Free Mark Trumbo!!! Free him now! So says most any Angel fan you ask about anything even tangentially related to Angels baseball. The way this large subset of Halo fans would tell it, the fact that Mark Trumbo has not started in three games and has a mere 19 plate appearances thus far this season is the greatest injustice the baseball world has seen since A.J. Pierzynski duped that moron umpire into thinking Josh Paul dropped the third strike (not that I am still bitter about that or anything).
The desire to see more of Trumbo in the lineup is not without merit. Despite his limited action, Mark has been very productive, with two homers, a 1.224 OPS and .526 wOBA. More importantly, he has already walked three times and considerably cut down on his free-swinging ways while striking out just twice. That's all fine and wonderful, but the sample size is so small that we can't just assume that this is a more patient and disciplined Trumbo. Until he gets enough playing time to prove otherwise, it is not unfair to assume that Mark is still the same guy that posted that ugly .291 OBP while swinging at anything within four feet of the plate last season. Of course, that is a bit of a catch-22 now isn't it?
Trumbo cannot show that he has made major improvements at the plate unless he can actually play in games on a regular basis. But Mark cannot play in games on a regular basis unless he shows that he can handle the one defensive position on the field that has available at-bats, third base. In case you weren't paying attention to the first week of the season, Trumbo is somewhere between a Chernobyl-esque disaster and a massive trainwreck at third base. This is the part everyone seems to keep forgetting about.