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Mike Trout just had his best April ever - did you notice?

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What would happen if he has his best month ever - each month this year?

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You probably noticed that Mike Trout is good. You may have even noticed he had a good April. But did you notice that he keeps getting better? Did you notice he just put up the best April numbers of his career? Check out the year by year data below:

Mike Trout April Stats

Year G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Year G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2013 26 126 111 15 29 9 2 2 16 4 13 25 0.261 0.333 0.432 0.766
2014 27 124 109 21 35 8 2 6 18 4 14 34 0.321 0.403 0.596 1.000
2015 22 94 76 20 25 5 0 5 14 6 16 21 0.329 0.447 0.592 1.039
2016 24 101 86 12 25 5 0 5 13 1 14 24 0.291 0.386 0.523 0.909
2017 27 115 99 18 36 9 2 7 18 5 14 23 0.364 0.443 0.707 1.151

This April, Mike Trout put up career best numbers in homeruns (7), RBIs (18), triples (2), doubles (9), AVG (.364), SLG (.707), and OPS (1.151). Trout also swiped 5 bases without once being caught.

Additionally, Trout stacked up pretty darn well against the rest of league:

  • 1st in Total bases with 79
  • 1st in Extra base hits with 18
  • 2nd in batting average with .364 (1st = .368)
  • 2nd in OBP with .443 (1st = .447)
  • 2nd in homeruns with 7 (1st = 10)
  • 2nd in Slugging with .707 (1st = .750)
  • 5th in stolen bases with 5 (1st = 8) (only one person (Lorenzo Cain) had more stolen bases without being caught)

Yes indeed it’s good to be Mike Trout.

Just for fun - what what his year look like if he had “best” months all year long? Check out the table below which has his “best” numbers from April through September.

Mike Trout best months

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA
27 115 99 18 36 9 2 7 18 5 14 23 0.364
28 128 106 26 36 6 1 7 27 5 21 22 0.340
23 102 83 20 30 10 1 7 21 5 18 17 0.361
21 93 79 20 29 1 1 12 24 1 10 18 0.367
26 107 83 20 29 5 1 6 18 4 20 30 0.349
31 135 108 22 34 8 2 8 16 1 22 31 0.315
156 680 558 126 194 39 8 47 124 21 105 141 0.348

The data above was a bit difficult to come by since for many of these months, determining the “best” month was a bit tricky since there were many to choose from. For the close months I generally went with the one that had the highest OPS. As such, the data is not perfect. For example, we all know Trout having a best year all year round probably means more than 21 stolen bases.

However, 120+ runs, 120+ RBIs, 40+ homeruns with a mid 300s batting average? It’s surely possible, and wouldn’t it be fun to see him do it??

For the record, in terms of OPS+, this is how Trout ranks month by month in career stats:

  1. June, 114
  2. July, 110
  3. April, 97
  4. May, 96
  5. September, 93
  6. August, 92

That last bit of data shows us that we could see a May equal to April, and the best is yet to come in June and July.

Is it too early to give him the MVP?