Originally Posted by FiveRings
I side with Trout on this one, he's the most dominant 5 tool player in the game right now,resurrected the Angels once he was brought up and dominated the game at every phase. Also, not to undermine a triple crown, but you have to believe with a lineup like Cabrera had around him, Trout could put up those numbers.
Well, the lineup Trout hit in wasn't significantly worse than the lineup Cabrera hit in. The biggest difference was where they hit in the lineup.
Cabrera's biggest "advantage", other than the Triple Crown, was he had a lot more RBI even though his SLG% wasn't a great deal higher. That's because he hit 3rd or 4th everyday in his lineup and Trout hit 1st.
But seeing as how RBI are a stat of opportunity, not skill, its disheartening to see it still play such a big role in award voting and contract negotiation.