Angels News: Mike Trout on WAR, Hamilton's Hitting


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Mike Trout on WARFangraphs

Eno Sarris of the all-things-stats-and-baseball site Fangraphs, recently wrote an article on WAR and Mike Trout. But this time, instead of writing what most have already read, Sarris went to the source: Mike Trout himself and asked the young Angels outfielder what he thought of advanced metrics. He says all the boring and right things, which is probably all the more reason to love Mike Trout.

Erick Aybar carries memories of Dominican childhoodAngels.com
Super interesting and dare we say “touching” account of Erick Aybar’s meager background. Really makes you think about the incredible journey these Dominican players take to make it to the big leagues.

Lyle Spencer: Vlad a Hall of FamerMLB.com

Angels fans probably remember former Los Angeles Angels beat writer Lyle Spencer mostly for his unwavering support of light-hitting Jeff Mathis. Spencer is an old-school beat writer who definitely wrote a lot about the Angels that many Angels fans couldn’t agree with. However, on this one point, its likely all Angels fans will agree.

What You Need to Know: Weirdest BaseballBaseballprospectus.com

Daniel Rathman’s on-going run down of what’s going on in baseball via Baseball Prospectus. Rathman delves into Josh Hamilton and his recent solid run of hitting for the Angels. Since subscription is required, here’s a key paragraph:

“Including yesterday’s contest, Hamilton owns a .328 average over his last 36 games, a stretch that dates back to the aforementioned visit to Progressive Field. That average is padded with 10 doubles, two triples, and five homers, good for a slugging percentage north of .500, a far cry from the .397 mark Hamilton sported when this surge began. And Mike Scioscia’s club has gone 21-15 since Hamilton woke up from his slumber, which—at the risk of exaggerating the impact of a single player’s turnaround—is a 94-win pace over a full season.”

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