Taylor Ward just misses hitting for the cycle, stays hot in leadoff spot as Angels move into first place

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Angels best fielder Taylor Ward concerned the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning and flew out to best field, much to the discouragement of the Angels fans still in participation at what was then a 9-2 Angels lead over the Guardians (it would end 9-5 Angels). You see, Ward currently had a double, triple and crowning achievement in the video game, so seeing him lose out on pinching hit the cycle was most likely the greatest frustration that the fan base had for the night. 

Still, it deserves highlighting due to the fact that of what a Ward breakout season would suggest for the Angels, particularly if he stays in the leadoff area. 

Through April 24, Ward was striking .346/.528/.500 on the young season, so Angels supervisor Joe Maddon chose to provide him a go at the top. In the 3 video games considering that, Ward has actually gone 6 for 12 with a double, a triple, 3 crowning achievement, 7 runs and 7 RBI. The homer on Wednesday was a grand slam: 

The previous first-round choice having a breakout season from leadoff would truly complete this Angels lineup. 

That would be the leadoff area on a group has Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout (who looks as excellent as ever, by the method), Jared Walsh and Anthony Rendon through the middle. Youngster Brandon Marsh (a top-40 possibility prior to last season) struck 6th on Wednesday and is slashing .302/.385/.512 this season. Jo Adell has actually revealed flashes and Max Stassi is a quality-hitting catcher. 

Quite merely, there’s not just some major firepower in the Angels lineup with their widely known super stars, however the supporting cast is revealing itself strong too.  

Meanwhile, the Angels are among the most popular groups in baseball. They’ve won 4 in a row and 6 of their last 8. In truth, because that 1-3 start, the Angels have actually gone 11-4. And though no group needs to be paying attention to the standings in late April, we’re permitted to explain the Angels sit atop the AL West. 



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