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Mike Scioscia sticks with Bobby Abreu as No. 3 hitter despite .199 average since July 1

Sep 23, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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Bobby Abreu struck out four times Wednesday and came into last night hitting just .199 with four homers in 59 games since July 1, but as usual he was in the Angels’ lineup as the No. 3 hitter.

It was the 94th time this season that manager Mike Scioscia has had Abreu in the third spot, which is remarkable for a 37-year-old who’s been awful for going on three months and is hitting just .252 with a .360 slugging percentage overall this season.

Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register asked Scioscia about the decision to stick with Abreu in the lineup and leave him in the middle of the batting order, and the manager replied that “he’s still giving us good at-bats.”

Abreu has long been one of the most patient hitters in the league and his .397 career on-base percentage ranks 10th among active players, but along with the .199 batting average since July 1 he’s also gotten on base at a putrid .281 clip.

If the Angels end up missing the playoffs by a couple games–and right now it looks like they will–the manager’s faith in Abreu will be one of the reasons. And he’ll be back next season after his $9 million option vested.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Sep 23, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Oh Bobby, you used to be pretty good. How far you have fallen. Craig can thank Bobby when he wins his bet with Tiffany.

  2. APBA Guy - Sep 23, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    And the Angels decision to part company with Mike Napoli is looking good right now-for Texas. Napoli’s 1.030 OPS would look pretty good in the Angels lineup as they try to run down the Rangers.

    • Mark - Sep 23, 2011 at 1:56 PM

      Of course, in order for the Angels to actually take advantage of that 1.030 OPS, Scioscia would have to play Napoli. Given his love affair for Mathis, Napoli probably wouldn`t get that much play anyways.

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