Trout masks: The HR% blows forward ‘n the HR% blows back.
The rumors of the home run’s demise, it turns out, were not just greatly exaggerated. They may not have been anything more than statistical noise. Because even though the carryover from the Year of the Pitcher in 2010 and its sequel in 2011 remains palpable, the home run’s comeback has significantly quelled the trilogy.
After 28 home runs Sunday, major leaguers have hit 3,497 in 1,717 games this season. That amounts to 1.018 home runs per game per team. Which, while below the record 1.172 set in 2000 in the throes of the steroid era, represents a significant uptick from the last two seasons, when home runs dropped below one per game for the first time since before the 1994 strike.
Homers are up 8.68 percent over last year, when they bottomed out at .937 per game, and they rose particularly in June and July. With 1.052 per game, June ranked as the fourth most homeriffic month in the last five seasons – until July beat it out with 1.059.
10. Mike Trout and do everything well. The home run-robbing catches never get old. Watching him steal a base is a treat in pure athleticism. He’s smart. He’s savvy.
I always wondered what it was like to watch a young Mickey Mantle play. Now I know.
To think he’ll develop power like the Mick is indeed far-fetched, though putting any sorts of limitations on Trout is the sort of thing reserved for fools, and I endeavor to keep my foolishness to a minimum, or at least private. So I’ll leave it to a scout to send a revised report on Trout:
“He may hit 40, but he’s not going to go much higher than that.”