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Angel First Basemen Provide Plenty of Power, But Something is Still Missing

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Part two of our series on the Angels offensive production by position continues with a look at first base.

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In their inaugural season of 1961, the Angel batters produced 41 home runs out of the first base spot of the line-up.  In the 52 seasons since, no combination of first basemen has matched that production, yet a few have come close.  The 2000 season saw Mo Vaughn belt 34 home runs while playing first, adding to the total of 38 for the position.  Wally Joyner also hit 34 in 1987, giving the position 36 round-trippers, and last season the Halo first basemen also hit a combined 36 homers.

The last two seasons has seen Angel first basemen hit a total of 71 home runs, easily the largest two-season total in Angels' history.  Yet, although the club has received an increased output of power from the position over the past two seasons with the addition of Albert Pujols and maturation of Mark Trumbo, the position just seems to be missing "something".  As noted, they hit plenty of home runs, and they scored an above-average amount of runs, while driving in the second-highest amount of runners, yet they also had the third lowest batting average and second-lowest on base percentage, were the league leaders in hitting into double plays (19), and in spite of hitting all of those home runs, were just league average in slugging percentage.

First Base

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

Baltimore

683

596

98

169

41

1

51

134

4

1

70

200

.284

.365

.612

.977

Boston

705

604

101

158

48

3

26

106

2

1

88

220

.262

.361

.480

.841

Chicago

689

598

65

150

20

3

23

77

0

1

78

131

.251

.341

.410

.751

Cleveland

711

622

86

148

20

1

26

83

4

0

79

169

.238

.325

.399

.724

Detroit

725

634

88

175

37

0

26

106

0

1

77

121

.276

.360

.457

.817

Houston

657

577

75

129

26

1

29

74

2

2

70

219

.224

.316

.423

.738

Kansas City

708

651

88

192

34

3

19

89

11

4

51

109

.295

.345

.444

.789

Los Angeles

704

635

91

148

26

2

35

111

6

2

56

165

.233

.293

.446

.739

Minnesota

698

633

67

162

36

0

19

88

0

0

56

146

.256

.318

.403

.721

New York

644

584

59

134

30

1

22

83

2

0

51

150

.229

.292

.397

.690

Oakland

650

584

74

156

21

4

27

92

3

1

54

139

.267

.332

.455

.788

Seattle

679

606

71

147

30

0

24

66

2

0

68

143

.243

.323

.411

.733

Tampa Bay

667

615

60

180

34

1

15

82

4

1

46

100

.293

.341

.424

.765

Texas

637

566

71

126

26

1

25

65

1

0

59

148

.223

.295

.405

.700

Toronto

686

608

87

172

28

3

36

111

5

1

70

106

.283

.357

.516

.874


















Average

683

608

79

156

30

2

27

91

3

1

65

151

.257

.331

.446

.777

One possible explanation for the below average slash stats may be due to how unlucky - if you believe in luck- plaguing the Angel first basemen last season.  The group hit a very weak .254 batting average on balls in play, with Pujols contributing a career worst .258, almost 50 points lower than his career average.  Hopefully, once Puhols has healed from his injuy, the team will see a rebound in his production.


G

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

Efren Navarro

1

4

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

.333

.500

.333

.833

Albert Pujols

34

146

125

20

29

4

0

9

29

0

1

13

16

.232

.301

.480

.781

Mark Trumbo

121

504

464

66

110

22

2

25

76

5

1

36

139

.237

.290

.455

.744

Kole Calhoun

6

19

18

2

4

0

0

1

3

0

0

1

3

.222

.263

.389

.652

Brad Hawpe

5

14

10

2

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

4

5

.200

.429

.200

.629

Brendan Harris

6

14

12

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

2

.167

.231

.167

.397

Luis Jimenez

1

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Team Total

162

704

635

91

148

26

2

35

111

6

2

56

165

.233

.293

.446

.739