Tag:Lance Berkman
Posted on: June 14, 2010 3:28 pm

Angels in no hurry to replace Morales

It's been more than two weeks since Kendry Morales broke his leg, costing him the rest of the season, and the Angels still haven't added a first baseman. The Orange County Register points out that the three players who have filled in at the position since have batted a collective .230.

Despite that lack of production, the Angels have been strong offensively in winning 12 of the 15 games since losing Morales. Still, Morales was an important part of the offense (he batted .306 with 108 RBI last year), and with the Angels sitting a half-game behind Texas in the American League West it would behoove them to bulk up that spot in the lineup.

Bill Plunkett argues in the Register that the best financial move would be to wait on a first baseman until just before the trade deadline. Letting the Astros pay Lance Berkman's salary for another seven weeks, for example, would save the Angels $3.9 million in salary. Surely someone in the accounting office has pointed that out.

The good news is that there are a number of players thought to be available, so the Angels should still have some options if they wait a while. But if they start to fall back in the standings, or the offense falls off, pressure will increase on them to plug what has become a hole in the lineup.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:48 pm

Lee, Astros heating up

Carlos Lee's 10th-inning grand slam, coupled with a Pirates loss, moved the Astros out of last place in the National League Central.

Lee, who entered June hitting just .206, has a hit in every game this month and is hitting .333 with four home runs and 12 RBIs this month.

It's not just Lee getting hot in Houston, Lance Berkman has improved his average 28 points this month and the Astros are 7-3 in June. Houston is now just a half-game behind the Brewers for fourth in the division.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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