Author: Craig Calcaterra

Mike Trout

Mike Scioscia says he’s leaning toward batting Mike Trout second

Mike Trout

The old school book was that you want your second hitter to be a bat control guy. Someone who can hit the ball the other way or bunt when need be.

The new school book is that your second hitter should probably be your best hitter. Your absolute best. That’s because, statistically speaking, he comes up in just as many high-leverage situations as your three hitter or cleanup guy, but gets more overall at bats. Not a ton of teams are doing that yet, but a couple are. And now Mike Scioscia is thinking of doing that too:

I wonder if Scioscia’s view on this is because of that new school thinking — and the clear realization that Mike Trout is his best hitter — or if it’s for some other reason. Such as, say, his desire to see Trout to cut down on strikeouts and the belief that forcing him to hit the ball the other way or (gasp!) bunt once in a while may do that.

Old Mike Scioscia Old School jokes aside, the guy has done a much better job in recent years adapting to who his personnel is and not asking them to do things they’re not comfortable doing, so I highly doubt he’s going to turn the reigning MVP into a bunter. But it will be interesting to see if Trout’s power stroke is curtailed in any way if he does bat second. Or — if Angels fans are lucky — some sweet spot is reached where the power stays big but the strikeouts go down regardless.

Danny Espinosa’s mustache is in The Best Shape — no, not really. It’s hideous.


I’m not sure when it became a thing to say all mustaches were cool, but that’s sort of where we are now. But it’s just a lie told to you by Big Mustache. They’re not all cool. Some are. Most aren’t. Especially those which are trying too damn hard.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Danny Espinsoa:


Fitting that this is Espinosa. Because I’m really not impressed.

Mark Trumbo wins his arbitration hearing

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It’s a big day for the players. First Pedro Alvarez, now Mark Trumbo, who just won his arbitration case against the Diamondbacks. Trumbo will receive $6.9 million. The Dbacks filed at $5.3 million.

Trumbo appeared in only 88 games last season due to a stress fracture in his left foot, but he still hit 14 homers in an era where power is increasingly rare. He averaged 32 homers and 94 RBI in his previous three seasons, which no doubt played into the arbitrators’ decision.