Angels face a steady dose of lefties

The Angels face a left-handed starting pitcher in four of the next five games, which means -- if precedent holds -- their lineup will see a steady dose of Jeff Mathis.

That's not necessarily good news for the offense, considering Mathis is batting .186 and the other main catcher, Hank Conger, is hitting .282 with more than twice as many RBIs. But the Angels have little confidence in Conger's right-handed swing. The switch hitter has gotten just five at-bats against lefties.

Conger said he toyed with abandoning right-handed hitting last year at Triple-A, but he felt uncomfortable in the left-handed batter's box against lefties.

"It's a little tough when you don't see many live pitches," Conger said. "But it's just inconsistent and I think they kind of know that."

Here is the Angels' lineup against lefty Derek Holland and the Rangers' against Dan Haren:


1. Erick Aybar SS

2. Bobby Abreu DH

3. Maicer Izturis 2B

4. Torii Hunter RF

5. Howie Kendrick LF

6. Alberto Callaspo 3B

7. Mark Trumbo 1B

8. Jeff Mathis C

9. Peter Bourjos CF


1. Endy Chavez CF

2. Elvis Andrus SS

3. Ian Kinsler 2B

4. Michael Young DH

5. Mitch Moreland RF

6. Adrian Beltre 3B

7. David Murphy LF

8. Yorvit Torrealba C

9. Chris Davis 1B