The September 12th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including McCarthy released from the hospital, Santana making the wrong kind of home run history, Mike Trout's MVP chances and much more...
The Monkey Says: What makes his unfortunate situation even worse is that he is so damned likeable.
The Story: Ervin Santana is making gopherball history.
The Monkey Says: This is actually kind of par for the course for Ervin though. I mean, this is a bit extreme but he has always been prone to allowing home runs and that was only exacerbated by mechanical problems.
The Monkey Says: Yes, that's right, a few weeks of an very nice .855 OPS mixed into an otherwise phenomenal season somehow disqualifies him. Since it is a Rangers reporter, I suppose we should just be glad that he didn't try and build a case for Michael Young winning the award because intangibles.
The Monkey Says: It only is if you insist on their being a race. Really, it should be Trout in a landslide and I will explain why later today.
The Monkey Says: I am all for it, at the right price, of course. The real issue is that they still need to figure out what to do with Peter Bourjos if they bring Hunter back. It would be very short-sighted to trade him away in order to make room for a player who might only have one good season left in him. The Angels do have other outfield prospects (and Vernon Wells) on the way in the near future (like Kole Calhoun), but none have the potential that Bourjos does. It is a good problem to have, but it is one they need to figure out.
The Monkey Says: I'm sorry, but it is time to bench him, for at least a week. Vernon Wells is playing well enough and the team can't keep burning ABs on Trumbo with him performing at the kind of level that even Jeff Mathis thinks is a joke. I think he is battling both physical problems and mechanical problems and it is pretty clear by now that he isn't going to play his way through any of those issues.
The Monkey Says: You can't argue with science.
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By all accounts, Torii is a great guy and "clubhouse" and "leader" and "intangibles" and blah, blah, blah. But next season the outfield should be Trout/Bourjos/Trumbo. With Wells the designated fill-in (only because he couldn't be traded for a bag of balls and he actually can play all three spots) and, if you'd like, Calhoun as a fifth guy in case of injury and you need someone to play every day for a while. That should NOT be Wells.
If, by some feat of legerdemain, Wells can be shipped off I could see Hunter taking that spot. At the right price. But I have a feeling we are seeing that fleeting day of good health so many have right before they die. Or, in this case, their careers die. No, these are the last, best, days of Torii Hunter.
The corollary to this is that they need to have Trumbo sit out more. Take an "instructional day off" starting early in the season. He showed that he could take coaching and work on fixing his problems early in the season but it was a little much to expect him to play every day and not revert back to habits that were twenty years ingrained. He needs a day off once in a while to hit in the strings (Do they still do that? Seems perfect for Trumbo.) and re-establish his personal rules of hitting. And the strike zone. And start his early and often instead of riding him into a lather and then wondering why he flopped over dead.