Tag:Mark Trumbo
Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:03 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Kershaw fires gem, Trumbo walks off


By Evan Brunell

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers: All of a sudden, Clayton Kershaw is making the NL Cy Young Award race one to watch, as Roy Halladay may not have as firm a grip on the award as might have otherwise been thought. After pumping six strikeouts past the Brewers in eight innings, the lefty lowered his ERA to 2.60 after yet another scoreless outing. Those six strikeouts inched him to one shy of 200 whiffs on the season. Let's compare Kershaw to Halladay, starting with the youngster first: 15-5 in 183 2/3 IP, 2.60 ERA, 199 K, 46 BB. Halladay has a 15-5 record in 184 2/3 IP with a 2.53 ERA, 177 K and 23 BB. I'd still take Halladay, but it's close enough that this is a race.

Colby Rasmus, Blue Jays: The ex-Cardinal didn't get his tenure in Toronto off to a fast start, but if Thursday is any indication of what he can put together on a regular bases, the Blue Jays will be quite pleased. Rasmus went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBI, chipping in three runs as Toronto downed Oakland. It was the center fielder's fifth multi-hit game with Toronto, and his first with three hits. His bat must be heating up in the power department, because it's the second straight game he's driven a home run, sending his total from 13 to 15 in two days, and he's totaled eight RBI in his last three games.

Mark Trumbo, Angels: And just like that, the Angels snapped their five-game losing streak, stopped Texas from winning seven straight and closed the AL West deficit to a still-imposing six games. How did that happen? At the hands of Mark Trumbo, who delivered a two-run walk-off home run off of Mike Adams in the bottom of the ninth to turn a dispiriting 1-0 loss into a wild 4-0 victory. This was a game L.A. desperately needed, especially given that the Rangers run had come off of the bat of Mike Napoli with a homer. Trumbo had one other hit in the game, but his OBP is still under .300 for the year.

Phil Humber, White Sox: Phil Humber received a nasty scare on Thursday when a Kosuke Fukudome liner found the area just above his right eye, sending Humber sprawling on the mound. He was able to get up right away, though, and lobbied to stay in the game. The ChiSox weren't having any of it, so the righty left the game having pitched just 1 1/3 innings, giving up three hits, no walks or runs and punching out three. "I told them I was good, I felt like I could still pitch and wanted to be out there," Humber told the Chicago Tribune. "But at the same time, they got a job to do and take every precaution that there wasn’t anything serious going on.”

Travis Hafner, Indians:  After a three-hit game against the Red Sox on Aug. 4, Hafner was enjoying a .300/.386/.491 season. That was a step below his .347/.428/.567 line on July 7, but it was inevitable for Hafner to come back to earth. Well, that three-hit day didn't stave off the decline. While Hafner's still stayed reasonably productive, that line continues to drop, and now after striking out three times in five plate appearances on Thursday when he went hitless with an intentional walk, Hafner is at .288/.368/.461. He also struck out to end the sixth with the bases loaded and two runs already in. The Indians still won the game 4-2, but Hafner could have broke it open.

Trevor Cahill, Athletics: Last season, Trevor Cahill was an All-Star and received Cy Young Award votes. He wasn't named to the All-Star team this season, although that wasn't indicative of a bad season, as his 3.92 ERA was still solid. Well, it was. A seven-run outburst by tje Blue Jays knocked Cahill out of the game after 5 1/3 innings, sending his ERA skittering up to 4.17. Cahill allowed nine hits and two walks, while striking out two. Cahill has been a Jekyll-and-Hyde (mostly Jekyll) pitcher since the beginning of June, with a 5.83 ERA to show for it.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:47 pm

3 Up, 3 Down: Wright powering Mets

By Matt Snyder

David Wright, Mets. The Mets completed a four-game sweep of the Reds with a 10-9 victory Thursday afternoon, and Wright went 3-5 with two runs and an RBI. Since coming off the disabled list, Wright is scorching hot, as he's gone 15-33 (.455) with three doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI. The Mets are 5-2 in that seven-game span and -- don't look now -- trail the Braves by 6 1/2 games in the Wild Card race. Maybe they should've kept Carlos Beltran?

Mark Trumbo, Angels. The Angels roughed up the Tigers' pitching staff to the tune of 12 runs on 17 hits. The rookie Trumbo got things started in the second with a two-run homer and ended the game with five RBI. He ended up a single shy of the cycle on his 3-5 day. The Angels kept pace with the Rangers and are still just two games out in the AL West.

