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Kevin Frandsen is looking good for the Los Angeles Angels so far this year

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Friday 18 June 2010 at 4:00 pm

No one thought to much of the signing of 28-year old righty swinging infielder Kevin Frandsen when it happened. But he is swinging a hot bat for the Angels right now. He has played in 20 games for the Angels this year and he is 21 of 57 (.368 avg, .856 OPS) with 11 runs scored and 5 RBIs. Frandsen played in 174 games in his first four seasons in the majors and he was 98 for 408 (.240 avg, .645 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 7 homers, 39 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. With all of the injuries the Angels have suffered in the infield lately it’s important that Frandsen keeps hitting the ball when he’s in the lineup.

Mike Napoli is stepping up for the Los Angeles Angels at 1B

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 15 June 2010 at 4:06 pm

When Kendry Morales went down for the season due to ankle surgery it seemed as if the Angels would have to go outside the organization for help. But lo and behold, catcher Mike Napoli moved to 1B and while not looking like a natural there he isn’t hurting the Angels there either. Napoli has played in 56 games for the Angels this season and he is 47 of 185 (.254 avg, .815 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 10 homers, 26 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He is still a hacker (64 whiffs) but as long as he can play decent defense at first and give the Angels a power stick he will likely find a new home for the rest of this year unless the Angels deal for a 1B. With Jeff Mathis near a return to team with Bobby Wilson behind the plate the Angels look o.k. for now.

The Maicer Izturis watch is on for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries, Playing Well by chinmusic on Friday 21 May 2010 at 5:35 pm

29-year old switch hitting 2B/SS/3B Maicer Izturis is almost ready to return to action for the Angels and they can’t wait. Izturis has played in 14 games for the Angels this season and he is 10 of 39 (.256 avg, .695 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 10 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Izturis will likely get a chance right away to boot 25-year old righty swinging Brandon Wood off 3B. Wood has played in 37 games for the Angels this season and he is 19 of 117 (.162 avg, .397 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs. Wood has only walked 2 times this season while whiffing 35 as he shows a utter lack of discipline at the plate.

Kendry Morales is off to another fast start for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 26 April 2010 at 5:41 pm

27-year old switch hitting 1B Kendry Morales is off to a very fast start for the Angels so far this season. Morales has played in 20 games for the Angels this season and he is 24 of 73 (.329 avg, .975 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 6 homers and 16 RBIs. The Angels are reaping the benefits of waiting a while before giving Morales the full time 1B job just like the Phillies did with Ryan Howard. He got his first taste as a starter last season for the Angels and he played in 152 games in which he was 173 of 566 (.306 avg, .924 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 34 homers and 108 RBIs. I look for Morales to at least match his numbers of last season unless he improves on them in 2010.

Jeff Mathis is off to a fast start for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Sunday 18 April 2010 at 7:54 am

27-year old righty swinging Jeff Mathis has taken over as the starting catcher so far this season for the Angels. He has played in 8 games for the Angels this season and he is 9 for 27 (.333 avg, .848 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Mathis is a good defensive catcher but his hitting has been a surprise so far this year. He has a career average of .200 with a .597 OPS in his first five years for the Angels with 20 homers. I will be watching to see if Mathis keeps up the good work with the bat because I have my doubts that he will.

Godzilla is off to a fast start for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 12 April 2010 at 12:54 pm

New starting DH Hideki Matsui has hit the ground running for his new team. In his first 7 games of the season, Matsui is 10 for 29 (.345 avg, 1.080 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 5 RBIs. Matsui is doing a good job of replacing the very popular Vladimir Guerrero at DH for the Angels and I think he will keep up the good work as long as his knees hold up. Tomorrow night, Matsui will get his World Series Ring at Yankee Stadium which should be a big night for him. Hopefully he feels at home and cranks a homer or two tomorrow night.

Chone Figgins of the Los Angeles Angels finishes tied for 10th in the MVP voting

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 28 November 2009 at 12:49 pm

31-year old switch hitting 3B Chone Figgins tied with Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees for 10th in the MVP voting of the American League. Figgins played in 158 games for the Angels last year and he was 183 for 615 (.298 avg, .789 OPS) with 114 runs scored, 5 homers, 54 RBIs and 42 stolen bases. He has now played in 936 games in his 8-year major league career and he is 1,045 for 3,585 (.291 avg, .751 OPS) with 596 runs scored, 31 homers, 341 RBIs and 280 stolen bases. It will be very interesting to see if the Angels bring back Chone Figgins for the 2010 season and beyond as he is a free agent and a lot of teams like him.

UPDATE: Figgins has signed a 4-year deal with the division rival Mariners worth $36 million bucks. This leaves a hole at 3B and the Angels need to either add someone via trade or free agency unless they are willing to give Brandon Wood his big chance in 2010.

Kendry Morales finished 5th in the MVP voting in the A.L.

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 28 November 2009 at 12:45 pm

26-year old switch hitting Kendry Morales finally got a shot to show what he could do last season as he finished fifth in the voting for the American League MVP Award. Morales played in 152 games for the Angels last season and he was 173 for 566 (.306 avg, .924 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 34 homers and 108 RBIs. He has now played four years for the Angels playing in 279 games in which he is 267 for 943 (.283 avg, .839 OPS) with 126 runs scored, 46 homers and 153 RBIs. Look for Morales to even get better as this was his first real go around with the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels re-sign Bobby Abreu

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 5 November 2009 at 5:45 pm

The Angels have acted quick in re-signing 35-year old lefty swinging RF Bobby Abreu to a 2-year, $18 million dollar contract. The contract includes a option for the 2012 season worth $9 million bucks that can be bought out for $1 million dollars. Abreu played in 152 games for the Angels last season and he was 165 for 563 (.293 avg, .825 OPS) with 96 runs scored, 15 homers, 103 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. Abreu has now played in 1,951 games in his major league career and he is 2,111 for 7,053 (.299 avg, .897 OPS) with 1,270 runs scored, 256 homers, 1,187 RBIs and 348 stolen bases. This was a great move for the Angels who have rewarded Abreu for his outstanding season in 2009.

UPDATE: Bobby Abreu finished tied for 12th with Aaron Hill of the Blue Jays in the MVP voting in the A.L.

The Los Angeles Angels do have three players that are stepping up

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 21 October 2009 at 11:05 am

The Angels have three players that are swinging good bats against the Yankees. Erick Aybar has played in all 4 games for the Angels against the Yanks and he is 4 for 14 (.286 avg, .643 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases. He has been a pest for Yankees’ pitchers when he gets on base. Howie Kendrick is swinging the best bat on the team right now. In three games against the Yanks, Kendrick is 4 for 11 (.364 avg, 1.182 OPS) with 3 runs scored, a triple, homer and 1 RBI. The Angels should consider batting Kendrick leadoff and dropping Chone Figgins to the bottom of the lineup due to his frigid bat. Backup catcher Jeff Mathis is also swinging a hot stick. He has played in 3 games against the Yanks in this series and he is 3 for 6 (.500 avg, 1.500 OPS) with 3 doubles and 1 RBI. The Angels need the rest of the lineup to start hitting or the next game will be their last of the year.

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