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Angels drop struggling Josh Hamilton out of cleanup spot

Apr 22, 2013, 5:29 PM EDT

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Teams have been pitching around Albert Pujols to get to Josh Hamilton, so the Angels have dropped Hamilton to No. 5 in the lineup tonight after using him in the cleanup spot for each of the first 17 games.

That could be partly due to facing a left-hander in Derek Holland, but if Hamilton were hitting well the handedness of the pitcher probably wouldn’t be much of a factor. Instead he’s just 12-for-68 (.176) with 23 strikeouts and a .570 OPS, and manager Mike Scioscia prefers Mike Trumbo behind Pujols.

  1. Dan Camponovo - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    mark trumbo*

  2. lyon810 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Actually it is Mike Trumbo. Hamilton’s been so bad they had Mark’s teenage brother Mike step in at cleanup

  3. jimbo75025 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Welcome to hell Angels fans. Hamilton will get hot and carry your team for a month, but the other 6 month of the season will just leave you scratching your head. I wonder what addicttion he will blame this year? Showering daily? Shaking it more than twice?

    • conjecture101 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      texas fans are funny. they never went to games before hamilton got to town, they buy his jerseys like gum, and then the second he leaves they pretend none of that ever happened.

      • miketreedy - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        We know exactly what happens with Hamilton. The Angels just paid $25mm a year to find out for themselves. You are paying our former village idiots (Hamilton & CJ Wilson) a combined $40mm this year. Good luck with that!

      • conjecture101 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        Arte Moreno spends that much on socks.

      • youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        To refer to CJ Wilson as a village idiot is to greatly insult village idiots everywhere.

    • GoneYickitty - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      So he only had one good month last year and posted an OPS of .930 for the season. What did he do in that one month then? Hit 2 HR’s in every AB?

  4. kjericho43 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Torii Hunter is not hoping Josh succeeds

  5. APBA Guy - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Josh looks lost at the plate, just like he’s looked since day 1 of this season. He should have been dropped down the lineup a few weeks ago. Better now than in July, I suppose.

  6. 13arod - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    he has a few holes in is i he can fix it he would be one of the best hitters in mlb

    • abaird2012 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      Huh?

  7. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Maybe he needs to hit the Four Loko?

    Chill bro…just kidding.

  8. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    LA is not a baseball town. It’s a basketball town. Duh!

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      They’re in Anaheim!

  9. aceshigh11 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Anaheim…where power hitters go to die.

    • hardballtalkusername - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Or where they start their careers, see the aforementioned Mike (Mark) Trumbo

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:01 PM

        I was being facetious. I have no doubt that Hamilton will turn it around eventually.

  10. hittfamily - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Strategy question for HBT’ers: —–

    Albert is REALLY slow. Like to the point he may not score on a double. On that same double, it is conceivable that Hamilton might pass him close to home. He can’t score on a single, might not score on some doubles, and any ball to the infield is almost a sure double play (4-6-5, 6-4-5 3-6-5 etc.) or at best, the lead runner (Albert) will always be out.

    — Albert Pujols is on 2nd. Hamilton is on 1st. 1 out. Tie game in the 5th.
    —-Question posed. Do you pinch run for Albert in the 5th inning if he is on 2nd, and a runner on 1st with less than 2 outs?

    Thumbs up to pinch run.
    Thumbs down to let him run.

    • pauleee - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      Scioscia calls for the bunt. Problem solved. :P

    • hittfamily - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      I didn’t really word that well. My statements about Albert should have been preceded by the situation. They were, then I cut and pasted the situation to the end. Even I had trouble following that.

    • jimbo75025 - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:25 AM

      In the fifth, then no. In the ninth, then have your fastest gu stretching.

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