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Mark Trumbo had a rough go of things at third base last night

Apr 7, 2012, 9:07 AM EDT

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Yeah, this Mark Trumbo-to-third base thing? Might not work out.

Bold statement I know, but Trumbo had a pretty rough go of things in the Angels’ season opener last night against the Royals, committing two fielding errors in his new stomping grounds.

The first was on a throw which pulled Albert Pujols off the bag in the second inning while the second error occurred when Trumbo over-ran a pop-up in foul territory in the seventh. Fortunately for the Angels, ace right-hander Jered Weaver was able to make it through both innings unscathed.

Albert Pujols is firmly entrenched at first base and Kendrys Morales should DH most days now that he’s healthy, so the Angels want to find a way to get Trumbo into the lineup on a semi-regular basis. However, they can’t afford to keep giving up outs like this. They probably won’t pull the plug yet, but the odds were always against this experiment being a success.

  1. mikeincmn - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    I know Wells is owed a ton of money, but why not just sit him and.put Trumbo in left? I gotta believe he would be slightly better in left and even though his range would likely suck, that would be offset a bit by Bourgas.

    I honestly thought the bigger crime was putting Hunter and Wells as Albert’s protection in the line up. Why in the hell would a team give Albert anything to hit? Especially with two washed up veterans who can’t hit anything that isn’t a mistake pitch anymore?

    • paperlions - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      There isn’t any player on the Angel’s roster that would convince a pitcher to throw Albert a better pitch. There is no such thing as “protection” for the best hitter in the lineup.

      • 78mu - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        This has come up before about protecting Albert and it will probably come up again. That’s why Ron Washington was so happy to walk him even with Holliday or Berkman coming up behind him.

    • db105 - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      Hunter will break the record of grounding into double plays if he continues to bat behind Pujols.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    I’m sure there are a few teams out there who could use Wells and Abreu if the Angels ate all of the money. Sucks to do it, but those guys are blocking Trumbo and Trout, and the Angels are certainly in ‘win now’ mode, so doing what is best for winning seems like the correct plan. Give the vets a month to prove their worth and maybe build some trade value, then ship them out.

  3. mriversjr23 - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    So ONE game justifies this as a failure?? Mine as well throw away the next 161 games lol…what a completely pointless article…

    • drewsylvania - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      Except every indicator has said that Trumbo would be a disaster at third base. Now, he might get better, but he *never* played there in the minors.

    • wynams - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Small sample indeed, but there were 2 glaring mistakes (mentioned above) in addition to a limited range clinic Trumbo put on all game.

      I find it hypocritical of Scioscia to start defensive catchers over legit bats, but this willingness to throw defense out the window in the hot corner. My $ is on this not ending well.

    • scatterbrian - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      No, one game doesn’t justify it, but don’t forget the four errors in 125 innings (roughly 14 games worth) he had during ST…

      • unclearnie - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        His Spring Training was a lot like Callaspo’s. Maybe we shouldn’t even bother putting someone there. After all, they both made a number of errors in SP.

      • scatterbrian - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM

        Callaspo has played 278 Major League games at 3B — not to mention games at 2B and SS — and has averaged one error per 11 games. In other words, he’s had more experience and more success than Trumbo, and clearly has more range. But if you prefer outlandish suggestions in the face of evidence, have at it.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    It looked like Pujols saved the first error but the ump missed the call.

    • D.J. Short - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      It was very close. Hard to tell on the replay. Excellent effort by him.

  5. Ben - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Don’t give up on Trumbo yet! Last night was hilarious to watch.

  6. iinformeduthusly - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    You know…..
    Albert can play 3rd….

    -Owner of Albert in his fantasy league

  7. spudchukar - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    How long before “A Trumbo” becomes eponymous for and ugly boot.

  8. mikeincmn - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    If I were an angels fan, I would want Morales or even Trumbo or Kendrick hitting behind Albert. Yes they will pitch around him, but right now he has two washed up vets who have very little to offer to a team outside of outstanding corner outfield defense. Torii hunter and Vernon wells should not be hitting 4th and 5th for a team with aspirations of a deep playoff fun. I know its one game and Morales will likely move up eventually, but right now it just seems like a glaringly obvious move.

    As for Trumbo, yes its only one game, but how much better do you really think he will get? Maybe a tick better over the course of a season, but that isn’t saying much considering how he looks right now.

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