Mike Napoli Should Get His Shot

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIApril 22, 2010

TORONTO - APRIL 18: Mike Napoli #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated after a run against the Toronto Blue Jays during a MLB game at the Rogers Centre April 18, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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You hate to take joy in someone else’s pain, but in this case, I just might.

The news that Los Angeles Angels catcher Jeff Mathis fractured his wrist means that Mike Napoli might finally get his shot to be the full-time catcher in Anaheim. Fantasy owners, rejoice!

I say "might" because it seems that Angels manager Mike Scioscia would rather put himself behind the plate instead of Napoli. Scioscia must think Napoli is the worst defensive catcher he has ever seen because that is the only excuse he has for not playing Napoli so far this year.

Napoli had only 21 ABs going into last night’s action on the young season. Now he should get the majority of the playing time in Anaheim.

If you combine Napoli’s 2008 and 2009 seasons, he is a .273 hitter with 40 home runs in 609 ABs. That means, if he is available in your fantasy league, you should pick him up.

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