Is anybody else here wondering why Jose Molina's playing time has been slowing decreasing over the last week and a half?
At the start of the season I vaguely remember hearing that Jose would start about two out of every three games. Maybe I'm not remembering this correctly, but it seems like a good number to me, seeing that Jose is a solid veteran with multiple seasons of experience (albeit as a backup) at the most difficult position in the game.
The Angels have played eighteen games this season. Jose Molina started at catcher in four of the first six -- all of which were wins. Since then he has started six other games, of which the Angels have won three, including today's win over Oakland.
Jeff Mathis has started eight games at catcher and the Angels are 2-6 in those games.
Jose's FPCT is slightly better than Jeff's. He has one less error in two more starts. Both Jose and Jeff have started slow with the bat. All other things being close to equal, one wonders why Jose isn't playing a little bit more.
Of course the Angels want Mathis to get game experience (for which there is no substitute). But it is also important to win games. Remember, a win in April counts as much as a win in August.
It just seems to me that 10 starts for Jose to 8 starts for Jeff is not the ratio we should have. I think it should be something more like 12 to 6. Perhaps it will play out this way over the season. It is also clear to me that our pitchers are still getting to know Jeff and he them. Look at Frankie's performance today (with Jose)vs. his performance last Tuesday.
Don't get me wrong; I think Jeff will become a very good catcher and a great major leaguer. I just question the strategy of playing him this much this early.