On Saturday, Vernon Wells took over for the slumping Mark Trumbo, hitting a first-inning RBI double and making a couple of nice running catches in the Angels' 6-1 win. But on Sunday, Trumbo was back in the lineup, getting robbed by Austin Jackson of a two-run homer in the second and making a nice sliding catch in the Angels' 3-2 win.
Trumbo's slump, which dates back to mid-July, has moved him all the way down to the No. 7 spot in manager Mike Scioscia's lineup and has put his everyday role in question, at least for the time being. But he'll still get his chances.
"It's a point in the season where we need some production; that's pretty obvious," Scioscia said. "And we certainly haven't given up on what we know Mark can do, and we want to give Mark an opportunity to contribute and get back to where he can be, and balance that with what Vernon's been able to bring. We have some depth, and hopefully we're going to get some of the production we're looking for out of the left-field spot."
So, the Angels want to continue to ride Trumbo, but he came into Sunday with one hit, 11 strikeouts and no walks in 19 plate appearances in September. And if he continues to struggle, Scioscia won't hesitate to use Wells, who's seemingly adjusting well to his part-time role.
"We have a lot of confidence in what Mark can do, we want to give him an opportunity, obviously, to contribute and get back to where he was, and we have Vernon that's going to obviously get playing time, too," Scioscia said. "So, we'll make decisions. Some of it will be on matchups, some of it will be on if guys look like they're moving towards that end goal of swinging the bat to their capabilities."