Mike Napoli has been solid for the Los Angeles Angels this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Friday 23 July 2010 at 2:06 pm

28-year old righty swinging C/1B Mike Napoli is having a solid year for the Angels. He started out the season behind the plate but he moved to 1B when Jeff Mathis came off the D.L. and starting 1B Kendry Morales went down for the year with a broken ankle. Napoli has played in 87 games for the Angels this year and he is 74 of 284 (.261 avg, .837 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 18 homers and 44 RBIs. He’s still a free swinger though as he has 86 whiffs this year. Still, that’s nitpicking and that Angels won’t care how many times he strikes out as long as he’s productive. Napoli has career highs of 60 runs scored, 20 homers and 56 RBIs in his major league career and I look for him to set new marks in all three of those categories as long as he can stay healthy.

Torii Hunter is staying in L.A. to represent the Angels in the All-Star Game

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 5 July 2010 at 8:25 am

34-year old outfielder will be the only player on the Angels that won’t get the All-Star Break off as he has made the team. Hunter has played in 79 games for the Angels this season and he is 85 of 289 (.294 avg, .899 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 14 homers, 60 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. This will be Hunter’s 4th All-Star Game appearance and he certainly deserves it as his bat has been carrying the Angels’ offense. Don’t forget his outstanding glove work which could help the A.L. win the game next week.

UPDATE: (7/6/2010) – Jered Weaver has been selected to the American League All-Star team to replace C.C. Sabathia who won’t be able to pitch in the game. Weaver has started 17 games for the Angels this year and he is 8-3 with a 2.82 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He has only given up 89 hits in 108 2/3 innings while whiffing a league leading 124 batters. Weaver finally gets his due as he deserved to be picked to the All-Star team initially as he has pitched better than Sabathia this year.

Howie Kendrick is putting up some solid numbers for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 26 June 2010 at 11:38 am

26-year old righty swinging 2B Howie Kendrick has been pretty solid for the Angels this year. Kendrick has played in 74 games for the Angels this season and he is 82 of 295 (.278 avg, .727 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 7 homers, 48 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Kendrick has been kind of brittle in his career so the Angels have their fingers crossed hoping he can stay healthy this year. In his previous four years with the Angels Kendrick has career highs of 105 games played, 61 runs scored, 10 homers, 61 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Kendrick is on pace to smash all of those numbers as long as he can stay in one piece.

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.

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