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Mark Trumbo hitting .194 with 65 strikeouts in last 43 games

Sep 11, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

Mark Trumbo

Not so long ago Mark Trumbo seemed headed for a breakout season, making the All-Star team on the basis of a huge first half and hitting .307 with 27 homers, 16 doubles, and a .988 OPS in 85 games through July 20.

And then he just stopped hitting.

Since then Trumbo has played 43 games, batting .194 with three homers, zero doubles, and a .499 OPS while striking out 65 times compared to 11 walks.

He’s been so bad for so long that manager Mike Scioscia has recently been semi-regularly benching him in favor of Vernon Wells, who’s sporting a .227 batting average and .701 OPS after being incredibly unproductive last season.

Here’s how Scioscia explained the situation to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times:

There are a finite amount of games right now. With a guy like Trum, it’s a Catch-22. He has to go out there and swing, and right now, his struggles are taking some at-bats away from him. When he finds it, he usually keeps it, and it can come quickly for him. We need him, and we’ll definitely give him enough chances to get there with the option of spotting Vernon or some other guys to give us a little boost if he continues to struggle.

Here’s the thing, though: Dating back to mid-July, when Trumbo started slumping, Wells has hit .190 with four homers and a .696 OPS in 25 games. That’s better than Trumbo, sure, but it’s still really, really bad. If Scioscia is going to bench Trumbo for someone he ought to think about it being Peter Bourjos, because at least then the Angels will be getting amazing defense.

  1. mmason0071 - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    If he gets that strike-out rate up a little bit more and the Mariner’s will probably try to get him. He would fit right in.

  2. billymc75 - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Mark Trumbo in a slump … No say it ain’t so?

  3. doctorfootball - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Unfortunately for Trumbo, there are no more games left with the Yanks. He killed them this season.

  4. illcomm - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Mark Trumbo is going to be another Pat Burrell. Hitting side, which isn’t a bad thing. Fielding he is better, but hitting he is no different than good ole Pat the Bat

  5. billymc75 - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    I love the crystal ball folks.

  6. jarathen - Sep 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    He worked a good at-bat yesterday against the A’s, and he had a homer stolen by Austin Jackson this weekend as well, but yeah, he’s not doing a great job.

    Umpire doesn’t help, though. Seems like they know he’s a strikeout guy, and the weirdest pitches get called strikes as well. His long at-bat last night had pitches several inches inside that were called strikes, and then he started swinging because he has to.

    He’s got bigger problems than that, but it’s hard to bust out of a slump when both you and the umpire have exploded the zone.

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