Krauss, who was edged out by Efren Navarro for an opening-day roster spot, hit .367 with two home runs, 17 runs batted in and 16 runs in 28 games at Salt Lake but was particularly effective in his last 10 games, batting .444 (16 for 36) with a .556 on-base percentage, .639 slugging percentage and 13 RBIs.
“It’s pretty clear, even though it’s a small sample size, that the balance from the left side and right side is not quite there,” Manager
The Angels entered Tuesday ranked 14th in the
But they have been even worse against right-handed pitchers, batting .222 with a .281 OBP and .327 slugging percentage. They were 6-3 against left-handed starters but 9-14 against right-handers.
Left-handed-hitting leadoff man Kole Calhoun entered Tuesday batting .294 with three homers and 18 RBIs, but left-handed-hitting
"Marc really swung the bat well in his last 40-50 at-bats at triple-A, he had a good spring and can get on base and work counts," Scioscia said. "Right now, if we're looking to set the table for the guys [at the top of the order], he's a guy who might fit in."
Krauss, who can play both corner-outfield spots, has 119 games of big-league experience with the
"There is an opportunity — that's the way I'm looking at it," Krauss, 27, said. "Every time you're put in the lineup, it's an opportunity to do something and to help the team win. … But I'm not going to put any extra pressure on myself.