4.03.2013

The Bi-Polar At-Bats of Mark Trumbo

Since Mark Trumbo became a full-time Angels starter in 2011, I've had very different and somewhat flippant opinions about Mark Trumbo as a batter. They usually go somewhat like this:

1. Mark Trumbo looks lost and this is the beginning of the end. : (

2. Mark Trumbo is a good hitter!

3. Mark Trumbo is a guess hitter who gets lucky a lot. : /

4. Mark Trumbo is really improving at the plate!

This year, instead of applying any of these statements to Mark Trumbo as a hitter, I will apply each one of Mark Trumbo's at-bat with one of these statements. Consider it a type of rating for how Trumbo's at-bat went. I've come to determine that it's an apt rating system considering Trumbo's at-bats seem to vary so greatly from plate appearance to plate appearance.

Let's take a look at opening day last Monday as a perfect example of Mark Trumbo's bi-polar batting approach.

At-Bat #1


Credit to Trumbo for swinging at a pitch in the strike-zone. No credit for swinging at the next pitch which was almost a foot out of the strike-zone. In fact, that pitch was the farthest pitch out of the strike-zone swung at against Johnny Cueto.


Rating: Mark Trumbo looks lost and this is the beginning of the end. : (

At-Bat #2

Trumbo sees five straight sliders, swings at three of them, strikes out again. The pitch Trumbo strikes out swinging on is a borderline pitch. And he did swing at another pitch in the strike-zone. Improvement? A bit.

Rating:  Mark Trumbo is really improving at the plate!

At-Bat #3


Trumbo watches a pitch sail right through the strike-zone then on the fifth pitch breaks his bat and muscles a ball on the inner corner of the plate into left-field.

Rating: Mark Trumbo is a guess hitter who gets lucky sometimes. : /

At-bat 4:

Against the tough Aroldis Chapman, Trumbo earns a base on balls. Three of the pitches Pitch F/X has as strikes but are called balls for being low and out of the zone. Trumbo takes all of them. This is strange considering just three at-bats before, Trumbo was flailing at pitches nearly a foot low and out of the zone. More guesswork or did he make an in-game adjustment? Let's give him some credit here.

Result: Trumbo is a good hitter!

At-bat #5


Out of fives pitches, Trumbo sees two in the strike-zone and swings at both of them. Which is good. But then he also swings at a pitch almost 6 inches above the strike-zone. Sounds like guesswork to me. I take back my previous comment.

Rating: Mark Trumbo is a guess hitter who gets lucky sometimes. :\

At-bat 6



Trumbo swings at the first pitch, a high fastball, and grounds out. This was similar to the same pitch he swung at in the Chapman at-bat. Clearly, Trumbo likes his pitches up in the strike-zone. Points for consistently. Improvement!

Rating: Mark Trumbo is really improving at the plate!


Conclusion? Pass the Prozac, please.

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