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Spoke with Ross Newhan about Trouts evolution and his trading power for outs philosophy. Good article.

"Look, we all have a tendency to pick things apart," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said from his Westlake Village home. "We win more games than any team in the major leagues and the only thing people remember is the series with Kansas City. Were we disappointed with that? Of course. Was it the way we wanted it to end? Certainly not.

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Hmm. That article seems like typical traditionalist apologism, which always follows a similar line of thinking, "No matter what your fancy-shmancy, nerdy numbers say, Trout had a great year so shouldn't be criticized."

 

This is like saying, "While you got an A and an A+ on your last two papers, we shouldn't be worried about the A- you got on your third paper." On one hand this has some truth to it as not only is an A- still a good grade, but every player tends to fluctuate. But on the other the trend is, if not worthy of outright worry, at least worth watching - especially when we consider that Trout effectively got an A+ in the first half, and a B- in the second half.

 

All that said, it is worth noting that Trout has tended to cool off over the course of the summer. Check out his career OPS:

 

April/March: .857

May: 959

June: 1.036

July: .989

August: .943

Sept/Oct: .867

 

There's a different trend each year, but he generally seems to peak in June-July and then fall after that a bit.

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Spoke with Ross Newhan about Trouts evolution and his trading power for outs philosophy. Good article.

"Look, we all have a tendency to pick things apart," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said from his Westlake Village home. "We win more games than any team in the major leagues and the only thing people remember is the series with Kansas City. Were we disappointed with that? Of course. Was it the way we wanted it to end? Certainly not.

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Spoke with Ross Newhan about Trouts evolution and his trading power for outs philosophy. Good article.

"Look, we all have a tendency to pick things apart," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said from his Westlake Village home. "We win more games than any team in the major leagues and the only thing people remember is the series with Kansas City. Were we disappointed with that? Of course. Was it the way we wanted it to end? Certainly not.

Regular season mediocrity + postseason success (e.g., the Giants situation) beats having excellent regular season records followed by a string of first round exits.  While it's true that series in April count as much as wins in September, wins in October are far, far more valuable.

 

Scioscia's quote here is simialr to Billy Beane's comments immediately after the 2002 season, about how nobody gives a s___ about what you did that year if you lose your last game of the year.

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What I'd like to hear from Scioscia is something along the lines of how he plans to change his approach to the post season. His record after 2002 is frankly, putrid. Whatever he's been doing over the past decade to get his teams "ready" for playoff baseball isn't working, to put it politely.

Knowing MS, he would probably say that he keeps things the same as he does in the regular season, and imo that is a big reason for his teams floundering under the magnified playoff conditions/atmosphere. 

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