And, after hitting his first home run of the season Monday -- in his 81st at-bat -- Joyce said he struggled to handle the burden of being the guy taking over for Hamilton.
"For sure," Joyce said. "I can't sit here and say I didn't feel a lot of pressure. I put a lot of pressure on myself to try to fill his shoes."
The Angels acquired Joyce from the
"You just want to be successful," Joyce said. "You're in a new place. You're in a new environment. You have fans that have high expectations. It's tough to get out there and relax.
"Sometimes you want to do so much. It's what you've worked your whole life for."
Joyce is batting .148. He said he could not remember such a prolonged struggle -- at any point in a season, not just at the start of a season -- since double-A.
The Angels are 11-15, seven games out of first place in the
"Nobody's necessarily hitting the panic button," Joyce said. "Everybody understands we're a lot better than we're playing."