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After a shaky start to begin June, Los Angeles Angels closer Raisel Iglesias is starting to find more consistency over the last week. In the last week, Iglesias has thrown three innings without allowing a baserunner while striking out five batters. More encouragingly for their weekend series with the Mariners, Iglesias has thrown 16 innings at home this season while allowing just two earned runs with eight hits allowed and 23 strikeouts. If Ty France isn't available this weekend, the Mariners lineup becomes very shaky, giving Iglesias a very good chance to continue being effective like he has been recently.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Kansas City Royals. According to Angels interim manager Phil Nevin, Trout is "sore" and needed the day off. The superstar outfielder had not had a day off since suffering a groin injury on June 10. He is slashing .284/.385/.640 with 21 home runs, 43 RBI, 49 runs scored, and 33 walks over 63 games in 2022. Juan Lagares will take Trout's place in the lineup, playing centerfield and batting eighth in Wednesday's game.
The Los Angeles Angels optioned left-hander Reid Detmers to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday and also placed right-hander Jimmy Herget (shoulder) on the injured list. Detmers, in just his second major league season, threw a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 10, but he just hasn't been any good since then. In his last six starts, Detmers is 0-2 and has allowed 17 earned runs on 25 hits (eight home runs) while walking 13 and striking out 24 in 27 innings. The 22-year-old southpaw should be back up with the Angels at some point this year, but he'll go down to the minors to work on some things first. Detmers' 5.37 FIP, 18.6% strikeout rate and .204 batting average on balls in play suggest it wasn't just bad luck either.
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Jared Walsh had three extra-base hits against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, coming up a single shy of the cycle after producing a double, a triple, and a home run in six trips to the plate. He drove in two runs and scored twice. This would have been Walsh's second cycle in a matter of weeks, after he accomplished the feat against the New York Mets. Walsh has been outstanding of late, with a .293/.328/.569 slash line and seven homers in his last 30 games. He'll continue to be set up for success batting behind Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani every day.
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani had a rough weekend at the plate. He went 2-for-4 in the first game of the team's four-game set against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, then went on to go 0-for-13 with four strikeouts over the final three games of the series. Ohtani's hitting production has been down a decent amount from his breakout 2021 campaign. Over 66 games, he's slashing .250/.322/.461 with 13 home runs, seven stolen bases, 37 RBI and 42 runs. He's on a 162-game pace of about 32 homers and 17 stolen bases after tallying 46 home runs and 26 steals in 2021. His slugging percentage is down from .592 last year to .461 this year. His average exit velocity is also down from 93.6 mph last year to 92.8 mph this year, but the latter clip still remains in the 95th percentile of the majors. The 27-year-old phenom should continue to deliver strong production across the board, even if he fails to replicate the gaudy numbers he put up last season.