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Another Angelic cometragedy


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Consider...

May 6: Angels release Albert Pujols, evidently because they find their regular first baseman in Jared Walsh.

May 15: Pujols signs with Dodgers.

May 17: Pujols makes his debut with Dodgers. Mike Trout is injured, out for over two months. 

May 18 - present: Jared Walsh hits .224/.266/.500 with a 103 wRC+ in 222 PA.

So far as a Dodger, Pujols is hitting .271/.305/.488 with a 113 wRC+ in 128 PA.

Over the last month or so (since June 25), Walsh has hit .205/.224/.386 with a 63 wRC+.

It is all just so...Angels.

 

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I'm a bit concerned about Walsh. He's been really bad for the last month--that .224 OBP is unacceptable--and pretty mediocre for the last two. That's a long enough period to think its more than just a slump. His approach seems awful - he isn't taking any walks, and striking out a ton. 

Hopefully he can bounce back, but I'm starting to think that considering him an elite hitter back in May was a bit premature.

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Just now, Taylor said:

Now do Jered Walsh's value vs. Albert Pujols' value over the next several years.

Well, through May 17, Walsh was at 1.5 WAR through 38 games, a 6+ WAR pace. Since then he's produced 0.4 WAR in 54 games, a 1.2 WAR pace. Hopefully he can at least split the difference and settle in as a 3-4 WAR player, but I'm concerned.

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1 hour ago, Angelsjunky said:

I'm a bit concerned about Walsh. He's been really bad for the last month--that .224 OBP is unacceptable--and pretty mediocre for the last two. That's a long enough period to think its more than just a slump. His approach seems awful - he isn't taking any walks, and striking out a ton. 

Hopefully he can bounce back, but I'm starting to think that considering him an elite hitter back in May was a bit premature.

At the time he was hitting very well so it was the right thing to do. Unfortunately Walsh has regressed quite a bit. He could easily turn it around though

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1 hour ago, Angelsjunky said:

Hopefully he can bounce back, but I'm starting to think that considering him an elite hitter back in May was a bit premature.

So it was premature to judge Walsh after good production of several months, according to analysis based on not so good production of a few weeks. Got it. 

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I for once am concerned about Walsh's decline. But I think there are reason for the decline;

1. Lack of Potection and guys missing. 

2. Playing against lefties and alot. 

3. hitting into shifts. 

once we start getting our Trio back, this takes alot of pressure off him. I think you could also sit him against lefties.

Regarding Pujols...He's playing the Nl...The NL West....where the Rockies and Dbacks play in...

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1 hour ago, Angelsjunky said:

Consider...

May 6: Angels release Albert Pujols, evidently because they find their regular first baseman in Jared Walsh.

May 15: Pujols signs with Dodgers.

May 17: Pujols makes his debut with Dodgers. Mike Trout is injured, out for over two months. 

May 18 - present: Jared Walsh hits .224/.266/.500 with a 103 wRC+ in 222 PA.

So far as a Dodger, Pujols is hitting .271/.305/.488 with a 113 wRC+ in 128 PA.

Over the last month or so (since June 25), Walsh has hit .205/.224/.386 with a 63 wRC+.

It is all just so...Angels.

 

Well we are after all Angels fans, or most of us are.

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1 hour ago, Angelsjunky said:

I'm a bit concerned about Walsh. He's been really bad for the last month--that .224 OBP is unacceptable--and pretty mediocre for the last two. That's a long enough period to think its more than just a slump. His approach seems awful - he isn't taking any walks, and striking out a ton. 

Hopefully he can bounce back, but I'm starting to think that considering him an elite hitter back in May was a bit premature.

It might make sense to platoon him against lefties going forward until he can show that he can hit lefties.

.165 .192 .364 .556

against righties he is

.327 .393 .619 1.012

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15 minutes ago, rageous said:

It might make sense to platoon him against lefties going forward until he can show that he can hit lefties.

.165 .192 .364 .556

against righties he is

.327 .393 .619 1.012

If only we had a first baseman with a .961 OPS versus LHP's to platoon with Walsh...

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2 hours ago, Taylor said:

Now do Jared Walsh's value vs. Albert Pujols' value over the next several years.

You are closer to the man upstairs that can answer that question.  Maybe you can ask him next time you’re talking to him.

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25 minutes ago, rageous said:

It might make sense to platoon him against lefties going forward until he can show that he can hit lefties.

.165 .192 .364 .556

against righties he is

.327 .393 .619 1.012

 But he hit a grand slam against Chapman 

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12 hours ago, Angelsjunky said:

I'm a bit concerned about Walsh. He's been really bad for the last month--that .224 OBP is unacceptable--and pretty mediocre for the last two. That's a long enough period to think its more than just a slump. His approach seems awful - he isn't taking any walks, and striking out a ton. 

Hopefully he can bounce back, but I'm starting to think that considering him an elite hitter back in May was a bit premature.

Considering him an elite bat was definitely an overreaction. He's struggling now but I think a lot of that has to do with the league finally making some adjustments, a little bit of pressure to perform with other guys out, adapting to everyday grind that comes with MLB ball....I still think he's a good bet to be a .270/.330/.500+ type hitter. What he did September through June or so is hard to 'fluke', but also hard to replicate.

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9 hours ago, JustATroutFan said:

Pujols 0-3 on the day that this thread was made, which is just funny. But what's funnier is Bellinger has a .156/.275.262 slash line in 141 ABs for the 2021 regular season. Bellinger (garbage) is sooo like Trout. #Pujolssucks

Bellinger has been slumping ever since his 2019 MVP season. He's been lost at the plate for a very long time. It's a mystery.

since 2019: .209/.313/.383

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Browsing around on the trade value site, I saw an interesting trade someone had posted, with the Angels sending Walsh and Adams to Boston for quite a package...Michael Chavis, Jeter Downs, Jay Groome, Bryan Mata, and Josh Winckowski, and I kinda didn't hate it based simply on the fact that there were some murmurs Perry's Angels could be interested in SoCal's Freddie Freeman in free agency. 

I really, really don't see it (nor want it, I'm a big Walsh fan) but Walsh could be a big sell-high guy right now if Perry really is zeroed in on making a run for Freeman in the winter.

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