The Angels finished near the bottom in runs scored in 2011. Some of that may be attributable to their ballpark which seemed to be a pitcher’s haven last year. Another problem is, while they were in the middle in batting average, they were closer to the bottom in OBP so drawing walks was a problem. No Angel drove in 100 or scored a hundred and none of their regulars hit .300.
Howie Kendrick was the team leader in OPS+. He hit .285 with an .802 OPS and he found some pop with eighteen home runs. He also led the team with 86 runs. Mark Trumbo led the team with 29 home runs but he hit just .254 with 25 walks. Even more extreme then Trumbo was Vernon Wells who hit 25 home runs and he hit just .218.
Helps is on the way so it’s time to buy your Angels tickets because this could be the year. Peter Bourjos had a solid season in his first full big league season and Trumbo was a rookie so you’d expect him to get better. And then of course there’s Mike Trout who ended up in 40 games. He hit just .220 but he showed some early pop and it’ll be fun watching this guy get better.
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