Question of the Day: 4/18 …
“What can they do about the lack of offense? Call up [Mike] Trout and cut [Bobby] Abreu?” — @bshah79
I think it’s still too early for that kind of talk. (By the way, I understand Trout has a .397/.446/.569 slash line in Triple-A, but keep in mind that the Pacific Coast League is a very hitter-friendly league with some very hitter-friendly ballparks. Just some food for thought.) I understand the concern from fans, and I get the disappointment, but you need to give these guys a chance to do what they’ve done their whole careers. Albert Pujols will eventually get going. So will Erick Aybar. That in itself will help a lot.
Mike Scioscia has his reasons, but here’s two things I believe can help …
1. It needs a little bit more continuity. Ten different lineup combinations in 12 games is a whole lot. And yes, the top three has remained constant (minus off days), but it could help guys jell if they know when and where they’re hitting. Problem: As some guys have mentioned, it’s hard for Scioscia to be consistent with the lineup when he isn’t getting consistency back. We’re still in that feeling-it-out process.
2. Mark Trumbo needs some more time, either at third base or the corner outfield (DH is all Kendrys Morales). His defense leaves some to be desired, but his bat is too important (and remember, sometimes a bat will sag if it isn’t playing consistently). Trumbo was out today due to illness, and I believe he’ll get in the lineup plenty coming up, with the Angels facing three lefties in the next four games.