Wandy Rodriguez, Astros. Granted, the Cardinals were missing Lance Berkman, but Rodriguez likely upped his trade value a bit in his last start before the non-waiver deadline. He worked seven innings in a 5-3 win, allowing just five hits and one earned run. He struck out six and walked only one. The best part? He worked on top. He threw a first-pitch strike to 22 of the 26 batters he faced (Alyson Footer via Twitter).

A's bullpen. The A's got five runs in the first inning from their anemic offense and also received a quality start from Rich Harden. Yet they still ended up losing 10-8 to the Rays. Craig Breslow, Brad Ziegler and Brian Fuentes had a pretty big hand in the loss. The trio combined to allow five hits, three walks and seven earned runs in the top of the seventh inning. It's pretty tough to win a game when the bullpen coughs up a seven-spot.

Mark Reynolds, Orioles. He's got loads of power, but it comes at quite the price. Reynolds went 0-3 with a strikeout Thursday, while also committing an error at third base when he was unable to haul in an attempted pickoff throw. Only four players in the majors have struck out more often than Reynolds, but he's now the league leader in errors. It's probably time to move him to DH, so only his strikeouts are an issue -- and you can live with those from a guy hitting lots of home runs.

Davey Johnson, Nationals. Was Jim Riggleman really doing that great a job managing? It's probably a mere coincidence -- though the Marlins managerial change has made them into a different team -- but Johnson is 9-17 now as manager of the Nats. They were 39-37 when he took over. After a 5-2 loss to Jack McKeon's Marlins Thursday, the Nats have now lost five in a row and seven of eight. They're 3-9 since the All-Star break and are now in last place by 2 1/2 games.

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 1:47 am

3 up, 3 down for 4/19: Shields goes distance

By Matt Snyder

There really wasn't enough room here tonight with lots of really good and really bad performances throughout the baseball world. Apologies to Brett Anderson, the Orioles, the Braves, Randy Wolf and a host of others who brought it.

As for those who were spared, it was a long list, too. Among them: Tigers' pitchers, Paul Maholm, Hideki Okajima and Mother Nature.

It's just that we only have three spots in this subjective endeavor.


James Shields, Rays. He said after the game it had "been a long time," which was true -- as Shields hadn't thrown a complete game since June of 2008. That's exactly what he did Tuesday against the White Sox, netting his first win of the year. He struck out nine while only allowing four hits and an earned run. He's actually been dominant at home so far, sporting a 1.54 ERA in three starts -- adding 20 strikeouts.

Ryan Roberts, Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old utility man is making it impossible for Kirk Gibson to leave him out of the lineup. After going 2-3 with two home runs, two runs and three RBI in a 5-4 win at Cincinnati, Roberts raised his season average to .382 with four home runs, 10 RBI and seven runs in just 39 plate apperances. His on-base percentage is .462.

Angels' offense. Mark Trumbo went 3-5 with a double, home run, two runs and four RBI. Peter Bourjos went 4-5 with a double, home run, three runs and three RBI. The team as a whole battered the Rangers' pitching staff for 15 runs on 15 hits and drew six walks. Meanwhile, the Angels have now won 10 of 13 games and have tied the once red-hot Rangers for first in the AL West. Oh, and the cherry on top? Vernon Wells went 2-5 with a double. He's now hit safely in his past six games. He's also seven for his last 17 (.412) with two doubles and a triple.


Carl Pavano, Twins. I guess we aren't going to have any middle ground here. Pavano is either stellar (16 innings, one earned run in his two good starts) or awful (8 2/3 innings, 14 earned runs in his two bad starts). Tuesday it was the Orioles' offense inflating their stats against Pavano, knocking him around for eight hits and seven runs in 4 2/3 frames.

Kenley Jansen and Ramon Troncoso, Dodgers. The Dodgers entered the top of the ninth with some hope of winning the game. It was only 2-1 Braves. Sure, flamethrower Craig Kimbrel was awaiting the lower part of the order for the bottom half, but you never know. It was only one run. Well, then Jansen and Troncoso happened. Here's how the top of the ninth read, play-by-play: walk, home run, walk, fly out, single, single, homer, double, single, single, single ... and, mercifully, double play to end it. All told, that's eight runs on eight hits and two walks. There was a wild pitch in there. And the hits weren't cheap. Everything was hit hard. Freddie Freeman's double was of the ground-rule variety. Frankly, I'm glad it ended when it did, because it was getting uncomfortable to watch.

