As ever, there were a lot of things that happened during the 2019 baseball postseason, so the following event might not stick in your memory.
In Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, Redbirds starter Miles Mikolas stroked a ground-rule double off Dallas Keuchel. The hit didn’t lead to a run so it turned out to be meaningless, though it ended up as the only hit by a pitcher during the postseason. I mention it only because of this: Mikolas now has as many career postseason hits as the top player of the 2010s.
Nine seasons into a Hall of Fame career, Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout — who has reigned as the consensus best player in his sport for more than half a decade — has one lone hit in his postseason career. That hit was a homer during the 2014 American League Division Series against the Kansas City Royals, the only playoff series in which Trout has appeared.
The Angels have had ongoing roster weaknesses (particularly on the pitching side), have often lacked depth and have endured more than their fair share of injuries. Most damningly, the Angels haven’t even been able to get the top of their roster right –…