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.292 BABIP on the season. HIs previous career low was .318 in 2017; his career is .348. Not sure what's up with that. Unlucky? If so, he could have a ridiculous season next year. Or maybe there's a reason his BABIP is low? 

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I think this is a case of "When you are the best player in baseball by a mile every slump is under a microscope from AW members."

 

I think this is the 3rd or 4th thread this year asking if something is wrong with Trout? And then he starts doing Mike Trout things again and we all forget, rinse, repeat. 

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I wonder is this is the longest hit-less streak of his career? Surely he's never had 4 games in a row without a hit. You can tell he's really struggling but at least he's still walking. 

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Trout is human, not superhuman. The consistency of his numbers year after year leads many to assume he can't/won't deviate to a notable degree. At least during his remaining prime years. Which should be the next five or so.

But this is pro sports. Athletic performance is never, ever something that can be automatically taken for granted. It's the human mind/body involved, not a machine.

Even tiny things can escalate into bigger issues. A slight loss of reflex/reaction timing. Issues with vision. A tiny drop in bat speed. A small variation in hitting mechanics. And so on. 

Not saying that he is showing any significant problem, because he still seems to mostly have the same approach and elite numbers. Just not mind blowing. Power wise he is great. It's just that he isn't as automatically consistent overall. 

Some of that could be about how he feels about the team this season. Often falling well behind in the early innings, he must think all the pressure is in his shoulders every at bat. Knowing the pitching will almost always give up chunks of runs he may be forcing things to a certain degree, swinging at pitches he would lay off, or trying for power rather than just good contact. 

Nothing in his numbers indicates alarm for the near future. Just a realistic reminder that he is human, the body doesn't remain in peak shape forever, and the team around him does factor into anyone's mindset and subsequent approach to each at bat. 

Unfortunately, his MVP chances depend entirely on his numbers, and expectations are always that he will constantly have career best seasons.

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4 hours ago, zenmaster said:

Could we package him and Adell for a huge minor league haul?? We'd have an excellent farm.

This (knowing it was sarcasm here) always gets me to think back to that wonderful haul that the Fish reeled in for M-Cab.    Of all of them, really only one pitcher ever did much (Andrew Miller for other teams).   Maybin only really did much of anything this season for the Skanks, 12 years later.

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8 hours ago, Angelsjunky said:

.292 BABIP on the season. HIs previous career low was .318 in 2017; his career is .348. Not sure what's up with that. Unlucky? If so, he could have a ridiculous season next year. Or maybe there's a reason his BABIP is low? 

Yeah, it's mostly bad luck. The MLB average BABIP this season is .299. Trout being below average - while leading the AL in OPS - is bad luck. 

(Also, home runs aren't counted as part of BABIP, and if Trout stays healthy, he will shatter his season home run record.) 

It's just one of those weird things. I've been waiting since the beginning of May for his BABIP to get closer to his career norm, but it hasn't. August (.290) and September (.280) are his worst months when it comes to batting average, so it's possible his 2019 BABIP is just going to be a weird number that sticks out in his career. 

And it's also possible he will have a monstrous last six weeks of the season. 

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11 hours ago, Angelsjunky said:

.292 BABIP on the season. HIs previous career low was .318 in 2017; his career is .348. Not sure what's up with that. Unlucky? If so, he could have a ridiculous season next year. Or maybe there's a reason his BABIP is low? 

his GB rate is 24.5% this year.  His career avg. is 37%. his highest hr/fb rate ever.  

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4 minutes ago, gotbeer said:

See what happens when you buy a house?  All you think about is what color to paint the rooms.

maybe his wife is pregnant and he's freaking out.  

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3 hours ago, Angel Oracle said:

This (knowing it was sarcasm here) always gets me to think back to that wonderful haul that the Fish reeled in for M-Cab.    Of all of them, really only one pitcher ever did much (Andrew Miller for other teams).   Maybin only really did much of anything this season for the Skanks, 12 years later.

Just think the Marlins passed on Mathis (still playing), Kendrick (still playing), Adenhart (very well could be playing because he wouldn't be in Anaheim on that fateful night) Wood (ok a bust), and Joe Saunders (solid major leaguer).

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28 minutes ago, Dochalo said:

maybe his wife is pregnant and he's freaking out.  

would not surprise me one bit if they made an announcement in the next few months. if its a boy, when do you think the scouts will starting following around the kid? 7th, 8th grade!

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55 minutes ago, Dick Enberg said:

would not surprise me one bit if they made an announcement in the next few months. if its a boy, when do you think the scouts will starting following around the kid? 7th, 8th grade!

Trout's contract should have included signing rights for any of Trout's children. Even his daughters will be MLB all stars.

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