Are the Los Angeles Angels going to pull the plug on Brandon Wood?

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Tuesday 31 August 2010 at 8:04 am

25-year old righty swinging 3B/SS Brandon Wood came to the majors with a ton of hype as he crushed a lot of homers in his minor league career. But it has not converted into any success at the major league level. Wood has played in 63 games for the Angels this year and he is 30 of 182 (.165 avg, .410 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 3 homers and 12 RBIs. He swings at everything as he has an utter lack of discipline at the plate as he has only walked 4 times this year while whiffing 54 times. Wood has now played in 149 games in parts of 4 seasons with the Angels and he is 73 of 406 (.180 avg, .479 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 10 homers, 31 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He has walked 11 times now and whiffed 128 in his major league career to date. The Angels wouldn’t likely get much for Wood in a trade so the choice is really to keep him or cut him. It will be interesting to see what the Angels decide to do with him.

I have a hunch that Juan Rivera could get his starting job back soon for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Tuesday 17 August 2010 at 11:07 pm

31-year old righty swinging outfielder Juan Rivera lost his starting job when the Angels called up 23-year old top prospect Peter Bourjos. But, Bourjos has been overmatched in his first taste of the majors so far. He has played in 11 games for the Angels and he is 5 of 37 (.135 avg, .409 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. If Bourjos continues to struggle I have little doubt that the Angels will turn back to Rivera. Rivera has played in 96 games this year for the Angels and he is 86 of 334 (.257 avg, .729 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 12 homers, 43 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.

The Los Angeles Angels need Erick Aybar to step up

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 7 May 2010 at 4:50 pm

The Angels went into spring training with the idea of having 26-year old switch hitter Erick Aybar as the full time starting shortstop and leadoff hitter. Aybar has been a disappointment with the bat so far this season for the Angels who have to start considering dropping him in the batting order. Aybar has played in 28 games for the Angels this season and he is 27 of 110 (.245 avg, .652 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 1 homer, 5 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Angels are currently without their infield safety net as Maicer Izturis is hurting so Aybar is going to keep playing every day no matter how badly he struggles with the bat.

The Los Angeles Angels have Mike Napoli riding the pine

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Sunday 18 April 2010 at 7:51 am

It’s interesting to see what the Angels are doing at catcher so far this season as Mike Napoli has been riding the pine in favor of Jeff Mathis. Napoli has played in only 5 games this season for the Angels and he is 2 for 15 (.133 avg, .369 OPS) with 1 RBI. He has a .256 career average with the Angels with a .851 OPS as he has a lot of power for a catcher. He has cranked 66 homers in his four years with the Angels including 20 in each of the last two years. I have a feeling that the Angels are going to trade Napoli before too long as they appear to favor Mathis’ defense over Napoli’s hitting behind the plate.

Brandon Wood looked like he had a hole in his bat against the Twins

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 9 April 2010 at 12:37 pm

3B Bradon Wood really looked overmatched against the Twins. He played in 3 games against the Twins and he was 1 for 12 (.083 avg, .166 OPS) with 5 whiffs. The Angels will likely give Wood a long look before making a change at 3B because he has been one of their best prospects for a long time now. Still, look for Maicer Izturis to steal some of his playing time away if he continues to struggle this year. Izturis has played in 2 games for the Angels this season and he is 0 for 4 (.000 avg) with 1 RBI. The Angels really want Wood to get into gear because he has power that they really need for 2010.

Could the Los Angeles Angels finally give Brandon Wood his big chance in 2010?

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Sunday 22 November 2009 at 11:33 pm

It all really depends on if the Angels bring back Chone Figgins or not. Wood’s name will also come up a lot in trade rumors over the winter. He has not played too well to this point in his major league career. He has played in 86 games in his major league career and he is 43 for 224 (.192 avg, .535 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 7 homers, 19 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He has shown a lot of holes in his swing at the major league level so far as he has whiffed 74 times. But, in his defense Wood has never got an extended shot to show what he can do in the majors. I think that it’s more likely that the Angels will trade Wood than start him in 2010.

