Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/16/12

The Los Angeles Angels made their commitments to second baseman Howie Kendrick and shortstop Erick Aybar, but neither is doing much to justify the team's trust this season.

Kendrick was signed to a four-year, $33.5 million contract before the season started. Early in the season, Aybar agreed to a four-year, $35 million contract extension that will kick in next season (after a one-year, $5,075,000 contract for 2012). Those agreements will keep Kendrick and Aybar the Angels' keystone combo at least through the 2015 season.

After making the AL All-Star team last year, Kendrick is batting just .263 with a horrible .297 on-base percentage. Both numbers would be career lows. Even more disturbing, Kendrick is just 12-for-54 (.222) with runners in scoring position, including one hitless at-bat in such a situation Friday in the Angels' 5-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. That poor situational hitting has been a glaring problem with Kendrick spending most of the past month batting sixth or seventh behind some of the team's hottest hitters (Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo, in particular).

"He's missed some pitches, fouled some pitches back that he usually hits hard," manager Mike Scioscia said in defense of Kendrick's sagging numbers. "He hit the ball hard a couple of times in the Dodgers series with not a lot to show for it.

"Although maybe statistically it's been a rough 75 at-bats or so, I think he's showed some signs of getting that bat head to the ball a little easier."

Aybar, meanwhile, has had a dreadful offensive season. After getting off to a poor start, Aybar lost his job as the leadoff hitter and was dropped to the bottom third of the lineup. There, he has continued to struggle, and he's batting only .223 with a .256 OBP on the season.

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