Truth & Rumors > MLB

Aybar's success complicating his future


08:10 AM ET 03.12 | Erick Aybar's timing is coming around, though not necessarily in Anaheim's favor. [Aybar] inherited the leadoff position when Chone Figgins left the Angels as a free agent following the 2009 season. But Aybar stumbled in the role, batting nearly 60 points lower in 2010 (.253) than he had the season before. The leadoff spot became a time-share arrangement in 2011 with Aybar, Maicer Izturis and Peter Bourjos all getting starts there. This spring, though, Aybar has gotten off to hot start. He is 8 for 15 after getting a single and a triple in the Angels' 17-2 route of the Indians Sunday and could be laying claim to the lion's share of the starts at leadoff -- just as he reaches free agency.

The Orange County Register

Mike Scioscia, Getty Images Mike Scioscia, Getty Images
March 12, 2012  08:50 AM ET

Who cares? They have Pujols.

March 12, 2012  09:13 AM ET

A VERY good problem to have. But they still won't catch the Rangers ...

March 12, 2012  09:51 AM ET

A VERY good problem to have. But they still won't catch the Rangers ...

We'll see about Dat, they got a Long Season ahead!

Comment #4 has been removed
March 12, 2012  11:13 AM ET

I'm waiting for alacran's take on this...

March 12, 2012  11:26 AM ET

A good complication for him, if he maintains a high avg for the season.

Comment #7 has been removed
March 12, 2012  01:10 PM ET


What can I say? I like a good chuckle every now and then.

March 12, 2012  03:49 PM ET

What can I say? I like a good chuckle every now and then.

It definitely helps you sleep better than a fist-full of Ambien.

March 12, 2012  06:41 PM ET

aybar, one good game it doesn't mean he has won the leadoff spot, rather he needs to work even harder just to acomplished a few more points but that's all he could get, izturis has played better games as a leadoff hitter, but injuries tend to play a bigger role in this player, bourjos should be the halos leadoff hitter, he has great speed, and tends to get his ability in the same page, he would need to get more discipline approach at the plate but he could be the right answer to the team!!

March 12, 2012  06:49 PM ET

Who cares? They have Pujols.

they have pujols, but they don't have the conssistant in their offense, for the same reason sciocia would need to get the right leadoff hitter in the right direction, can aybar be the answer? its doubtfull, then again izturiz its more as a utility player role,, should mike sciocia place pujols in the leadoff spot to get him in base more often? that won't make any sense at all, about bobby abreu? this guy has the ability and the patience to work the count and the walks, strikeout less, gets on base more often, its just too bad the halos don't have the available spot for abreu who knows what would happen,

March 12, 2012  06:56 PM ET

A VERY good problem to have. But they still won't catch the Rangers ...

the angels, would need to use every little different type of approach in every game, yes they have pujols, but the opposite teams could easely take pujols bat away from his hands, they have trumbo, but he can't be a leadoff hitter, sciocia would need to play the small ball game, the speed and the steal base going from first to second could play a big role in the halos games, lets not forget that the angels biggest problem its at their offense, but who knows? they have two top sluggers at their lineup, pujols, morales, lets not forget trumbo, and with a little luck, hunter may joy the group!!

Comment #13 has been removed


Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.

Truth & Rumors


  1. 1
    Woodson's next job
  2. 2
    Lee on the Yankees' radar (Burnett, too)
  3. 3
    Rangers pegged as unsportsmanlike divers
  4. 4
    Heat rising on new sheriff Quintal
  5. 5
    Geno insists he'll beat out Vick

SI Photos