There must be something in the air in Anaheim, as David Freese is the latest player to struggle in his first season with the Los Angeles Angels.
Freese has been anything but consistent this year as he has a triple slash of .151/.207/.208 with just one home run, four RBIs, and 15 strikeouts in 13 games. His struggles now appear to be a product of his health as he was a late scratch from Friday’s game while dealing with a sore right quad.
Since joining the Angels this past offseason, the 30-year-old has not been what the team expected when they traded outfielder Peter Bourjos for him. The expectation was that Freese would step into the lineup behind Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, and provide an extra offensive boost and solidify the third base position for the Halos.
Freese’s start to his Halos career is disappointing on many levels because Los Angeles needs production in the lineup with Hamilton out for the next two months a left thumb. It is a prime opportunity for the former All-Star, but he has yet to take advantage of it. This does not bode well for Freese as he is also in a contract ,year meaning that a poor overall performance this year could cost him millions in his next contract.