Mark Trumbo is having a rough time in August for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Tuesday 21 August 2012 at 8:45 am

26-year old righty swinging outfielder Mark Trumbo is having a rough time with the bat so far this month for the Angels. Trumbo has played in 17 games so far in August and he is 14 of 70 (.200 avg, .529 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs. He has only walked 2 times while whiffing 27 times so far this year, as he is swinging at everything. Trumbo has now played in 111 games for the Angels this year and he is 120 of 422 (.284 avg, .878 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 29 homers, 75 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. The Angels need Trumbo to get back on the track with his bat.

The Los Angeles Angels could be looking for a 3B in the trade market

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Sunday 29 July 2012 at 1:32 pm

The Angels made a big upgrade in getting Zack Greinke this weekend. The only area I could see the Angels looking for an upgrade could be at 3B. Alberto Callaspo is the starting there now. He has played in 82 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 67 of 267 (.251 avg, .691 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 7 homers and 32 RBIs. Callaspo has had a rough time so far in July though, as he has played in 22 games in which he is 17 of 74 (.230 avg, .665 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers and 11 RBIs. The Angels have enough offense to carry Callaspo’s bat at 3B, but it wouldn’t hurt them to improve there for the rest of the 2012 season.

Erick Aybar has been pretty lousy with a bat in his hands so far this year for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 8 June 2012 at 10:22 am

28-year old switch-hitting SS Erick Aybar played in 143 games for the Angels last year and he was 155 of 556 (.279 avg, .743 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 10 homers, 59 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. He also won a Gold Glove (the first of his career last year). The Angels then rewarded Aybar with a 5-year, $40.08 million dollar deal over the winter. He has been awful so far this year. Aybar has played in 55 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 43 of 196 (.219 avg, .534 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 0 homers, 13 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He has now played in 684 games in his first seven years with the Angels and he is 642 of 2,370 (.271 avg, .685 OPS) with 301 runs scored, 24 homers, 219 RBIs and 83 stolen bases. The Angels need Aybar to get going at the plate, or this is going to start looking like a horrible contract they signed him to.

Bobby Wilson is blowing his big chance for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Sunday 3 June 2012 at 9:29 pm

29-year old righty swinging catcher Bobby Wilson is finally getting his chance to start behind the plate for the Angels due to Chris Iannetta’s injury and he has dropped the ball so far. Wilson has played in 31 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 13 for 76 (.171 avg, .403 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI. Wilson has now played in 147 games in his first five years with the Angels and he is 58 for 294 (.197 avg, .558 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 5 homers and 25 RBIs. Wilson’s roster spot could be in jeopardy when either Hank Conger or Chris Iannetta get healthy, if he doesn’t start hitting the baseball quite a bit better than he is right now.

Albert Pujols is off to a slow start for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Thursday 12 April 2012 at 9:40 am

I know that it’s early, but 32-year old righty swinging 1B Albert Pujols has not hit the ball well yet this year. He has played in 5 games so far this year and he is 4 for 18 (.222 avg, .667 OPS) with 1 run scored, 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Pujols is going to break out soon and the Angels can’t wait for that to happen as it will make the whole lineup better. He has only whiffed 3 times so far this year, so he’s hitting the ball….just not finding the holes yet.

Bobby Abreu is starting to lose it for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Tuesday 6 September 2011 at 5:07 pm

37-year old lefty swinging OF/DH Bobby Abreu is really slowing down at the plate. Since July 1st, Abreu is 33 for 171 (.193 avg) with 19 runs scored, 4 homers, 21 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Abreu has played in 127 games overall this year for the Angels and he is 114 for 451 (.253 avg, .718 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 7 homers, 53 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. Abreu is starting to lose P.T. lately with outfielder Mike Trout ripping the baseball. Mike Scioscia will probably play the hot hand at DH in September, so Abreu better starting hitting soon or he’s going to be doing more watching than playing the rest of the year.

Catcher continues to be a black hole for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Tuesday 16 August 2011 at 5:06 pm

The Angels probably wish they never dealt Mike Napoli over the winter as they have had a black hole behind the plate. 28-year old righty swinging Jeff Mathis is the Angels’ starting catcher and he’s a good defender. Too bad he hits like a pitcher. Mathis has played in 68 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 36 for 200 (.180 avg, 490 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers, 17 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Mathis has whiffed 61 times already this year as he often appears like he has a hole in his bat. 28-year old righty swinging Bobby Wilson might start getting a little more P.T. Wilson has played in 36 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 12 for 65 (.185 avg, .537 OPS) with 1 run scored and 4 RBIs. 23-year old switch-hitting Hank Conger should get another look soon for the Angels. He has played in 50 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 33 for 154 (.214 avg, .654 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 5 homers and 16 RBIs. The Angels need to make some changes behind the plate as they are getting absolutely no production out of this motley crew with the bats.

It’s time for Vernon Wells to start earning his paycheck for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 17 June 2011 at 6:31 pm

32-year old righty swinging LF Vernon Wells has been a complete bust so far this year for the Angels. Wells has played in 43 games for the Angels this year and he is 33 for 171 (.193 avg, .562 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 6 homers, 16 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Wells averaged 85.2 runs scored, 24.6 homers, 88.8 RBIs and 9.3 stolen bases his previous 9 years to joining the Angels. You have to think that Wells is going to snap out of his slump soon as he’s too good of a hitter to keep putting up numbers like he is right now.

Peter Bourjos is ice cold at the plate for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Monday 30 May 2011 at 10:59 am

24-year old righty swinging CF Peter Bourjos have been ice cold at the plate for the Angels in May. He has played in 27 games so far for the Angels in May and he is 16 for 93 (.172 avg, .507 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 3 stolen bases as he has whiffed 30 times this month. He has now played in 54 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 45 for 187 (.241 avg, .679 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 2 homers, 11 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Bourjos is probably the best defensive CF in all of baseball, but, the Angels do need him to hit a little better. Bourjos has great speed but he only has 5 stolen bases so far this year because he can’t steal first base.

Vernon Wells is off to a frigid start with the bat for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Thursday 14 April 2011 at 6:04 pm

Angels’ starting LF Vernon Wells is off to a horrific start to the 2011 season for the Angels. Wells has played in 11 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 5 for 49 (.102 avg, .276 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. He is swinging at everything as he has only walked 2 times while whiffing 13 times. The Angels don’t really have a backup plan as far as Wells is concerned because he’s making a ton of cash! The Angels better hope that Wells starts hitting soon or he’s going to hamstring the batting order.

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