Joe Adell hopes to help Angels sweep Cubs

Joe Edell is expected to start Thursday night in right field los angeles angels face chicago cubs in Anaheim, California, seeking a three-game sweep with the hosts

Edell was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday in what will be a short stint with the big league team — should regular right fielder Hunter Renfro return from paternity leave in a few days. So Adele understands that this isn’t a make-or-break opportunity, unlike her previous big-league experiences.

Edel was a first-round pick (10th overall selection) in 2017, but failed to live up to expectations after entering the big leagues for the first time in 2020 at the age of 21.

They angels last season but has been unable to solidify himself as a big league player. In 161 career major league games, he’s hitting .215 with 15 homers and a .616 OPS — and he’s struggled on defense at times

Prior to his call-up on Wednesday, Edell had spent the entire season at Triple-A. However, he seems to have found his way to success this season. In 55 games with Salt Lake, he hit .278 with 18 homers, 43 RBI, and a .958 OPS.

“I think the big thing for me is I’ve changed my idea of ​​what a green is, and knowing that there are some pitches I’m not going to be able to hit and some pitches I’m going to be able to hit,” Edell said. . “There are parts of the plate where I do a good job of hitting and I try to zone in those (areas), and when those errors come, I’m ready. …

“It’s honestly more mental than physical in the approach aspect.”

angels Manager Phil Nevin and his staff monitor Adele’s progress along the way

“I’m sure the time will come for Joe,” Nevin said recently. “That’s how baseball works. But at the end of the day — and I communicate that to him — I’m proud of him, his work ethic and how he’s doing it.”

angels Left-hander Reed Detmers (0-5, 5.15 ERA) will make his 11th start of the season on Thursday. they never faced cub in his three major league seasons

Fellow left-hander Drew Smiley (5-3, 3.56 ERA) will make his 13th start of the season. cub, He angels

cub Rookie first baseman Matt Mervis continues to receive playing time despite the current slump. After going 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Chicago angels As of Wednesday, he has one hit in his last 24 at-bats.

Mervis said the faith the club have shown in him despite his struggles is helping him cope.

“The fact that I’m getting opportunities and I’m going through this stretch to continue batting is what’s important to me,” the first baseman said.

Mervis began the season at Triple-A Iowa, where he hit .286 with six homers, 27 RBI, and a .962 OPS in 24 games. in 22 games cubHe is batting .176 with two homers, nine RBI and a .531 OPS.

– Field Level Media