Second Base is turning into a Black Hole for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 1:19 pm

The Los Angeles Angels aren’t getting much production out of their second baseman.  28-year old righty swinging Johnny Giavotella has played in 14 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 6 of 44 (.136 avg, .292 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  31-year old switch-hitting Cliff Pennington has not been much better.  He has played in 14 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 4 for 22 (.182 avg, .762 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  If Giavotella and Pennington continue to slump, the Angels might have little choice but to try to make a trade.  Phil Gosselin (D-Backs), Kelly Johnson (Braves), Javier Baez (Cubs), Wilmer Flores (Mets), Jonathan Villar (Brewers), Jedd Gyorko (Cardinals) and Danny Espinosa (Nationals) could be trade targets for the Angels.  Baez and Gyorko are the best options but they also would come with the highest price tags.

Carlos Perez better start hitting a little bit for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 8:40 am

The Los Angeles Angels are having issues scoring runs, so they can’t afford to play guys that can’t hit.  25-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Perez is the starter right now because of his work behind the plate.  He has played in 12 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 6 for 34 (.176 avg, .469 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  If Perez doesn’t hit better in the near future, the Angels could look to get 33-year old righty swinging catcher Geovany Soto increased playing time.  Soto has played in 7 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 6 for 19 (.316 avg, .855 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  Soto has a lot of power.

C.J. Cron is off to a rough start for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 7:03 am

26-year old righty swinging 1B/DH C.J. Cron is off to a very slow start for the Los Angeles Angels.  He played in 113 games for the Angels last year and he was 99 of 378 (.262 avg, .739 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 16 homers, 51 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Cron played well enough last year that the Angels were confident that he could be a full time starter at DH or 1B for them in 2016.  Cron has been switching off playing 1B or DH with Albert Pujols, so they both would be in the lineup every day.  But, Cron is blowing his big chance to be an every day player so far this year.  He has played in 8 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 2 for 26 (.077 avg, .226 OPS) with 0 runs scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs.  The Angels need him to pick up the pace, or they are going to have to put him on the bench.

The Los Angeles Angels need to get out of their funk at the plate

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 1:31 pm

The Los Angeles Angels got swept in their opening series against the Cubs and they were outscored 15-1!  Only three Angels’ hitters are hitting .200 or better so far this year.  Switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava was 1 for 3 (.333 avg, .667 OPS), righty swinging outfielder Craig Gentry was 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .500 OPS) with 1 RBI and righty swinging catcher Carlos Perez was 1 for 5 (.200 avg, .533 OPS) against the Cubs.  Albert Pujols and Mike Trout were a combined 0 for 15 with 5 whiffs against the Cubs.  The Angels hit only .115 as a team with a .277 OPS against the Cubs.  It’s way too early to be overly concerned about the bats.

The starting pitchers of the Los Angeles Angels don’t have much experience hitting

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Thursday 24 March 2016 at 9:22 am

Most of the starting pitchers of the Los Angeles Angels don’t have much experience as hitters so far in their careers, so they will be likely at a disadvantage when playing in National League Parks this year.  Here is a look at how the starting pitchers of the Angels have hit so far in their careers:

Jered Weaver, righty swinger – Weaver was 0 for 2 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) last year.  He is now 4 for 36 (.111 avg, .269 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI so far in his career.

Garrett Richards, righty swinger – Richards was 0 for 11 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) last year.  He is now 0 for 13 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) so far in his career.

C.J. Wilson, lefty swinger – Wilson was 2 for 6 (.333 avg, .667 OPS) last year.  Wilson is now 4 for 29 (.138 avg, .426 OPS) with 3 runs scored so far in his career.

Hector Santiago, righty swinger – Santiago was 1 for 5 (.200 avg, .400 OPS) last year.  He is now 2 for 13 (.154 avg, .308 OPS) so far in his career.

Andrew Heaney, lefty swinger – Heaney was 0 for 5 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) last year.  He is now 1 for 13 (.077 avg, .154 OPS) so far in his career.

Matt Shoemaker, righty swinger – Shoemaker was 0 for 1 (.000 avg, .500 OPS) last year.  He is now 0 for 2 (.000 avg, .333 OPS) so far in his career.

Nick Tropeano, righty swinger – Tropeano didn’t bat last year in the show.  He is now 0 for 1 (.000 avg, .500 OPS) so far in his career.

Tyler Skaggs, lefty swinger – Skaggs didn’t bat or pitch in the show last year.  He is 2 for 20 (.100 avg, .200 OPS) with 1 RBI so far in his career.

Josh Hamilton is still cold at the plate in August for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Tuesday 13 August 2013 at 6:38 am

32-year old lefty swinging OF/DH Josh Hamilton is still having issues at the plate.  He has played in 11 games so far in August for the Angels and he is 8 for 41 (.195 avg, .586 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  Hamilton has now played in 110 games for the Angels overall this year and he is 94 of 421 (.223 avg, .690 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 17 homers, 56 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Despite struggling at the plate, Hamilton is tied for 3rd in homers (17), #3 in runs scored (55) and #4 in RBIs (56) for the Angels.  Still, they are expecting a lot more out of Hamilton.

The Los Angeles Angels need more production out of Erick Aybar

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Saturday 15 June 2013 at 3:06 pm

29-year old lefty swinging SS Erick Aybar isn’t helping out too much offensively this year for  the Angels.  He has played in 45 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 47 of 183 (.257 avg, .627 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 1 homer, 17 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  In his first 12 games in June, Aybar is only 11 of 48 (.229 avg, .552 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 5 RBIs.  Aybar needs to start giving the Angels better offense as they were depending on him getting on base more and using his speed to mess with opposing pitchers.

Josh Hamilton of the Los Angeles Angels has been helpless against lefty pitchers in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Monday 27 May 2013 at 6:38 am

32-year old lefty swinging RF Josh Hamilton has been helpless against lefty pitchers so far this year.  He is only 9 for 52 (.173 avg, .393 OPS) with 0 homers and 2 RBIs against lefty pitchers.  He has also whiffed 22 times against only 1 walk against lefty pitching…..which is pathetic!  Hamilton has played in 50 games overall this year for the Angels and he is 43 of 193 (.223 avg, .684 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 8 homers, 18 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Hamilton has already whiffed 56 times while only walking 15 times so far this year.  The Angels need to get Hamilton back on track if they are going to make a legit playoff run in 2013.

Josh Hamilton is off to a very, very slow start with the bat for the Los Angeles Angels in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Saturday 4 May 2013 at 12:15 pm

31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Hamilton played in 148 games for the Rangers last year and he was 160 for 562 (.285 avg, .930 OPS) with 103 runs scored, 43 homers, 128 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  The Angels then gave him a 5-year, $133 million deal over the winter.  He has been a utter bust so far this year.  Hamilton has played in 29 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 25 for 120 (.208 avg, .544 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Hamilton has only walked 6 times while whiffing 37 times so far this year, which is pretty pathetic.  The Angels need Hamilton to start swinging the bat like he can.

Josh Hamilton is off to a slow start in 2013 for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Monday 8 April 2013 at 12:09 pm

31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Hamilton signed a 5-year, $133 million dollar deal over the winter with the Angels, so they are expecting big things out of him this year.  Hamilton has played in 6 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 4 for 25 (.160 avg, .476 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  He has already whiffed 10 times while only walking 3 time so far this year.  He could be starting to snap out of his slump for the Angels as he was 3 for 5 with a double and a runs scored against his ex-team (Rangers) last night.

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