Halos Daily

Dedicated to bringing you top notch Angels analysis!

Trout in a class of his own

September 30th, 2012

Mike Trout now has 48 stolen bases and 30 home runs on the season.

In the first game of Saturday’s double-header against the Rangers, Mike Trout launched his 30th home runs and stole his 48th base. Here are a few quick new Trout factoids:

  • With his 30th home run, Mike Trout is now the youngest player to ever hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season. He is two full years younger than the previous record holder, Alex Rodriguez, who did it at age 23.
  • Trout also became the first rookie ever to join the 30-40 club.
  • Trout’s 30-48 season is just the third such season in baseball history.

Adrian Beltre: The Albert Pujols Arte Moreno Was Looking For

September 30th, 2012

The thing is, Adrian Beltre wanted to be an Angel.

Assuming you believe Peter Gammons (only one of the most respected men in baseball), Beltre begged the Angels to sign him after his excellent 2010 campaign in Boston, which in terms of fWAR remains his second best season, trailing only his 9.9 fWAR season in 2004 while a member of the Dodgers, a season he parlayed into a $64M deal with Seattle that winter.*

* Baseball contracts have come a long way in 8 years. If a 25-year old third basemen with an elite glove entered the market after posting a 10-win season now, he would sign for at least $150M. Conservatively. 

Game 157: Angels Win, Clock Ticking

September 30th, 2012

Often times I find myself counting on others to meet set deadlines. Whatever their project is usually has some bearing on how I might go about using my time. Unfortunately, many people are unreliable; I sometimes find myself doing the work that others were supposed to do. After deadlines are missed, people sometimes turn in excellent–but useless–work.

This year’s Angels remind me of this societal quirk. They have certain expectations, and they’re pretty close to reaching those expectations. What they’ve done when they’ve been on has been incredible. It’s excellent work, but it just isn’t on time.

Last night, Jered Weaver and the Halos took a 7-4 victory over the Texas Rangers. It was a nice win, but Oakland’s 8-2 win over Seattle keeps the A’s two games ahead of the Angels for the final Wild Card spot.

Halos Daily

Dedicated to bringing you top notch Angels analysis!