The May 2nd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Albert Pujols and Mickey Hatcher clear the air over their misunderstanding, Pujols and his wife are expecting a new baby, struggling Peter Bourjos sits out a third straight game and much more...
The Monkey Says: This is a case where everyone is wrong. Mickey clearly shouldn't have told the press about a closed door meeting, but Albert shouldn't have complained to the press about Hatcher talking to the press, especially since Mickey didn't reveal anything that was particularly sensitive.
The Monkey Says: His wife and children are all in St. Louis still, so this is only going to add to the speculation that his struggles are in some part linked to him missing his family, which sucks that I even have to say since all I should be saying is congratulations.
The Monkey Says: Someone was going to get squeezed with Mike Trout being brought up to play everyday and so far that someone is Bourjos. It is hard to complain too much about this as Peter has looked lost at the plate this season and even had some fans calling for him to be demoted altogether. Still, with Vernon Wells continuing to struggle, it is hard to reconcile him getting so much more playing time than Bourjos who can at least contribute on a daily basis with his sublime defense.
The Monkey Says: It is amazing to think that so many of the Angel batters have been struggling to hit balls down the middle, but turns out that is the case. Just think how good the offense is going to be once Pujols, Howie and the others follow Torii's lead and start crushing these pitches. Yep, August is going to be great!
The Monkey Says: Here is my problem with this, if his issues were just mechanical with his off-speed pitches, then the "low-pressure" situations wouldn't really be part of the equation here, it would just be a question of him fixing his delivery and getting back out there, good as new. What I think this indicates is that his issues are not only mechanical, but mental as well, which means it could be quite some time before he returns any kind of late-inning role.
The Monkey Says: Did you see the Twins last night? There is your answer right there.
The Monkey Says: He most certainly does, but that is largely because he is entrenched as the three-hole hitter and no lineup can consistently produce runs when their three-hole hitter is hitting like Jeff Mathis.
The Monkey Says: I have to admit, part of the reason I wrote that post was as a potential reverse jinx. It didn't work.
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Wellllll, maybe the defense thing isn't where you want to go to make your case for forcing Wells out in favor of Trout. Wells has not hurt us in left that I've seen while Trout has made two Ill-advised dives for balls that ended up unnecessarily going for extra bases. Trout will be a great left fielder some day but he has to get himself under control.
I have to say that I very much like the idea of getting Walden more experience without the potential for disaster afforded by closing. Unfortunately, there ARE no low-pressure situations when you're working behind the (lack of) Angels' offense.
Let's not sully the good name of Jeff Mathis unless we're talking about him in an Angels uniform. Right now, with only seven game appearances, Jeff is totally out-performing Albert. I didn't see the highlight but Steve Berthiaume Tweeted that he went third deck with his SECOND homer of the season the other day. Ouch!
Good thing I have JeDi on speed dial to counteract all those who wanted to put Richards in as fifth starter. This extra time in triple A will very much aid in his development. I hope. I like the looks of the kid and hope he does well for us.