The Morning Edition (June 22, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

From Last Night:

  • The Jays tie it in the 7th and win in the 9th to bail out Dickey
  • Kazmir dominates the Twins
  • Strasburg gives up 1 ER in 7, Ks 9, walks none to beat the Rockies
  • Garza goes 8 to beat the Astros

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Jacob Turner heads to AT&T (4p Eastern)
  • Leake and Corbin in Arizona (7p Eastern)
  • Greinke and Volquez in the who knows what will happen game (7p Eastern)
  • NERD darling Kluber (7p Eastern)
  • Actual darling Shelby Miller (7p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Are you ready for Trout/Cabrera 2.0?

As I write this, the Angels are in the 4th inning, so the exact numbers might be different when you read this, but Cabrera and Trout are 1 and 2 in WAR right now. Cabrera stands at 4.8 and Trout at 4.3. Dave Cameron wrote a nice piece yesterday regarding Trout’s place among the best age 21 seasons in history after having the best age 20 season ever last year. He’s felt the dreaded regression monster, all the way from 166 wRC+ to 161 this year. We all know what Cabrera is doing:

But Trout is doing his thing as well. .315/.393/.553 plus excellent baserunning (but just average defense so far by the advanced metrics). Read Cameron’s piece for a full picture, but his K% and BB% numbers are trending in a ridiculous direction.

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