Mike Trout
Mike Trout

With Major League Baseballs’ announcement of their writer’s vote last week Mike Trout is on the list for another American League MVP Award.

Already the winner of three A.L. MVP Awards, Trout continues to be the best player in baseball. The latest Trout accomplishment is his breaking of the 300 home run barrier.  

The MVP balloting sees 30 reporters cast votes with reporters being asked to rank their top five choices in the American and National Leagues. Five points awarded for a first-place vote and four for a second-place vote. Trout has 13 first-place votes while the Indians Shane Bieber received 11.

He currently sits third with 16 home runs on the year along with the Minnesota Twins’ Nelson Cruz while the Yankees Luke Voit holds the home run lead with 19. Voit hit two home runs against Toronto on Tuesday.

Trout has now stolen 200 bases as well to go with 300 home runs. It took him 1,235 games while Willie Mays previously held the record by hitting those marks in 1,295 contests.

Is Trout Fast Becoming The Greatest Of All Time?

It seems almost too easy to write about Mike Trout and his baseball accomplishments and the way he conducts himself on and off the field.

Besides home runs, we need to look at what continues to make Trout so special. Consider his OPS both in the current season as well as his lifetime line. This year he sits at 1.042, good for fourth in the league behind Juan Soto who is at 1.202.

What’s even more staggering is that after only 8 years in the league, he sits eight on the all-time list at 1.0018. He is the only active player on that list which is occupied by some of the greatest to play the game including Babe Ruth who is first, Ted Williams is second, and Lou Gehrig who is third.

With WAR as well Trout is only at 1.1 on the season. Given that the schedule is only 60 games and not 162 we should take that with a grain of salt. Looking at Trout’s past season two seasons, he had a 10.2 WAR in 2018 and 8.3 WAR in 2019.

He has had a WAR above 10 three times in his career.

Are The Angels Wasting Mike Trout’s Prime? 

Even with his MVP nomination again this season, The Angels are still a 20-30 team with 10 games left in the season. Talk of a playoff push with the expanded format for 2020, the Angels were raked over the coals by the Diamondbacks 9-6 last night.

Adding Anthony Rendon has helped as he and Trout have a combined 1.007 OPS but the team continues to struggle. GM Billy Eppler has not done enough to surround Trout with the players needed to have a sustained post season run.

Albert Pujols is not getting it done as a DH. His recent.211/.250/.368 batting line, three homers and three doubles in 80 plate just isn’t going to do it.

David Fletcher has provided the team with stability and defensive versatility.  He covered for Rendon at third when the season started and Andrelton Simmons more recently at short. Fletcher has hit .299/.364/.449 with three home runs, and 16 runs scored.

Andrelton Simmons is a free agent after this season. He’s managed to hit .280/.327/.396 with 36 home runs and 240 RBI since joining the team in 2015. He has been plagued by injuries though particularly in 2019. 

Defensively he is a gem at short where he boasts a ridiculous 95 defensive runs saves in 4542.2 innings of work.

Justin Upton is another weak Angels link who hasn’t had a .300 season since 2009 and is currently hitting .194. He only played 63 games last year for the Angels and in four seasons in Los Angeles has a .239 batting average.

Dylan Bundy A Gem In A Pitching Staff of Mediocrity

Like Mike Trout, Dylan Bundy is another bright spot for the Angels in 2020. With a 3.12 ERA through 10 starts, He has 69 strikeouts and a 1.005 WHIP.

It’s interesting to think that trade rumors were swirling around Bundy before the August 31st trade deadline. 

Bundy was roughed up last night in his start against The Arizona Diamondbacks. He lasted only two innings giving up 6 hits and 5 earned runs to go with two walks and two strikeouts.

The rest of the Angels staff is um how does one put it, terrible. They rank 13th in the league in WHIP at 1.339 but more telling is their ERA where they are 25th at 5.22. Their counterparts the Los Angeles Dodgers have a 2.98 team ERA.

Griffin Canning goes today for the Angels against the Diamondbacks. He is
0-3 with 4.57 ERA and 39 SO as well as a WHIP of 1.368. Last week against the Colorado Rockies he gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings at Coors Field. He has a 4.08 ERA over his last three starts.

Julio Teheran was brought in as a free agent and has been a wash largely for the Angels. He is 0-3 with an 8.90 ERA and a WHIP of 1.602. It’s not likely the Angels will be bringing him back.

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