I always believed the Angels were one of the 2 or 3 best run organizations in baseball. They are right up there with the Red Sox and Twins. They have a solid owner in Arte Moreno, they have one of the best minor league systems in the game which has produced John Lackey, Joe Saunders, Francisco Rodriguez, Mike Napoli and Howie Kendrick, they have who I consider the best manager in the game in Mike Scioscia and they have been consistently one of the best teams in baseball over the last 6 years. Have they made their share of mistakes? Sure, every team in baseball makes mistakes. You give me a GM and I will name 5 bonehead moves they have made.
However, it’s a move the Angels are making now that has me beyond confused and has me seriously questioning the Angels. Earlier in the week the Angels called up 3B/SS Brandon Wood. With Vladimir Guerrero on the DL, Wood is exactly what the Angels need – A guy who can hit the ball out of the ballpark. So it makes perfect sense that the Angels, who are desperate for offense called up Wood to put him in the lineup and to let him rake right? Wrong.
I turned on the Angels game Wed. night and Wood is on the bench. I turned on the Angels game last night and Wood again is on the bench. What? Why would the Angels call up Wood just to have him sit on the bench? It literally makes no sense. Even my sister who knows less about baseball than any other human being on the face of the earth thinks this makes no sense. This is the equivalent of the Rays calling up Longoria and putting him on the bench, the Brewers putting Braun on the bench when he was called up and if and when the Orioles call up Wieters and putting him on the bench.
Here’s the worst part. He is not playing because of Erick Aybar (.262/4/65/.297 in 4 seasons) and Maicer Izturis (.272/16/154/.336 in 6 seasons). So a team that is struggling to score runs has a guy sitting on the bench who has legit 30 HR power because he is being blocked by 2 guys who have a combined 20 HR’s and a .317 OBP? The only explanation I have is that Aybar has some incriminating pictures of Scioscia with the Rally Monkey.
In all seriousness I think this is Scioscia and the whole organization falling too much in love with small ball. The Angels won the World Series back in 2002 playing small ball and that has been their philosophy ever since. However, sooner or later common sense has to prevail and even the master of small ball, Whitey Herzog would realize that Brandon Wood has to be in the lineup everyday. As good as the Angels have been, you really just have to wonder what the Angels are thinking on this one.