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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.

The catchers of the Los Angeles Angels are all or nothing when batting

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 13 June 2008 at 12:34 am

Mike Napoli and Jeff Mathis have been splitting time behind the plate this season and they have produced a lot of runs from the bottom of the batting order, but it’s all or nothing for both of them. Napoli has played in 39 games this season for the Angels and he is 25 for 122 (.205 avg, .758 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 10 homers and 24 RBIs. Napoli often looks helpless at the plate as he has already whiffed 38 times this season. Jeff Mathis was once one of the Angels’ brightest prospects but he has been a huge disappointment for them in his career so far. Mathis has played in 31 games for the Angels this season and he is 20 for 96 (.208 avg, .665 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers and 13 RBIs. Mathis also whiffs a lot as he has went down on strikes 27 times this season. The Angels probably can live with the all or nothing hitting as long as Napoli and Mathis play good defense.

The Los Angeles Angels should think of cutting Gary Matthews’ playing time

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Wednesday 28 May 2008 at 5:25 pm

Gary Matthews just isn’t hitting enough to justify the playing time he has been getting this season. The Angels are playing him because they gave him a lot of money but he is proving that he wasn’t worth it. Matthews has played in 52 games this season for the Angels and he is 43 for 198 (.217 avg, .662 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 6 homers, 28 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. My idea would be to platoon Matthews & Juan Rivera. Rivera hasn’t played enough to get into a groove at the plate this season. He has played in 20 games for the Angels this year and he is 7 for 42 (.167 avg, .436 OPS) with 5 runs scored and 1 RBI. But, Rivera has been a much better hitter over his career than Matthews. Rivera has a .287 career batting average with a .803 OPS while Matthews is a .259 career hitter with a .748 OPS). The Angels need some help on offense and I think making this move in the lineup would help them.

The Los Angeles Angels need more hitting from their catchers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Tuesday 10 July 2007 at 4:28 pm

The Angels need to get more offense from the catching position. Mike Napoli has been the starter most of the season but he’s injured right now. He is hitting .243 with 35 runs scored, 8 homers and 29 RBIs so far this season. Napoli needs to get his average over .250 to really help the Angels offense. Jose Molina has not hit the ball at all either as he’s only 25 for 110 (.227 avg) with only 9 runs scored and 7 RBIs. Rookie Jeff Mathis is 0 for 6 with 1 RBI since being called up to replace the injured Napoli. Catcher could be another position that the Angels try to improve on at the trade deadline.

Brandon Wood is having a tough season for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, In Need of a Slumpbuster, The Minors by chinmusic on Sunday 27 May 2007 at 9:50 pm

Baseball America has ranked Brandon Wood as their #1 prospect but he hasn’t looked like it this season yet. In 22 games in AAA ball, Wood is 34 for 149 (.228 avg, .715 OPS) with 18 runs, 5 homers, 21 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Wood has also looked overmatched quite a bit this season as he’s whiffed 44 times already this season in the minors. Wood also played in 3 games for the Angels this season and he was only 1 for 11 (.091 avg, .182 OPS) with 1 run scored and 5 whiffs. Look for Wood to rebound somewhat this season as he’s way too talented to play like he is right now.

Chone Figgins is off to a dreadful start for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Monday 21 May 2007 at 2:03 pm

Figgins started the season on the disabled list with two broken fingers on his throwing hand. Since activated from the DL, Figgins has played in 18 games and he’s only 7 for 65 (.108 avg, .313 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Figgins will need to pick up his play soon or he’ll start to lose playing time. The Angels have also been linked to the Colorado Rockies in trade rumors involving 3B Garrett Atkins and that’s not good news as far as Figgins is concerned.

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