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Mike Trout is on an absolute tear

Jun 21, 2013, 9:13 AM EST

Mike Trout

Mike Trout started the season slowly. At least slowly compared to what he did in his Rookie of the Year season. But he has been tearin’ up the pea patch since then.

Last night Trout reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He has a seven-game hitting streak and since being put back in the leadoff position on June 8 he’s hitting .383/.483/.638 over 12 games. For the season he’s hitting .317/.395/.556 with 12 homers, 44 RBI and 16 stolen bases. His OPS+ at the moment is 167. Last year it was 169. All of that despite the fact that he was only hitting .261/.333/.432 at the end of April.

Trout, in case you were inclined to believe otherwise, is not a one-year wonder.

  1. Liam - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    He keeps this up for a bit longer and we can revisit last year’s MVP debate!

  2. schmedley69 - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    When he got off to a slow start there was a post on here where a couple of people made snarky comments inferring that he was a 1-year wonder. Those guys are probably feeling pretty stupid right now.

    • yahmule - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      There were several deep thinkers who claimed he finished poorly last year, but if you pro-rate his last two months of 2012 over a full season he winds up with 36 HR and 54 SB.

  3. yousharted - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    On a tear against the Mariners. Such an accomplishment.

    • yahmule - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      See, Schmedley69, it takes a lot more to make some people confront their stupidity.

  4. loungefly74 - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    the guy is great. no doubt. i’m sure he is doing all he can to get his Angels in contention. sucks that his greatness is diminished by playing on a subpar team. not fair? get over it. it’s true…ask Dale Murphy.

    • paperlions - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      Dale Murphy’s greatness was just too short lived. Acknowledgement of his greatness is not associated with how bad the teams he played for were…..he just fell off a cliff very early in his career.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        oh…i think it does…people will put you on a different level if you are on a winner hence the acknowledgement is greater. well…he did pretty good from 1980 – 87 (?)…but yeah, after that, he disappeared…

  5. micknangold - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    This site has such a boner for Mike Trout. He’s awesome, yes, but give it a rest. We know he’s your fave.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Hahaha! He said…”boner.” I didn’t realize people still used the word.
      Thanks Mick! You took me all the way back to Middle School. Col! “Boner.”

      • sycophanticide - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        It reminds me of Family Ties. Remember Mike’s friend Boner?

        Who there hell wants to be called Boner?

      • yahmule - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Wrong show. I’m pretty sure Kirk Cameron was playing with Boner, which evidently triggered some kind of guilt triggered freak out.

      • giantrobot666 - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Boner was on Growing Pains, which makes it sound worse.

        I remember one episode when Kirk Cameron was “going to [his] room to study with Boner.”

    • loungefly74 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      hehe…agree.

      can’t tell if sycophanticide was being sarcastic…but it was “Growing Pains”. Boner…hahahahaahha! make s me think of a Family Guy skit where Adam West, dressed as a British Royal guard, was watching over/protecting Quagmire while he sleeps but warns Quagmire to not make him laugh:

      Mayor West: It’s all right to go to sleep, my friend. I’ll stand guard.

      Quagmire: Uh… okay.

      Mayor West: Don’t worry, I’ll be here all night. Just don’t try to make me smile. I’m forbidden to smile. Oh, no. That episode of Growing Pains when Mike’s friend Boner ran for student council. (stifled laugh) Boner. (laughing) His name was… Boner. (giggling) (laughing) Bone… (guffawing) I’ve failed you.

      • xmatt0926x - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        The friend on “Family Ties” was Skippy. Duhh…… American education system at work again.

  6. andreweac - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Dude is The Truth. Think Mickey Mantle bigger and actually sober.

    • danrizzle - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      Not to diminish Trout at all, and he certainly has plenty of power in his swing, but Mantle’s raw power was the stuff of legend. And Trout has a lot more to offer on the basebaths and probably defensively (though I don’t claim to know anything about what Mantle’s ability in the field was).

      • neoshweaty - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        The craziest part of Mantle’s story was that he messed up his knee at such a young age and pretty much played his whole career in pain. Imagine what else he would have done? (that’s also not considering the effect his extracurricular activities had on his game)

  7. stex52 - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    You know, it wasn’t just the snarkers. I was researching for Fantasy Baseball in March, and there was a pretty general consensus among the “experts” that he would regress towards the mean somewhat this year.

    Personally I’m pleased to see they were wrong (at least I assume they will turn out to be wrong). The kid is a lot of fun to watch.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      there was a pretty general consensus among the “experts” that he would regress towards the mean somewhat this year.

      He put up, quite possibly, the greatest age 20 season in baseball history. It doesn’t take an “expert” to tell you that he was probably going to regress a little (forget the mean, which is absurd if they actually said it. He was in his first full year, there was no established “mean” for Trout).

      • paperlions - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        Yeah, people don’t seem to understand what “regression to the mean”, means in this context. It doesn’t mean that a player will regress to an average performance, it means that the performance in question likely does not represent the players true talent level and that future performance is expected to change (for better or worse) to better reflect the player’s “true” talent level. The mean in such context is the mean expected performance based on a players “true” talent level. Within the context of Trout’s 2012, the safe assumption is that his crazy good season likely was better than his true talent level and that he would be hard pressed to repeat it.

      • Joe - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        On the one hand, there’s the mean. On the other hand, there’s the development curve. The two could very well offset each other and he’s as good or better every year for the next decade (see Pujols, Albert).

        Bottom line is that you have to be pretty goddamned good to begin with to put up a “fluke” season like Trout did at age 20.

      • stex52 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        I may not have expressed that somewhat poorly. I meant progress in the direction of the mean (After all his OPS+ was 169). No suggestions that he was going all the way. Although some did play up the flukey aspects a lot.

        You’re right, Church. It was a pretty easy prediction to make. But it may just turn out to be wrong.

  8. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    “.383/.483/.638 over 12 games” are the 12 games before last night…

    It’s actually .431/.524/.667 in 13 games since June 8th. Fangraphs has that as adding 1.3 WAR in that time.

  9. jbones77 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Boner Stabone, from Growing Pains.

  10. pauleee - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    He is the one bright point of light in an otherwise disatrous season for Angles fans, other than Kendrick, who is also having a fine season. Is there a stat for “stranded on base”? He probably leads the league in that category.

  11. elgorditodehumboldt - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Trout is awesome and deserves all the attention that he gets, but can you imagine if this guy played on the East Coast (NYY, BOS, NYM, PHI)? The hype he receives now would pale in comparison.

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