News: Cron went 4-for-4 with a double on Sunday against the Rangers.
Impact: He has been seeing regular playing time of late, and has responded by going 10-for-21 over his last five starts. For now, Cron seems to be locked into the six-spot in the Angels lineup as he alternates starts at first base and designated hitter. The power numbers have yet to show up this season, but Cron launched 11 home runs in limited playing time last season and should get it going in that department sooner or later, as long as he plays regularly.
News: Smith blew a save opportunity on Sunday against the Rangers, allowing three hits and one earned run in the ninth inning.
Impact: Closer Huston Street received the day off on Sunday after working the previous three games, so it was Smith who got the call to close the game out. The latter has been stellar in a setup role for the Angels, as the run allowed was his first of the season, bringing his ERA to 1.13 through eight innings pitched. Smith will continue to throw in high-leverage, late-inning situations, but save chances like this will be few and far between.
News: Santiago struggled with his control on Sunday, walking six Rangers in 5.1 innings, although he struck out five and gave up just two runs (one earned).
Impact: The southpaw gave up a pair of early runs, but shut Texas down over his last few innings and was removed in the sixth after reaching 109 pitches. The six walks were easily a season-high, as Santiago hadn't given out more than three free passes in a start this season. He continues to thrive as the Halos' No. 5 starter and now owns a 2.28 ERA on the season to go along with 22 strikeouts in 23.2 innings. Santiago will look to continue his solid run against the Giants on Saturday.