As the Los Angeles Angels have struggled to start the season, shortstop Erick Aybar has had his fair share of problems at the plate.
Aybar, through 16 games played this season, has a triple slash of .183/.242/.250 with zero home runs, six RBIs, and eight strikeouts. This also includes batting a meager .090 (1-11) in the last three games and going hitless in eight games so far this year. This is a far cry from the productive spring training that the 30-year-old had when he batted .300 with six RBIs, tied for team-high 16 runs scored, and was second on the team with 10 walks.
His solid spring training makes his struggles to start the season a bit of a head scratcher. His difficulties offensively coupled with the Angels’ lack of consistent production outside of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Howie Kendrick has put them in a bind particularly in the bottom half batting order.
He is not the only one struggling to hit as David Freese (.143 BA one home run, 4 RBIs) and Raul Ibanez (.148 BA with three home runs, 12 RBIs) have a combined 37 strikeouts between them through two weeks of the season. The Halos need production throughout the lineup and Aybar in his eight-year career has been able to be a consistent contributor to the offense regardless of where he is placed in the batting order.
His slow start to the season adds to the Angels’ troubles as the team tries to turn it around after an 8-10 start that has them in third place in the AL West, 4.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics. Los Angeles needs players like Aybar to turn it around offensively or that margin will continue to get larger.