- The Story: Mike Scioscia is not concerned about the Angels’ slow start tot the spring. The Monkey Says: Sosh thinks the return of injured regulars and the demotion of the non-major league ready prospects should put the Angels in good shape to finish strong. He better hope it does because if it doesn’t, he has already used up all his excuses.
- The Story: Third base is Brandon Wood’s job to lose. The Monkey Says: Rob Neyer seems to be just as skeptical of this claim as the rest of the Angel fans. I like that he even through Freddy Sandoval’s name into the mix when really we had all just been worried about Izturis.
- The Story: Brandon Wood has played in all of the Angels’ spring games and leads the team in at-bats. The Monkey Says: This fact can be interpreted either as a vote of confidence in Wood or a total lack thereof and that his heavy playing time is for him to prove himself to Mike Scioscia.
- The Story: Mike Scioscia expects to have a fluid line-up. The Monkey Says: Wait, Sosh can’t decide on a batting order and stick to it? I am shocked! What crazy story are you going to tell me next? That Scioscia likes lasagna? That Howie Kendrick can’t act?
- The Story: Jered Weaver continues to work on a new two-seam fastball. The Monkey Says: I’ve said it before, but this new pitch could push Weaver to bona fida ace status, but be patient with Weaver as he likely will have some rough patches in spring training as he tries to refine the new pitch.
- The Story: Mike Napoli is struggling with his throwing. The Monkey Says: So much for Napoli’s stellar spring. All his dominance at the plate was effectively canceled out by the Padres swiping five bases against him yesterday. Somewhere Jeff Mathis is smiling.
- The Story: Trevor Reckling makes his mark with the big club. The Monkey Says: Reckling has been demoted to minor league camp already but it seems that Mike Scioscia is keen on the idea of him joining the team later in the season should injuries strike rather than relying on someone like Sean O’Sullivan or Anthony Ortega.
- The Story: The Angels will attempt to break the Snuggie-wearing world record on April 6th. The Monkey Says: The blankets will be Hideki Matsui-themed, pushing this all the way over the top from stupid stunt to so dumb and lame that it is actually kind of cool.