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Monday, May 14, 2012
Medicine: Rangers 13, Angels 6
I was somewhat surprised to see that this was the fourth time in his career Jered Weaver had given up eight runs, though it does tie a personal worst for innings pitched, getting chased as he did in the fourth after only one out and giving up two runs on a Josh Hamilton double. Let's face it: this is a bad team, though there are things that can be done to rectify it.
- Vernon Wells needs to be cut. Wells has been a .220 hitter since 2010 and provides no actual value defensively (in fact, negative value); last night, he misplayed a ball into a double.
- Bench Pujols. I don't pretend here that Pujols is over, only that this remains within the realm of possibility given the very real decline in unintentional walk rate, a canary in his coal mine of recent suck. Mark Trumbo should be getting more starts in his stead, and this should not be controversial. Trumbo, at least, sounded the right note when he called on the team to play with some attitude, which I esteem to mean better relief pitching, and more offense.