The May 16th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including reactions to Hatcher's firing, Pujols will stay in the three-hole, the evolution of Mark Trumbo and much more...
The Monkey Says: Dipoto's comments make it pretty clear that he, possibly prompted by Arte Moreno, was behind this decision. This could be a good thing because Scioscia does seems to have become too stuck in his ways and this potentially forces some new ways of thinking on him. What remains to be seen is if Scioscia will be receptive to the new ideas.
The Monkey Says: Like I said, stuck in his ways. Not dropping Albert even one or two spots in the order just reeks of "old school" managing. Contrary to what Scioscia said, the team is NOT better off with Pujols batting third while he tries to figure things out. The Halos actually have been getting production from the top two spots in the order lately, but that is being largely wasted because Pujols has been so bad. In the long run, the Angels need him to be the linchpin of their batting order, but until he starts hitting that way again, the offense would likely improve with him batting lower in the lineup.
The Monkey Says: I was definitely a skeptic of Trumbo after last season, but he is almost a totally different hitter this season. His newfound plate discipline has transformed him into a legitimate star slugger. His .390 BABIP is ridiculously unsustainable, so he will come back to earth before long, but even then he will still be putting up better numbers than anyon could've hoped for coming into this season.
The Monkey Says: Those wouldn't be the numbers that the Angels paid $240 million for, but they are still pretty dang good. Now all we need is for Albert to flip a switch and turn back into The Machine overnight. Easy, right?
The Monkey Says: Aaaaaaaand back to the depressing statistical trends.
The Monkey Says: It really is wonderfully progressive for MLB to offer the restricted list for such situations, freeing players up to tend to personal and family matters when they are truly needed.
The Monkey Says: This is a lovely fluff piece, but what I like about it is that the Angels actually have veterans in the minor leagues that they can call upon. One thing that always drove me nuts about Tony Reagins is that he almost never brought in older players with big league experience to serve as insurance policies in the minors, often resulting in the Angels having to call up prospects or non-prospects who were completely overmatched. I think we all still have nightmares over the abbreviated Paul McAnulty era.
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Let's go back to an insightful comment made by, I think, Mr. ™ a few days ago. Why IS Bryce Harper getting all the ink and Mike Trout not so much? Trout's numbers totally crush Harper's. I guess it could have been the way Trout was ice cold for a few games when he was first called up while Harper was, at least, warmish. I know what the problem was when Trout first got here; HATCHER! Doesn't explain how he got red hot soon after but it does pinpoint the problem.
As far as I am concerned let Harper have the ink. I think at the end of the day it is going to be known that Trout is the better ALL Around player. Remember, chicks dig the long ball and that's Harpers claim to fame. Shoot, he can mash out 50 for all I care, he wo't have trouts speed or fielding or overall hits/bases. We have the better guy - no question.
@azhalofan Isn't that funny, though? Trout leads Harper in HRs, too. Aw, CRAP! I just saw the crawl on MLB Channel that the Giants lead the Angels in all three slash line categories. And we all know what they say about Frisco's offense. Great. It's like having a kid in CA public school, "We used to at least be better than Mississippi but now our schools are dead, f'ing LAST!" Oh, wait. I DO have a kid in a CA public school and I DO root for the Angels. DAMMIT!!