Adam Dunn, White Sox. There's no way of knowing if there is a correlation between Dunn's struggles and coming back very quickly from an appendectomy. But after Shields made him look pretty dumb Tuesday night (0-4 with three strikeouts), Dunn is now 2-23 with 14 strikeouts since making his return.

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Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 2:23 pm

Morales will begin season on DL

By Matt Snyder

A big piece of the Angels' lineup will not be available for the start of the season. Kendrys Morales -- remember, it's not Kendry anymore -- is recovering from a broken leg and has reportedly hit a "plateau" in his rehab efforts. (Los Angeles Times )

Angels manager Mike Scioscia has stated Morales needs to get on the field this weekend in order to be ready for the start of the season, but Morales was unable to run curves in the grass Wednesday.

"It's not a setback; there are just some plateaus guys hit," Scioscia told the Times. "You can't force things. He's going to keep working, keep moving forward."

If Morales can't do anything but run straight forward on the dirt, he can't do much good for the Angels. It looks pretty likely he'll be a week or two late to the majors during the regular season, but there shouldn't be setbacks after that. The silver lining here moving forward is it's a bone injury -- not ligament or muscle -- so once it's healed completely, he shouldn't have to worry about reinjury. It's just a matter of getting himself back into shape.

Morales hit .306 with 34 home runs and 108 RBI in 2009. Last season, he was .290/.346/.487 until fracturing his lower left leg during a celebration after he hit a game-winning grand slam.

Fortunately for the Angels, they do have Mark Trumbo waiting in the wings. The 25-year-old slugger is tied for the league lead with five spring home runs. He hit .301 with a .945 OPS, 36 home runs, 122 RBI and 103 runs in Triple-A last season.

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Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:30 pm

3 up, 3 down for 3/11: Trumbo on fire

By Matt Snyder

Get the lame nickname people ready, because this dude's last name rhymes with a certain floppy-eared elephant from a Disney classic.

3 UP

Mark Trumbo, Angels. The 25-year-old slugger has been on fire this spring and Friday was no different. Trumbo doubled, homered, drove home four runs and scored two. He's now hitting .389 this spring with four home runs and 11 RBI. He's currently stuck behind Kendrys Morales (1B) and Bobby Abreu (DH) on the depth chart for the major-league roster, but at some point the team can't leave him behind. He's already torn Triple-A pitching to shreds (36 HR, 122 RBI, .945 OPS last year in 139 games). He's hit at every level, so maybe it's time he gets a shot in the majors -- lest he become another Brandon Wood

Carlos Pena, Cubs. He entered Friday just 2-17 with nary an extra-base hit, but a home run and RBI single likely took a bit of mental weight off the free agent signee's shoulders.

Jeremy Hellickson, Rays. The 23-year-old phenom hadn't yet pitched this spring, as he's been hampered with hamstring tightness. No matter, his first outing was spotless. Just a simple perfect inning, and he struck one batter out.


Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox. Pretty solid meltdown for Paps, actually. He only got one out, but he walked three guys, hit one and allowed a hit. Before the book was closed, after his departure, three earned runs would be the final tally. Don't read anything into it. It's not uncommon for a guy to have poor command on March 11 and still be perfectly fine a month from now.

Gio Gonzalez, A's. Man, what a bum (please note sarcasm). Gonzalez hadn't yet allowed a run this spring. In fact, he hadn't even allowed a hit. So the outing Friday -- when he gave up four hits and one run -- may have looked poor by comparison, the conclusion is still a positive one.

Michael Pineda, Mariners. Man, what a bum, Part II. The burly Mariners prospect (he is 6-foot-7, 260 pounds) had not allowed a run through four spring innings prior to Friday. He gave up four hits and two runs in three innings to the Indians. But, like Gonzalez, the whole picture of his spring is a good one. He's still sporting a 2.57 ERA and opponents are only hitting .192 against him.

So, yeah, we picked two in "3 DOWN" that could have been positive ones. That's how we're deciding to roll today. Hey, it's Friday night.

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Posted on: February 25, 2011 8:23 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 8:52 pm

Morales only running only at '60 to 70 percent'

Kendry MoralesKendry Morales won't be ready to play in spring training games any time soon, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he expects his first baseman to be ready for opening day.

"What the time frame is for [Morales playing in spring training games] to happen remains to be seen but we have a long way to opening day," Scioscia told the Orange County Register. "By the time guys are playing every day [in spring] that last week to 10 days of the spring, hopefully he will be in the rotation at first base."

Morales will start off DHing and hitting in minor-league games.

