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Bobby Abreu, washed up? Not for the Dodgers (so far)

May 18, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

Bobby Abreu AP

Bobby Abreu had the worst season of his career in 2011 and then went 5-for-24 (.208) in limited playing time early on this season, causing many to conclude that the 38-year-old was washed up and getting him released by the Angels.

Abreu hooked on with the Dodgers two weeks ago, first as a part-time player and now as a starter following injuries in the outfield, and he’s looked nothing like the guy who played his way out of the Angels’ plans.

Abreu went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple last night, making him 11-for-35 (.314) with six extra-base hits in 12 games for the Dodgers. By comparison, dating back to last season Abreu had a total of six extra-base hits in his final 21 games for the Angels while batting .235.

As the Dodgers look to stay atop the NL West minus Matt Kemp suddenly Abreu is looking like a key contributor.

  1. ajcardsfan - May 18, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    The fact he came from the Angels while playing badly, and the Angels are continuing to struggle this season….I’m starting to think somebody cursed Anaheim Stadium

    • petey1999 - May 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      Or rather Orange county.

    • lostsok - May 18, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      Never should have fired that monkey…

  2. Joe - May 18, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Yahbut – everything considered, he’s still a “hitter” (because he has little defensive value) with a .753 OPS overall. Which is kind of what people expected from him when they said he didn’t warrant an everyday job this season.

  3. randall351 - May 18, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Could the quality of pitching in the NL be that much worse than in the AL?

  4. Jonny 5 - May 18, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    It’s now obvious to me that the Angels staff must be tainting the Gatorade with narcotics. It’s the only explanation.

  5. icanspeel - May 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    I see it a lot that sometimes a player just needs a change of scenery or change of league to start and turn things around.

  6. JB (the original) - May 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Oooh, oooh what about “small sample size” –since no one else has used it yet….

  7. willsolo - May 18, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    He is still the same 38 year old Bobby Abreu. Let’s see if this can hold up for the rest of the season.

  8. genericcommenter - May 18, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Donnie knows how to get something out of him.

  9. cur68 - May 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    This is Scioscia Bat Effect (SBE). It sucks the life out of any bat it comes in contact with. Not even Pujol’s mojo had enough juju to withstand it . . . either that or this is another edition of Small Sample Size Theater (SSST).

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