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Angels move Mike Trout back into the leadoff spot, bat Josh Hamilton second

Jun 8, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

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The Angels have lost five out of their last six games and currently sit at a disappointing 26-34 on the season, so manager Mike Scioscia has decided to make some sweeping changes to his lineup.

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Trout is back in the leadoff spot today against the Red Sox for the first time since April 14. Meanwhile, the struggling Josh Hamilton will slide into the No. 2 spot for the first time this season and Erick Aybar will move from the leadoff spot to eighth in the order. Howie Kendrick will hit fifth, which is Hamilton’s old spot.

In a perfect world, the Angels would keep Trout in the No. 2 spot, but they just aren’t getting much out of Aybar right now. The 29-year-old shortstop is hitting just .266 with a .280 on-base percentage. It’s not clear whether this is a permanent move for Trout, as the Angels could give Peter Bourjos another shot at the leadoff spot when he returns from the disabled list next week.

  1. Chris St. John - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Josh Hamilton is moving up? Crazy. Kendrick should lead off against lefties (and wouldn’t be bad against righties, but could go to 5th there), Trout should stay at 2, Hamilton should go to 6th. Pujols/Trumbo are 3/4. Aybar could stay in at leadoff against righties, since he’s mostly been struggling against lefties this season.

  2. jimatkins - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Somebody on Halos Heaven posted comparison numbers for Trout leading off and batting second, and leadoff was far superior. Hamilton in the two spot just means we get to see him wave a bat around at random sooner in the game.

  3. mianfr - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Maybe, and I’m just spitballing here, the team just isn’t that good.

  4. elgorditodehumboldt - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Maybe they should move Hamilton to Detroit and put Torii Hunter back in the number 2 spot. Not resigning Hunter was the DUMBEST move any team made this off-season. Should have saved the money they spent on Hamilton and solidified their pitching staff instead.

  5. elgorditodehumboldt - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Oh, and it is time for Mike Scioscia to go. His glaring and pouting from the top step of the dugout does not count as excellent managerial work in my book.

  6. losanginsight - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Los Halos should move the MLBs leading hitter Segura to the 2 spot…Oh wait, the rookie GM traded him for a Zach Greinke rental.

  7. Samuel - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Reblogged this on But at the end of the day… and commented:
    It’s getting worse for the Angels right now. As an A’s fan, I am fine with that. But with so much talent, they are struggling so much.

  8. 13arod - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    chris st. john. tampa did that with upton last year and he took off swinging like that the angles moved him up

  9. michaeljacksonisback - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Put Pujols in the lead off spot Hamilton in the clean up spot and there ya go!

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