There's been quite a bit of complaining over the way Scioscia has been handle the lineup the past weekend, and with good reason too. Who wouldn't be a little frustrated with the way the lineup has been managed thus far? He's burying the teams hottest hitters in the bottom of the lineup, he's thrust his veterans into the middle of the order when they've been having consistent trouble in RBI situations, maybe not Torii Hunter nearly as much as Vernon Wells, but Hunter is having his fair share of struggles. Oh, and we can't forget two moves that have been giving us the most trouble thus far, giving some of the younger guys too much bench time and keeping Aybar locked in at leadoff.
I'm just gonna go ahead and talk about Trumbo right off the bat since that's one of the Angels fan's biggest gripes over the lineup. I briefly went over the situation in Tuesday night's game, but keeping Trumbo out of the lineup at the beginning of the season is the best for Trumbo's long term plans with the team. Letting him slowly get comfortable at third and build up confidence takes a lot of time, and playing him everyday runs the risk of him losing confidence over a string of bad games, let him get a couple good games in, get the next day off to soak up the confidence and then let it build over a month or two. There's one thing I didn't mention last night, Mark Trumbo doesn't need to be thrown into the lineup when the other middle of the order bats are ice cold like Kendrys and Pujols were the past week. Now that they're starting to heat up it'll be easier to get Mark Trumbo into a groove seeing as how he won't have to push himself to carry most of the lineup like he's been not only the past week but the entire '11 season.
I hate to make Trumbo sound like a fragile little butterfly, but if the Angels want this to work out they're going to have to nurture the hell out of this, with extreme care might I add. This is a high risk high reward situation and the last thing the Angels need is another bust soiling the roster like we've been so used to seeing, and when it does work out somewhere down the line (yes I do have that much faith in him) the Angels are going to have one of the most dangerous middle of the order in the game.