B1leper wrote:"but 1 "hot" month by willits and thats going to change everything??
dont get me wrong, reggie is a solid player, but im not completely sold on him yet. hes been great while we had some injuries, but i wouldnt be suprised if he didnt keep up this all year. my moneys on figgins gettin figgy wit it the rest of year. or at least through june and july his best months"
Willits hasn't been hot for 1 month. He has done exactly what he's doing now throughout his career. He hit over .300 at every stop in the minor leagues, except .285 in 2004 in A ball. His lowest OBP in the minors was .374. He stole 40 bases 2 times and 30 bases 2 times. Counting last year and this year he as a MLB career BA of .308 and an OBP of .413. I don't think its any coincidence that the Angels hot streak and improved offense happened when GA went on the shelf and Willits was inserted into the lineup full time.
Figgins has not come close to those types of BA/OBP #'s in his entire career. Chone is a wonderful player. His versatility and speed are huge contributions to the Angels. But a two week hot streak will not change who he is-- a .270/.330 utility guy. He'll cool off soon and regress to the mean.
not taking sides between willits and figgins, but why is figgins a .270 avg .330 obp guy now? he hit .296 in half a season in 2003, .296 in all of 2004, then .290 in all of 2005. one bad year, and an injured/incomplete 2007 doesn't automatically make him a .270 hitter.