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Gameday Thread White Sox @ Angels 6/29/2022 Ohtani on the mound
As I and others have mentioned, one of the biggest problems the Angels currently have is weak depth beyond their frontline regulars. This can be illustrated by the following chart:
To clarify, green is above average (100), purple below - rounded to the nearest 5. The columns are different widths relative to plate appearances, and ordered from highest to lowest (e.g. Trout has the highest wRC+ on the Angels and third most PA). I've included all players with 10+ PA.
Now while it may not be fair to compare them to the Yankees and Astros - the two best teams, and top offenses, in the AL - they provide examples of how a championship caliber offense "should" look. The Astros have been garden variety great, while the Yankees have been historically great.
At first blush, there isn't a huge difference - especially with the Astros. But now consider how much purple (negative wRC+) there is on the Angels compared to the other two teams. The Angels have significantly more than the Astros, and the Yankees barely have any.
Furthermore, once you get past Rendon and Stassi (the two "squat" green columns), every single player has a negative wRC+, whereas the Yankees in particular have several positive contributors among less PA players. Some further comparisons:
Among players with 100 PA or more, the Angels have four players with 120+ wRC+. The Astros have six, and the Yankees five.
Among players with 10+ PA, 6 of 19 (32%) on the Angels are positive; 7 of 15 (47%) on the Astros; 9 of 16 (56%) on the Yankees.
Andrew Velazquez has the lowest wRC+ (39) of any player in the majors with 200+ PA.
Among 259 players with 150+ PA, Tyler Wade is #246 (55 wRC+), and Velazquez #256 (39). The Angels are only of only three teams--along with the Athletics and Rays--who have two players in the bottom 15.
If that didn't illustrate it well enough, this should do the trick:
This, I think, illustrates the problem to an even greater extent. Consider how much of the Angels hitting is in shades of purple. They've got two players who have had great hitting years so far in Trout and Ward, then Ohtani and Walsh as good to very good, then everyone else is average or worse - and mostly worse.
I want you guys to tell me one reason you think the Angels are losing, and I'm going to crunch the numbers to find out what's true and what's just perception.
Sort of like Mythbusters.
"The Angels strike out too much."
"The Angels situational hitting is bad."
"The Angels rotation is bad."
Gameday Thread (6/22/22): Royals @ Angels - off-days for Trout and Walsh
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