Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Mike Trout Does It All, Again: Angels 3, Dodgers 2
Both Chris Capuano and Garret Richards were out of the game after five with no decisions, though Richards would have been in line for the win had the bullpen held up. As it was, he gave up a leadoff double to Erick Aybar that Trout knocked in after Josh Lindblom entered the game.
For a guy that is supposed to be data-driven, you run on pure (counterfactual) pessimism at times.
The Angels are 5th in runs scored in the AL since May 1, and are 1st in runs scored since June 1st. The fact that Trout, who leads off and has more plate appearances than anyone on the club, is outperforming most guys on the club does not indict the Angels offense.
Pujols put up a 119 wRC+ in May, and is putting up a 184 wRC+ in June. Trumbo put up a breathtaking 196 wRC+ in May, and a very good 133 wRC+ in June. Morales put up a 112 wRC+ in May and 155 wRC+ in June. Hunter, since returning from the restricted list, has a crazy, unsustainable 214 wRC+. You even have a catcher now who can hit (albeit can barely catch) in John Hester, who has a 112 wRC+ since being called up.
Pay attention, man. Over the past three weeks, the Angels have the hottest offense in baseball (even the SBN Dodgers blog recognized that pre-series), and somehow you missed it.