2018 MLB Season

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  1. Freethinker

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    What a cuck. I feel bad for those 2 beautiful, blonde haired boys who will have to deal with this crap the rest of their lives now.

    Selfish, virtue signaling parents.
     
  2. Shadowlight

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    Fun at the old ball park last night. A well endowed ( hard not to notice that ha) young lady caught a ball in her beer at the Padres game and proceeded to chug the beer down. My kind of chick. None of this "new age health nut " crap going on here. Just a gal having some fun.

    See below video of the event.

     
  3. knightedsoldier5000

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    Trout hammered his 20th home run of the season off left-hander Wade LeBlanc in the first inning of the Angels' 5-3 loss to the Mariners on Monday night at Safeco Field. He then added his 21st home run off reliever Ryan Cook to lead off the eighth, tying Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez for the MLB lead. The second homer rifled off Trout's bat at 115 mph and traveled a projected 459 feet, making it his second-farthest and second-hardest-hit blast under Statcast™ tracking
    https://www.mlb.com/news/mike-trout-homers-twice-ties-mlb-lead-with-21/c-280846962

    With the first-inning blast, Trout became the first Angel in franchise history to hit at least 20 home runs in seven consecutive seasons. He also joined Alex Rodriguez and Mickey Mantle as the only American League players to record seven straight 20-homer campaigns before their age-27 seasons.
     
  4. Shadowlight

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    I saw the highlight of Trout's second home run and yes it was a laser beam line drive to dead centerfield. Sheer power on display.

    But I worry. The Angels got too damn cute with Ohtani having him pitch and hit. And there were concerns about his arm even before they signed him so now he is sidelined with an injury and the Angels are back to square one which means once again very little protection in the batting order for Trout. Ohtani was hitting well. He might have survived the season as a hitter but pitching put too much stress on his arm/elbow. Being a 'two way" player made for great publicity but in the end it wasn't worth the "experiment."

    Upton has power but he is an all or nothing type. Pujols is plainly over the hill. They have no table setters. So Trout will continue to be pitched around making it difficult for him to really explode. He is off to a very good start this season despite a few slumps but that line up is too weak to provide the protection he needs to fully realize his potential.

    Hopefully Trout can fight through it. He has been doing it for years now.
     
  5. knightedsoldier5000

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    No question about that. Pujols made him stop stealing bases because it was too distracting for him while he batted, but it sounds like Trout politely said F U Pujols, i'm going to start running again in the last couple of years.

    Trout still racks up the Runs, but he gets few RBI opportunities. Still, I'm quite happy with how he's been able to rack up the stats so far in his career. Just imagine if he had a decent supporting cast what he could do! As far as I'm concerned, Trout should wait for his pitches, rack up the BB, and keep scoring runs. He's still way ahead of Rickey Henderson's pace for the all time R record, he just has to keep it up.
     
  6. knightedsoldier5000

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    Trout now leads the league in G, HR, R, BB, OBP, TB, SB%

    I would LOVE to see him lead the league in HR at the end of the year, hopefully with 50+, and hopefully he can win at least one batting title in his career (currently hitting .304)
     
  7. Freethinker

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    2 more home runs for Trout against Seattle tonight. He’s carrying the Angels offense once again.

    For the surprise first place Mariners, Mitch Haniger, had 2 homers as well. Mitch is having a breakout career year after flashing glimpses of promise in past injury plagued campaigns. He’s up to 15 homeruns and 50 RBI.
     
  8. Carolina Speed

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    Also, in WAR and OPS+. Hard to believe he's not the current top All Star vote getter in the AL! He's second behind the injured Mookie Betts.
    At least Atlanta's Freddie Freeman is currently the NL leader!
    In addition to his 2 HR's last night, Trout also displayed his underrated defensive skills by leaping up to rob Nelson Cruz of a HR!
     
