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By Robert Cunningham - AngelsWin.com Staff Writer
2013 Outlook: Just in this last week, manager Mike Scioscia declared that Aybar would start the season in the 2-hole in the batting order behind Trout and in front of Pujols. This is a reasonable choice as Erick is a switch-hitter with similar platoon splits vs. LH and RH pitchers. In addition to that, Aybar has been one of the best bunters (forget about the squeeze please!) in the game for the last handful of years and I could easily envision a scenario where Trout gets on base and Aybar moves him over on a continual basis. Quick 1st inning run scoring can really make a dramatic difference for our pitching staff by giving them a level of comfort that comes with grabbing that early lead.
The bunt is not Aybar's only weapon though! He is quite capable at making contact and the hit and run with Trout on base will be a very common occurrence during the season. Although Aybar has never susta...