Kendrys Morales: The Los Angeles Angels Forgotten Weapon

Paul Francis Sullivan@@sullybaseballChief Writer IJuly 31, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 30: Kendrys Morales #8 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated at home plate by teammates Mike Trout #27 and Albert Pujols #5 after hitting a grand slam in the 6th inning against the Texas Rangers on July 30, 2012 at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
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When Kendrys Morales hit two home runs in the same inning last night in Arlington, two thoughts no doubt entered the collective minds of the Angels and their fans.

The first thought was: "Kendrys, please not not jump on home plate. Just step on it. There is no need to lose you for another season because of a home run celebration."

The second thought was: "If Morales is heating up, the Angels line up would be unreal."

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were shutout in their previous two games against Tampa Bay. Their stalled offense spoiled Zack Greinke's Angels debut and sent the team off on a losing note before heading to a crucial series in Arlington against the Rangers.

The bats woke up, led by Morales' two sixth inning home runs in last night's 15-8 rout of the first place Texas Rangers.

Morales had been slumping lately but the bats of Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo, Albert Pujols and a resurgent Torii Hunter hid his ineffectiveness.

If the Angels can get a solid final two months from Morales, then their lineup might be as formidable as their deep rotation.

It was not that long ago that Morales was the centerpiece of the Angels attack.

He finished in the top five of the 2009 American League MVP vote.

He was putting up All-Star numbers in 2010 before he ended his season and put his career on hold jumping on home plate in the infamous May 29th walk off home run injury.

He may not have regained his All-Star form this year, but he makes for a terrific fifth option in the lineup. If Kendrys Morales continues to be a threat, then opposing pitchers can not pitch around Trout, Trumbo, Pujols and Hunter.

Not a bad threat from someone who missed all of last season.

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