Ward went 1-for-4 with a walk-off, two-run home run against Oakland on Sunday. This marked the fourth home run Ward has hit in the past four contests, bringing his season total to six across 40 games with the Angels. He ends the year with a mediocre .178 average and .578 OPS, but he'll likely be in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot, likely as a bench bat, to begin 2019.
Ward went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Athletics. Ward went deep off Mike Fiers in the second inning to give the Angels a 3-0 lead, his fifth home run of the season. Although Ward has home runs in back-to-back games, he still owns an unimpressive .172/.237/.313 slash line over 139 plate appearances this season.
Ward is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against Houston. Ward is 1-for-30 with 11 strikeouts in his last 32 plate appearances, so he'll head to the bench Sunday. Kaleb Cowart will bat seventh and start at third base for the Angels.
Ward is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Ward is 1-for-17 in 20 plate appearances over his last five games, so he'll take a seat Saturday. Kaleb Cowart will start at third base and bat ninth for the Angels.
Ward went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's win over the Rangers. He touched up Eddie Butler in the seventh inning for his first career homer. The 24-year-old has hit safely in four of his five starts so far, going 6-for-18 with two walks against four strikeouts. Ward posted a .352/.442/.537 line at Triple-A Salt Lake before getting the call -- impressive even when accounting for the setting -- and it looks like he will be the everyday starter at third base over the remainder of the season.