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Justin Upton trade may end up helping Twins more than Angels

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#1 alexlegge

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 03:25 PM

On the day the Angels picked up Upton, they were exactly 1.5 games behind the Twins. Net gain since then: nothing.

 

And now, with 7 of our final 10 games left against the Tigers, consider this:

 

Justin Upton vs. Twins, 2017: .400/.513/.833 in 39 PA

 

Justin Upton with Angels, 2017: .300/.425/.600 in 73 PA

(most recent PA: pop out + slammed bat into ground, sending splinters everywhere)

 

 

We'll see how things pan out over the final week, but it would be ironic now if the Twins win a bunch of close games vs. Upton-less Tigers to clinch the 2nd WC.

 

 

 

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 05:21 PM

Also of note...Verlander is 1-0 against the Angels, and has another start against them this weekend.
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Posted 21 September 2017 - 05:40 PM

From the how it's helped the Angels standpoint, I'm trying to understand the reasoning.  He's been awesome with the Angels and has undoubtedly helped win games they would have otherwise lost.

 

But yeah, probably good for us that JD Martinez, Verlander, and Upton are gone from Tigers.

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 05:44 PM

Yeah. While the Angels haven't gained ground relative to the Twins / wild card since the trade, they have likely gained ground relative to a hypothetical Angels team that did not trade for Upton.
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#5 Mr. Brooks

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 05:54 PM

From the how it's helped the Angels standpoint, I'm trying to understand the reasoning. He's been awesome with the Angels and has undoubtedly helped win games they would have otherwise lost.

But yeah, probably good for us that JD Martinez, Verlander, and Upton are gone from Tigers.


You clearly haven't considered that his most recent AB was a pop out!
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#6 alexlegge

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 06:06 PM

Angels have only won 7 games since he joined them, though he did perform really well in those games (.363/.481/1.273). So yeah, he has helped them relative to the 'hypothetical Upton-less' Angels, even though the Angels have a worse record with him.

 

I guess the bottom line is that he's a great player and Twin-killer, Angels haven't done much since acquiring him, and now Twins can *hopefully* reap the benefits of not having to face him at the most important time of the season.

 

 


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Posted 21 September 2017 - 06:25 PM

 

You clearly haven't considered that his most recent AB was a pop out!

well, there's that :-)


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Posted 21 September 2017 - 07:52 PM

If the thesis is that the Angels robbed Peter to pay Paul, I would argue this:Don't you think the Tigers would have traded him to some other team at the deadline anyway?


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Posted 21 September 2017 - 08:55 PM

Just think, with Upton the Twins might have only won by 9 tonight!

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