Thursday October 1st, 2015

Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout is having an MVP-caliber 2015 season, and so is his Twitter account.

Trout has added more than 200,000 followers since the All-Star break and is almost up to a million.

One reason could be his love for airplane emojis.

Before a team trip, Trout usually informs his fans of where the Angels are headed and accompanies the destination with a series of planes.

At times, Trout has forgotten, or perhaps chosen not to blast one of these tweets out. He’s also varied the amount of planes in the tweet.

Here’s how Trout, and the Angels, have performed based on his pre-trip tweet. If a post was missing, it’s categorized under zero emojis.

Mike Trout’s Stats Based on Pre-Series Tweet
✈️’s LAA W–L AVG ops hr rbi r sb
0 11–13 .355 1.077 9 17 15 1
3 11–8 .298 1.148 7 13 13 2
4 47–43 .292 .967 19 46 57 7
5 13–9 .260 .934 6 13 16 1

A few notes: If Trout tweeted before the team went back to Anaheim, I totaled the stats of the entire homestand. Once they went back on the road, he usually tweeted before each series. If a post was missing, it’s categorized under zero emojis.

Trout has really found a groove this season with four emojis, but he certainly has deviated from time to time. He’s best when he decides to tweet just three emojis, posting a 1.148 OPS, though his average (.355) is higher when he forgets them altogether.

Trout used four before the team’s upcoming series with the Astros, so according to this study, the Angels may be in trouble in grabbing a playoff spot.

The more you know.

Extra Mustard study: Russell Wilson should tweet less before games

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