Abreu battling through a slump

Abreu battling through a slump

Abreu battling through a slump
BALTIMORE -- The Angels are hoping that Bobby Abreu can soon snap out of the slump that's plagued him throughout the month of July.

Abreu comes into Sunday's series finale with the Orioles batting just .153 this month. The 37-year old has gone only 9-for-59 in July -- and 1-for-19 in his last five games.

The veteran comes into Sunday's game with a .265 batting average overall this season. Manager Mike Scioscia said they'd consider giving him a day off, at some point, if he's still having problems. But they're hoping Abreu can work his way through the slump.

"I think he's missing some plate coverage," said Scioscia. "I don't think he's close enough to the plate. I think that Bobby sees that, too, so he's going to try and make a little adjustment."

Abreu was clearly frustrated in talking after the game. He's also looking to solve this puzzle.

"[It's] a tough time right now at the plate," Abreu said after Saturday's game. "I don't know what's going on. My swing is there. Everything is there. I guess I have to just [watch] the video and see what's going on. I just have to figure it out."

Abreu's power production has dropped dramatically this season. He's hit at least 15 homers in each of the past 13 seasons, but the veteran has only three homers so far this year.

Scioscia said he's pleased that Abreu is still getting on base, talking walks (62 so far) and making opposing pitchers work, and hopes the power numbers start moving upwards soon.

Abreu got off to a good start in Sunday's game, walking in the first, but adding a seeing-eye RBI single to right in the third. He hit a shot that slid under the glove of second baseman Robert Andino for an early 1-0 lead.