I'm glad I went to bed last night before Marson hit the grand slam. If I had seen that I would have been angry all night instead of just this morning. The Angels played the best offensive lineup they could muster last night: Napoli catching, no Mathis, Rivera at first, and Willits instead of Bourjos. They still could only manage a single run.
The season is lost, there is almost no chance of even finishing .500, and worst of all, we've got a bunch of veteran players who are worn out, frustrated, and listless from the futile struggle that 2010 has been. We have an opportunity to see 20 games of major league experience for some young players who might never amount to anything, but might be able to help the 2011 team. It's time we take the opportunity to see what we have. I suggest playing time be distributed as follows:
Catcher: Conger gets the majority of starts. Mix in a few for Wilson. Keep Mathis on the bench, I'd be happy if I never saw Brian Downing's number soiled by his person again.
1B: Mark Trumbo
2B: Kevin Frandsen - Howie Kendrick has not played well, and he's not going to be cheap anymore. He's not playing much better than what you expect from a generic 2B pulled from the waiver wire. Play Frandsen for now, and consider letting him start next year, even if just as a placeholder for Amarista or Segura.
3B/SS: Brandon Wood plays everyday at one of the spots, Callaspo and Aybar play whichever spot he doesn't. He's been working with Hatcher everyday and they talk about progress. One last chance to see that progress on the field before we are probably forced to let him go.
DH: Napoli, every day
RF: Hunter is the one vet who hasn't gone to sleep, and the leader of the team. He gets to keep playing. Stop the dumb baserunning though.
LF: Willits/Abreu/Matsui/Rivera - don't really care who plays there right now, none of them are going to be there if we sign Crawford.