"Albert Pujols is batting something like .220 with 0 home runs and an OPS under .600. Do you really think the Angels are going to start benching him even though his numbers look a lot like Olivo and Figgins numbers? No. No they are not."
The Angels owe Pujols $240M, all of it guaranteed. We owe Olivo and Figgins a combined $20.5M guaranteed. That's 8.5% of what they owe Pujols.
Even if Pujols were making the league minimum, he wouldn't be being benched right now because he has a long history of excellence. My point is that it's too early to just start replacing everyone that isn't producing at their career norms. Plenty of all stars barely hitting their weight and big time power hitters with as many or less home runs than Chone Figgins currently.
This is more of a general statement. I wouldn't shed a tear if Figgins and Olivo were kicked to the curb, but that has more to do with the fact that they were both awful last year and Figgins for 2 straight years and this year makes it look like more of the same.
"Figgens is far from a Pujois."
Yeah, one of them has hit a home run this year.
I'm not comparing them.
I'm arguing against knee jerk reactions to playing positional musical chairs because someone (NOT JUST FIGGINS OR OLIVO OR ANYONE IN PARTICULAR) is struggling after two weeks. It's pertaining to Smoak. To Saunders. To the thought of giving Liddi a ton of playing time. Whatever the case. Whomever the example.
Stop getting hung up on my Pujols example. He wasn't being directly compared to anybody. I'm merely stating that you remove players once they are actually deemed bad players and not because they've had a bad April so far.
Again, yes I get it. Figgins and Olivo are deemed pretty bad over a full year plus of futility. I'm NOT defending them.
We do have Nick Franklin at short on the farm, but I don't know how far away he is from being ready. Triunfel seems to be struggling at the plate in Tacoma. Peguero, who had ridiculous numbers (2.350 OPS) in three games with the Rainiers, is on the DL - I don't know why. If he could get healthy and hit for average, I'd gladly endure his defense, which is probably no worse than Carp's.
I'm starting to share your pessimism about Smoak; he's looking like our next Figgins in the lineup, a guy who we thought would hit but isn't. Who knows how long it will take Zduriencik to admit another mistake, if it comes to that?
I think a big problem with the team right now is that Wedge is probably being forced to juggle his lineup with players he'd rather not play, but whom Z is forcing him to play. That keeps the entire roster, except for a few constant starters like Ackley, Ichiro, and Smoak, off-balance and out of rhythm, which is exactly the last thing you want when you're trying to play baseball at the speed of this game at the major-league level.
The more I look at what goes on with this team, the more I suspect that the problem centers around one man: Jack Zduriencik. If Wedge is serious with all his verbiage about accountability and playing to win, he's either an incompetent manager or he's being forced to play guys he'd rather not.