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Nelson Cruz and
The Angels have scored 45 runs fewer than they did through the first 26 games last year, nearly two runs fewer per game. They have scored two runs or fewer in 12 of their first 26 games this year.
"I don't think we all of a sudden have seen the last productive days of six of our major league hitters," Dipoto said.
In a modest acknowledgment of their offensive woes, the Angels cut backup catcher
"This isn't as much about what Drew was or was not doing," Manager
With starting catcher
"We're not throwing
If the Angels have not called up a savior from triple A, they are not about to trade for one either, at least not yet.
With so many bats missing in action, Dipoto is reluctant to trade to upgrade one position now, only to realize in two months that the greatest need turned out to be at another position.
"It's very difficult to figure out where it is that you need to find help," he said.
For the moment, then, with the trade front quiet and minor league depth thin beyond the catching position, the Angels will go with what they have.
"I don't know if there's going to be any huge change in personnel that is going to make a difference," Scioscia said.
The Angels' position players all ranked better than the league average last season, according to the OPS+ statistic. They began play Monday with two of those players long gone — Howie Kendrick and
Giavotella and C.J. Cron do not have much of a track record, although Dipoto believes Giavotella's minor league history indicates he will get on base if he plays regularly. Iannetta has the same history at the major league level.
And then there is
Joyce began play Monday with a .360 OPS, the lowest of any major league outfielder. In his seven previous seasons, his OPS was fairly consistent, from a high of .837 to a low of .732. Dipoto pointed to Joyce as an example of believing in a career, not a bad month.
"While he may have his worst year as a major league player, I can't believe he'll be half as bad as his worst year to date," Dipoto said.