The following line originally appeared in an ESPN Sweetspot blog post regarding Mike Trout‘s defense, which rates poorly according to advanced defense metrics so far in 2013. It was re-purposed about three weeks ago here on Getting Blanked.
It could even be something related to the early-season absence of Jered Weaver (whose fly balls tend to hang in the air longer than most and are more easily catchable) and the early struggles of Joe Blanton (whose fly balls have a lower hang time and may be less catchable).
Jered Weaver was back on the mound today and, lo and behold, he allowed a fly ball which hung in the air long enough that Mike Trout ran and ran and made the catch you see above.
Again, we Blame Blanton and praise Mike Trout, because he’s not only patently ridiculous, he’s historically ridiculous.