Rendon is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports. Both Rendon and Mike Trout close out the year with back-to-back absences after the Angels were officially eliminated from postseason contention Friday. Rendon had a good fantasy season, but his campaign was far better by real-world measures. In fact, Rendon currently sits fifth in all of MLB in fWAR (2.8).
Rendon will sit Saturday against the Dodgers, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. The Angels are resting a few key players after getting officially eliminated from playoff contention Friday. David Fletcher moves to third base in his absence, with Elliot Soto serving as the shortstop.
Rendon 2-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's 7-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. Rendon smacked his ninth home run of the season in the first inning and the Angels never looked back. Rendon has seen his slugging percentage drop by over 80 points from 2019, but he is carrying a career-high 16.8 percent walk rate to compensate. His season average sits at .282 as the Angels welcome the Rangers starting Friday.
Rendon went 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI on Wednesday against the Rangers. Rendon delivered an RBI single in the opening frame and has now driven in six runners across his last four starts. He's put up a strong .291/.434/.530 line with eight home runs, 21 runs scored and 25 RBI across 168 plate appearances for the season.
Rendon went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in Sunday's 9-5 win over the Astros. Rendon's eighth home run of the season was a two-run shot in the third inning Sunday, tying the contest up at 3-3. The 30-year-old slugger is enjoying a solid first season with the Angels, slashing .292/.425/.538 with 24 RBI and 15 extra-base hits in 160 plate appearances.
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