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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Robothal: Trumbo "Needs To Be In The Lineup. Every Day."

Pujols isn’t the Angels’ only problem — the distribution of playing time also remains an issue.

Case in point:

Left fielder Vernon Wells has made 124 plate appearances, or 26 more than infielder/outfielder Mark Trumbo.

Oops: Wells’ OPS is .666, while Trumbo’s is 1.012.

Listen, we all know Wells is owed nearly $60 million through 2014, but fans are right to be upset when their team is not putting its best players on the field (and yes, the same will apply to the Red Sox if third baseman Will Middlebrooks is still hot when Kevin Youkilis returns).

See also Jeff Sullivan's analysis of Mark Trumbo's swing improvements.


But Wally Pipp is a veteran. First base is his to lose.
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