Cozart led off and went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday's 7-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Cozart was demoted to sixth in the order Wednesday, but he resumed his recent role as the Halos' leadoff hitter Thursday. Both games were against right-handed starters, so this doesn't appear to be a platoon lineup configuration. The veteran infielder is slashing an undesirable .224/.291/.410 through 38 games, but he could build on his 20 runs scored if he sticks atop the lineup.
Cozart is starting at third base and hitting sixth Wednesday against the Astros. Cozart has spent most of the season hitting atop the order for the Angels, but his mediocre .247/.316/.459 slash line across 95 plate appearances as the leadoff man has prompted manager Mike Scioscia to turn to Mike Trout as his table setter while dropping Cozart down to sixth in the order. He's occupied the sixth spot in the order 11 times this season, compiling a .279/.326/.512 slash line across those games. While he may score fewer runs if he sticks in the six hole, Cozart could also see a corresponding uptick in RBI opportunities as a result.
Cozart is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Astros, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports. Cozart will get the night off after starting 18 straight games as the Angels look to stack left-handed hitters against righty Gerrit Cole. In his place, Luis Valbuena will start at third base and hit sixth.
Cozart will start at third base and bat leadoff Wednesday against the Rockies. Since the Angels are facing lefty Tyler Anderson in the series finale, it's fair to reason that Cozart may have replaced the right-handed-hitting Ian Kinsler as the Angels' new table setter. Though Cozart has hit .313 over his last eight games, he owns a .238 average and .293 on-base percentage for the campaign, so his promotion atop the lineup likely has more to do with Kinsler's season-long struggles than Cozart's recent success. Nonetheless, Cozart stands to benefit from the move now that he'll have the opportunity to regularly hit in front of Mike Trout and Justin Upton.
Cozart went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in Sunday's 8-2 win over Seattle. Cozart is batting just .237 this year, but that shouldn't come as a surprise after his .297 average last season was buoyed by a .312 BABIP (.279 career BABIP). He has, however, been as advertised in the power department with 14 extra-base hits through 29 games. That power should continue to play well while batting in the second third of a potent Angels lineup.