevertheless, the reliever’s health complications from earlier in camp do not look as though they are negatively affecting him whatsoever. This is certainly good to see.

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