Evaluating The Angels Lineup Options
The Angels are going to have a very deep lineup upon the start of next season. They are going to have a lot of options about where to place people and how to use them. What could be more interesting is what they could do with the lineup as the season moves along. Barring anything unforseen, like Arte Moreno having more money stuffed in his mattress or a stealth trade move upcoming, let’s take a look at what the Angels lineup will probably be opening day:
Jul 6, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielderPeter Bourjos
(25) before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Trout LF
Erick Aybar SS
Mark Trumbo DH
Peter Boujos CF
Now, let’s take a look at what it could acutally look like in the future, maybe even at some point in 2013:
Why you ask? Well, if Bourjos can develop into a consistent lead-off kind of guy, meaning cutting down on those strikeouts and improving his OBP, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t hit lead-off. If Trout continues to hit like he did in 2012, even with some regression, he should be further down in the order to maximize his run producing ability and to get on base right in front of Hamilton and Pujols.
Could this be the lineup at some point? Absolutely. Should it be right away? No, not until Bourjos proves himself. Nevertheless, the Angels are going to have a fun lineup next year.