That was my epiphany last night as I watched Trumbo uselessly brought into the game to pinch run late in a game that the Angels already had sewn up. Trumbo has had a meager 16 AB thus far. That's three more than Dead Weight Bobby Abreu, and 3 fewer than Little Albert Callaspo. Not to mention Big Splash and his .256 OBP in 38 AB. However, in the small sample size of 13 AB's, unlike those guys he should be replacing in the lineup, Trumbo has produced. He has a .474 OBP and looks like he is becoming even more lethal by adding some discipline to his power with 3 BB already.
The last time I was this pissed off about an Angel not getting enough playing time was in the heat of the Mike Napoli saga. And what number did he wear? 44! Therefore, until someone can give a more logical explanation to why our biggest power hitter last year and the best hitting rookie in the league continues to play only about 1/3 of the time, I will remain convinced that the reason is because Scioscia has an aversion to the #44. But why? Did Hank Aaron or Reggie Jackson do something to Thin Soth back in the day? Or was it a lesser #44? Did Jose Canseco on the '98 Blue Jays refuse to share his lasagna or something? I demand answers.
Last season, Trumbo had 539 AB's. This year he is on a pace to get about 260. How many AB's should he get this season?
300 (19 votes)
400 (89 votes)
500 (182 votes)
600 (129 votes)
419 total votes