When sample sizes attack

Unlike their competition, the Angels of Anaheim didn’t make any high-profile moves before the trade deadline.

Instead they made some relatively low-profile moves to bolster their anemic outfield, picking up Shane Victorino, David DeJesus, and David Murphy. Alone, none of these fellows could have been expected to make much of a difference. Collectively, they seemed like a personally reasonable solution to an obvious problem.

Then this happened:

.172 / .219 / .232

In 99 at-bats, this trio has combined for those percentages, along with one double, one triple, and one home run. So at least they’ve hit for the cycle!

They’ve also drawn just four walks. Victorino hasn’t driven in a single run.

And so the problem’s as big as ever, statistically at least. The Angels have the best center field, and their left fielders rank last in the majors in runs, home runs, total bases, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS.

Otherwise everything’s looking pretty good.