Chat with Mark Saxon
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPNLosAngeles.com's Los Angeles Angels writer Mark Saxon will stop by to chat some baseball.
Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.
Send your questions now and join Saxon Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT!
Mark Saxon (7:09 PM)
Sorry I'm late, everybody. Ervin Santana just breezed through a three-ground ball inning. Let's get started.
Bill (Las Vegas, NV)
Should Angel fans get excited about the hitting from Brandon Wood over the past 2 nights?
Mark Saxon (7:10 PM)
Bill, Sure, why not? I think they should be excited by the fact he has started to get comfortable in the box and is letting his talent come through. The home run should especially take the pressure off him, because that's what he's known for. Now, he can concentrate on his defense, which has been sporadically shaky.
Mark, I'm glad Brandon Wood is hitting the ball finally. Since you cover the Angels do you see him at Batting Practice earlier than most players. Has he been working with Hatcher?
Mark Saxon (7:11 PM)
Hi Mel, Yeah, Brandon takes early batting practice every day at about 1 p.m. He's really the only guy I see hitting early EVERY day. He just decided to work his way out of it and maybe he did it.
Jim (New York)
Mark, Why is Scott Boras always at Angels Games? Is he a fan of the Angels?
Mark Saxon (7:13 PM)
Jim, something like that. Actually, Scott has a field-level suite just behind home plate, but I think it has more to do with being available to his clients (both visitors and Angels) at their work place than in rooting for the Halos. He does, however, live in Orange County.He's at Dodgers games, too, by the way.
How do u think the tigers r going to do before the all-star break
Mark Saxon (7:14 PM)
Jake, I picked the Tigers to win the division and I'll stick with it even though it looks like the Twins will score a ton of runs.
Mark, I know Scioscia seems OK with Saunders, but is it time to push the panic button yet on his performances so far this season?
Mark Saxon (7:18 PM)
Hi Jim, I'm dying to see somebody push a panic button one of these days. I picture it as a big red button that flashes. Does it? Personally, I think Scioscia is being a bit cavalier with Saunders' struggles. They're real. He has given up 32 hits and 10 walks and struck out just 10 guys. Something's wrong with his stuff and his command. Last night's outing could have been worse if the Angels hadn't played great defense behind him.
Rob (Bonn, Germany)
How long until us Dodgers fans need to hit the panic button?
Mark Saxon (7:19 PM)
Another panic button question!Yes!Push it!Now!Actually, I have no idea. I just wanted to write a few sentences with exclamation marks. One thing is certain, neither team in "L.A." has pitched very well this year.
Jared Brass (Home of the ANGELS)
My gut feeling is they wont trade mathis because of his superior defense, but naps is such a good hitter when he is on a roll and the angels can always us that. So my question is What could the angels get from a team if they were to trade naps or mathis, once mathis is back healthy and hopefully hitting the way he was?
Mark Saxon (7:21 PM)
Jared, There's a big caveat here, because you can't trade a player on the disabled list and Mathis has at least 5-6 more weeks to go until he's ready to play again. But I would say they could get a fairly sizeable return if they were willing to part with Napoli, providing he snaps out of his cold funk. Catchers with his kind of power aren't common. Who knows, maybe a good middle reliever or a couple of decent prospects?
david korengold (corona ca)
do you think holland can keep mosser at ucla and let him play he is going to have a thin bench the problem with holland hell play guys like him then yank him right out after one little mistake you take players like droagvich and anderson they make mistakes and he leaves them in holland has been out recuredted by other teams in the pack 10 look at arozina they got 2 players form our area that were on there way to usc then changed there mind when floyed left look at chase stanback he did the samething with him ucla should be able to land every good player in the city about dwaye pole jr hes right in out back yard whats going on with ucla and everyone leaving he still has 3 scolarships to fill
Mark Saxon (7:23 PM)
David,You can take a breath now. I'm not sure what you're asking, but I'll do what Kendry Morales did the other night when he couldn't understand a question being lobbed at him and just say, "yes."
Mark Saxon (7:23 PM)
OK everybody, that was short and sweet. We'll do it again next week.
Eddie (Tucson )
Do you think the Angels will make a move for a "ACE" and somepoint?
Mark Saxon (7:26 PM)
Eddie, you got one in under the wire. Good question. I think they hoped they were making that move last year, when they acquired Scott Kazmir. If all five starters stay healthy, I would say there's no chance they make a trade for a premier starting pitcher, unless they move one of those guys in the trade. For now, they're happy with their five guys and think they'll be fine in the long run.
Mark Saxon (7:26 PM)
OK, now we're done.