La Stella went 2-for-5 with a grand slam in Thursday's loss to Minnesota. With the Angels down 16-3 in the ninth, La Stella gave the team something to smile about with a first-pitch grand slam off reliever Austin Adams. La Stella's transformation into a legitimate power hitter is one of the most surprising storylines this season -- he has now hit 12 homers in 139 at-bats this year after hitting a total of 10 in 828 at-bats during his first four years in the league.
La Stella went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Monday's loss to the Twins. La Stella has perhaps been the surprise of the season. In his last 11 games, he's hit an incredible .442/.478/.744, raising his season slash line to .310/.385/.581. His 11 home runs on the season are more than double his previous career high (five) and one more than his strikeout total (10).
La Stella went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and walk in an 8-7 loss to the Twins on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the four hits led to just one RBI and one run because La Stella drove in himself, but it was a great day for the average. He went 9-for-15 (.600) with two home runs in the series against the Twins. The huge series raised his season average to .301. He also has a .611 slugging percentage with 11 home runs, 25 RBI and 24 runs in 113 at-bats.
La Stella (back) will start at second base and bat ninth Thursday against the Tigers. La Stella returns to the lineup after missing the previous four games while tending to a stiff back. The left-handed hitter will slot near the bottom of the order with southpaw Ryan Carpenter on the hill for Detroit, but La Stella could reclaim leadoff duties against right-handed pitching now that he's healthy again.
La Stella (back) sits for the third straight game Wednesday against Detroit. La Stella was scratched Sunday with back soreness and hasn't made an appearance since. It's not clear whether the back issue is the reason for his absence or if he's sitting simply because a second straight lefty (Matthew Boyd) is on the mound. David Fletcher gets the start at second base and may start again Thursday with yet another lefty in Ryan Carpenter on the hill for the Tigers.
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