C.J. Cron went 3-for-6 with a three-run homer and six RBI in the rout the Rangers on Saturday.
The outburst was appreciated, but Cron needs to come up big in games the Angels aren't winning 16-0. He entered the night with a .198/.228/.281 line and a 30/2 K/BB ratio in 121 at-bats. The Angels are starved for offense, though, so this might earn him some extra playing time.
Kole Calhoun went 2-for-4 with a homer and a walk against the Rangers on Saturday.
Calhoun also doubled twice and drove in four runs Friday. The Angels badly need for him to get going, especially in the power department. His fantasy owners would appreciate it, too.
Elvis Andrus went hitless in a fourth straight game Saturday, dropping his average to .237.
Andrus seemed to be heating up last week, but it proved to be a mirage. It'd be one thing if he were still the excellent defensive shortstop he was a couple of years ago, but since he's not, he's a definite problem for the Rangers right now.
Adam Lind went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Reds.
Lind connected for his 13th homer when he took Reds starter Josh Smith deep in the fourth inning. He also added a single and walked twice to finish the day 2-for-3. Toiling away for a bad Brewers team, Lind is quietly posting a .295/.370/.507 triple-slash line with 13 homers and 48 RBI. After some lean years with the Blue Jays, his bat has come back in style over the last two-going-on-three seasons.
Todd Frazier went 4-for-5 with two doubles in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.
Frazier's two doubles gave him 24 for the season, a fantastic indication of just how well he's been hitting. For comparison's sake, Frazier's career-high for doubles was 29 in 2013. That number should be bypassed soon enough. From the wider angle, he's currently hitting .289/.348/.610 with 25 home runs, 54 RBI and eight steals.
Jimmy Nelson tossed 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball in Saturday's win over the Reds.
Nelson struck out five and walked one, with the home run ball serving as his nemesis. Marlon Byrd and Ivan De Jesus Jr. took him deep for solo shots in the second and fifth innings, respectively, with the third run on his line coming across on a Byrd RBI single in the sixth inning. With the start under his belt, Nelson's worked his numbers to a completely average 4.50 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, plus an 83/36 K/BB ratio over 102 innings. Up next on the docket, a road start against the Dodgers.
Josh Smith was hit up for five runs over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.
This was Smith's third start in a row for the Reds. It did little to show that he deserves a fourth outing. Smith struck out two and walked three, running into trouble in the fourth and fifth innings to account for the five runs scored against his line. Triple-A Louisville seems like a probable destination for the pitcher following this performance, though the Reds have not announced a move on that front as of yet.
Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with a two-run single in Saturday's loss to the Twins.
Cain has been a hitting machine of late, with multi-hit efforts in four of his last five games. The recent hot streak has propelled his season triple-slash line to .309/.365/.467 and he's also hit six homers and driven in 38 runs. Cain's been very consistent this season and has turned into one of the more dependable players in the game.