NEW YORK -- When the Angels signed Russell Branyan to add a left-handed presence to the middle of the lineup in Kendrys Morales' absence, there was talk that he'd form a platoon with rookie Mark Trumbo at first base.
Trumbo is doing everything in his considerable power to show that he's just as effective against right-handed pitching as lefties. Trumbo has hit for a higher average (.273 vs. .245) against lefties, but with more power against right-handers. His .477 slugging mark against righties features nine of his 12 homers and eight of his 13 doubles. He is slugging .455 against lefties.
On Saturday night, surfacing in the middle of the game in a double switch, Trumbo delivered two of the Angels' five hits against righty Mike Pelfry -- a solo homer estimated at 422 feet to right center and a line-drive single to right.
"That's his kind of talent," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, "his ability to drive it to every part of the park, especially here. He got extended [on the home run], that's for sure."
Branyan, one of the game's strongest hitters, is batting .333 against lefties and .129 against righties in what Scioscia would call a small sample size.
"It was to help us match up in some areas, not necessarily [a platoon] with Mark," Scioscia said regarding the acquisition of Branyan. "Hopefully, it's going to create depth and get some deeper offensive looks against right-handed pitching."