I get the feeling there's a disgruntled fan among us. Nothing wrong with that, as I've known many. After so many losing seasons, the bad stands out more than the good.
The Higgy/Thames situation at the end of spring isn't as clear as it appears. There are rumors that the decision came from higher up, and sadly enough, I can see that as a likely scenario. Maybe the higher ups think they can still trade Higginson, or maybe they don't like the idea of possibly paying him to play for another team. Or maybe Trammell did keep him just to have a lefty off the bench?
Percival is definitely a bit overpaid, but let's actually get him a save opp before we condemn a closer, ok Urbina.
Urbina looks worse than last year. He actually wasn't as bad as many think last year. He held opponents to a BA below .200, but had occasional flaky outings. This year, there's got to be something more going on. Not really much that can always be done about that.
With Magglio out, hopefully we won't see much of Higginson. If Higginson starts more than once a week, that's inexcusable. We'll have to see how that plays out. Thames and Logan should be in there before Higginson sees the field. Magglio was supposed to be a difference maker, but it hurts to not be able to even use him.
No leadoff hitter? Let's give Inge a fair shot first before we condemn him. He doesn't have the speed you'd like to see, but he'll find ways to get on base. Trammell has made the right choice to switch him and Infante in the lineup and hopefully is stays that way, unless Infante makes a case otherwise.
Even if Pudge has 0 HR's and 2 doubles, he's still hitting .333. The power will come even if he's not blasting nearly 20 HRs this year.
It's still early, but the fielding has certainly looked a bit suspect. I expect the infield defense to improve a bit as the season goes on as Inge continues to get comfortable playing everyday at 3B and Guillen gets healthier. Tough call about the outfield as I still consider Monroe to be a corner outfielder playing CF. We can't expect an elite defense, but middle of the pack is still a reasonable possiblity.
This has been a very iffy start to the season, but I don't see any clear reason to make Trammell the scapegoat yet. I think he deserves at least a couple of months before we look elsewhere. By then we will have a better idea of this team than 10 games. Coaching changes are always big gamble anyways. The ones that work out always are remembered, but most don't make much of a difference.