Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 7/15/13
The Angels have disappointed in the first half. Can they get it together and make a run? Team: Los Angeles Angels Record: 44-49 (11 GB) Biggest Surprise of First Half: The outfield duo of J.B. Shuck and Peter Bourjos. Bourjos has raked in the 40 games he’s played this season, producing a slash line of .333/.392/.457. To put that in perspective, Bourjos’ slash line for his first three MLB seasons was .247/.301/.402. Of course, 40 games is an extremely small sample size, and his 2013 numbers are somewhat inflated due to an unsustainable BABIP (batting average on balls in play) of .404. But production is production. The problem with Bourjos is his inability to stay on the field. Having already missed 38 games earlier in the season, Bourjos went back to the DL on June 30 with a broken wrist. Shuck, however, has been impressive in his place. Before 2013, Shuck only had 37 games of ML experience, all with the Houston Astros in 2011. That hasn’t stopped him from putting up some solid numb...
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