Tag:Bobby Abreu
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:09 am
Edited on: May 30, 2011 10:27 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Kershaw dominates

Clayton Kershaw

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers-- The Dodgers' left-hander threw a two-hitter and struck out 10 in Los Angeles' 8-0 victory over the Marlins. It was his second career shutout. Kershaw allowed just a soft single by Omar Infante and a line-drive double by Logan Morrison, while walking one. So far this season, he has 87 strikeouts in 79 innings with only 24 walks.

Martin Prado, Braves -- Prado not only hit the two-run homer that gave the Braves a 2-1 lead over the Reds, but also threw out Paul Janish at the plate to end the eighth inning (although, an assist to home plate umpire Dan Iassogna, who missed the call.)

Bobby Abreu, Angels -- With his eighth-inning RBI double, Abreu moved past Lou Gehrig on the all-time list with 535 in his career, giving him 32nd on the all-time list by himself. He's three behind the Rockies' Todd Helton, who also doubled on Sunday. Helton's one behind Al Simmons, who is 30th with 539. Tris Speaker holds the record with 792, if you were curious, followed by Pete Rose (746), Stan Musial (725), Ty Cobb (724), Craig Biggio (668) and George Brett (665). Ivan Rodriguez leads all active players with 569. 


Vance Worley, Phillies -- The Phillies have Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and Vance Worley. Which of these doesn't belong? If it weren't already clear, Sunday may have helped. Joe Blanton's replacement in the Phillies' heralded rotation allowed 12 hits and eight runs (five earned) in three innings on Sunday, needing 71 pitches to get through three. Of those 71 pitches, the Mets only swung and missed at three of them.

Joakim Soria, Royals -- The one-time Mexicutioner has only been killing the Royals this season. After his team gave him a lead in the ninth, he gave up a homer to Nelson Cruz. He would have gotten out of the inning if Brayan Pena made a tag on the play at the plate, but he didn't. Soria has already marked a career-high with four blown saves this season and has an ERA of 5.57. Despite his struggles, manager Ned Yost said he's standing by Soria as the team's closer. "Jack is our best option," Yost said after the game. "I've been through this five or six times. The worst thing you can do is to start messing around with the bullpen."

Jeff Fulchino, Astros -- The Diamondbacks bullpen has been a big reason Arizona has moved into first place, but Arizona was also helped out by Houston's 'pen. Sunday, Houston blew its 13th of 20 save opportunities this season. Fulchino was the loser against the Diamondbacks, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk in the eight inning, erasing J.A. Happ's strong start.

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 1:50 pm
 

Bobby Abreu willing to DH if needed

Abreu One of the Angels' primary targets this offseason is Carl Crawford.

In many respects, he's the perfect player for the Angels, who love players with strong defense, who play the game with their wheels and can hit for a solid batting average and chip in on the power department as well.

However, if he joins the Angels, it would put the onus on one of the incumbent outfielders to become a DH.

Peter Bourjos, who took over center field for Los Angeles near the end of the year, certainly isn't eligible for that because there are too many questions surrounding his bat and much of his value is tied up in being a fantastic defender.

Torii Hunter, meanwhile, may have been moved from center for Bourjos, but is still a solid defender and doesn't need to move out of right field.

Where the fit comes in for DH is when you look at Bobby Abreu, who has been a liability on defense for some time now but has managed to remain as right and left fielder for the Angels. If Crawford decides to head to L.A., the odds are Abreu will be the one headed to the DH position.

"I have no problem with that," Abreu said Friday to MLB.com . "If it's something that's going to make the team better, I'm for it. I've got no problem."

The move to DH may actually be a boon for Abreu, who will turn 37 prior to Opening Day. His risk of injuries would be lessened as the DH, improving his chances of playing in at leat 150 games for 14 straight seasons. If he can pull off that feat in 2011, he will have beaten out Willie Mays for that distinction, having tied Mays in 2010 with 154 games played. In an attempt to crack the 150-game barrier, Abreu won't be playing winter ball.

"I decided it would be better just to rest," said Abreu.

With a move to DH, Abreu might be able to bounce back with the bat after hitting just .255/.352/.435 in 667 plate appearances with 20 homers. Abreu had hit .293/.390/.435 for the Angels in 2009. His batting average is all that stands between Abreu and his career numbers, and focusing on hitting could address that issue in what will be the former Phillie and Yankee's final season of a two-year contract.

Abreu realizes that he needs to improve on his season, just like everyone on the team needs to to bounce back from an 80-82 record, the first time since 2003 that Los Angeles finished under .500.

"We need everybody to step up and have a good year," Abreu noted.