  9. rockybleier

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    Pittsburgh guy here is getting a bit ticked off about Hurdle continuing to run out Gregory Palonco while Meadows or Dickerson (and Marte also) take turns sitting......Another example of the powers that be slobbering over “athleticism”.....He has a decent year (a couple years ago) and shows promise they give him a fat contract and then disappears......Jose Tabata was another example........Yuk
     
  10. knightedsoldier5000

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    After going 3-3 with 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB last night, Trout is now hitting .323 ! That puts him in 5th place for the Batting title. He has an outside shot to win it this year.

    1. Betts • BOS .348
    2. Segura • SEA .344
    3. Altuve • HOU .337
    4. Simmons • LAA .330
    5. Trout • LAA .323
    6. Martinez • BOS .320
    7. Brantley • CLE .318
     
  11. knightedsoldier5000

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    Trout's been raising his BA like crazy the last week or 2 and is now 4th in BA. 2-3 last night + 2 BB. Unfortunatley, he got his first CS. Altuve is going to be the one to beat for Trout to get a batting title. Trout's ability to draw massive amounts of walks allows him to wait for his pitch. I think Trout can do it, but we'll see where they're at come the all star break. Trout still leading in many categories including R, BB, HR, OBP, OPS, TB

    1. Altuve • HOU .342
    2. Segura • SEA .340
    3. Betts • BOS .340
    4. Trout • LAA .332
    5. Brantley • CLE .321
    6. Rosario • MIN .321
    7. Simmons • LAA .317
    8. Martinez • BOS .315
    9. Duffy • TBR .314
    10. Castellanos • DET .310
     
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  12. knightedsoldier5000

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    Trout 1-1 with 2BB and a catcher's intereference call on one of his ABs.

    We've got a really tight race here for the BA title:

    1. Altuve • HOU .341
    2. Betts • BOS .336
    3. Segura • SEA .336
    4. Trout • LAA .335
     
  13. knightedsoldier5000

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    Angels slugger Mike Trout is in the middle of the most dominant hot streak of his career
    Trout has reached base in 29 of his last 37 plate appearances
    https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/...f-the-most-dominant-hot-streak-of-his-career/

    Trout went 1 for 1 with two walks and two runs driven in Tuesday night, and he also reached on a catcher's interference. His season batting line now sits at an incredible .335/.469/.689 with an MLB leading 23 home runs and more walks (64) than strikeouts (60) through 73 team games.

    Here are Trout's ranks among the 160 players with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title:

    Batting average: .335 (5th -- Jose Altuve leads at .341)
    On-base percentage: .469 (1st -- Joey Votto is second at .428)
    Slugging percentage: .689 (2nd -- Mookie Betts leads at .692)
    OPS: 1.158 (1st -- Betts is second at 1.115)
    OPS+: 219 (1st -- Betts is second at 194)
    WAR: 6.5 (1st -- Jose Ramirez is second at 4.7)
    Trout is currently in the middle of the best season of his career based on the rate stats, and he's on pace for 14.4 WAR, which would rank among the greatest seasons in baseball history. Only five times in history has a position player topped even 12 WAR. Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski was the last to do it (12.5 WAR in 1967).

    Furthermore, Trout is in the middle of the best hot streak of his career right now. In his last eight games, Trout has gone 16 for 23 (.696) with one double, four homers, nine runs batted in, 11 walks, and five strikeouts. He has reached base in 29 of his last 37 plate appearances. That's a .778 on-base percentage.

    Three of the four best eight-game stretches of Trout's season have come within the last 60 days. Trout is hitting .364/.507/.727 since May 1 and, remarkably, the Angels are 23-23 during that time. They are 2-6 during this insane eight-game hot streak. The pitching has not been good and the other players in the lineup aren't providing much support. One man can only do so much.

    As great as he's been throughout his career, Trout has never been better than he is right now. His overall season numbers are off-the-charts and his performance these last eight games has been historically great. Remember, Trout is only 26. He turns 27 in August. It is entirely possible he is just now hitting the prime of his career.
     

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