With a payroll that could even make the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox take a second look, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have decided to switch things up. First order of business? Moving superstar Mike Trout back to the leadoff spot, a place where he appears most comfortable.
Losers of 5 of 6 against the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs and owners of a a 26-34 record, the club hopes moving Trout back to the leadoff spot – a place he hasn’t hit since April 12th, will give the club the spark they need.
Per Mike DiGiovanna:
Mike Trout back in leadoff spot for
#Angels. Erick Aybar dropped to bottom. I think it’s a good move for what it’s worth.
In addition to both Trout and Aybar being shuffled around in the order, slugger Josh Hamilton will also be moved to second in the lineup.
Trout, who has spent the vast majority of his short career hitting leadoff holds a career .323 average in the spot, clubbing 30 home runs, knocking in 84 RBI and stealing 51 bases in nearly 600 at-bat’s.