The Angels played an usually high number of spring-training games this year, 34, and young power hitter Jefry Marte started 20 of them. But they did not manage to get him even one inning in left field all spring, after testing him there to poor results last season.
“What he’s lacking now is experience,” manager Mike Scioscia said one month ago.
He gained little since, only manning left field for three innings of a blowout last week before an unexpected start there Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. Predictably, he did not fare well when thrust into the spotlight in the Angels’ 5-1 loss to Houston.
The Astros’ second batter, Josh Reddick, hit a liner near Marte, and he gave...