But at what point do the Angels start getting nervous? The Angels open the season March 31 in Kansas City. For Morales to have the week to 10 days of spring training, he'd need to start by the 20th of March to get 10 spring training games. That's still somewhere in the range from 20-35 at-bats and that doesn't seem like it's quite enough to start the season.

Scioscia said he'd like Morales to get a certain number of at-bats, and he could get 40-50 in those 10 days with minor-league at-bats, but is that enough?

Three weeks out, Scioscia said Morales is running on the treadmill "while carrying only 60 or 70 percent of his body weight." Does that seem like something that can be overcome in three weeks? Perhaps, if there are no setbacks. If there's any kind of hiccup, Morales may not be ready for opening day.

If Morales isn't ready to play every day, it's likely Brandon Wood or Mark Trumbo will man first for the Angels. Wood has been hampered by a lower-back injury and hasn't been cleared to run the bases yet, either. It's unlikely he'll be cleared to play in exhibition games until later next week.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 21, 2011 1:24 pm

Morales could DH to start season

MoralesAlthough Kendry Morales is making progress in his return from a fratured ankle that knocked him out for the majority of 2010, he's still not quite all the way back which could land him in the DH spot to start the season.

The problem isn't offense, as manager Mike Scioscia clarified to the Orange County Register.

"The way he’s swinging the bat -- particularly right-handed, where the landing foot gets a lot of torque on it, there has been no issue. Swinging from the left side, there’s been no issue."

Nope, the problem is on defense, where Morales isn't quite where he needs to be in order to man first base on Opening Day. And while that could change in time for Opening Day, Scioscia said Morales will still see time at DH.

"Whether he comes through spring training with flying colors ready to go 100 percent on Opening Day, there’s certainly going to be some DH days for him," Scioscia said. "We would definitely use that to get a little different look."

That begs the question: who will play first base should Morales be unable to go?

Surprisingly, there isn't much depth behind Morales at first. None of the outfielders -- Vernon Wells, Peter Bourjos, Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu -- have any experience playing first and there's been no indication of changing that. Bourjos would be pushed out of the lineup if Morales became a DH, but he's not a consideration at first. Backup infielder Brandon Wood could possibly get a shot, but the Angels appear to be giving Mark Trumbo every opportunity to win a backup spot.

Trumbo is a first baseman, although he will receive some work in the outfield to improve his versatility. The 25-year-old has no major league experience beyond a cup of coffee but broke out in Triple-A by hitting .301/.368/.577 with 36 home runs in 595 plate appearances. That's put him on the map in L.A. to win a bench spot, but Trumbo will have to prove he can handle first base as well as show that his breakout season is not a mirage.

"We feel it’s important he concentrate on first base," Scioscia said. "He has the opportunity to win a lot of playing time."

Given how Morales progresses in playing the field, Trumbo may win playing time by default.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 10:54 pm

Trumbo to play OF in hopes of staying with Angels

Mark Trumbo In the offseason, one thing the Angels will be looking for is a powerful bat.

Fortunately, they have Mark Trumbo in the minors, who was just called up as part of the September reinforcements. Trumbo cranked 36 home runs in Triple-A as a 24-year-old en route to a .301/.368/.577 line in 595 plate appearances. The Pacific Coast League is a notorious hitter's league, but Trumbo was impressive enough to lead the league in home runs, three ahead of Seattle's Greg Halman and 15th in OPS -- third when limiting players to age 24 or under.

That means Trumbo's a pretty good talent despite the hitter's paradise he finds himself in.

Unfortunately, Trumbo plays first base -- a position Kendry Morales has locked up for the foreseeable future. To solve that conundrum, Trumbo will be playing the outfield in winter ball, reports the Los Angeles Times .

"The whole off-season, I'm going to be working as hard as I can to grasp everything, the nuances of playing out there," Trumbo said, indicating he was likely headed to Venezuela. "And the month I'm here [with the Angels] I'll learn quite a bit from these guys."

Trumbo played 22 games with Triple-A in right field and one in left. He made zero errors and threw out one runner, but its far too early to say whether Trumbo can stick in the outfield.

"I'm still trying to find a position," he said, "but my main strength is my bat and I'm just going to try to do the best I can and wait and see."

The Angels will have both the DH position open, which Trumbo could fit into. However, the outfield is also fairly crowded with Torii Hunter in right, Peter Bourjos in center and Bobby Abreu in left, with Juan Rivera also in the situation. Trumbo may have a hard time cracking that depth chart although he could split time with Rivera and Abreu at DH.

-- Evan Brunell

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