And the way Abreu may get his good year is by moving to the DH. First things first, though: Get Carl Crawford.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:27 am
Edited on: August 17, 2010 1:29 am
 

Year has not been kind to Angels' bats

Torii Hunter
The Orange County Register points out that Wednesday is the one-year anniversary of a historic feat, and provides a reminder of how much things have changed for the Angels.

After a 5-4 victory over the Indians last August 18, all nine batters in the Angels lineup had a batting average of .300 or better (you can see the box score here ). It was the first time a team had been in that situation since the 1934 Tigers.

A year later, not one of those nine players is batting .300. Here's the lineup, with last year's August 18 average and their current average:

Chone Figgins (now with Seattle) .308/.251
Bobby Abreu .310/.266
Juan Rivera .310/.257
Vladimir Guerrero (now with Texas) .313/.297
Kendry Morales .303/.290
Torii Hunter (pictured) .307/.290
Maicer Izturis .300/.249
Mike Napoli .300/.254
Erick Aybar .313/.271

Explains a lot about how the Angels were 5 1/5 games up in the American League West then and 8 1/2 back now.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 10:58 am
Edited on: August 6, 2010 11:22 am
 

Scioscia says Angels misjudged talent

Mike Scioscia
A sweep at the hands of the lowly Orioles has put the final nail in the coffin of the Angels, and manager Mike Scioscia admitted Thursday that while many players didn't play up to expectations, the expectations themselves were flawed.

"There's no doubt our evaluations were off. No doubt," Scioscia told the Orange County Register. "Certainly as we evaluated guys and projected what their contributions would be, it's obvious that the evaluations haven't panned out on a couple of guys."

Los Angeles is 10 games back in the American League West, 14 back in the wild-card race and below .500 in August for the first time since 2003. Less than two weeks ago the Angels traded for Dan Haren, thinking they were still contenders, but now it's over.

Scioscia pointed to outfielder Juan Rivera as an example of someone whose contribution hasn't matched the Angels' projections. Rivera had 88 RBI and 25 homers last season, but with two-thirds of this season in the books he's at 40 RBI and 12 homers.

A certain number of unexplained dropoffs are part of the game for every team. You don't expect Scott Kazmir's ERA to jump two points, or for Brandon Wood to actually regress and bat .168. On the other hand, the Angels shouldn't be surprised, if in fact they are, by declines from 37-year-old sluggers Bobby Abreu (56 RBI) and Hideki Matsui (.249 average and a big drop in homers).

Scioscia thinks the Angels would have been in it if more players had simply achieved averageness.

"You're talking about [expecting] routine years," he said. "We're not even talking about exceptional seasons."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 10:50 am
Edited on: June 30, 2010 10:51 am
 

Stars skipping Derby


Josh Hamilton Could the Home Run Derby be going the way of the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest?

At the NBA's All-Star weekend, the league flies in a collection of bench players, nobodies and Knicks to fill out its skills competition, including the dunk contest. This year's participants were Nate Robinson, DeMar DeRozan, Shannon Brown and Gerald Wallace -- not exactly LeBron James or Kobe Bryant.

Baseball's best are turning down the Home Run Derby as quickly as James will declined joining the Los Angles Clippers when NBA free agency opens at midnight tonight. So far, Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols and Vladimir Guerrero have publicly said they don't want to participate. Even Angels catcher Mike Napoli has said he doesn't want to participate.

So far, the only taker has been the Angels' Reggie Willits, who has as much of a chance of making the All-Star team as former White Sox minor leaguer Michael Jordan. Willits, by the way, has zero home runs in 871 big-league plate appearances.

"I'll do it," Willits joked to the Orange County Register 's Bill Plunkett . "My swing is the last thing I'd be worried about -- it's my pride."

Others, though, are worried about their swing.

"For some guys who have the approach that I'm trying to use now, it might have a negative effect -- guys who don't have an uppercut in their swing or who swing down on the ball," Hamilton, who two years ago put on one of the great Derby shows of all-time told the paper.

Bobby Abreu is the poster child for skipping the event. In 2005, he had 18 home runs at the break and then won the event with a record 41 homers. He hit six the rest of the season.

"I understand very well why they say no," Abreu, now an Angel, told the Register . "It takes a lot of out of you. Your hands, your fingers get sore. When it happened to me, I was tired. I hit 41. That's not counting all the swings you take that aren't home runs. I don't know how many swings I took."

Even Napoli, who has 14 homers, said he'd prefer not to participate.

"It always seemed that after I did one, I struggled for awhile," Napoli said. "It affects your swing. I did one in Double-A and went like, 9 for 90 after that. Let the superstars do it."

When it comes down to it, superstars can -- and likely will -- turn down the assignment, so it may be left to the secondary stars.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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