Angels @ Dodgers May 16, 2016: Here Comes Mike Trout

Angels
Dodgers
7:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
3B
Escobar
2B
Utley
RF
Calhoun
SS
Seager
CF
Trout
3B
Kendrick
1B
Pujols
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Nava
C
Grandal
2B
Giavotella
CF
Pederson
C
Perez
RF
Thompson
P
Shoemaker (R)
LF
Crawford
SS
Petit
P
Maeda (R)

The Angels are in dire straits right now. They’ve lost Andrew Heaney indefinitely. They’ve lost Garrett Richards indefinitely. Matt Shoemaker, tonight’s starting pitcher, has an ERA over 9 and a FIP over 6. They’re signing Tim Lincecum, and for them, it actually makes sense. They need innings. Their rotation is hurting a lot. Andrelton Simmons, one of their best starting position players, is out for several months. Daniel Nava just passed Shane Robinson for the third-highest outfield WAR on the team yesterday; Shane Robinson has ten plate appearances this year. But, even with everything going wrong, they still have Mike Trout. The Dodgers still have to pitch to Mike Trout.

Kenta Maeda will be facing that challenge, and he’ll be doing it in front of a somewhat weird lineup. Howie Kendrick is batting third and playing third, because the third baseman bats third and plays third. Three is right in the name! I can’t think of any other reason why he’d be there other than a desire to not shuffle the lineup. Yasiel Puig is also getting a day off. It seems like his hitting was just around the corner, so the timing for this rest is a little puzzling.

Also puzzling is this tweet by Fangraphs’ new prospect writer Eric Longenhagen. He passes along that Francis Cespedes is at extended spring training and throwing hard for the Dodgers. You’ll notice that the name is not showing up with a link, and that’s because he has never played a game in affiliated baseball. The Rangers were reported to have signed Francis Cespedes back in 2013, and the internet has been incredibly silent about the signing since then. There’s a mystery here for a local beat reporter to unravel.

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About Daniel Brim

Daniel Brim
Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area but doesn't live there anymore. He still watches the Dodgers and writes about them sometimes.