Tag:Hideki Matsui
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 28, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 4:58 pm

Mauer winning baseball's popularity contest

Joe Mauer In the final American League All-Star Game voting updates before Sunday's announcement of teams, Justin Morneau and Carl Crawford are hanging on for their spots in the homecoming court, while Joe Mauer continues to be the prettiest girl in the school, but is still like totally down-to-earth and cool, you know?

The chess club still has until Thursday to find a way to hack intuit he online voting system and make Yuniesky Betancourt the queen, but then when the Royals shortstop shows up to the dance, he'll take off his glasses, shake out his hair and everyone will discover the beautiful swan he was underneath a career 82 OPS+.

Anyway, Mark Teixeira is making a run at Morneau at first base, with Miguel Cabrera tight on his heels. Robinson Cano seems to have second locked up, as do Evan Longoria and Derek Jeter at third base and shortstop, respectively. Mauer is pounding Jorge Posada at catcher and Vladimir Guerrero has a comfortable lead at DH over Hideki Matsui. Really.

Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton and Crawford are the top three vote-getters in the outfield, as Crawford jumped in front of the Rangers Nelson Cruz in voting, despite his sore shoulder, for the final outfield spot.

Complete -- or at least a semi-complete -- leaderboard for the July 13 game in Anaheim is up at MLB.com .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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