Los Angeles Angels crushed in game four, down 3-1 in ALCS

Blogged under Bloglockers,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster,The Playoffs by Andrew on Tuesday 20 October 2009 at 11:27 pm

The Los Angeles Angels were crushed 10-1 by the New York Yankees in game four tonight and things do not look promising for the Angels, now down 3-1 in the series.  The Angels did not get a quality start out of starting pitcher Scott Kazmir, who only lasted four innings.  He gave up four runs on four hits and really struggled with his control, walking four batters.  The Yankees offense exploded for five runs in the fourth and fifth innings and got five more in the eighth and ninth.  The Angels have not been able to stop Alex Rodriguez, who had his third homer tonight in as many games.  The Angels got terrible production from their 1-4 hitters tonight, with Chone Figgins, Bobby Abreu, Torrie Hunter, and Vladimir Guerrero going a combined 1-14 tonight.  If that continues their season will be over after game five.

The Angels had a big opportunity in the 5th inning to get themselves back in the game, but failed to get much out of it.  After Kendry Morales led the inning off with a homer the Angels got a little rally going, but with two men on Bobby Abreu popped out to center on a hanging slider.  The Angels had a bad performance by their starting pitcher as well as their bullpen.  The offense could only get five hits, while the Yankees offense was able to get 13.  So, this was not a good effort by the Angels tonight and it looks like their World Series hopes are floating away.  It is now desperation time for the Angels and they will have their ace John Lackey going in game five, and they are still at home so it is not impossible to get themselves back in this series.  Lackey had a decent start in game one for the Angels, but errors killed them and Lackey lasted 5.2 innings and gave up four runs (only two earned).  The Yankees will have A.J. Burnett starting who gave up 2 ER in 6.1 innings pitched in game two.

Errors are killing Los Angeles Angels, down 0-2 in ALCS to New York Yankees

Blogged under Bloglockers,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster,The Playoffs by Andrew on Sunday 18 October 2009 at 1:20 am

The Los Angeles Angels are now down 0-2 in their ALCS against the New York Yankees, and errors have really been hurting their chances in this series.  The Angels had three errors in their 4-1 game one loss where C.C. Sabathia shut them down, and a solid start by John Lackey was wasted.  They followed that poor defensive performance with another one in game two, as they had two errors.  None were more costly than Maicer Izturiz’s 13 inning throwing error, as Jerry Hairston Jr. came around to score the game winning run on the play.

The Angels got a huge, clutch RBI single from Chone Figgins in the top of the 11th to put the Angels up 3-2.  That lead did not last very long though, as Alex Rodriguez hit a lead-off homer in the bottom of the 11th to tie it up.  It stole all of the momentum as Yankee fans went nuts and the 13th inning error by Izturiz handed them the victory.  The Angels really need to sharpen up their defense or they will be swept.  I think they can turn things around at home and the nice California weather will be a good change after the terrible conditions in New York.  With Alex Rodriguez acting more like Derek Jeter this October, the Angels have their hands full.  David Robertson got the win for the Yankees and Ervin Santana got the loss for the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels need Gary Matthews to step up

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Saturday 1 August 2009 at 6:41 pm

With Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter both still out of action due to injury, the Angels need Gary Matthews to step up. Matthews has played in 66 games for the Angels this season and he is 51 for 219 (.233 avg, .620 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 2 homers, 32 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. It’s too bad the Angels are paying for the HGH Matthews and are getting the clean one.

Where has Casey Kotchman’s power gone for the Los Angeles Angels?

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 25 July 2008 at 4:28 pm

Remember back in April when Casey Kotchman was looking like an MVP candidate? He played in 25 games in April and he was 30 for 92 (.326 avg) with 13 runs scored, 6 homers and 19 RBIs. Even since then his power has disappeared. Kotchman has played in 71 games the last three months and he is 73 for 264 (.277 avg) with 31 runs scored, 3 homers and 29 RBIs. Still, Kotchman is a good all-around baseball player as he is an outstanding defender so he is in no danger of losing playing time any time soon. But don’t be surprised if the Angels move him as part of a trade for a legit power hitting 1B before next week.

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