NEW YORK — Mike Scioscia has resisted making Mark Trumbo his full-time cleanup hitter, even though Trumbo’s power and performance — and Kendrys Morales’ lack thereof — clearly warrant such a move.
But the Angels manager is wavering on the issue, acknowledging before Saturday's game against the New York Yankees that locking Trumbo into the fourth spot behind Mike Trout, Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols “is something we’re looking at.”
The switch-hitting Morales bats cleanup against right-handers because Scioscia prefers to break up the right-handed hitters at the top of the lineup with a left-handed bat. Trumbo hits fourth against left-handers.
But Trumbo, an American League All-Star who is batting .308 with a team-leading 23 home runs, 60 runs batted in and a .667 slugging percentage, is actually hitting better against right-handers (.317 average, .374 slugging percentage, 15 homers) than lefties (.289/.326, eight homers).