The March 16th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including C.J. Wilson sharp in spring training win, Angels trim spring roster to 43, Santana feeling fine after being struck by comebacker and much more...
The Monkey Says: The bullpen also was sharp, allowing just one hit, no walks and no runs over five innings. The position players though still have some work to do since they committed three errors (though one was by Wilson, so I guess two) and got picked off twice.
The Story: The Angels spring roster stands at 43 after Matt Shoemaker, Daniel Tillman, David Carpenter, Matt Meyer, Robinson Diaz, Doug Deeds, Johnny Hellweg, Ariel Pena, Fabio Martinez and Luis Jimenez were sent to minor league camp.
The Monkey Says: With so many players being sent down, we are now at the stage of spring where we will start seeing the Angel regulars play a lot more, especially now that injured or less ready players like Jason Isringhausen and Mike Trout are getting ready for action too.
The Monkey Says: He isn't quite 100% but he there is little reason to believe he will not make his next scheduled start or be behind schedule when the regular reason starts.
The Monkey Says: If Morales is ready this weekend, he'll only get about two and a half weeks worth of pre-season to get ready for Opening Day. That doesn't seem like a lot as it is, so if he suffers another minor setback, there is a reasonable chance that he will not be ready for the start of the regular season.
The Monkey Says: I like Torii's positivity, but he is not so great when it comes to predictions and big proclamations, so I think he may just jinxed Howie.
The Monkey Says: That seems like an innocuous statement, but Trumbo's comments before spring training started were overflowing with apprehension. Him being mentally confident in the field is a big part of him getting his actual physical performance up to a passable level.
The Monkey Says: The best point made here is that all of the Angel pitchers achieve their success in different ways, especially with C.J. Wilson now on board. The funniest part is that anytime someone says the Angel rotation is the best, it causes Phillies fans to freak out. They get so worked up over something so ridiculously arbitrary. In other words, they act like Philadelphia fans.
The Monkey Says: Looking at the teams rated behind them, I can't really object, but at the same time I still feel like they are rated way too high.
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Woo hoo! They announced during the first inning that Kendry Morales singled in his first game of spring training, a minor league affair. This about five minutes after telling us in the pre-game that he would be DHing if the running he was doing right then was pain free. I'll have to see the tape to believe he didn't fall to the ground in agony crossing first. If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all.
You could just see Wilson's E coming. When the ball left the bat it looked like an easy out but as soon as they switched camera angles you could tell Wilson was in trouble with the sun.
Trumbo confident? Good. Now let's hear the parameters for his success or "failure" for playing third from the blogosphere. We had a reminder that no one is perfect yesterday when he-of-the-game-saving-OBP, Alberto Callaspo, let a grounder go right between his legs in the third inning. If Trumbo does that it's a headline. For Callaspo, not so much. We sort of expect him to muff an easy play occasionally while not ever getting close to the really difficult play. It adds up to a decent fielding number but doesn't make him a great third baseman.
Trumbo is being watched on every play and that seems a little unfair to me when the incumbent is perfectly capable of making his own stupid mistakes. Let's give the kid a break or at least keep score of what the other guy does wrong, too, is all I'm saying. So far I'd have to say the fielding/baserunning aspect is, at worst, a wash and probably in Trumbo's favor. I haven't seen him get picked off yet (Sorry, Torii!) and, at his size, something like that would be hard to miss. He may have made some blunders but, full disclosure, I have not seen every inning of every game.