The stats favor a right left right combination especially late in the game when bullpen strategy comes in to play. >>>
Which is NL style thinking, so you and Scioscia are on the same page.This is the AL, with the DH, where power and run scoring are the name of the game. This offense should be burying teams, not playing for late inning strategy.
I know of a few games where if Trumbo had been batting 7th he would have had 3-run homers instead of solo shots.
Beyond Trout batting lead off, batting orders lead to random results.
" This offense should be burying teams, not playing for late inning strategy."
the game is played over 9 innings so a late game strategy does make sense if it does not take away from the production of the game as a whole. Give me stats on how the current strategy has costs the Angels wins and I mean net wins because like lightitup states, it gets pretty random after a few cycles in the lineup.
"so you and Scioscia are on the same page."
Not at all. I think a logical argument can be made either way and two smart people can disagree on this topic. I disagree with MS more often than I agree with him, but on this decision it has not stopped the team from being successful and doubt that switching Morales and Trumbo would mean a net gain in wins.
The best use for Wells is to pinch hit when there is no one on base. Here is his stat line without runners on base.
.357 avg .400 obp .629 slg 1.029 ops
He is our 4th best of defender and 6th best hitter except with no one on base. Not some one that should start more than 3 games in the 2nd half.
If MS decides to play him more, then I will be on the bandwagon bashing MS.
< it seems to me that Trumbo should be getting those 1st inning AB's instead of Morales. >
Meh, over the last few weeks Trumbo has more HRs but Morales is the better hitter. I don't think it matters as much as you seem to think it does.
I imagine its the R-L-R ordering thang.
I guess Mike doesnt realize that Trumbo has a higher BA against RHP than Morales does.
"For this year, Pujols and Trumbo hit righties as well as lefties, so I'm not sure the right, left, right strategy even applies here."
Exactly. The numbers even show it doesn't apply.
Trumbo vs. RHP.313/.372/.606, .978 OPS (218 PA)
Morales vs. RHP.299/.341/.441, .782 OPS (220 PA)
Just look at the difference in slugging...
Morales hitting cleanup "just cuz" is getting tiring. Kendrys Morales is not Kendry Morales. Not the same player anymore.
Not necessarily so, in my opinion, I think Morales in 4 spot and Trumbo in 5 extends the middle of the line-up. I think Trumbo started the year as a #4 hitter, and that's where I wanted him, but of late he has been hitting like a #5 or #6 hitter with all his strikeouts leading to his plummeting OBP. Morales is a studious hitter and will likely have a higher OBP than Trumbo in the long run, and so I rather think he would come before Trumbo.
This is just my thinking. I hope Morales returns to his previous form by the beginning of next year in which case by then he definitely should take the #4 spot.