Filling the Void: Kendry Morales

TheFantasyFix.comAnalyst IJune 6, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 29:  Kendry Morales #8 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to his injury on his way to home plate after his grand slam homerun to win the game 5-1 over the Seattle Mariners during the bottom of the ninth inning at Angel Stadium on May 29, 2010 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The dust has settled, the pain feels fresh. When I wake up in the morning to check my lineups I must tell myself to get past the loss of Kendry Morales.  Staring at the First base position he left empty for the foreseeable future reminds me of one thing , that replacements are very readily available. There is truly no time to mourn it being 2 full months into the season. To fill the gap left behind 100% may be an unreasonable request.  The good news, quality hot bats at first base are plentiful.  Let’s take a look who you should pick up to take a little bit of the sting away.


Reminder:

Kendry Morales:
2009:   86 Runs - 34 HRs – 108 Rbis - .306 AVG  (566 Abs)
2010:   29 Runs – 11 HRs – 39 Rbis - .290 AVG (193 Abs)

Replacements (All First Basemen/2010)
(Runs-HR-RBIs-AVG)  (At Bats)

Troy Glaus  ATL
27- 9-40-.277 (177ABs)

Aubrey Huff   SF
26 -6-23-.297 (175ABs)

Luke Scott  BAL
22-9-20-.271 (144ABs)

Ike Davis  NYM
23-6-17-.265 (136ABs)

Daric Barton  OAK
25-4-22-.280 (186Abs) (15th in MLB for Hits, & 25th in Runs, by a 1st Basemen)

If they are ALL gone don’t be afraid to pick up Jose Lopez SEA.  Contrary to some feedback I’ve received he is a good hitter for his position versatility (1st, 2nd, & 3rd).  At the prime age of 26 with 7 seasons of MLB experience, the next 3 years should be very productive for the young now 3rd basemen.  Plus if you look at his last week he is really heating up.  (10 for 23 with 7 Runs  - 2 HR -  4RBI – batting .435).

If you were a Morales owner, who did you pick up?
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